Stephen Shaw (aka “Shawzy”)
What is your favorite tattoo style?
Contemporary Japanese and Traditional Americana
When did you start?
Where are you from? Where have you worked?
I am from Toronto,Ontario. I have worked at few shops back east when I first started. I owe Joe Baker a lot of praise for mentoring me in my starting year and pointing me in all the right directions. I have a huge list of people I should thank for giving me this opportunity to do what I love. I moved to Victoria, BC in search of progression and found it. I worked at Painted Lotus Studios and Empire Tattoo while on the island.
Why did you get into tattooing as a career?
I tried every avenue of art I possibly could. Went to art school for graphic design for print and web. Did a lot illustration work and some photography. I worked for large companies in marketing and disliked almost everything about it. I have been getting tattooed since I was 15 years old and loved everything about that scene. So I reached out to some friends and started putting in work.
What is your favorite music generally?
90′s skate punk/Punk Rock/Metal/Hardcore. I think everyone should start their day with Dead Kennedys and end it with Suicidal Tendancies
What inspires you?
music/comic books/skateboarding/tattooers/grafitti writers/movies/collecting books. And the thought of never having to grow up and being able to tattoo/paint/draw everyday of my life
Visit Stephen’s website at www.stephenshaw.ca to see more of his work