Pictured are Sarah Eastick

The art of tattooing has found it’s way to Golden’s downtown core

Golden residents now have a place here in town to get some ink.

One of the latest businesses to open its doors in Golden will give residents with a passion for tattoos a new place to get work done with the opening of Fire Vixen Tattoos.

The shop is the brainchild of Sarah Eastick, Craig Smith and Nik Hylo. Located in the Plain Wayne & Jane Boutique (506 9th Avenue) is the second store opened by the group after opening in Invermere in May. The main artists at the shop in Golden will be Hylo who has been working with Eastick in Invermere.

Hylo started working in Invermere after meeting the owners of Fire Vixen Tattoos at the grand opening celebration.

“I saw his work and thought he was awesome,” Eastick said.

The group saw a great oppourtunity in Golden not only to open a shop but also to give Hylo the chance to live where he wanted to.

“Craig and I thought if we could expand our business and enhance Nik’s life by giving him a place to work, it would make everyones life better,” Eastick said.

“I just love Golden. I love the community and have a lot of friends here. I am a big winter sports fan. Snowboarding and back country riding. With that outside the window (as he points to the mountains) it can’t get much better,” Hylo said.

Hylo will be the main artist in Golden but Eastick will be coming as of January, one day a week.

Hylo has been working in the industry for the past four years. He has worked in Norway, Australia, Germany and Austria tattooing before arriving in Golden.

Hylo went on to explain that he and Eastick balance each other out in their styles which provides a better range of work which can be completed at the shop.

Eastick has been tattooing for almost 10 years and has an honours degree in fine arts.

After starting to get her own tattoos she became intrigued with the art form. This led her to finding an apprenticeship before opening her own shop.

One thing you will not find at the shop is pressure to get a tattoo done quickly.

“People who are first timers, it is really important to put a lot of thought into what they get and to be absolutely 100 percent sure. If I was about to tattoo someone and even sense five percent hesitation, I will make them wait…It is ok. I would rather stop the process before they get the tattoo than think they may regret it. Another thing we do is that there is no flash in our shop. There are no pictures on the wall or pre-drawn tattoos. We book a consultation, sit down  and discuss the tattoo. We want people to have the best tattoo they can have,” Eastick said.

Anyone interested in booking a consultation can drop by the shop, call  250-439-1886  or email firevixentattoo@gmail.com.