How do tattoos happen? Inking sensation Yi Stropky shows you how he creates his minimalist designs

Vancouver tattoo artist Yi Stropky takes us through his process from sketch to skin.

Vancouver tattoo artist Yi Stropky takes us through his process from sketch to skin

Last week we brought you the story of Yi Stropky, the Vancouver tattoo artist whose designs are minimal and whose Instagram following is exactly the opposite (he's at a cool 100,000 followers). Born and raised in China, Stropky witnessed the censorship of art in his home country and admired artists with an activist spirit, like Ai Wei Wei. In Vancouver's Chinatown, he's manoeuvred his talents into a thriving tattoo practice.

Watch the video:

Tattoo artist Stropky breaks down the steps to creating one of his "flash" tattoo designs. Filmmaker: Daniel Lins da Silva 1:53

In this video made by filmmaker Daniel Lins da SilvaStropky takes you through the steps he takes to create one of his graphic blackwork tattoos. (By the way, when he refers to "flash," he's talking about tattoos that existed before you got to the stop as opposed to custom tattoos. You'll find them in the artist's portfolio or up on the studio wall.)

If you're looking for an appointment with Stropky, he'll be back in Vancouver in the fall after some time in Europe. But you can follow along on his Instagram and get in line for one of his "boxed" tattoos. Check out some more of his work below:

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About the Author

Lise Hosein

Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an instructor at OCADU and is always quite terrified of bees.


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