Michelle Warawa is the owner of Black Swan Tattoo and has been tattooing for 20 years. She specializes in painterly realism, colour work, black and grey, as well as cover ups. She also slays orcs on the day to day with her battle axe.
Atisha has been apprenticing under Michelle since March 2018. She was born and raised on the coast, and spent her childhood developing her creative skills with her artist dad.
Atisha specializes in black work with neotraditional, and art deco influences but would love to expand to more colour work in the future. She also has an interest in Japanese traditional tattoo styles. Bring your conceptual ideas to Atisha - she will help you translate them into a beautiful tattoo. Check out her work on her Instagram.
Faye apprenticed under Katia Somerville at Rainfire Tattoo in Vancouver and has been tattooing since March 2017. She relocated to the coast in January 2019, primarily to give her dog a better life. Her design style has been influenced by those of her shopmates, and so has her overall approach to tattooing. Faye's background in support work directly informs the experience she aims to provide for each client, and believes in meeting each person where they are in their stories. The custom design process makes this part very meaningful.
Faye has fun exploring her roots through sacred geometry and mehndi motifs. She also loves botanical, landscape, and other nature-themed designs. While she is primarily working in black right now, shadowing Michelle at Black Swan is teaching her lots that she wants to learn about colour tattoos, as well as black and grey realism. You can see her portfolio here or follow her on Instagram.