Monday, December 29, 2014


Jordan came all the way from Edmonton to ride Whitewater and get tatty zapped! Such a rad idea! Thanks a bunch, Jordan! Always a pleasure to visit, and we'll see you soon!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

First Guest Spot of 2015!

Hope everyone had a great holiday season. We're already looking forward to 2015, and as such already have our first Calgary guest spot of the new year lined up!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rib Party

Angus was the last tattoo appointment before our Christmas holidays, and HOLY SHIT. 6.5 hours on the ribs! Thanks, man! See you soon!
(PS: Sorry for the grainy photos. We're working on that!)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Psychedelic Psaturday!

Colour session number one done on Erica's "I Am The Walrus" thigh! So much fun. So many 70's-tastic colours, so many more to come. Thanks, Erica!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Slots & Skulls

Had a bit of a Traditional day at work yesterday!

Clay's slot machine & roses (& swallow & moonshine!) lower arm:

Gabe's Sailor Jerry flash. Done just how it should be done- straight up!

Fun day, great folks, and lots of visitors.  Thanks, y'all!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Waves & Mountains

Some super fun inner arm action for Bailey from yesterday. Thanks a bunch, Bailey!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rib Party

...and not the flavourful BBQ kind.

If you're a regular follower, you're familiar with Jesse. Jesse has been getting tattooed by Shawn for a few years now. And has the coverage to show for it. Full back, full sleeves and chest panels. All that was left for the torso was some rib to breadbasket action.

Here are the epic results. Skull trapper was outlined this session. And hey! After a few hours of outlining on one side of your ribs, why not do a little bit of work on the eagle side of things?

Thanks for coming out, Jesse. You're a machine!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kootenay backpiece

HUGE first session on our pal Ali's backpiece! Big wing cover-up up top that will be going away as well. Moose and mountains on her left shoulder to hammer out next sesh. Thanks, Ali. You're a champ and sat like a damn ROCK. Stoked to see this piece as it progresses!

Roses Thigh

Finished up Tracy's rose thigh! Such a fun project, and subsequently, lots of fun hangouts as well! Thank-you so much, Tracy!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rainy Daze.

It has been decidedly non-wintery here over the past week. Rain, rain, and more rain instead of snow, snow and more snow... At least there are a bunch of big new projects coming up over the next few weeks to get stoked about!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Real-Life Zodiac!

Got a nice first colour session in on Roger's real-life Zodiac 1/2 sleeve today! He was one of the very VERY first to get tattooed at the beginning of the Nelson adventure. It is always great to hear from and hang out with you, Roger!  Thanks again!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Double Love x 2!

Healed photo of Lindsay Ann's wolf, as well as the 2 pieces she snagged at the show (the first sales- before anything had even been hung!) AND Cassie's butterfly lady, and the painting that is lucky enough to go home with her! You guys are great, and we're super grateful for all of your support.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ART SALE! (New Posts Below!)

We can't thank everyone who came out to support at the Blue Night show at Tribute Board Shop enough!! It really means a lot to us. We had a great time, and we stoked to see so many of you!! Nelson, you're just the best!

For all of our out-of-town friends, and anyone who wasn't able to catch the show...As promised! All remaining paintings from the show are now up for grabs on the world wide interweb! If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please email Preferred method of payment is via e-transfer.

Behold! The complete list!

 Blue Jay & Roses- 9 x 19.75- $600 (currently hanging at Tribute Board Shop)

 Spring Cabin- 11x14- $500

 Summer Cabin- 11x14- $500

 The All-Seeing Wing- 11x14- $350 (currently hanging at Tribute Board Shop)

 Rose & Butterfly- 5x7- $100

 Snake & Rose- 11x14- $350 (currently hanging at Tribute Board Shop)

Tall Ship- 14x18- $400 (currently hanging at Tribute Board Shop)

Dagger & Heart- 9 x 19.75- $300 (currently hanging at Tribute Board Shop)

Skate, Pizza, SNFU

Super fun times yesterday. Unintentional theme, unrelated clients!

First up, RAT BONES on Adrian's calf!

Next up, 2 AMAZING tattoos for Neil!!
PIZZA SKULL (Mushrooms only!)

 And for us old guys, SNFU!! Big Thumbs in tattoo form. SO good.

Most days are good days in Nelson, but some are just fucking awesome.

Thanks, guys!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tanis (& Herb!) do Nelson!

Not only did Tanis fly out from Edmonton, and sit like a champ for 5 hours, she and Herb came out to the Art Show AND bought a painting!! Thank-you BOTH so much for all of the support over the years! Always great to see you!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Painting Sale Preview

Over the next few days, I'll be previewing photos of paintings that are still available on the blog, along with sizes & prices. On Wednesday, they will all go up for sale on the world interweb! In the meantime, catch these 2 IRL as you're walking in to Tribute Board Shop!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Calgary Recap!

As always, a great time with everyone at Ten Speed Tattoo, and all of the rad clients who made the trip out to get tattooed!

Jesse's ribs. Only one more side to do, and he'll have his entire upper body done. Crazy. Thanks, as always, Jesse!!

Outlined Colby's ENTIRE FRONT TORSO. Got most done, just that pesky nipple tree, and those left hip birds to hammer out next time. Thanks, Colby!!

Super fun shoulder/back Great Horned Owl for Nikita. Just have to tie in the background on her woodpecker 1/2 sleeve next session. Thank-you, Nikita!

***If you are interested in getting tattooed, and would like to be put on our "to call" list when we visit Calgary next, please email ***

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Super excited to announce Shawn's first art showing- featuring ALL NEW WORK!- in Nelson, as part of the Blue Night multi-artist event taking place Friday, Nov. 28. A HUGE thank-you to our awesome pals at Tribute Board Shop who have offered up their walls and sweet space to host! Mark it on your calendars, and come say hi!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


A (not-so-)little traditional reaper badassery! So much fun! Thanks, Sierra!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rose Thigh Piece!!

Big second colour session on our friend Tracy's thigh roses! Just some leaves left to do! Tough lady.

Friday, October 31, 2014

CALGARY! Nov. 18-21

This will be our last trip before the Holiday season! Get some sweet tattoos on you before we're trapped in the mountains until spring thaw!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Folk Art Pretty Lady

A super fun piece for Dorothy from last week. Pretty rad for a first tattoo! Thanks, Dorothy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vancouver Part I: KING KONG

First up from the SETCo. trip: the second colour session on Geza's King Kong sleeve! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's ghoul season!! Lauren's little ghost from last week. Thanks, Lauren!

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Paisley's first tattoo! Pretty damn cool, and she sat like a champ!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Roses Forever!!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- you can NEVER go wrong with traditional roses!

Thanks, Aryelle!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Calgary Re-cap!

A pictorial journey through a few days at Ten Speed Tattoo...

2 super fun one-shots on Joe!

A first- Rhea wanted a budgie tattoo! Awesome idea!

Fresh & healed shots for Sarah. Paintbrush and wheat was done this trip, eagle badassery from the last Calgary visit!

Also, got the first session of colour under our belts on Emma's vermin leg sleeve.

Another nice chunk knocked off on Lisa's traditional sleeve as well!

 And got a healed photo of Danielle's birdy back.

A HUGE thanks to ALL of you who made the trek- long or short- to come out and get tattooed!