Mission Tattoo Parlour
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Par Collaborateur PJ

The Ultimate Custom Tattoo

Pablo Puentes, the owner of Mission Tattoo Parlour, was forced to choose between two appealing career paths: join the film industry, or become a tattoo artist. For him the answer was simple, and it didn’t involve long hours in front of a computer making special effects any longer.

“I got a degree in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and I’ve been getting tattoos myself since [the] late '90s,” he says. “I was doing freelance illustration projects when it dawned on me that I could marry my art education with a career in tattooing.”

Pablo spent a few years juggling tattoos and working as a special effects artist in Vancouver's film industry. Afterwards, “I opened this place and dedicated myself entirely to tattooing,” he says. His passion for this booming craft is clear. “I get to draw all day,” Pablo smiles.

We’re very much about making a custom piece and making sure people are happy. - Pablo Puentes, owner
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Calgary's Changing Tattoo Industry

The tattoo industry has evolved in recent years, and Pablo is proud to be a part of a movement that is leaving its rough, super alternative reputation behind. Nowadays, tattoos are drawing more and more people who are interested in the arts. It’s an area that has been taken over by artists who are passionate about creating something unique and memorable.

“The tattoo industry has really changed over the past decade,” says Pablo. “Realizing that I could help people view it as art and less as a status thing was one of the main reasons I opened the shop.”

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A Fresh Approach to a Tattoo Parlour

When Pablo first looked into becoming a professional tattoo artist, he wasn’t very impressed with what he saw: shops were being run to turn a quick buck, while the passion and integrity of the tattoo artists were lacking. Wanting to change this, he knew the only way to do it was to go out alone.

“I wasn’t too happy with how shops were being run. There was a lot of people in the industry focusing on the money and not the art,” he says. “Tattoo parlours were accepting clients' bad ideas, rather than trying to talk them into something that’s more artful.”

At Mission Tattoo Parlour, Pablo doesn’t compromise on artistic quality. If a client comes in with an idea he doesn’t think will work, he doesn't feel forced to do the tattoo to meet a boss’s bottom line. Instead, Pablo enjoys that he can sit down and talk to his clients, so he can get to know their interests and work with them to make a truly great piece.

“At my shop we foster art more than money,” says Pablo. “Money is secondary here. We’re very much about making a custom piece and making sure people are happy.”

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