My apprenticeship started in 2002 in Indiana where my mentor who later became my best friend, apprenticed me the old school way. Hired on as the body piercer, my days were spent dealing with customers, answering phones, drawing and watching. I watched my mentor tattoo and learned the craft I would one day develop a passion for. All these years later, I firmly believe that my learning will never end and I will continue to grow every day. As they say, "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life". Here in my new home of Ottawa, I spend time with my beautiful family and continue to offer solid tattoos at reasonable prices at INKsession. Making my clients happy is always my main goal.
My name is Dylan Beattie, born and raised in Ottawa. I have been in the tattoo industry for just under 6 years now, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this amazing community. I started hanging around tattoo shops when I was 19 years old just helping with cleaning and drawing, soon after I was offered an apprenticeship and couldn’t be more excited to accept the offer that was given to me. I've always loved art and have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. To find a path where I could proceed with life goals using art blew my mind, as I never thought I would be able to find such a path. Currently about to hit my 6 year mark in the industry and could be happier, I am constantly looking for new ways to approach the clients mind so to make sure that they will be leaving with exactly what they want. I'm personally more drawn to the black and grey tattoo style. Making sure my clients have a great experience and love their tattoo is my main priority.
My name is Bailey Griffiths, I’m from a small town just outside of Ottawa. Since a young age I’ve always been interested in art, more specifically tattoos. In my last year of high school I got a co-op placement at the shop and couldn’t have been more excited than in January of 2019 I was offered an apprenticeship from Alden. Over the past few years I’ve been drawn to black and grey illustrative styles the most, but will work with whatever my clients have in mind and be sure that they’re happy.
Originally from the Leeds Grenville area, I moved to Toronto in /93 to attend OCAD. After college I did a 4 year stint at a 9-5 desk job, 10 years as a freelance illustrator/graphic artist/creative director for an educational publisher, and then 5 yrs doing custom cakes and teaching part time at a private college. In 2015, after 22 years in Toronto, personal reasons led me back home. Turns out there aren’t many artsy jobs available in small town Ontario, so, while working at a mind-numbingly boring factory job I decided to pursue what I should’ve been doing all along.
In 2017 I started my tattoo apprenticeship at INKsession with Marc. Best decision I ever made. For a couple more years I worked full time shift work, and spent my days off at the shop. I moved to Ottawa in 2019 as a full time tattoo artist.
My style preference is black and grey, leaning toward realism, but I’m not afraid of working in colour or other tattoo styles. I love creating original pieces...taking my client’s ideas and designing something unique made especially for them. The best feeling is when a client finally looks at that shiny new tattoo and does a little happy dance. I’ll admit, changing your whole life in your 50s is terrifying, but I’ve been super lucky to have found this kick-ass creative gig, and to work with such an inspiring group of extremely creative people.