As I sit in the roomy reception area waiting for Eric Gaudet, the shop's manager, small wolf packs of teenage girls enter. Under the ownership of Dave Wildenboer, a tattoo artist himself, circa 1994 New Tribe started in a cramped spot on Queen St. With an obvious explosion in tattoo shops dotting the city in the past couple years, New Tribe is a mainstay, says Gaudet. Freshdaily is Canada's source for hyper-local arts, music, film, fashion, food and news coverage.
Disclaimer: Comments and entries represent the viewpoints of the individual and no one else. Between the artists, they will do tribal, Celtic, big, small, colour, Haida, black and grey, portraits, Japanese and traditional. You have the typical stock tattoo drawings of smiley cherubs, mini-devils and fantastical characters.


New Tribe Tattoo is participating by holding a fundraiser day where we will be tattooing all day with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
After you ascend the stairs, to your right is an enclosed room that houses five tattoo beds.
Talking with the counter girl, she explains that a good majority of the browsing, Katy Perry-lovin' kids do end up getting a piercing or a tattoo.
And now with their artists at Tattoo Rock Parlour, which brings a "different type of crowd, different type of atmosphere, different hours," according to Gaudet, New Tribe is sitting pretty in a crowded downtown tattoo scene. We start at noon and will be tattooing from flash that all the tattooers at New Tribe have painted, all $80. And with six full-time tattoo artists, four body piercers, three counter staff and a barber - yeah, seriously, a barber - New Tribe has been a fixture in Toronto's tattoo scene since 1994.
It's all in the location that gets the foot traffic from curious passerby bored from shopping Queen West.


And unlike other big shops in the city, if it fits and a consult isn't needed, they'll do walk-ins that day. And a year ago, they became the in-house artists at Tattoo Rock Parlour - the local drink, rock out and get inked joint just down the road on Queen.
As I walk the well-lit environ, I check out the private piercing room (they also do genital and nipple piercings), barber shop, large sterilization centre, and, in the back, a good-sized staff room outfitted with a gi-freakin'-normous flat screen TV and Xbox 360 console.



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