About North York Ink

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Welcome to North York Ink, a boutique tattoo and piercing studio located at the heart of the district that birthed our name. 

Built off of the love we have for this city, we’ve cemented ourselves within the growing community that is North York. We aim to provide our community and all neighboring communities with creative, original pieces – paired with professional, customer driven services to ensure your stay with us is safe, clean, fun, and exciting experience.

Our Story

Our studio is home to many tattooers, both artists and clients alike. We push the limits of our creativity to reach higher levels of artistry to then be applied to our most prized medium, your skin!

We pride ourselves on being a company that pushes the envelope for bringing awareness to local causes within our community. Over the years we have helped support & raise awareness for a number of causes, from orchestrating community food drives to hosting fundraisers to support children with autism. Our love for Tattoos & Piercings help us to accomplish these goals and further implant ourselves as a staple to this city.

meet the team

Benjamin Chen, also known as @bc_ink & alter ego @graeco_tattoos is the founder and owner of North York Ink. Deciding to join the tattoo industry in 2015, Benjamin made the ‘leap of faith’ decision and left the hospitality life behind to pursue his path on becoming a tattoo artist, business owner and influence the game of tattoos. 
Specializing in Macro Greek & Asian Neo Traditional @bc_ink excels at delivering smooth contrasted tattoos showcasing his attention to detail. On the other side of Benjamin, is @graeco_tattoos a specialist in Greek Micro Realism style executing a highly detailed micro tattoo showcasing his precision to detail. Being a self taught artist, improving and perfecting his craft came with a lot of challenges and new discoveries over the years, but every step of the way has been an important and self actualizing moment in his life.

Finding Inspiration in fellow Tattoo Artist – Anthony Michaels journey as a “self taught” Tattoo Artist,  Edgar aka @ec_artisticflow decided “If he can do it, so can I” thus beginning his journey as a Tattoo Artist himself. A man of mystery, a family man, and an ex BMX rider,  Edgar describes his work as “Creative and Diverse” , a vague way of saying he’s up for the challenge, whatever it may be!

Transitioning from a career in graphic design to a career as a Tattoo Artist in February of 2020, after falling in love with the culture at the NIX convention in Toronto in 2019 – Jesse aka @jessejamessomething quickly found his niche and has stuck with it ever since. His horror black and grey realism tattoos have gained him popularity amongst the horror, demons and monster buffs. Though very early in his career, Jesse is already a force to be reckoned with.

Danika has always had a passion for art. Starting her career as a body piercer, Danika was no stranger to the ins and outs of the tattoo industry. In the not so back of her mind Danika has always planned on becoming a tattoo artist, making the transition to being a full time tattoo artist from being a piercer seamless. Danika specialises in floral Mandalas, colourful realism and illustration.

The NIX tattoo convention seems to breed more tattoo artists post convention than there are actual tattoo artists in attendance. Sustai aka @davichele fell in love with the industry shortly after attending the 2019 NIX convention, and with a little help from his mentor @evanyuink he has become the artist we know and love today. Pulling inspiration from his personal experiences as seen reflected in his artwork, Sustai hopes to share those experiences with the rest of the world one day by guest spotting across the globe. 

Hailing from the captivating city of Hong Kong, we proudly introduce our artist extraordinaire, Hettie. With a unique illustrative style that knows no bounds, Hettie possesses the enchanting ability to metamorphose any concept into a masterpiece of her signature illustrations. Her artistic journey is a testament to her remarkable talent in breathing life into lines.

Specializing in intricate line works, Hettie’s creations are a mesmerizing dance of precision and creativity. Each stroke holds a story, and every piece is a canvas that captures both imagination and reality in seamless harmony. Whether it’s a delicate design or a bold statement, Hettie’s touch transforms ink and skin into captivating visual narratives.

Sasha’s creations are a burst of color and energy, a vivid representation of her unique perspective on the world. Her kawaii illustrations radiate positivity and warmth, making every piece a visual hug for the soul. Inspired by anime’s boundless imagination, Sasha’s work captures the essence of fantastical realms while infusing them with her distinctive flair.

The vivacity of Sasha’s style is only matched by her passion for creating art that resonates with people of all ages. Her pieces not only adorn skin but also kindle a sense of wonder and nostalgia, reminding us of the power of art to evoke emotions and create connections.

Starting her tenure in the tattoo industry at the tender age of 18, Taylor aka @hand.taylored is already an industry vet. Starting at the bottom, Taylor worked her way up from being the front desk receptionist at a small tattoo shop in Niagara to one of the most coveted and skilled piercers in all of the GTA. Don’t let her intimidating exterior fool you, when she’s not poking holes in people she’s probably at home watching Twilight, or in a park somewhere going for long walks in the park with her puppy. 

Meet Laura, our highly experienced piercer with an impressive six-year journey in the industry. Her expertise begins in Nigeria, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our studio. Laura’s commitment to safety and precision is unparalleled, ensuring that each piercing is not only a work of art but also a seamless and comfortable experience for our clients. When you choose Laura, you’re choosing years of expertise and a deep understanding of piercing as both an art form and a science.

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Welcome to North York Ink! A local tattoo & piercing studio providing the community of North York with quality tattoos and piercings close to home. When hard work and devotion merge with passion and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

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