Tatiana and I met in Calgary years ago during one of my guest visits at Human Kanvas Tattoo. We talked suspension, piercing and the body art industry in general. Little did we know that this would lead us into a solid friendship that would last for years to come.
I took on a mentor role for her whenever she needed my help or input. In 2015 she teamed up with me and was an integral part of me achieving my most recent Guinness World Record.
Time passed and she eventually decided that she wanted to move to Vancouver to continue her progression as a piercing artist.
I took Tai into my home to help her get on her feet in July of 2016. We spent a lot of time together that summer. She came to the first Whistler Suspension Camping Retreat with The RISE Suspension Crew and we all had a blast together sharing our experiences and an overall amazing weekend with one another. That was such an amazing mixup of people. I’ll never forget that weekend.
Soon after we returned to Vancouver from the Whistler retreat I helped move her into her own apartment in East Van and connected her with a job piercing at my old stomping ground The FALL Tattooing & Artist’s Gallery. Soon after that she began her journey into cosmetic tattooing and finding her comfortable place in this city. She bounced between a few different studios until she found herself happiness with my friends at West Coast Piercing in Surrey.
Tai was always very positive and wonderful to be around; even when faced with challenges. This really hurts and I’m going to miss her a lot.
I never did get to posting the photos from the retreat that year. I think now is a good time.
She took on a difficult suspension and made it look easy. I’m honoured to have been a part of it.
Vancouver rapper Bizzy Mind just dropped his dope new music video for the track “We All Fall” to celebrate the release of his new album: “Consume”. Check out the video to see some badass hook suspension visuals we brought to the table!
Suspension Performers: Kelsi & Jesika
Facilitator: Russ Foxx of The RISE Suspension Crew
“Bizzy Mind – Consume” now available on iTunes and Spotify!
The RISE Suspension Crew is hosting a weekend camping/suspension retreat Fri July 8 – Sun July 10 in Whistler, BC! Come for part of the weekend or all of it! Either is fine, as there is no cost to attend!
*This event is open to those who don’t plan to suspend; just be respectful of those who do*
Amenities involved for those who want to indulge:
-camping (no fee required)
-body suspensions ($150 fee required w/o your own hooks, $75 fee required w/ your own hooks)
-bungee jumping (not with hooks) ($135 fee required)
-kayaking/rafting (lake and advanced white water) (must bring your own kayak/raft)
-lake swimming (no fee required)
Pet/family friendly. Ride shares from Vancouver available.
Space will be limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on it!