Playing Your Part: COVID-19

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As a part of the tattoo industry in the greater Toronto area, we wanted to get in touch with our clientele to discuss the COVID-19 virus, which is taking the city and the rest of the world by storm. We are concerned about your safety and we believe that we all have an important part to play to keep this virus at bay and to help keep those with compromised immune systems as safe as possible.

Be Prepared

The assessment made by the World Health Organization (WHO) to call this a pandemic was expected. The health system in Canada has been preparing for the situation and the PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada), along with health authorities and different government levels nationwide, have been putting together plans to make sure that all response and preparedness measures are adaptable and appropriate. With this in mind, it’s important to realize that there is a risk for Canadians to experience a more severe outcome with this virus. Those that are more risk include:

  • Individuals with immune systems that are compromised
  • Individuals 65 years of age or over
  • Individuals that have underlying medical conditions

Containment continues to be the focus to help keep the virus from spreading out of control. This is done by identifying cases rapidly and finding any close contacts and notifying them ASAP. Social distancing and isolation also come into play since they are tried and true measures that have proven to be effective in the past.

Once community transmission begins, these containment actions will still continue. This will help to interrupt transmission chains and delay outbreaks whenever possible.

Playing Your Part

It’s important for everyone to realize that they have a significant role they need to play in order to mitigate the impending impact of this virus. Canadians need to stand up and take responsibility for their own actions. While the health sector and the government will do its part to keep the spread of COVID-19 down, it takes all of us to band together to make sure it happens. This involves taking action based on an understanding of how it spreads and how you can prevent illness.

Individual Preparedness

As an individual, you need to formulate a plan regarding the actions you can take to remain healthy and help prevent the virus from spreading. This includes the following measures:

Stay-at-home if you are ill – You should isolate yourself from other people during the flu and cold season and also encourage others to stay home when they are sick until they are symptom-free.

Change your greeting practices – Restrict the amount of contact you have with other people starting with how you greet them. Instead of a hug, a kiss or a handshake, greet those you meet with an elbow bump or a friendly wave to keep the exposure to COVID-19 at a minimum.

Wash your hands – Your hands must be washed frequently for at least 20 seconds and soap should be worked around the fingers and joints and underneath the fingernails for a thorough cleaning.

Practice proper sneezing and coughing etiquette – Make sure that you cover your nose and mouth with your arm when sneezing or coughing.

Making Plans

The best way to get prepared for the outbreak of COVID-19 is to plan ahead. Shop for groceries during off-peak hours and if possible use public transportation when it’s less busy and not during rush hour. Know what you will do if you become sick. If you care for others then you should have a plan in place for backup caregivers.

Find out if you’re able to work from home by talking to your employer about the possibility. This is especially important if you will possibly need to take some time off to help care for somebody in your family that has fallen ill.

You should also ensure that your prescriptions have been refilled so that you can avoid going to a pharmacy later. You may also want to consider seeing your doctor now to get your prescriptions renewed ahead of time.

Make sure that you have a stock of non-perishable items of food and avoid doing any panic buying. It’s easier to build up a stock by buying extra food gradually at each grocery shop. Items that you may want to consider purchasing include sauce and dry pasta, canned soups, canned beans and vegetables, pet food, feminine hygiene products and facial tissue.

It would be handy to have enough essentials on hand so that you wouldn’t have to worry should you have to self-isolate. As well, even if you don’t end up falling ill, if you have enough supplies at your disposal you won’t have to leave your home and subject yourself to the possibility of getting the virus once the outbreak reaches its peak.

Social Distancing

One of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to practice self-distancing. If you put this into place now before things get any worse, you can become a part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Playing your part is essential right now and moving forward, so that we can minimize the impact of this virus on our everyday lives.

There is something you can do about it and the time to act is now.

Instagram and the Tattoo Industry

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Instagram has been instrumental in helping tattoo artists display their work and expand their businesses. This social media platform gives artists the opportunity to showcase their best work and to build up a reputation in the tattoo industry. It’s one of the best ways to connect with others in the same industry along with potential and existing customers. In fact, some artists believe that almost 3/4 of their clients come from Instagram.

Displaying a Masterpiece

Ask any Toronto tattoo studio artist and he’ll let you know that he has a few masterpieces under his belt that he would be proud to display. Instagram is the perfect venue for showing others the best of your best work. It’s a place where artists can get recognition from the public at large for the hard work they do. While other artists build up a reputation by displaying their artwork at galleries, at shows or at public venues, tattoos are body art and for that reason are much more personal and private.

Any artist can appreciate a boost in morale from others that believe he is talented. He can also get a lot of work this way since others will flock to an artist that they believe can do great work. After all, allowing a tattoo artist to paint something on your body involves a great deal of trust in his ability. Instagram allows tattoo artists to build up this trust and establish a shining reputation.

Booking Ahead

Tattoo artists and businesses can fill in their books in advance when they use the proper hashtags and images on Instagram. This is a game changer in the tattoo community giving artists the ability to increase the number of followers very quickly. Word spreads fast in the world of social media so it’s important to get your tattoo brand out as soon as possible. Instagram can be the turning point for a tattoo business that is just getting itself on its feet or one that needs to establish itself more.

This is an online portfolio that any artist can use to make connections locally, nationally or even internationally. It’s a place where an artist can showcase not only his best tattoos but he can also show that he does his best art consistently. It’s a place where art and inspiration can be shared with others by either posting pictures or by running ads.

Building up Followers

It’s important to note that building up the number of followers on your Instagram account is not a passive activity. It needs to be done actively, every day, in order to see results. Many artists or businesses will put up multiple images each week on their pages.

When you’re first starting out you can simply use your phone to take the pictures of your tattoos. Once you have started to see results and you see that your appointment book is filling up faster than ever, you can invest in equipment that is more sophisticated in order to get up close and personal stunning and lifelike pictures of your art.

Some artists are learning how to take professional pictures of their own while others know a person within their circle that can take higher-end photos. If you have a particular tattoo that stands out above the rest but you don’t know anyone that can take good shots, you may want to consider getting it professionally photographed and be willing to pay for it in order to get the best picture possible.

Instagram Story

Tattoo businesses are also using Instagram Story to share short snippets about their artists and the tattooing process in general. Artists are using this Instagram feature to personalize themselves within the community and show a bit of their personalities. It’s a great way to humanize the industry even more.

Inspiration and Motivation

Any artist needs to continue to be inspired and motivated in his selected field. Instagram provides the accountability for inspiration and motivation that many artists may be lacking. For example, if your followers are expecting a post every Monday from you displaying your art from the previous week, you’ll be sure to be putting your all into every tattoo you do. You may find motivation and inspiration from within that you didn’t even realize existed.

Of course, there is a bit of a competitive atmosphere that you’ll have to edge into once you start using your Instagram account to build up your business. It’s all part of the game, however, and you can use it to your advantage. If you are a talented artist or have a tattoo business that employs several talented artists, you can shine along with the best of them and build up an extensive clientele using this social media platform.

Toronto Tattoo Studio

If you are looking for tattoo artists in a well-established Toronto tattoo studio with an impeccable reputation for design creation and inking, please visit our website now at We look forward to helping you create the tattoo of a lifetime that you can proudly display on your own social media channels.

Why You Need to Consider Getting a Fine Line Tattoo

For many people, tattoos are not limited to simply just one. In fact, once you have received your first tattoo you may become addicted and start thinking about the next one right away. If you have not yet experienced the thrill of getting a tattoo, you’ll find out later why you may want more and more.
There are many trends that have come and gone with tattoos in the last few years. One of the biggest trends right now are fine line tattoos. Whether this will be your first tattoo or one of many, these tattoos are special and distinctive from the traditional colour tattoos you may be used to.

Fine Line Tattoos

These tattoos are minimalistic with popular trending designs such as flowers, body contours, and even faces. Mountains are also trending on the same scale as uplifting/ motivational quotes. These images and letters are created using distinct curved or straight thin lines that are consistent without any gradations in colour or shade. They can represent either 3-D or 2-D objects with an emphasis on outline and form versus texture, shading and colour. They can be incredibly detailed without going overboard.
Fine line tattoos can be delivered by an expert artist in a tattoo studio Toronto. Make sure that you work with a professional that has expertise with fine line tattoos to get the best results. A pro can make a note or image look like it was drawn directly into the skin using a technical pen.

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Less Pain, Faster Healing

This style of tattooing involves using a 3 round liner needle, which consists of 3 needle tips. These tattoos cover less surface area, while at the same time still offering beautiful results, which means less pain for the individual receiving the tattoo. On top of that, there is less healing time involved since they put less stress on the body. If a person chooses to get a tattoo with colour, the needles need to penetrate the skin longer and deeper in order to make sure that the colour is fully absorbed. A faster healing time can be expected with fine line tattoos.
If you are interested in getting a fine line tattoo and are looking for the best tattoo studio Toronto artists, please share your ideas with us and we can help you choose the best option for you! Continue reading “Why You Need to Consider Getting a Fine Line Tattoo”

Why the Hype Around Flash Tattoos?

Written by: Nathan Halnin

What is a flash tattoo and why is there so much hype around them? Well, you’ve probably already seen flash tattoo art before in a tattoo shop. They are hand-drawn, ready-made designs that can be inked right away. These designs can also be modified to your liking by the artist. They can either be made by artists in the shop or they may be created by other flash artists that sell designs for living.

A flash tattoo is provided in a tattoo shop but the design can also come from an online source. These days, it is possible to go online to find a design that you love and then have it done in a shop. These designs are available in many different styles and offer the perfect answer for people that simply know that they want to get a tattoo but don’t know what to get.

Most shops these days that offer flash tattoos provide the design only once. This way, there aren’t other people walking around with the same tattoo. It’s also a great way to save money! If you don’t need a custom design made for you and have a budget in mind, this may be the perfect answer for you.

When you’re ready to explore more forms of body art, take a look at the flash tattoo designs available in our tattoo shop to find something inspiring. They can always be slightly modified to make them your own.

If you have any questions about flash tattoos please feel free to give us a call to talk to one of our amazing tattoo artists at 1 905-604-5102. You can also get in touch with us through our website at We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you create the perfect body art using either flash or custom-designed images.

Is a Flash Tattoo For You?

In the previous article, we discussed the hype surrounding flash tattoos and why they are quite popular. Flash tattoos are pre-designed templates that tattoo stores offer right away which showcases the selection of work that a customer may be interested in. Flash tattoos are designed to be “ready to wear”, meaning that it saves you the time from having to consult with a tattoo artist on creating a custom design. For the most part, flash tattoos are what you would typically see displayed on a lot of tattoo storefronts as it gives you an idea of what tattoo selections are offered. 

But let us focus back on flash tattoos and whether they are the right choice for you. Often, customers are torn whether they want to choose a flash tattoo which is already pre-designed, or a custom tattoo which takes time to create. 

As previously mentioned, flash tattoos are perfect for those who may not know what they are looking for. Think of it when you go to a hair salon or a barber, and you are given a booklet which offers you inspiration as to what style you want. Flash tattoos work in the same way, where you can see the selection of tattoos available and guide you through with what you may want. 

In addition, if you already know what type of tattoo you want, but you are unsure about what style you are interested in, flash tattoos also give you the opportunity to choose the best option. For example, if you are looking for Asian-style tattoos in Toronto, you may get inspiration from our offerings. 

But what makes flash tattoos popular is that some Toronto tattoo studios give you the option to customize it to your liking. Many people choose to get a tattoo because it can be a unique embellishment that no one else has. With some flash tattoos, some Toronto tattoo studios only offer some styles for a limited time which makes it more special and unique. It is like almost getting a custom-made tattoo, without the cost.

Lastly, and probably one of the main factors is the cost. Custom-designed tattoos can be expensive, as they take time and effort in creating. With flash tattoos, you immediately know as to what style you are getting it, and how much it would cost. Many may think that custom-designed tattoos may be the best method, but flash tattoos can still provide you with a special tattoo at a fraction of the cost.

With the abundance of Toronto tattoo studios, it may be overwhelming to think about the best choice. At Hon Tattoo, we offer a wide catalogue of tattoos. We are not just a Toronto flash tattoo studio, we also offer custom-designed tattoos. If you are in the market for a new tattoo and you are still unsure, please feel free to give us a call to talk to one of our amazing tattoo artists at 1 905-604-5102. You can also get in touch with us through our website at

Walk-in Tattoos – What to Expect?

Walk-in tattoos provide a fun and spontaneous way to get a new tattoo on the spot. If you have planned all of your previous tattoos and have never experienced the thrill of walking into one of the tattoo shops in Toronto to get it done, you’re missing out! Some of the best tattoos that people have ever received have been a spur of the moment idea and it can be a lot of fun for the tattoo artist as well!
There are some things that you should be aware of, however, when it comes to getting a walk-in tattoo. In most cases, you should opt for a simple design that can be completed in one session. This way, you can get it all done and walk around proudly displaying your masterpiece right away.
You should also be aware of your own pain tolerance before heading into the shop. This is especially true if you’re going to get a design tattooed on a more sensitive part of the body. You won’t want to start the tattoo and then abandon it due to the pain.
Lastly, make sure that you understand the cost of the tattoo before taking the plunge and moving forward. Once you and the artists have decided on a design you should be given a price to do it. At the very least, you should be provided with a price range so that you don’t end up having to pay a large unexpected amount once it’s complete.
When you’re looking for the best walk-in tattoo shops Toronto, Hon Tattoo ticks all the boxes. As one of the top tattoo shops Toronto, we’re used to dealing with walk-in clients and we will help guide you through the process. Find out more about our shop, our philosophy, and our artists by visiting our website now at

Tattoo Trends for 2019

Let’s take a look at the tattoo trends that we saw in 2019 that expect to propel forward as we make our way into 2020. It’s been a great year for tattoos with a number of different styles and sizes trending more than others. We always say, however, that tattoos are personal and what’s trending now may not be with best for you!

Small Tattoos

As more and more people decide to get tattoos, ​small tattoos​ have also taken on more popularity. They are great for people that want to try out a tattoo but also want the option of hiding it when required.

Simple Tattoos

Minimalistic tattoos with simple design patterns have become extremely simple and stylish. When you want a tattoo but don’t want it to act as an overstatement, simple ones are trending right now.

Portrait Tattoos

These tattoos can be absolutely beautiful and are the perfect way to memorialize or celebrate somebody that has had a positive impact on your life. If you want to get this type of tattoo, however, be sure that you work with an experienced portrait artist that can provide realistic and excellent results.

Feather Tattoos

Feather tattoos have been trending with men in 2019. They provide cultural symbolisms and can be used in a variety of different styles.

Sleeve Tattoos

On the other end of small and simple tattoos lie the larger and more complex sleeve tattoos. They have been extremely popular this year in both ​black and white​ and in ​colour​. If you are interested in getting a sleeve tattoo, we have amazing artists here that can work with you to design the perfect image for your tattoo.

These are some of the most popular tattoo trends that we’ve seen in 2019 and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what other trends develop in 2020. If you are interested in getting a tattoo and want to see a collection of tattoo designs, please visit our website now at ​​.

Cover Up Tattoos

It can be very disappointing to see a tattoo fading over time and not looking its best. It can also be upsetting to see a tattoo that you got many years ago that you have outgrown. No matter what your reason for getting a cover up tattoo, we can help you rework the old tattoo into something amazing.

What Is a Cover up Tattoo?

A cover up tattoo is a procedure that replaces an unwanted and previous tattoo with a brand-new one. The tattoo artist can help you pick out a new design if you don’t already have one in mind. If you already have an idea of what you’d like, feel free to discuss it with us. As long as we can work it over the old tattoo that is currently in place, we will be able to create a masterpiece for you.

When you receive the initial tattoo, the ink is set 1 millimetre below the skin surface. When you get a tattoo as a cover-up, the ink is once again placed a millimetre below the surface. When the two colours meet, they combine and a new colour is created. In most cases the darker ink will be the dominant one, so you can expect your tattoo to consist of dark colours in most cases.

When you present the tattoo that you want covered, our tattoo studio will decide how to best incorporate the new design over the old one and which colours would look best. The tattoo artist will have to formulate a specific strategy that is personalized based on your old tattoo. In some scenarios the areas that aren’t attractive in an old tattoo will be covered with interesting patterns that highlight a new design.

A tattoo artist may also recommend getting a larger cover up tattoo and may suggest that it be at least 30% bigger than the older tattoo. This is often the best way to camouflage the old tattoo to get the best results.

If you’re looking for a cover up tattoo that you can proudly display, contact us today through our website at

The Motivation behind Getting a Tattoo

The Motivation behind Getting a Tattoo

Getting a tattoo allows a person to modify their own body, since ancient times. In fact, many indigenous people consider it to be a custom that is done on women, men and even children. A tattoo could represent a form of power, spirituality and in some cases gender.

In today’s society getting a tattoo can be considered to be a form of personal self-expression. Every tattoo has its own meaning and its own individuality. It’s something that a person has chosen from his heart to display on his body for one reason or another. Usually, the tattoo has a much deeper meaning associated with it than what is merely on the surface. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced tattoo artist that really gets what you are trying to say other than just what you want to be displayed.

In some cases, the motivation for a tattoo can come from something a person feels very close to, something a person believes in or something that he may idolize. When you consider all of the different things that can be tattooed onto the body, the person must have a special connection with the thing he has chosen as his own personal tattoo. You can bet that there is a story behind every tattoo you see.

A tattoo can also be placed in memory of someone special. Some people say that getting a tattoo ofsomeone they love that has passed away makes them feel that this person remains with them in spirit.

A tattoo can also be used as a way to showcase the body and make it look more attractive. This can be especially true for people such as gym trainers and athletes. A person that has built up his forearms and biceps will find that that tattoo he chooses will automatically be highlighted by the larger muscles.

Everyone has their own motivation for getting a tattoo but the thing that rings true for everyone is the chance to show some form of individuality to others in the form of art work using their skin as the canvas. If you feel driven towards getting your own tattoo, please visit our website at to learn more about our studio and our creative tattoo artists.

Hon Tattoo Receives Bragging Rights as One of the Top 3 Tattoo Studios in Markham

Hon Tattoo Receives Bragging Rights as One of the Top 3 Tattoo Studios in Markham
Hon Tattoo is proud to have been selected as one of the top 3 tattoo shops situated in Markham Ontario by the website “Three Best Rated™”. On this website, the top 3 companies or businesses in a particular field are featured. The site is dedicated to helping consumers find the right businesses they need without having to do a long, complicated search on their own. All of the hard work of finding the best tattoo shops and other businesses has been done for you already.

Hon Tattoo Studio

Our tattoo studio takes great honour in being named as one of the top three studios in the field. We have been handpicked to be at the top following an inspection that included taking into account 50 different points such as reputation, complaints, trust, reviews, and cost.

We first opened our doors for business back in 2015 and have established an extensive reputation in the
field ever since. Some of our tattoo specialties include:

  • Colour tattoos
  • Black and grey tattoos
  • Watercolour
  • Realism
  • Asian
  • Half and full sleeve
  • Fine line
  • Blackwork

We offer a free consultation to anyone that is considering a tattoo and needs some help and guidance with their design. Whether you’re looking for a very small tattoo or want something that covers a large area of the body, we are here and willing to help create something amazing with you. Our tattoos can be considered to be works of art and we have the ability to turn any idea into a reality.

When you’re looking for a fantastic tattoo at a competitive price, we are a leading tattoo shop in Markham. We look forward to meeting you and helping you create the tattoo of your dreams. Please visit our website now at to schedule an appointment.