The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Even though most tattoo shops use guns to etch art onto customers, Samantha Bissell of Spirit Ink is looking to the past for the future of tattoos — reviving an ancient hand-poking technique that fosters authenticity and spirituality.

This past fall, I developed a fear of being murdered. 

Having recently moved from the alarmed fortress that was my parent's house into a downtown one-lock apartment by Circle K, formerly known as "Crack Macs," this fear was in overdrive.

In one of my favourite childhood movies, the fictional journalist Josie Geller attempts to go undercover in a high school.

The water that had once flowed freely, carving intricate grooves into the mountain, now appeared as a sheer plate of armour that covered the cliffside. It was an optimal playground for the outdoor-adventure seeker — and I felt ready as ever.