Our Story

Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective was first conceptualized by Justina Kervel & Luvia Petersen during their travels to Paris in the year 2000.  A chance meeting with tattoo artist Phillipine of Kaplan Art Studio inspired them to contribute to the rise of females in the tattoo industry.

In the summer of 2001, Liquid Amber opened their doors in Vancouver's Kitsilano area. After a few years they moved to Burrard and Davie, and a few more years later they now reside at 62 Powell Street in Vancouver's Gastown area and are home to a group of diversely talented artists.

One of the main changes since Liquid Amber’s grassroots beginning is its growth. Starting with Justina as the only artist, the shop has now had many talented artists over the years call Liquid Amber home, expanding the ever-growing family tree. 

Liquid Amber is currently home to the following group of artists: Justina Kervel, owner & co-founder;  Ashley Horncastle joined the studio in October of 2013; Crystal Alexandria, established self-taught artist came to L.A.T in July 2014; Shannon O'Shea, the lovely 'Water Witch', who completed her apprenticeship under Carlos Vanst in 2010 and became part of the team December 2014; Milo Marcelo, the wonderfully talented artist who hails from Toronto started as a guest artist and then made the move to Vancouver in early 2015;  the eclectic styles of Miranda Boire joined us in summer 2016. Diana Lin, completed her apprenticeship under Justina in April 2017 and has been tattooing up a storm ever since. Hopping on the apprentice train, we have Lauren Carr, who is the most recent tattoo apprentice to graduate under Justina, finished her apprenticeship as of July 2018 and is also Liquid Amber's first (and only) hand-poke artist. Nicki Lochmatter joined us in June 2018 after having her own studio for 3 years, and then our most resent resident artist came all the way from Poland, Michal Wzorek moved to Vancouver in Oct 2018 and we are thrilled to have him on the team. We are also happy to welcome Amelia Vogan as our resident cosmetic tattooer as of January 2018, Amelia creates permanent make-up for those ready to ditch their cosmetic routine! From time to time L.A.T.&A.C. also welcomes talented guest artists from across the globe; allowing all of the artists to thrive in a eclectic evolving environment.

Along with organized management, friendly reception and a dynamic tattoo team, clients will feel confident in knowing their artistic vision will be translated to skin with precision and professionalism.

This (mostly) female operated studio is a safe, nurturing atmosphere for all walks of life.

Whether it is your first or 100th tattoo, you can be assured that the artists at Liquid Amber will make it their priority that you walk away with a piece of art you can be proud of for years to come. 

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