INSIGHT: A day of seminars by leading experts


Join us for a day of exclusive seminars with talented illustrative West Coast tattooers! In these sessions, you'll learn about consultations, the art of using influences correctly, insights into time management, new approaches to different subject matter, how to use anatomy and have flow to your work, honing your illustration skills and perfecting your creative process. 

Whether you're a seasoned tattoo artist or just starting out, these seminars will elevate your craft to new heights. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry!

- Rich Handford

Seminars are taking place Thursday, August 8th at The Sandman Inn & Suites. 

10 a.m. - Rob Noseworthy - How I Approach Japanese Style Tattooing w/ guest James Tex


Rob will take you through his process of designing Japanese tattoos through the filter of woodblock prints, and how to maintain their character while bringing an individual uniqueness. The main focus will be on dragons, with the addition on how that can apply to other subjects. A question period will follow the main instruction. Rob will be joined by special guest James Tex.  James will be there for the duration to add additional wisdom and expansions of ideas on the topics at hand.

About Rob:

Rob has been tattooing since 2006 on Vancouver Island. His focus has shifted mainly to illustrative tattooing with an emphasis on the Japanese style. Dragons have become the centerpiece to his portfolio, stemming from a passion to find new ways to improve each one while maintaining the character and essence of the woodblock masters. Finding the middle ground between illustrative personal expression and classic traditionalism has been a constant tug of war with no clear winner emerging, except perhaps a unique style.


12:00pm Markus Lenhard - Priorities: Design Theory for Visual Artists


This seminar is a guide to a uniquely structured workflow and the successful capture of your audience's attention. It is designed for all visual Artists and is not tattoo or genre specific. As an artist with a neuro-divergent learning disability like ADHD, I had to find structure in my workflow to help me not to get lost in unnecessary tasks. After my struggles with burnout and depression, with the help of these structures, I was able to find my own voice in the industry and remain driven and looking forward to more artistic exploration without boredom or exhaustion to this day. I started tattooing in 2003 and this was my first Seminar written in 2013 and expanded and edited since. It has remained relevant to me and those who have taken it in all these years. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In this seminar I will explain by which rules our visual brain tells us where to look and what to remember before our personal taste kicks in; how visual memories are triggered and why this is important to artists. 

I explain my system of finding reference and inspiration to help create art that feels unique and personal. Connecting these skills, I will help you understand better how our audience decides which art is relevant to them or why some of us get noticed more than others. Priorities is not a seminar about biomech or abstract art nor requires a deep understanding in these subjects. But it will help tremendously if you are interested in abstract art like biomech. 

About Markus:

Markus Lenhard recently moved to Canada’s West Coast but is a long-time tattooer from Berlin, Germany. Markus has been tattooing since 2003 and specializes in abstract visualizations of nature and technology.


2:00pm James Acrow - Creative Drawing Process


Join artist James Acrow for an inspiring seminar where he shares his drawing process for creative illustration, offers best practices for discovering your unique voice and style, and provides practical tips for staying motivated. Participants will learn essential drawing techniques, explore personal storytelling, and gain insights into effectively using references in their artwork. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned artist, this seminar promises to ignite your creativity and elevate your drawing skills.

About James:

James Acrow is a tattoo artist based in Vancouver, B.C. With a background as a well-known graffiti artist, James seamlessly blends fine art sensibilities in his work. His creative versatility spans across mediums, including painting, tattooing, murals, illustration, and curated art shows, as well as collaborations and special projects. With a dedication to pushing artistic boundaries and a passion for storytelling through his craft, James Acrow continues to explore the intersection of these various mediums and disciplines, crafting compelling artwork that leaves a lasting impression.


4:00pm Anthony Tex - Large Scale Illustrative Approach


Through Anthony’s presentation he will be diving into how he draws, builds and designs his larger scale work. With the aesthetic balance of composition, perspective, and sculpting the project to create a tattoo come to life with a story

About Anthony:

Anthony Tex is a tattoo artist at Deadly Tattoos in Calgary Canada. He has been tattooing for 13 years but has been surround by that craft and community for most of his life. The style and direction he takes his tattoos and art is an Illustrative approach and applies that through all his work.