Jul 15, 2015 - Things to Do

The story behind Kirk Dewaele’s tattoo

Kirk Dewaele tattoo

Kirk Dewaele tattoo

This is part of our ongoing series titled Inked, the human stories behind Charlotte’s tattoos. Kirk Dewaele is the co-founder and COO at MADabolic Inc.

Photo of tattoo

Kirk Dewaele tattoo

When did you get it?

I got it done on Friday June 26th, 2015.

Where did you get it done, artist’s name, costs?

Kirk tattoo

I got it done at Blood, Sweat and Tears Tattoo Shop by Jeremy “Sloo” Hamilton. It cost me just under $400. Jeremy’s rate is $120/Hour and worth every penny. He is a very skilled and talented artist.

How’d it go down?

I had been looking to get this tattoo done for a while and after reading your post a few months back on the Axios Charlotte about who I should be following/creeping on Instagram, Jeremy’s page jumped out at me because of his impressive portfolio of work he had previously done. I immediately shot him an email and set up a consulting appointment at the beginning of June to discuss exactly what I was looking for and placement of where I wanted it. I was lucky enough to get an appointment a few weeks later because of a cancellation that day. About a week before my appointment, I sent him a few images of the buildings I was looking for from both Charlotte and Calgary and he drew it up. On the 26th I showed up at 4:00pm, Jeremy showed me what he had come up with, I was blown away and the rest, as they say, is history.

What other design did you consider (what was your 2nd choice)?

I didn’t have a second choice. I knew what I had wanted for awhile and Jeremy was able to make it happen.

MADabolic mural

What’s the story behind it?

The image was inspired by a mural in our gym at MADabolic Inc. that one of our former trainers and local artist Matt Hooker (@hookermedia) did for us. I wanted to incorporate the logo of our gym (which I already had tattooed on my arm) with the skyline of both Charlotte and my hometown of Calgary AB Canada. Charlotte was/is our first location (we have 8 now) and the birthplace of “The MADness” and Calgary was obviously the birthplace of myself… You see what I did there 😉 After seeing Matt’s mural for the first time I always thought it would look badass by combining the 2 cities and getting it permanently placed on my body.

What’s next?

I’m not sure. This was my fourth tattoo so I am sure I will come up with something. The idea of getting a full sleeve intrigues me. I’ve always been a big fan of portraits as tattoos as well and I have toyed with the idea of getting both of my kids faces tattooed on me from when they were both 2 or 3 years old. As of right now this idea is what I am leaning towards most for my next addition.


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