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Madison Hillman.

STICK AND POKE TATTOO ARTIST

Madison Hillman is a long time artist and new to the tattoo industry. After graduating from ACAD in 2014, she spent years forming her artistic practice into what it is today. Part of her practice is devoted to print work, paintings, and other displays of her illustrations, the subjects of which are mainly plant life and variations of the human figure. In this practice, she explores various mediums and is constantly experimenting and challenging her artistic vision. From prints, to clothing design, to jewelry and more, she in constantly looking for new ways to display her imagery. In the other portion of her practice is devoted to stick and poke tattooing. After several years of planning, Madison opened her first private studio at nvrlnd. YYC in December of 2018 with her studio partner Lindsay. Together they design and work out of the space, allowing them the opportunity to pursue their long term career goals in the tattooing industry.

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Madison on nvrlnd.

nvrlnd. fell into our laps at exactly the rite moment in my career. My studio partner and I came across nvrlnd. only weeks after we sat down to begin the creation of our tattoo studio. Since finding the space, and after much hard work and planning, we created the studio of our dreams. In only a few short months since moving in, I have more than doubled my following on social media and grown my client base at a rate I could not have imagined possible. nvrlnd. allows my studio partner and I to pursue an artistic practice that isn’t possible from just any kind of space. Given the early stages of our career, we wouldn’t have been able to get the kind of start that we were offered with this space. nvrlnd. has given us access to the kind of space we needed at the capacity that we could afford as emerging artists, and that is what they are offering to everyone. This space has given me an incredible start to my long term career goals, and I couldn’t have been luckier in finding this place. We are able to operate a small scale business in an affordable environment, which is not something we would likely be able to do almost anywhere else.