Tattoos with Personality
If hearing the word “tattoo” elicits images of sailor’s anchors and roving biker gangs, pop your head into Studio Mandrika and get a different view. “When I opened the studio, I wanted it to be more than a place you come to get tattooed; I wanted a gathering space where artists and tattoo enthusiasts could meet and get inspiration from each other,” confides Jorge Rulz, founder of the studio, where he has been leading a team of three fearlessly creative artists since 2010. “It is a collaborative space where creativity is our engine.”
Studio Mandrika specializes in custom tattoos, and is Montreal’s first to be 100 per cent vegan, guaranteeing that all materials used are free of animal by-products and animal testing. “One of our core values is highly personalized service. Our artists work in complete collaboration with our clients in order to create something that reflects their personality and meets their expectations, what they want their tattoos to express,” Jorge says.
One of our core values is highly personalized service. Our artists work in complete collaboration with our clients in order to create something that reflects their personality and meets their expectations, what they want their tattoos to express. – Jorge Rulz, owner
From Mentee to Mentor
Body art has been a part of Jorge’s life for a long time. After a few years spent learning tattooing in different Vancouver studios, he went back home to Mexico to open his first studio. “Then, in 2010, I had the opportunity to open a studio in Montreal,” he recalls, “and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by, as I was aware of the city’s reputation as an artistic hub.”
As far back as he can remember, Jorge has always been a fan of visual arts, and tattoos are a true form of expression for him. “Tattoos are ever more popular throughout the world, and they are an art form. That’s what we’re trying to show here at Studio Mandrika: that by adopting a different approach to tattooing, it is possible to create veritable works of art using skin as a canvas,” he explains.
To remain inspired and stay abreast of industry development, Jorge takes part in many tattoo conventions, including ones held in Montreal and Calgary. Those large gatherings bring together tattoo artists and enthusiasts, much to Jorge’s delight. “It’s a great way to stay on top of new techniques and products, while meeting people and gaining inspiration from my peers,” he explains. “Otherwise, I find inspiration in my background and past experiences. Montrealers’ particularly artistic vision of tattooing is also an endless source.”