Credit: Becky Gavigan

The unique character of Commercial Drive's south side through the lens of Vancouver's Eastside Tattoo Parlour

Vancouver's Eastside Tattoo Parlour, located between 11th and 12th on Commercial Drive, has more than it's share of regulars, some of whom have been frequenting the shop for more than a decade.

Since that time, the owners, the shop name, the tattoo artists and the neighbourhood itself have all changed—but those same customers keep coming back.

"People who live along this block are fiercely loyal to it," says shop owner Trent Pare. "They don't care what the sign says outside. They just know they've been getting their tattoos here for however many years and they like coming here—regardless of who the artist is."


Video: Eastside Tattoo Parlour ink-slinger Mitch Kirilo

In this video, ink-slinger Mitch Kirilo shares about the unique character of the neighbourhood, noting, "It seems like there's a friend on every corner."

Part of Granville Online's One Block on the Drive series.

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