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Tattoo artist wins big with the Airdrie Time Travellers Car Club

By: Thomas Miller

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 01:08 pm

Airdrie Tattoo Artist Elizabeth Hall poses for a photo in her home based studio Feb. 6. Hall recently won the Time Travellers Car Club's poster contest.
Airdrie Tattoo Artist Elizabeth Hall poses for a photo in her home based studio Feb. 6. Hall recently won the Time Travellers Car Club's poster contest.
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Elizabeth Hall is hoping to make tattoo artists more revered for their work.

The local tattoo artist’s artwork was selected by the Airdrie Time Travellers Car Club and will be used to promote the club’s Doin’ It on the Grass Charity Car Show on items such as T-shirts, fridge magnets and the event poster itself.

Susan Urquhart, the media representative for the car club, said it’s the first time the group has asked local artists for submissions for the event’s poster.

Though they only received five entries this year, Urquhart says Hall’s submission, the details of which are being kept under wraps until they are formally revealed at the end of February, best expresses the car club.

“Our theme for our car show every year is called doin’ it on the grass, and hers really makes it look like we’re doin’ it on the grass,” said Urquhart.

Hall said she spent a few weeks on the project, going from hand drawing to rough sketches to working on it digitally, completing it in her spare time when she wasn’t tattooing Airdrie.

She added that she’s done “hundreds and hundreds” of tattoos since she started her business Hall of Ink Tattoo Studio Incorporated five years ago. Hall moved to Airdrie a little more than a year ago.

“For the most part, I do custom work,” said the mother of three.

“People usually come in with a basic idea and then I draw them something up from different pieces. They might have a bunch of pictures of the Internet, (but) I like to give them something original and not just pick something off the Internet and put it on people. I like to do custom work.”

Hall said her business came about because, as an artist and the wife of a military man, she was travelling a lot and saw it as an outlet for her creativity.

“I’m trying to be out there more in the community to let them know, ‘Hey, tattoo artists and tattooing is an art form, we’re also fine artists and digital artists as well,’” she said.

“I’m just honestly happy to have won the contest and show a different side to the whole tattooing community.”

Urquhart says the design will be revealed at World of Wheels in Calgary at the BMO Centre from Feb. 22 to 24.

Despite the necessity of keeping the design under wraps, Hall explained a little bit about where her inspiration came from.

“My inspiration was from the whole 1950s era, the muscle and the beauty of those cars,” said Hall. “With my design I tried to stay simple with that whole era and just try to keep the idea on the car.”

Urquhart hopes that getting the word out about Hall’s artwork and her winnings – pizza for a year from Airdrie’s Boston Pizza Restaurant – will prompt more artists in the community to submit next year.

“Her artwork gets displayed at World of Wheels, which is great for local business, her artwork is going to be all over our T-shirts and we produce about 300 T-shirts every year so it’s quite a big visual for any local artist to be able to have that kind of media response,” said Urquhart.

“Plus, the World of Wheels is something we’ve never been able to do before, but this year we’re going to debut it there, which is also a great venue.”

The 2013 Doin’ It on the Grass Charity Car Show will be held once again at Nose Creek Park on Aug. 10.

“We have over 400 cars usually, in the park at Nose Creek,” explained Urquhart. “You can’t imagine how gorgeous that is. It’s incredible, absolutely incredible.”


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