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Monthly Newsletter  -  September 2017 

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As we say goodbye to summer and head towards fall, the Rainfire team continues down paths of interconnection. Mid-August we saw Katia and Felix head to the Oregon Eclipse Festival with loved ones. On their return we heard all about their experience. Being among a community as the moon shifted to shade out the sun, was something that was full of magic.

Days after, Katia was back in the studio ready to receive her very first Trust Tattoo. As this was Caroline's, last day at Rainfire for a while, there was no better way to commemorate their friendship. One thing led to another and suddenly Katia, always headstrong to explore the depths of understanding, decided she would spend this day in complete darkness. From the moment she awoke, her MindFold went on. Katia quickly learnt the struggles of losing such a dominant sense, her biggest being the need for help. Behind the MindFold, Katia described her tattoo experience as relaxing and meditative. Once completed she continued to inhibit her sight, as our last stop of the day was Dark Table - a goodbye dinner for our dear friend Caroline. This restaurant was in keeping with Katia's challenge as all waitstaff were visually-impaired and patrons were to dine complete darkness. Our server bonded with Katia's experience and, after some back and forth, gave us an answer we had been considering all day. He told us he would like a tattoo one day, although he would never be able to see it, because to him tattoos meant "Acceptance. Knowing what it means to you, and accepting it is there. For always." 

Our artists have been working hard, and continue to work hard. We say a heartfelt 'see you soon' to Caroline, and welcome back guest artist Ashley Apok for the month of October. There is so much love within our studio, and so much love sent out in each design everyday. Next week a few of us Rainfire ladies head to Imagine Festival on Orcas Island, where we will immerse ourselves in art and music. There we intend to provide a creative sanctuary with drawing, body painting, temporary tattooing, and invite all to join us in our peaceful space. To Katia, Caroline, Felix and Faye - there is no distance that can diminish. And because someone has trouble mentioning herself, shout-out to the woman behind the camera - our studio manager Volante :)
Written by Caroline Cloutier
"Two and a half years ago, as I was apprenticing in a little tattoo shop in Québec, learning the basics and following my mentor's tradition, I started feeding a thought that would eventually grow into the very foundation of my career. Because it contrasted so much with my reality at the time, and because I could not even conceive the grandeur of what it would become, that thought started as a negative: a tattoo could not just be about the image. There was so much more to the process that needed to be explored and yet, it did not seem to matter to those I was working with. So I started looking for a place that embodied my vision, opening my prospects to the entire country. After a few months of randomly going through portfolios and websites, I came across Rainfire Tattoo Studio. I knew then and there that this was where I belonged. So I packed my things and drove 5,000 km to the west to knock on the door that would become my sanctuary for two years.

Now, as I get ready to leave Vancouver and start a new chapter of my life, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. 

Katia, thank you for welcoming me into your sacred space with both your arms and heart wide open. When I first stepped into the studio, I was blown away by the luminous ambiance and feeling all the love poured into each detail.  I feel blessed to have been a part of it and to have rainbows coming out of my crystal. Thank you for your guidance, your advice, your friendship, and your trust. You have challenged me more than once and I now feel stronger than ever. Your calm and peaceful studio has offered me the exceptional opportunity to grow into a more confident artist, a powerful woman, and a thriving human being.­­

A special thought for the remarkable artists I had the opportunity to work with in the past two years. Thank you for generously sharing your visions and knowledge - I was enriched by our differences and nourished by your contagious passion!

And finally, an ocean of gratitude for the beautiful souls that have blessed me with their skin, trust, and shining presence. Your stories have become of part of mine and I am humbled by the experience. Every single one of you is the reason why I do this work: to connect, to share, and to grow using art as a bridge between us. I am keeping the gifts of this journey - your smiles, your light and darkness, your words and silence, closely interlaced with me, close to my heart, praying that our paths cross again in a near future. 

With all my love, Caroline"

Original Designs for September 2017 by Katia Somerville

Trust Tattoo by Katia SomervilleA 'trust tattoo' is a powerful tattoo experience in which you don't see the design until after the tattoo is completed.  Thank you for your trust! <3 Katia
Below are the available designs by Katia Somerville that you may apply for in September. Each only tattooed once. I hope you find your perfect tattoo. <3 Katia (link to application is below the designs). 
Please note that the images you see below are only design placement ideas. These designs have not yet been tattooed and will only ever be tattooed once. Also, please don't copy or duplicate these designs for any reason. <3 Katia
(ABOVE) Moonflight by Katia Somerville
Celestial wings and ancient forces soar to ever higher places.

(ABOVE) Co-creation of Consciousness by Katia Somerville
When the unity of energy known as collaboration flows, it can transform beliefs, actions and lives. 

(ABOVE) The Shift by Katia Somerville
The system is shocked when the cold water hits and equilibrium shifts from calm to chaotic. Embracing the unknown and preparing for the necessary changes. 

This tattoo could look good to bring together current tattoos that you have or stand alone and could be adapted for many different parts of the body. Please include your placement request in the application. 

(ABOVE) Kinetic Delicacy  by Katia Somerville
Everything is connected and nothing attached,
shifts of perception form images 
with the beauty of their movement.

I would love to tattoo this on a shoulder as in the photo. 

(ABOVE) Rebirth by Katia Somerville
Strength emerges when finding peaceful inner nature within our chaos. This allows us to rise from the water into the realm of who we want to be. 



> Fill Out the Tattoo Form Here <

> These tattoo designs will only be shown in this newsletter on the first of each month and on the website blog.
> Each design will only ever be tattooed once and the recipient will be chosen at random.
> Applications will be open from 12:00am-10:00am on Fri September 1st and we will be emailing people on Tuesday. 
> Each design is intended for a specific body part, however alternative placement ideas may be considered. Please include this and any other requests or questions in the comment section of the tattoo form.

*These are original art works by Katia Somerville. With respect, please do not duplicate her designs, bring them to another tattoo artist nor post them online. All tattoos are one-time custom pieces that Katia has drawn with intention to share with her community.
Thank you for your continued support as Rainfire Tattoo grows and evolves.

Original Designs for September 2017 by Faye Cantara

Please email Faye if you're interested in one of the below designs. Faye has openings at $120/hr. Each design is unique and only tattooed once. Please note, these designs are also available to be tattooed in Toronto between October 25th-November 1st, 2017.

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Designs by Faye Cantara

“Treat others the way they want to be treated.” Last month I heard this rephrasing of the Golden Rule we’ve all been taught since childhood. Ask the people in your inner circle what makes them feel supported and loved. Some of my friends’ answers surprised me! Being in alignment with my loved ones makes me feel so wonderfully and amazingly human.
Shin, to placement ideas. - this design may require two sessions

Virgo Season
As the summer season draws to a close, it’s time to plan the next phase of the cycle. Soon we will wake up to cool fall mornings and rain that makes this place the lush paradise that it is. I love summer, sunshine and swimming, but I’m definitely looking forward to some introspective “Faye Time” in the next few months.
Open to size and placement ideas, would love to make this the beginning of a larger piece

Designs by Faye Cantara

You owe it to yourself and everyone after you to break out of the mold assigned to you. Accept the things that you can’t change and redefine your relationships with the things you can. Come out inspired and energized.
Open to placement ideas

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” - Rumi
What brings you unbridled laughter? Dancing under the sun with old friends, new friends, and strangers? Cooking with your family? Wrestling with your dogs? Mountain biking down unfamiliar trails? Ziplining? What is it?! I want to know!
Outer or inner to other ideas

August Tattoos by Katia Somerville
Reflection of Love- On wings of exploration we fly freely, personal responsibility of our karma as our guide. For a hardworking architect learning balance. ❤ Katia
This tattoo brings rising strength and steps gracefully forward moving in the right direction with each step. Knowing that strength comes from an inner power and that power can be strongest when going through challenges. Thank you for your trust, Hilary, the day felt very special and I am honoured to provide a reminder of strength and adorn your 'foot temple' (I am shocked that you called it that before seeing the design!) ❤ Katia
Grace and Change - approaching transitions without fear. ❤ Katia
Silent Challenge tattoo for Billie's thigh. 
Layers can appear as fragments when we don't see how they're connected. Shifted perceptions create new paradigms when we believe in ourselves. Total tattoo time- 4 hours. ❤ Katia
August Tattoos by Faye Cantara
Platonic solids for the beginning of Irek's sleeve! So excited about this project. ❤ Faye
I've been really lucky - my clients are so tough. For her sternum piece, Kyla put on some sunglasses and chilled out like she was tanning at the beach.  ❤ Faye
This traveler is collecting tattoos wherever she goes - I hope our paths cross again, Zoe! ❤ Faye
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Finally tattooed this design from a past newsletter. I look forward to tattooing you in Toronto, Siobhan! ❤ Faye
August Tattoos by Caroline Cloutier
«Le visage d'une mère est pour l'enfant son premier livre d'images.» 
-Christian Bobin

Une belle de lune pour toi que j'aime de tout mon coeur. Toi dont la force, le courage et la persévérance ne cessent de m'inspirer; toi qui m'accueilles comme je suis, sans essayer de me changer; et toi qui me renvoies en plein visage ma beauté autant que ma bullshit - un miroir d'authenticité comme je les apprécie tant! Merci de m'avoir offert l'opportunité de t'encrer et merci d'être la femme exceptionnelle que tu es! J't'aime maman <3
" the face of a mother is for the child his first book of images."
-Christian Bobin
"Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence.
Stay there until you see you're looking at the light
with infinite eyes."
-- Rumi
Two years ago, I first came to Katia as a passionate and trembling artist, eager to learn but feeling insecure about my skills. As the Rainfire journey unfolded, I challenged myself, overcame many fears, grew in confidence and expanded beyond belief. 

By sitting blindfolded for hours while I was tattooing her, Katia offered me a remarkable gift that marks the beginning of a new adventure for me. My heart holds a vision that I now feel committed to materialize - beyond doubt and old self-sabotaging patterns. 

Thank you beautiful loving soul! So much gratitude for this precious moment spent with you! <3

Caroline Cloutier

From Katia: Changing thought patterns and breaking the habit of being who you are is represented here. I received this tattoo on Caroline's last day at Rainfire Tattoo before she moved to Vancouver Island. I didn't see the tattoo until after it was finished, and she was blown away by the amazing design and attention to detail. I now have a little jewel buddy owl to remind me to think of things from different perspectives and keep an open mind to new ideas and insights, challenging the belief of 'self' to be able to change and break old belief patterns. 

Thank you so much Caroline, it has been such an amazing 2 years and I honour and value our relationship so deeply. I look forward to when our paths cross again in the not-too-distant future. <3 Katia 
“It is not so much about taking deep breaths… though that can help. It is more about taking conscious breaths, being Present and Centered as you breathe. Let your breaths be effortless….” ~Jim Barnes

Conscious breath is such a gift to ourselves! 

This lovely hummingbird was tattooed over a year and a half ago. It was a pleasure spending another afternoon with you Tiffany ❤ Caroline
“To light a candle is to cast a shadow...” 
― Ursula K. Le Guin

To seek balance in the midst of a busy and unpredictable schedule. For a kind hearted woman who delivers joy through tears, pain, and smiles on a daily basis, guiding and supporting other women as they grow and push a new life into this world. With all my heart, thank you Tiffany; your calm presence is a blessing every time. ❤ Caroline
“I used many times to touch my own chest and feel, under its asthmatic quiver, the engine of the heart and lungs and blood and feel amazed at what I sensed was the enormity of the power I possessed. Not magical power, but real power. The power simply to go on, the power to endure, that is power enough, but I felt I had also the power to create, to add, to delight, to amaze and to transform.” 
― Stephen Fry

A simple ram skull to acknowledge the harshness of the past year while celebrating the beauty that emerged from it: a deeper connection to her intuitive voice, a stronger realization of how powerful she is, and the gifts of sensitivity and creativity inspired by her totem animal. Thank you beautiful Robin - best wishes on your ever-unfolding journey! ❤ Caroline
“Don't leave it all unsaid,
somewhere in the wasteland of your head.” 

Added this dotted tapestry around Aimee's lotus as a delicate reminder to find time for music everyday. Silence is your canvas, keep painting it with your melody! Thank you beautiful soul, it was such a pleasure seeing you again! ❤ Caroline 
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” 
― Paulo Coelho

Over the past two years, my path has been blessed with many shining souls - Aleya is one of them. Determined and strong, resilient and flexible, warm and gentle, hard-working and playful, she encompasses the complexity of being human with such grace and luminosity! Thank you for the exquisite quality of your presence my dear friend. Till next time. ❤ Caroline
“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.” 
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

A ruby throated hummingbird fiercely flying through flaming azaleas for a woman whose strength and determination never cease to amaze me. Thank you Caron for challenging me with this cover up of a cover up, and for trusting me with your vision. I very much look forward to finishing this beauty soon! ❤Caroline