Winter AK Update

Happy Holidays, AK friends and family! Welcome back to our bi-annual update on what’s happening at Ascending Koi Tattoo. It’s been a busy few months here at the shop, and we’re looking forward to some pretty exciting stuff coming up in the new year. Some of it’s a little hush-hush, but keep your eyes peeled for more info in 2015. 😉


Last season saw the addition of two new artists to the Ascending Koi roster: Yvonne Koprnicky and Pavel Ivacha. Yvonne has joined us as our current apprentice artist – a tattooist in training with a huge amount of potential and rapidly evolving skill. Pavel has come to us from the Czech Republic, and shows his uniquely European style in every tattoo, whether it’s neo-traditional, watercolor or trashpolka. We are so lucky to have both of them working with us!


Our old buddy Rob Sweet is also back with us, so if you’ve been waiting to get tattooed by him it’s your lucky day. With a large portfolio full of variety and years of experience, Rob’s tattoos are guaranteed to be skillfully executed and beautifully lined. Welcome back to the fold, dude!


Back in October, we went to our very first Alberta Bound Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival. With Erica and Trevor fully booked all three days, and a booth crammed with gorgeous prints, it was a successful weekend. Hectic and busy, but so much fun! Thanks so much to every one who came out to support us. We can guarantee we’ll be back next year, that’s for sure.

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Since this is a December update and all, let’s get into some seasonal news:

Gift certificates for any amount are currently available, and are a great gift for the tattoo-loving friends or family in your life. Nothing better than getting free tattoo hours in your stocking, right?

It’s also worth pointing out that Winter is the best season to start or finish your tattoo. Being covered by clothing and protected from sunlight is the ideal environment for your newly tattooed skin to heal, and can prevent color from falling out as easily. It also means that by the time shorts weather comes around, you’ll be ready to show off your awesome tattoo!

We are rapidly approaching peak holiday time, so here’s a heads up on the Ascending Koi holiday hours:

CLOSED December 24 – 26

CLOSED January 1st

Apart from the days listed above, we will continue to operate on our regular schedule. If you want to book some time, remember to give us a call at 403 276 3066 or email us at

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