In our recent summary of Vancouver tattoo ideas we admittedly neglected to name one very obvious idea – the East Van Cross. You likely know it from the 57 foot landmark that stands along Clark Drive at the corner of East 6th avenue, although you may not be familiar with the background. The monument to East Vancouver by conceptual artist Ken Lum was erected in 2010. While Lum’s website claims that the concept was developed from graffiti of the same vein that had circulated around East Vancouver for decades, it (the structure and graffiti prior) was clearly adopted from the Dogtown Cross in Los Angeles. The cross was the brainchild of C.R. Stecyk III, a Southern California artist and photographer who documented surfing and skateboarding culture in the 70s and 80s. Stecyk created the Dogtown Cross in the 70s, and it first came to public view on the pages of Skateboarder Magazine in 1976. From there the symbol was adopted by Dogtown / Suicidal Skates for the decks of their boards before being borrowed by urban communities around North America.

Honestly, the background story makes the concept even cooler as a work of body art. And as someone committed to getting it done, you’re wondering where to get an East Van Cross tattoo in the very city it calls home. You’ve just found the answer you’re looking for. Here’s why you should come to Sleight of Hand on Granville Street to get the iconic design inked.

Why Choose Sleight of Hand When Getting an East Van Cross Tattoo Design in Vancouver BC

Script and Lettering Tattoo Artists

An East Van Cross tattoo requires the specific touch of a highly skilled tattoo artist who specializes in script and lettering. Otherwise, the distinguishing font style and alignment could be rendered off-balance. Symmetry is absolutely essential to the success of this tattoo. Sleight of Hand on Granville Street counts a script, lettering, and calligraphy specialist in our family of artists. Your East Van cross tattoo is in good hands at Sleight of Hand.

Micro and Fine Line Specialists Too

If you want the tattoo to be done on a very small canvas area – such as your finger – then you’ll find further piece of mind that we have expert fine line and micro tattoo artists as staff as well. We cover all bases to ensure you get the tattoo you want, and where on the body you want it.

Ready to get your East Van Cross tattoo? Call or email Sleight of Hand in Downtown Vancouver to schedule your appointment. Alternatively, you can walk-in for a consultation at your convenience.




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