About Kirk Sheppard
KIRK SHEPPARD was born in Penticton, BC and was raised in the Okanagan and the British Columbia Rockies. He moved to Vancouver in 1999 to learn to tattoo and is now working in his hometown of Penticton, BC. He’s thrilled to be living in the Okanagan Valley with his wife and son.
Kirk is now an internationally published tattoo artist and an accomplished fine artist, working in watercolour, ink, acrylics, coloured pencils & chalk. His fine art is heavily influenced by traditional tattoo imagery (both western and eastern), as well as lowbrow and pin-up art from the 1940s onward. He is also the co-author and illustrator of The Tattoo Colouring Books.
tattooing: since 2001
painting: since 2003
drawing: since he could hold a pencil
media: watercolour, ink, acrylics, coloured pencils & chalk
this years’ goals: more tattoo flash sets, more paintings
long term goals: working on more Japanese-influenced art and tattooing
influences: Cara Sheppard; Leo Zulueta; Ed Hardy; Greg Irons; Rick Griffin; Robert Williams; Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett; traditional tattooing (western & eastern); Japanese, outsider, lowbrow, and pin-up art; music; horror movies and well-written books.