ADEPT is an AWARD WINNING tattoo and body piercing studio with two locations located in the heart of Halifax and Bedford, NS. Most recently ADEPT was named BEST TATTOO SHOP in The Coast’s Best Of Halifax readers choice awards for every year from 2012 to 2018. In previous years, The Coast readers poll has awarded us Gold and Silver placements for the Best Tattoo Shop and Best Artist categories each year. Amber Thorpe is an 8 time Coast Best of award winner, voted Halifax’s Favourite Tattoo Artist Faces Magazine 2012 and has won numerous other trophies .
At ADEPT we offer only the best talent with state of the art equipment and ink, tattooing for the future. All of our work will last and still look great for years to come. We achieve this through thorough training and experience.
We specialize in custom artwork, drawn by our talented artists to fit your unique design needs. Call our shop to book a consultation with the artist of your choice. A consultation appointment is a free service offered by us to the client so they can brainstorm with their artist. This is a chance for the client to give the artist their idea and bring any reference images, and for the artist to figure out what will look good and work with the placement of the piece on the body.Book an Appointment
We use barrier control- this means everything we may come in contact with during the tattoo and piercing process is covered. We have a separate sterilization area specifically designed for the least amount of cross contamination possible. We will gladly guide you through our process because we feel that our clients should know – so don’t be afraid to ask.
Our goal is to make this process as safe and comfortable as possible, for both us and our clients.
Our sterilizer is biologically tested by an outside lab every 2 weeks. An indicator strip is dated and put into each cycle, this ensures that the autoclave is working properly and safely. Results are posted at the front of the shop. ALL NEEDLES ARE BRAND NEW.
*Piercings are done by walk in and are available Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. All piercings require government issued photo ID. Under 16y require parental consent. We will need your health card and parents government issued photo ID.
*Piercings are done by walk in and are available Mondays through Saturdays.
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I grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario where I studied Fine Arts at Stamford Collegiate. Some of the classes included were sculpting, ceramics, painting (acrylics), mobiles, printmaking, and building/painting stage sets for productions.
I started my career in 1998 at Way Cool Tattoos under Harley Charlie (RIP<3) and Crazy Ace (RIP). I learned all there is to know about cleaning, scrubbing, sterilization and how a tattoo studio functions professionally. After about six months of cleaning and drawing, I finally got to do my first piercing. About a year later, I received an opportunity to open a shop in Medicine Hat, Alberta called Extreme Tattoos with Charlie. I made the journey west and began my tattoo apprenticeship under him. After three years of learning, I decided to venture out on my own. I moved to Calgary and found myself at the Arthouse Inc. where I was for two and a half years. To further my education, I have taken classes from predominant tattoo artists (such as Deano Cook and Mike Demassi). I have also attended many conventions and been tattooed by artists I look up to. I taught a drawing class called The Art of Tattooing at the Alberta College of Art and Design for two years. I opened Adept Tattoos in May of 2006. Two hours after I opened the door, a gentleman came in for a tattoo. I asked him what he wanted and he said the Alexander Keith’s deer. So that was the first tattoo I did in Halifax. Since then I started The Maritime Tattoo Festival. The festival has kept me on my toes and hanging out with some of the best artists to date. I try to keep a hungry outlook on tattoos and my art. I have won numerous awards and am Blood Bourne pathogen certified. In my spare time I like to cuddle with my fur babies, play sports, competitive billiards, ride my motorcycle and interior/landscaping design.
Originally from Stephenville NL,
Recently moved back to Halifax upon thoroughly completing an apprenticeship through Luke Cormier, a amazing artist/mentor/business owner of screaming gypsy tattoos, and working at Death Valley Ink for a year out of Stephenville NL, I had taken the utmost pride in familiarizing and learning all I could from working in a professional shop environment
particularly specializing in neo traditional pieces, and I love doing bright colour pieces and black and grey.
I have been tattooing for almost year since my apprenticeship, I believe there is no end to the learning process of the art of tattooing.
I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and in the summer of 2012, I moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, where I started my visual artist career(mostly landscapes). Under the tremendous influence of my mum, who was working for the production of cartoon series like Dragon Ball or Saint Seiya back then, I started drawing or painting when I was around three.
However, tattooing was becoming a type of fashion instead of gangster affiliated in Asia after 2010, I went back home in the summer of 2016 and did my apprenticeship under a world-wide famous tattoo artist, Bill Du. During the days in Tianzuntang Tattoo Studio (天尊堂), I learned not only the technic of tattoo or art, but also the asian craftsmanship spirit which means lifetime commitment to the industry.
My speciality is neo traditional asian style, black and grey realistic, and I enjoy doing free hand tattoos.
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I’ve been interested in tattooing and tattoo culture my whole life.
I really got into it about 7 years ago when I left school at NSCAD and I’ve loved every minute of it.
I enjoy painting in my free time, regardless of the medium, whether it’s canvas or skin.
My expertise is in custom lettering and traditional style but I am also looking to expand my portfolio and skills and will rock out on (almost) any style of art.
I got my start tattooing back in 2005, as I’ve always loved drawing and art from an early age.
All through school I was constantly sketching and doodling and eventually I turned my love and interest into a career. Meeting with my clients and hearing their stories is another aspect that I truly do adore, and it allows me to truly personalize each and every piece of art I create.
I love to do custom images using bold line weights and bright vivid color blends with lots of contrast.
I started my tattooing career following a formal apprenticeship under Danny Bartlett. I have been tattooing professionally since 2007.
Following my apprenticeship and a brief time working in Halifax, I moved out west to work on Vancouver island. I worked in Nanaimo for a little over a year before finding my way to Toronto. Toronto became my home for the better part of 8 years and where I found my true artistic style. As a young tattooer I started doing a lot of traditional tattoos however after moving to Toronto I started to delve into the intricacies of neotraditional tattooing. I had the good fortune of working along side some really great tattooers and eventually opened a studio with my business partner Alanna Mule.
After three years of owning the studio together I felt the time had come to go full circle and find my way home to the coast again.
Tattooing was something I have always been drawn to and finally made the career move in 2015. I’ve been passionately tattooing ever since.
An artist all my life, I painted along with Bob Ross when I was a kid, created and sold pet portraits in my early teens, and was commissioned for various portraits as an adult. I’ve built custom cars (VW’s), toured Canada in various indie bands, created a few short films (one award-winning), and even had a few successful YouTube channels. Now, I’m proud to say I’m a Tattoo Artist.
I love tattooing imagery of nature and animals. I also really like ornamental and geometric designs, like filigrees, mandalas and sacred geometry.
Black and grey dot shaded tattoos are my specialty. The balance of skin tone and black ink is perfect to me. I believe tattoos should fit your body and be easy to understand from across a room, so I especially love doing large work custom designed just for you.
Greg always knew he wanted to have an exciting career in body piercing so he left his small home town at the age of 16 in search of greatness. In Alberta is where he honed his skills for many years and now with almost an entire decade of experience he is here to offer only the best of service. With multiple techniques for each piercing and vast knowledge in human anatomy you can rest assured your piercing is done correctly and with the proper jewelry. Greg can do any and all body piercings imaginable as well as microdermals and body hook suspensions. If you have an idea for something new or a fun modification project in mind Greg is the right piercer for you.
Meeting Greg Brown was what first sparked my interest in piercing. So when the opportunity to become his apprentice came, I jumped on the chance and never looked back. I’ve always been a very technical person and the precise art of piercing came very naturally.
My upbeat personality and easy going nature is a great asset for putting nervous clients at ease before a new piercing.
I can do the rubik’s cube in under a minute, and love to do party tricks. Come in for a new piercing or jewelry and be entertained as well.
At Adept Tattoos Amber Thorpe has been performing cosmetic tattooing for many years, including facial tattooing (eyebrows etc.) and nipple tattooing.
Amber takes pride in helping breast cancer survivors / reconstruction patients to regain confidence in their bodies. Local Halifax surgeons refer their patients to Amber regularly. Most recently Amber spoke at the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day Event and works closely with that community of doctors to continue to provide this valuable service.
To book an appointment with Amber call 902-405-4009 and dial ext #2 for the Bedford location.Book an Appointment