The Coast - - SHOPTALK -

He­lena Dar­ling and Lacey Cormier co-own Dar­ling Tat­toos, a cus­tom tat­too bou­tique that oozes with per­son­al­ity. Af­ter years of work­ing at var­i­ous tat­too shops—Dar­ling for HFX Tat­too and Cormier for Diver­gence—they de­cided it was time to make their own glit­tery mark on the lo­cal scene. Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that they had a sim­i­lar dream and aes­thetic, they de­cided to open Dar­ling Tat­toos in Au­gust and were soon joined by Tasha Tonks in Sep­tem­ber. “We’re the dream team,” Dar­ling says. “My favourite thing about this place is these two women.” Dar­ling has known Tonks, a child­hood friend, for decades. Mean­while, Cormier met Dar­ling years ago dur­ing her morn­ing com­mute on the ferry. “I saw her and I had to in­tro­duce my­self,” Cormier says. “Af­ter that, we be­came friends in the lo­cal tat­too scene.”

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