Artists attending the 2022 Gathering:

Dion Kaszas
PREBOOKING: and filling out the consultation form, make sure you mention this will be at the Tyendinaga tattoo gathering.

Nation: Nlaka’pamux

Bio: Dion Kaszas is an Nlaka’pamux cultural tattoo practitioner and a leader in the revival of Indigenous tattooing in Canada. He has been tattooing professionally since 2009 and started the revival of Nlaka’pamux tattooing in 2012. Dion travels to National and International events, conferences, and tattoo festivals representing Nlaka’pamux and Indigenous tattooing in Canada. 

He specialize in Blackwork with an emphasis on traditional hand tattooing techniques. These include hand poke and skin stitch tattooing methods which arise from his Nlaka’pamux culture. He has had the honor of assisting in the revival of Indigenous tattooing across Turtle Island (North America). 

Dion’s passion for tattooing extends beyond his artistic work into the successful completion of his Masters degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His continued area of research is Indigenous tattooing, focusing keenly on the revival of Indigenous peoples tattooing practices, using Indigenous and Creative research methodologies. Since his graduation Dion has contributed to a variety of publications and exhibitions as author, editor, curator and consultant. 

His work has been featured in Tattoo Traditions of Native North America: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Identity, The World Atlas of Tattoo, and highlighted in Newspaper articles from the New York Times to the CBC. In 2018, he was featured in a variety documentary films and TV series. These include Skindigenous, a 3 Season, 13-part documentary series produced in association with APTN exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world and the FOX Nation series USA Ink. 

Protocols: The process of booking an appointment with me includes reaching out before hand. I do this work to fund my everyday life, so ask for the exchange of cash for the gift of my work. My hourly rate for this gathering is $150 an hour. 

Methods: I will be offering handpoke and skin stitch tattooing.

Crystal Kimewon


NATION: Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Territory 

CLAN: Migizi (Eagle) 

SHORT BIO: I am an Artist and a Helper. My focus has always been supporting those who struggle with addiction and mental health. Giving back to a time and space that has made me who I am today. An act of reciprocity. I am new to traditional hand poke tattooing. By no means do I consider myself a ceremonial tattooist – this is YOUR tattoo and you have envisioned it over and over again – what I do is bring YOUR vision to life. I act as a conduit of sorts in this way. I will not tattoo if my Spirit doesn’t feel okay doing so, I trust my Spirit in this process. I ask that you sit with your vision, go to your Helpers and learn the teachings behind your tattoo. And when you are ready, you bring your own ceremony bundle (I do have mine – but yours is preferred). I understand the importance of keeping these traditions alive and I believe it to be a powerful means through which we can boldly share with the world that we as Anishinaabe are still here despite all of the colonial tactics and traumas designed to erase our ways and our being. Yes. Despite it all. We are still here. 

NECESSARY PROTOCOLS: Semaa must first be passed and accepted by me. If it feels right and okay for me to tattoo you then I will. I listen to you share, and I sit with it before I will proceed. I do charge approx. 150 per hr and ask that traditional tattoos be a balance of both trade item and money. Trade items can be beads (sz 11) beading supplies, deer hide. Medicines (sage/sweetgrass) of equal value. Gift from the heart  

TATTOOING METHODS OFFERED: hand poke (stick n poke) ((option of machine (pen) tattooing with special focus on covering self inflicted scars — ONLY traditional floral work and clan tattoos for this gathering))

Sheri Osden Nault

send an email with the subject line TYENDINAGA to

PRONOUNS: they/them (wiiya)

NATION: Michif & nêhiyaw of the Charette and Bélanger families

SHORT BIO: I am a Métis artist, community activist, and educator. Through my work, I strive to build towards and acknowledge a future rich in kinship sensibilities, Two-Spirit wisdom, traditional and contemporary Indigenous art forms, and intersectional commitments of care and responsibility.

I understand tattooing as healing in that it asserts our domain over our bodies, allows us to embody significant life lessons and memories, and can empower us as we move forward. Tattoos offered at the gathering will include designs based on floral beadwork; text or syllabics drawn on the spot (you must know what you want); line and geometric markings; and some realistic/ illustrative designs -such designs should be discussed via email prior to the gathering. 

NECESSARY PROTOCOLS: I am Two-Spirit and trans. You should feel your heart is in alignment with receiving tattoo medicine from me. 

Tattooing kin who may have limited access to tattoos is important to me, please read all of my protocol instructions as I am willing to be flexible about payment. 

Make an offering of tobacco or another medicine and speak with me about the tattoo you want. If you are able to, reach out via email to plan ahead; in this case you may present your offering when we meet in person. 

Tattoos will be *Pay What You Can* $40 and up. This genuinely means that you choose to pay what you can afford to. If you cannot afford this, speak to me and I will tattoo you if I am able. Those who pay more allow me to offer free tattoos to others. Similarly, if offering tobacco or another medicine feels like a barrier, talk to me about it. 

I will be limiting the scale of designs due to time constraints. 

TATTOOING METHODS OFFERED: hand poke & skin stitch

Keith Callihoo

Nation: Kanien’ke:haka/ Metis 

Clan: Wakskere:wake 

Bio: Keith Callihoo is from Treaty 6 Territory, MFN, cultural tattoo practitioner, airbrush, carver. Attended Earthline Collective in Regina, Sk 2019. He specializes in flower designs rooted in beadwork. Methods include hand poke and stitching. His work has been featured on Skindigenous, Season 3 APTN. 

Protocols: Please contact Keith at to start dialogue and mention that the consultation is for attending Tyendinaga tattoo gathering. Consultation will include details of protocol. 


Dean Bonaventure McColeman

Nation: Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg 

Bio: Dean is an First Nations tattoo practitioner based out of Giinawind Co. — an Indigenous owned collective art space in Thunder Bay, ON. He has been tattooing professionally since 2018 and has been around tattooists, artists, and shops for the last 10 years. Dean has also travelled extensively in the past to a number of First Nations communities, both leisurely and work related, doing guest spots and representing Netmizaaggamig; which has allowed him to expand his artistic inspiration from different Nations around Canada. 

His practice is focused on tattooing as a form of healing for Indigenous peoples. He specializes in grey wash and black and white with a focus on promoting and preserving the beauty of Indigenous art. He has had the honour of doing an apprenticeship with Anthony Hooper (AKA Toby Sicks), owner of Inkdigenous Tattoo studio in Downtown Toronto, who he continues to work with annually. 

You can view Dean’s past work by following any of the social media / web links below: 

Protocols: 150$ per hour, can prebook threw website, gifts accepted (medicines tobacco) but not a requirement.

Methods: modern machine application.

Anne Spice

NATION: Tlingit

CLAN: Crow moiety

SHORT BIO: Anne is a hand-poked tattoo artist. They are passionate about reclaiming Indigenous tattooing, including the revival of tattooing as a ceremonial practice and one that builds reciprocity and relation in community.

NECESSARY PROTOCOLS: I prefer to trade for tattoos. This is part of reviving our gift economies. I invite you to think about the meaning and value of your tattoo outside of monetary exchange. Meaningful gifts given for my tattoos have included: handmade tinctures; home-tanned hides and furs; canned fish; a ribbon skirt; a drum; earrings; art; medicines. If you’re not able to gift something, a sliding scale of $100-$150/ hour is appropriate (or a combination of cash and gifts). Please let me know what you intend to exchange when you book your tattoo appointment, or when you approach me at the gathering. Gunałchéesh. 

TATTOOING METHODS OFFERED: hand poke in black, blue, red (and I’ll try to track down some Mohawk purple). Face tattoos, if well-researched and culturally appropriate.

Mercedes Terrance

Email or on Facebook or Instagram (links below)

Nation: Akwesasne 

Clan: Wolf, Okwaho 

Short bio: Shekon, 

My name is Mercedes, my Kanien’kehaka Name is Tsatsi’tsiahawi (She carries/brings the flowers). I am an Akwesasne Artist, & have been Tattooing using the methods of Hand Poke & Machine work for 4+ years. I specialize in mostly Floral, Traditional art, & intricate line work. My Hand Poke Apprentice, Lenni Terrance will be joining me to learn more about the safety hazards & new tattoo methods/techniques. We both look forward to joining you all at the event this year. 

Necessary protocols: tobacco, gifts/trades, hand poke- $150 per hour, machine work- $100 per hour

Tattooing methods offered: Hand poke, and Machine Work. Designs available, & custom designs available

Odinamaad / Turningwind

NATION: Ojibwe/Potawatomi

CLAN: Mshiikehn/ Turtle(Clan)

SHORT BIO: His is name Odinamaad which means “point of Turning wind”, born on 13/03/1987 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands is an Ojibwe/Potowatomi and Cape Verdian artist belonging to the Henvey Inlet First Nations community in Ontario. A tattoo enthusiast for over 15 years and a practitioner for over 5 years, He has been focussing on Woodland-inspired Ojibwe imagery in order to help with cultural resurgence and identity in his traditional territories. Two times Governour general Arts award recipient for his artistic/cultural contributions. And avid graffiti art and murals throughout southern Ontario. Turning winds Visual medicine is there to help and tend to the fire that is the spirit of his nations.

NECESSARY PROTOCOLS: tobacco, gift, money, hand poke 150 per hour and 120 machine-driven.

TATTOOING METHODS OFFERED: Stick and Poke and electric tattoos. Flash and freehand designs available

Gillian Prince (She/They)

Send a message to @waubanungohnse on instagram, or email

Nation: Anishinaabe/Ojibway – Mattagami First Nation

Clan: Martin

Bio: My english name is Gillian, and my given name is Waubanungohnse. I grew up in and around Mattagami First Nation.

Since attending school and learning more about indigenous history, it has been my main focus to advocate/support for BIPOC communities and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. I have been practicing hand poke tattooing for 5 years, it has been a very beautiful journey but not always an easy one. 

Having the opportunity to attend a gathering like this uplifts my spirit words cannot explain. Being a young indigenous person wanting to learn and revitalize traditional markings in an area where not many have knowledge or practice this gift is challenging. But continuing to share these teachings and having these gatherings can and will change that. 

Protocols: Tobacco / other traditional medicine offerings will be accepted. Payment/Exchange: $50 base fee will be charged per tattoo. Total payment/exchange will be decided after we speak (approx.$100/hour). Exchanges accepted will be: moose/deer hides, furs/pelts dentalium shells, beadwork/quillwork, fabric/ribbon, etc. 

Tattooing Methods Offered: Hand poke. Pre-made designs/concepts will be available. I am looking to do some larger free hand concepts (please prebook if that interests you) 

Mel Lefebvre
PREBOOKING: or PM @theoriginalmel on instagram or mel lefebvre on Messenger

NATION: Michif, Nehiyaw

SHORT BIO: Mel Lefebvre is a Two-Spirit Michif, Nehiyaw, French, Irish traditional tattoo practitioner and community worker based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal. Her practice is focused on traditional tattooing as a mode of healing and reconnection for urban Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ and Indigenous women as well as reclaiming and imagining traditional gender-fluid tattoos in contemporary and future contexts. All are welcome at Mel’s tattoo table  

NECESSARY PROTOCOLS: tobacco is expected. we will share some time and space to know a bit about each other before tattooing. i will explain the process and what to expect. gifts of medicines, hides, pelts, etc. are welcome. a base fee will be charged per set up, depending on which tattooing method you choose and how many needles are needed, starting at $40. $100 to $150 per hour. I do not tattoo other people’s designs.

TATTOOING METHODS OFFERED: Handpoke, skin stitch. wrist and arm rings, facial tattoos will be available. will have some premade stencils on hand. will not be designing on-site so pre-book if you are interested in something specific.