Dana M was a Sgt in the PPCLI. He served in 2 combat missions in Afghanistan, and was injured on his last deployment. When Dana retired he decided he wanted to pursue a career in the tattoo industry. There was no Mentor within the Sol2Lead program for tattooing so a Mentor with an art background took on the challenge. Dana didn’t have much experience in art and didn’t have any in-roads with the tattoo industry in Vancouver.
Over a dozen tattoo shops were contacted by the Mentor with the hope of getting one of their owners to sit down with Dana over coffee. The tattoo business is very competitive and they receive requests for apprenticeship daily. All but two of the 12 parlors didn’t respond but one that did agreed to having a quick chat with Dana. Dana’s personality and story won over the owner and he agreed to let Dana come by his shop to ‘clean up’ and hang out. After 6 months Dana became a Tattoo Artist’s Apprentice and is well on his way to becoming a licensed artist.