The Tattoo Art of Lydia
Lydia Lauraine Leblanc is originally from Montreal, Canada. Before she became a tattoo artist, she obtained a Ph.D., published a book (Pretty in Punk: Girls’ Gender Resistance in a Boy’s Subculture, under the name Lauraine Leblanc), and worked in non-profit administration.
Lydia recently added "Lydia" to her name because she's always liked the name, ever since her high school art teacher, who clearly could not remember all his students' names, called all his female students "Lydia" and sang "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" to them. Ironically, Lydia cannot remember the name of this high school art teacher, but credits him for her early interest in tattooing!
In 2002, she begin training as a piercer and tattoo artist under the tutelage of Damien DeNolf. Tattooing professionally since 2004, she has accumulated a solid portfolio of work, working in a variety of styles, from ethereal fantasy creatures to traditional solid tribal work. One of the few female artists in the profession, and the only professional female tattoo artist in Humboldt County, she is known not only for her professionalism and artistry, but also for her light touch. She especially enjoys working collaboratively with clients to develop a tattoo that is both unique and beautiful.
Lydia is an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, and can legally perform marriages, commitment ceremonies, coming-of-age rituals and funeral rites, all incorporating tattooing. In addition, Lydia practices reiki energy healing (level II), also in conjunction with tattooing. Please contact Ancient Arts at 707-825-TAT2 (8282) for more details.
Lydia also is an occasional writer of short stories and poetry, and practices Tai Chi. She is owned by a black and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Raven.
Ancient Arts Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery 1065 K Street, Arcata, California, 95521 707-825-TAT2 (8282)