It’s there on her website: “Hi, my name is Evan, mother to one large black cat, and also a professional tattoo artist based out of a small private studio in Toronto, Ontario.

I specialize in full colour as well as black & grey neo-traditional tattoos, with a penchant for dark/spooky ladies and furry animals” and that’s about the funniest and most meaningful bio we’ve ever come across. So go ahead and read our brief interview with this marvellous tattooist and artist to find out a few more interesting facts about her tattoos and new digital sketchbook!

Evan Yu
Evan Yu

Hi Evan, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, my name is Evan [ee-van] and I’m a Canadian Toronto-based artist. I’m a cat/dog lover and have an unhealthy addiction to video games. Strangers tend to mistake me as a ‘bro’ and ‘dude’ online because of my masculine name, but I can assure you that I am female 😀

When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started tattooing in 2014. I think the best way to describe my style would be neo-traditional with a dash of anime/manga influence. There are elements of neo traditional subjects [girls and animals] decorated with motifs and characters with large doe-like eyes influenced by japanese manga.

Did it change over time?
I didn’t start out as a neo traditional artist. I used to specialize in watercolour earlier in my career, but that quickly changed over time. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a constant battle with my art identity and this will probably continue to evolve my style over time.

Is it important for you to also paint and draw, beside of tattooing?
Absolutely! No doubt about it. I think every single artist would probably say the same thing. Tattooing is a permanent medium and you have one chance. I treat it as if it were the final stage of my art process. I believe that to grow as an artist you should explore and improve upon the foundations by drawing and painting and continue to do so as long as you are tattooing. The skill will transfer and help you master tattooing.

Evan Yu, Evan Yu Ink, Toronto, Canada
Evan Yu, Evan Yu Ink, Toronto, Canada

What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
I love drawing people and mythical creatures. I am currently pushing out darker and creepier subjects while keeping a level of acceptance for my clients. When it comes to technique, I really love using just black.

Weirdly enough, my work largely consist of colours but I really appreciate the classic heavy blacks. I am a huge fan of black works.

Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
I didn’t have a particular theme in mind for the ebook. I was given the amazing opportunity by Miki to compile my sketches and make it into the eBook.

Discover the many variations of Neo-Traditional in the “Sketchbook” (50 pages pdf) by Evan Yu and enjoy his subjects as well as the perfect, bold lines, line variation, saturated, contrasting colours and powerful black… Digital eBook available on www.tattooebooks.com

What are your projects for the future?
I am hoping to do more art prints and a physical sketchbook in the future. I love stickers and will do a lot more of that. I know the new trend for tattoo artists are collaborations and I would love to jump on the bandwagon to collab with other artists.

Evan Yu

Discover the many variations of Neo-Traditional in the “Sketchbook” (50 pages pdf) by Evan Yu and enjoy his subjects as well as the perfect, bold lines, line variation, saturated, contrasting colours and powerful black… Digital eBook available on www.tattooebooks.com
Follow Evan Yu on Instagram: @evanyuink