About the Artist



Kara Dee Harrison

Currently residing on Vancouver Island, BC.  



After graduating, I studied art at Vancouver Island University for a year, then began a three year private apprenticeship with a local painter. Workshops and tutorials guiding my emerging style as a painter, but illustration always called to me. Over the years, I considered careers in animation and in the comic book industry, but as 3D technologies took centre stage, I searched for something where I could work more traditionally. 


In 2013 I began working in a tattoo and piercing shop, and in 2016 I found my opportunity to apprentice as a tattoo artist. I spent a year and a half shadowing my mentor and working hard on my illustration skills, before picking up my first tattoo machine in early 2018. 


I love to travel and to learn, and have attending tattoo conventions across BC and Alberta. I even travelled to Los Angeles for the first Explorer Women's Tattoo Summit in 2019! 


My tattooing home base is Nanaimo, BC andI'm currently building a private tattoo studio there. I also work in Victoria, BC one week a month, and I regularly travel to Vancouver too.  I love tattooing anything colourful with rainbows and glitter, but dinosaurs, pop culture pieces, and flowers are my very favourite! 

  • Favourite dinosaurs: Carnotaurus and Deinonychus. Not technically dinos, I also love Quetzalcoatlus and Mosasaurus too! 
  • Favourite Pokémon: Oshawott! (My sweet lil sea otter baby) 
  • Favourite treat: Ice cream and macarons from Burnt Honey! 
  • Favourite art medium: Besides tattooing, I love my Copic markers. 
  • Favourite travel destination: Who could choose? Anywhere I can see or swim with a shark! 
  • Favourite colour: Like, all of the blue and teal. All of it. Is glitter a colour? 

On my days off you can probably find me at home with my wonderful husband, two corgis, and bunny, or hanging out with friends.


Now you know me a little better! 



  • Returning to university to finish my Fine Arts Diploma - Fall 2024!!  
  • The Most business mastermind weekend - Los Angeles - 2023 
  • Conferencia Nacional de Tatuadores - Columbia (virtual attendance) - 2022   
  • Explorer Women's Tattoo Summit - Los Angeles - 2019
  • Alla prima portrait painting - Week long intensive workshop - 2018  
  • Tattoo and painting apprenticeship - 2017-2019
  • Tattoo, acrylic painting, and design apprenticeship - 2016-2018
  • Hoedl Fine Art Studios - Oil painting apprenticeship - 2008-2010   
  • Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University) - Fine Arts program - 2004 
  • Malaspina University College - Drawing 101 (Dual Credit program through NDSS) - 2003 


Painting Exhibitions and Shows

  • Public dinosaur statue redesign and painting - Drumheller, AB - 2022  
  • Hub City Walls - Mural "Adventures in Otter Space" created for the city - Nanaimo, BC - 2020 
  • "In Bloom" - Group show at Gastown Attic Gallery - Vancouver, BC - 2020
  • Stretched Art Show - Group Show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2020
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2019
  • "Cryptid" - Group show at Gastown Attic Gallery - Vancouver - 2019
  • Heritage Art Show - First Place - Nanaimo - 2019
  • "The Audacious Otter Review" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2019 
  • "An Encore of Otters" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo -  2019
  • Squared Art Show - Group show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2019
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Home Studio, Nanaimo - 2018  
  • "The Salmon's Family Reunion" & "The Orca's Orchestra" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo - 2018
  • "The Otter's Picnic" & "The Crab's Parade" - Gallery Merrick, Nanaimo BC, 2018  
  • Stretched Art Show - Group Show at Arts Council Building, Gabriola Island - 2018
  • Biennial Juried Show - Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith - 2018
  • Art Around Town - Group show at Port Theatre, Nanaimo - 2018
  • Grand Opening Event - Golden Otter Gallery, Nanaimo - 2017 
  • Nanaimo Art Walk - Home studio, Nanaimo - 2017
  • Artist's Alley - Group show in Old City Quarter, Nanaimo - 2010 
  • End of Year Showcase - Malaspina University College, Nanaimo - 2005   




Below is a sample of my tattoo work. To keep up to date on my most recent work, please visit on Instagram @crashing.cadence