At the age of 17, Mike Thompson-Hill dropped out of high school and began a career in tattooing. 16 years later he says he has seen the industry relocate from the fringes of society to the mainstream. A couple decades ago, tattoos were still largely seen as the domain of sailors, bikers or prisoners. But from the hugely successful Miami Ink (and its spinoffs LA Ink, London Ink and NY Ink) to the recently released “Tattoo Barbie,” tattoos are now undeniably widespread.
More than half of Saskatoon’s residents live in a food desert, meaning they are not within walking distance of a supermarket and must travel out of neighbourhood for healthy groceries. On Oct. 15, a crowd of about 30 gathered in one of Saskatoon’s largest food deserts — the Pleasant Hill neighbourhood — to raise awareness of the issue. Many carried signs saying, “Access to healthy food is a human right.”
Four years ago it was just two guys with an idea and a passion for music. Today Vive has influenced dozens of local bands and changed Saskatoon's music scene. And while they're closing the doors on Jale for now, there are bigger and better things to come down the road.
Author and lecturer Christopher diCarlo is a pain in the ass, and he wants you to be one too.