Words of praise, the sharing of personal experiences and demonstrations of the power of transformation, spiritual awakenings and healing. Your countless stories inspire us and encourage us to keep going deeper and deeper into our exploration and discoveries of the art of tattooing.
Don Dickie, Gatineau, Quebec – Canada
When I arrived, I did not view the tattoo experience as a rite of passage – but now that I have finished two of the five days needed, I am re-evaluating that position. Something has changed – part of it is getting to know Raven and Daemon and sharing the experience with them. Part of it is being part of the creative process – not the hand that is guiding the tattoo needle, but rather the canvas that is receiving a wonderful piece of art. A living canvas has a fairly intimate relationship with the tattoo artist. There is also the part that is the discomfort of receiving tattoos particularly large ones. There is a feeling of accomplishment, of overcoming a major challenge – similar to running a marathon – that infuses you at the end of each day.
Carla Spizzirri, Toronto, ON – Canada
Raven & Daemon!! I just wanted to thank you both again for the time you spent and the care you both took with me today! I’m very happy to have met you both and I love my tattoo transformation so far!!
Katy Scharf, Toronto, ON – Canada
I want to thank you for the experience of transformation through your artistry. I knew as I left that the experience was not quite complete. On my way home this evening I was moved to search my yard. I quietly wandered and asked for an offering or sign. Before me I found this feather. I knew then, that with some creativity, this feather would be transformed as I was and should be offered to you for your altar. A reminder that we are all on the right path. I am grateful to have crossed paths with you.
Dolores Salken, Toronto, ON – Canada
I LOVE my tattoo! Daemon, once again you have exceeded my expectations of how the piece would end up looking. It’s more beautiful than I initially imagined! And now to plan the next phase…. I’m so excited!
Kathleen B., Ottawa, ON – Canada
“Thank you both for creating space for deep healing and transformation! Everything was divinely orchestrated; I deeply appreciate your kindness throughout the experience and especially as I was processing the next day. Receiving this tattoo from Daemon was a spiritual initiation that granted me the power of choice – and the courage to cross the threshold to a deeper state of authenticity as I release karmic doubt and debt. The sacred symbology gracing my leg feels like a download of the highest kind, which I continue to decode and decipher. The opportunity for illumination and integration is profound. While in Fergus, I overheard Raven say “shock is a mercy, a gift from spirit” – truth! This body art is a potent reminder for me to be in agreement and honour my path.”
Jay, Ottawa, ON – Canada
“I once read in the Teachings of Don Juan that like a dog trying to find the perfect spot to lay in, so to must we find our position in order to attain a higher level. I believe that Daemon and Raven have found their little piece of heaven in Fergus. From the moment I arrived, I felt a sense of peace and tranquility. It was a delight to be welcomed to their retreat. This experience was definitely worth the 7-hour journey from Ottawa. Getting into the “zone” as Daemon likes to call it can be very enlightening. I am fortunate to have had such an experience. For me the time spent was like a spiritual awakening. I found myself reflecting on things that hadn’t entered my mind in years. It was truly refreshing. Daemon worked free hand to cover an existing tattoo that I had not been happy with for years. The result is something unique that will always remind me of the special time that I spent with them in their oasis.”
Alesia Scadden, Toronto, ON – Canada
“Dear Daemon and Raven Words cannot express the depth of emotion that I feel when I look at the beautiful artwork you created for me. Something so beautiful and amazing has blossomed out of such sadness. It truly has been a journey of healing, acceptance and self-discovery. I just wanted to thank you for your caring encouragement and guidance through this transition. While I still have a long way to go, I feel a greater sense of connectedness to both of my deceased brothers. They, too, would have appreciated your work and I’m sure they love it as much as I do.”
Amar, Guelph, ON – Canada
“Since getting the ik onkar tattoo on my shoulder, I have experienced some strange, but truly wonderful tingles and feelings where the tattoo is located, especially during prayer and meditation. Truly believe it is the power in the tattoo (symbol). Some people may doubt it and some may believe it, but I do believe there is something magical happening. Not only that, but Daemon’s positive energy and spirit are also in the tattoo. He is truly remarkable at what he does and I feel blessed to have him put his time, energy and efforts into my tattoo. Both Raven and Daemon are wonderful and are very caring to your needs and work with you to make your experience the best possible.”
Judith P.,Toronto, ON – Canada
“Although it has been years since my first tattoo, I can remember it as if it were yesterday. I did not know what to expect. I only knew that I wanted a tattoo of my primary totem – leopard. I had Daemon choose the music, which I greatly enjoyed. At first, I felt a tingling, stinging sensation and as I relaxed into the music, I was a leopard! I could sense the awareness (of being leopard) within my mind. I felt a floating sensation. I felt that as my tattoo progressed, I became more leopard. I could feel my body as leopard / my whiskers, my claws, my muscles rippling as I moved. Gradually, I “knew” I was leopard and in Africa. I was relaxing in a sausage tree. I had eaten well and was content. It was nearing dusk. In the distance, I began to see flickers of light, which I soon recognized as campfires. I could see the silhouettes of the Bedouin people round the fires. I could see their tents and their goats and hear their voices. I could smell the smoke from the fires and feel the breeze ruffle my fur. I had no sense of time, only of being timeless. I did not want this feeling to end, but my tattoo was finished. Slowly, I removed myself from the trance-like state. I was back to reality. However, I know that this beautiful experience would have remained with me for as long as I was alive.”
Nicole Lewis & Jackie Detillieux, Ottawa, ON – Canada
“I would like to thank you all for taking the tattoo experience to another level of intimacy and spirituality. We cleansed and shed one skin to regain another. What a way to begin such an intense session! Using your stunning, spa, a visual treat in itself, was most pleasurable and relaxing for us both.”
Steven – Toronto, ON – Canada
“Plastic surgeons failed me. Nothing could be done about the severe acne scars mottling my entire back, a parting gift from my teenage years. Skin heals around hair follicles, but they are spread too far apart on the body (as opposed to the face) for treatments like dermabrasion, laser and peels to be effective. I was depressed. For a gay man to keep his shirt on in a dance club screams: I’m hiding something (which I was). And whenever I did meet a new guy, I feared “the moment of truth” ie sex). I’d make sure the lights were off and hope he didn’t reject me when the sun came up. I could have gone to therapy. Instead, I got a tattoo. I saw the work Daemon had done on a guy with even worse acne scarring than mine. Daemon’s unique style is perfect for camouflaging. I chose the caduceus because it’s a symbol of healing (which is what I was after), and it’s carried by Hermes, the messenger (I’m a writer). Twenty-two hours, six sessions and many chocolate covered almonds later (you have GOT to keep your sugar levels up!), and a part of my body that I truly hated was transformed into a thing of beauty. At the risk of sounding like a cheesy Jenny Craig commercial, it has changed my life.”
Adam Sky – Antigua
“I just want to let you both know how grateful we are for the wonderful experience we had getting my Tattoo, people here at home are truly amazed by the artwork, and I am very proud and honored to wear it. I finally attracted a tattoo into my life that I am completely in love with.”
Chris and Liz Ihling, Phoenix, Arizona – USA
“We have been back in AZ for a while now and the art has healed up wonderfully. I am amazed every time I look at the new piece. It is exactly what I was looking for. Liz is equally impressed at hers as well. Daemon’s ability to take an idea and expand it to create art is awe-inspiring.”
Maggie, Pasadena, California – USA
“I want to express how deeply grateful I am for your amazing part in the complex and intimate experience of receiving my tattoo. I am so appreciative of your artistic ability and way of being, as well as your respect for the process of changing one’s body, changing my body, in a strangely profound way that continues to surprise and delight me.”
Jenny St. Germain, Durham, ON – Canada
“After combing through Daemon’s website and having my mind blown away, I knew he was the only person on the planet to make visible something that was already energetically there: a delicate, intricate work of sacred body art to honour the birth of my daughter and my own rebirth as someone wanting to live life fearlessly. The experience itself was perfect in every way: the inspiring environment, the effortless design consultation, the state-of-the-art equipment and the grounding of good conversation. I love my first tattoo. Daemon, thank you for such a gift!”
Marisa, Toronto, ON – Canada
“Battling through cancer was the toughest journey I’ve ever had to make, but beating it was the most triumphant. I never thought that getting a tattoo to represent my journey could be so cathartic and spiritual. Daemon and Raven, you are both responsible for helping me over the last hurdle. You have given me closure and left me with the most beautiful, awe inspiring, envious piece of art on my body. I am so very thankful for the tranquility your environment provided, the amusement your conversation conjured and the comfort your smiles gave to me. The memory of this priceless experience will forever be etched in my mind and on my skin. Thank you, I am 300% satisfied.”
Eddie N., Massachusetts – USA
“Thank you so much for the warm welcome and generous hospitality. We both felt right at home as soon as we walked in. You guys have created an atmosphere that makes the tattoo experience a meaningful one. I have gotten many compliments on my tattoo already. Daemon, I had complete trust in you from the start to integrate my existing work with your style and you came through 100%. My old pieces were just floating in space and you brought them together and gave them purpose and new life, you’re a genius! I can’t wait to make the trip to finish my sleeve.”
Jay O Rear, San Francisco, CA – USA
“Getting my first tattoo was a serious matter; I wanted to commemorate a major spiritual emergence, and I searched for nearly two years for an artist with whom I felt a kinship. When I first saw Daemon’s online portfolio, I felt an immediate connection. Themes of transformation vibrate through his work, and I saw an organic quality I’d not seen from other artists. It looked like the tattoos had ‘always been there, and I especially liked the dark palette of much of his work the deep reds, purples, and blacks evoked sub-flesh structures pushing up through the skin, rather than being etched on top of it. I don’t have anything else to compare it to, but working with Daemon was a profound experience that in many ways echoed the spiritual emergence I was trying to commemorate. Over two six-hour days, as the darkly bursting phoenix emerged across the right side of my back, I entered a deeply meditative state that traversed both pain and pleasure. I directed my awareness as completely as possible into the sensations of the needle while hooking into the continuous trance-inducing music playing in the background. At times, I felt simultaneously out of my body and completely within it, drawn along a powerful internal journey by the needle. Powerful emotions arose and melted away. All of which sounds very serious, but both Daemon and Raven are cheery, funny and loving hosts who provided much comfort and warmth in their amazing home. My only regrets are that I was sort of ‘out of it’ in between the sessions and that I couldn’t stay longer to visit. I really can’t imagine working with anyone else in the future.”
Murray Macleod, Toronto, ON – Canada
“I’d like to thank Daemon and yourself for the wonderful day Ali and I shared in your beautiful home. The entire experience couldn’t have been better. Quite a long day for Daemon. He did well. We are enjoying a piece of GIDDY YOYO as we juice our vegetables with Moringa.
My tattoo has healed beautifully. Quite a lot of interest from our friends. Especially the already inked ones. Your website has not been off my phone for three weeks now. Everyone is fascinated with Daemons designs and style. Very original and unique. I love what Daemon has designed for me. It is truly stunning and beautiful. I’m very happy.”