Ashley Tai

Ashley Tai is a Toronto-based illustrator and tattoo artist who enjoys drawing decorative objects and ornaments. She is inspired by Gothic and Victorian subject matter with influence from the ornamental nature of Art Nouveau. Through this blended lens, she creates bold yet delicate designs. When she is not drawing, she can be found perusing antique markets for shiny and usually useless trinkets to fuel her Nouveau Gothic daydreams.

Chinese Folk Tales: A Tattoo Series

This series comprises four large-scale tattoo pieces based on these Chinese folk tales: The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl, The Four Dragons, Hou Yi and the Ten Suns, and The Legend of the Jade Rabbit. This series cultivates an appreciation for Chinese culture by portraying well-known folk tales as pieces of art that can be worn.

Tattooed Memories

Tattoos can be used as mementos for important events or people in life. Because of their permanence, they can represent a time in your life that you want to remember far into the future. This series of tattoos highlights important memories throughout my life, beginning from childhood to the present day.

The Beauty and Danger of Fungi

This series of infographics features four deadly fungi and two corresponding motion pieces.

Ornithology Calendar

A calendar spread featuring the Superb Starling, a brightly-coloured bird found in East Africa. Elements of its natural habitat are incorporated into the decorative borders of the calendar.