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About Us

Hi - I'm Kathy Cooke. Artwork has been something my life revolved around since I was a child. I was handed a machine from two close friends, and they were my first human canvases. I immediately fell in love with tattooing and it quickly became my favourite medium. That was back in 1991, and I have hardly put down the gun.

I cut my teeth in Toronto at Abstract Arts Tattoos & The Lower East Side Tattoo Studios. I opened my own shop, Life Itself, in 1999 at 5 Dunlop St. East in Barrie, Ontario. In recent years I have been taking some time to raise a family, for those who know me as Kathy Body I am now married and have become Kathy Cooke. I also now have three beautiful children. I enjoyed being at 100 Penetang for 5 years, from 2008, and am now excited to announce that in

March 2013 Life Itself Tattoos moved to 62 Mary Street in downtown Barrie,

where I think I'll stay and grow.

For the most up to date tattoo images Like our Facebook page!

Tattooing is by appointment only. Please call 705-733-8969. 

Thanks to everyone who have gotten me to where I am today, my brothers in "arms"

Damian McGrath, Tattoo Jeff, Stu Kay, Bruce Smuck, Steve Gilbert, Darren Boode, Stan Wong, Dave Petrecic, Danny Day, Bill Reid, Rob MacDonald, Cory Cooper & Turtle. You all taught me something. Still my tattoo hero, Filip Leu. My friends, Dana & Andrzej for making my website and always being there for me. My friend, my husband, Chris.

This website is currently awaiting recent projects, but there is still a lot to see! Everything prior to 2003 is still available in the Archived Gallery. New photos soon, busy tattooing!

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Text and images Copyright 1999-2016 Kathy Cooke, Life Itself Tattoos. All rights reserved.
Some photographs Copyright 1999-2015 Tarafrost Photography
Absolutely no reproduction allowed without prior permission from the author(s).

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