Feature Profiles

Balancing Art and Motherhood in Calgary

Mandy Wendt: Immaculate Concept tattoo artist 

Thumb The air smells like sterilization, and all you hear are machines constantly buzzing and buzzing. A place with strong smells, strong noises, and strong personalities shouldn't be enticing, but apparently it is. It's Mandy Wendt's sanctuary. It's this single mom's creative outlet, and her second home: Immaculate Concept Tattoo.
Wendt has been a tattoo artist for seven years in Calgary, and has been at Immaculate Concept for four of those years.
Sitting in her private office surrounded by drawings, paintings, and stencils, Wendt discusses how she got into the tattoo business: "I think its just chance.


Stuntman Dwayne Wiley a.k.a. ‘Dewey’ refuses to let injuries stop him

Animal trainer and stuntman perseveres despite setbacks

DEWEY buffalo Dwayne Wiley, known in Hollywood circles as Dewey, is a well-known animal trainer and stunt performer whose positive attitude and sheer grit have allowed him to recover from countless injuries.

The dangers of his profession have caused many serious mishaps, but Wiley is proving that little can slow him down.


Culture shock: Bar owner brings South Korea to downtown Calgary

Sungki Lee, owner of Nanta, brings Korean karaoke fun to the YYC bar scene

Nanta ThumbnailWhen Sungki Lee, known by his friends as Ricky, first immigrated to Calgary, he had a horrible late night job serving fast food. Now he serves up his own food, while bringing a bit of his home culture to the city.

Sungki arrived to Calgary from South Korea through a work visa, earning his stay here by doing different jobs around the city.

"When I came to Canada it was to visit my brother. That was five years ago. I didn't even know how to speak English well."


Behind the Boa: Raven Virginia

Burlesque dancer reflects on the choices she's made and where she finds herself today

thumbnail burlesqueShe's a young, thin woman with elegant features, high cheekbones, not a smidge of make-up and brown hair rolled up in a bun.

Raven Virginia — a stage name she uses to protect her ability to work with kids and in theatre productions for children — looks a lot different than she does on stage. She's been dancing in burlesque shows since 2009, and has been passionate about it ever since she discovered The Garter Girls.