The Team

All of our world-class tattoo artists are by appointment only and usually booked a few months out, but we also accept walk-ins. We look forward to making you a masterpiece.

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Hi! I’m Shane with 30 years of experience

SHANE IS COMPLETELY BOOKED AND NOT TAKING ANY NEW CLIENTS UNTIL WINTER. 

SHANE FAULKNER is the co-founder of The Tell Tale Heart and an award-winning tattoo artist with nearly 30 years experience in the industry. In 2000, Shane opened his first tattoo shop King of Fools in Toronto, Ontario, where he apprenticed several successful artists including AMANDA MARIE, who now joins him at The Tell Tale Heart. King of Fools went on to become one of the city’s most prominent custom tattoo shops. After becoming a father, he decided to make the move to a private studio on Brant Street in picturesque downtown Burlington, Ontario so he could spend more time with his wife and daughter. Their family fell in love with Burlington and on March 12, 2016 Shane and his wife filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic opened THE TELL TALE HEART TATTOO & GALLERY, a one-of-a-kind custom tattoo studio and fine art gallery at 496 Brant Street in downtown Burlington. Shane does large scale custom tattooing by appointment only. Shane loves to work within the realms of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and classical arts. His work has appeared in the Blade Runner Ultimate Edition Box Set and the Star Wars tattoo theme book The Force in the Flesh.

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Hi! I’m Amanda Marie with 19 years of experience

AMANDA IS BACK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE AND TATTOOING ONLY TWO DAYS A WEEK FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. SHE HAS A FULL WAIT LIST AND APPRECIATES YOUR PATIENCE AS SHE WORKS THROUGH IT BEFORE ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.  

AMANDA MARIE has been tattooing professionally since 2001. She apprenticed extensively under SHANE FAULKNER, who taught her the importance of being versatile and fluid in all styles of the trade. A graduate of both Sheridan and OCAD, she blends her fine arts training with her background in graffiti art and alternative media to create superior and unique custom tattoos. She has traveled the world to showcase her work, which has been featured in various international tattoo magazines, and her paintings and illustrations have appeared in the books GRAFFITI WOMEN: STREET ART FROM FIVE CONTINENTS and AMPHETAMINE HEART by Liz Worth. Her passion for the craft continues to push her in new directions both professionally and personally.

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Hi! I’m Carole Nelan with 13 years of experience

CAROLE NELAN has been tattooing since 2007. She graduated from McMaster University in 2003 with a combined Honours degree in Art and English. She’s great at tattooing all styles, but if you like your ink “Old School,” “Western” or “Traditional American,” Carole is your gal. She makes the type of tattoos that can be seen from across the street — bold outlines, bright colours, infinite design possibilities. But don’t be shy if you want a pair of black and grey sleeves either! (Like we said, she’s good at everything.) Her art background includes many types of media, but she is most passionate about painting and print making. When she is not busy making tattoos, she spends most of her down time drawing and painting. Carole is also a big fan of science fiction, movies and comic books. Click the button below to book an appointment with Carole.

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Hi! I’m Sinead Stewart with 10 years of experience

SINEAD STEWART is a true believer that kindness is the key to success. She’s been tattooing for 10 years and has quickly gained a dedicated clientele because of her amazing work and positive attitude. Whether it’s her clean, detail-oriented blackwork or her bold, saturated colour tattoos, Sinead is a cut above. Having established the first and only tattoo shop in TURKS and CAICOS, and a certified sober life coach, she knows all about following your dreams and being true to yourself. If you’ve been waiting for an intricate mandala, a bold colour piece, or a totally unique concept, Sinead will create a custom design for you that reflects your individuality.

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Hi! I’m Matt Manna apprentice

MATT MANNA was born with an appreciation for art. Fast forward 20 years – after graduating from OCAD in 2007 with a BFA in photography, he freelanced as a live music photographer, silk-screen and mixed media artist. Matt has exhibited his work widely throughout Toronto over the last decade with multiple pieces in private collections. Also a certified teacher, he has taught art & business at the high school level. He is currently apprenticing under the watchful eye of veteran tattoo artist, Shane Dean Faulkner. Matt’s style has deep roots in surrealism with bold graphic elements that reflect that of a psychedelic dream.

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