A tattoo artist who allegedly swindled Fort St. John customers is being warned by the community.
According to multiple sources, Mason Selvidge is well known for taking clients’ money for unfinished work, among other claims.
Selvidge, who is currently located in Grande Prarie, has traveled to Prince George and Fort St. John for tattoo clients.
Nathan Swetlikoff is a recent client. He met him five years back as a guest artist in Fort St. John.
Selvidge worked on Swetlikoff’s first tattoo, and when he left the local studio, Swetlikoff followed the artist on Facebook and Instagram.
Selvidge was contacted by him to arrange a second tattoo session.
Swetlikoff traveled to Grande Prairie in January with his girlfriend. There, he booked a place at the hotel. Selvidge then began the tattoo.
Selvidge spent $800 on a day with the tattoo artist. But Selvidge later asked Swetlikoff whether they would be able to finish the piece that day.
“He’s like, ‘Hey since you’re going to be here first thing in the morning again, do you think you can give me that 600 cash?’” Swetlikoff said.
Swetlikoff stated that he sent him an electronic transfer right away because of his history and Selvidge’s new tattoo.
“It’s either I pay you now, or I pay at [10 a.m.] in the morning,” he said.
Selvidge sent him a message that night asking for an additional hundred dollars.
Although he thought it was odd, his girlfriend also believed it, and he decided it was fair considering how much work he did and would do. Swetlikoff stated that he offered Selvidge $50 extra.
The next morning, Swetlikoff received another message saying that Selvidge wanted to sleep in so he ‘asked’ to meet at 11 a.m.
He went to Selvidge’s house a little early and messaged him, saying he would wait outside until Selvidge was ready.
Selvidge began messaging him to try and avoid an appointment.
Selvidge told him then that he would take all his belongings and drive all the way all the ways to Fort St. John for his final tattoo.
“He’s got nowhere to do it. He’s got no driver’s license. He’s got no way to get out here,” Swetlikoff said.
After a back and forth, with Swetlikoff trying to get a refund from Selvidge, he was told all the money was spent and he wouldn’t be getting it back.
Following the encounter and Swetlikoff’s Facebook post explaining his experience with Mason, he received death threats from the artist.
Swetlikoff claims that Swetlikoff’s tattoo has been infected and is unfinished.
Swetlikoff offered to remove the posting and make an announcement for the artist’s redemption if the money was returned.
“He won’t do it. He will not do it,” Swetlikoff said.
Former Colleague says there were “red flags”
Selvidge’s former colleague, who wished to remain anonymous due to the aforementioned death threats, mentioned some of the “red flags” they noticed while working alongside him for six months.
The colleague couldn’t remember how the two came into contact, but they say he was very adamant that they had what it took to be a tattoo artist.
He was charismatic, kind and very charming. However, he knew exactly what he was doing and even took a large amount of money from his colleague and her.
They say that he would take deposits from people and then “drop from the face of the planet,” ignoring clients or even blocking them, similar to Swetlikoff’s experience with Selvidge.
He also would often only do half the work on a tattoo and then withdraw the funds without ever responding to clients.
According to a colleague, Selvidge started his shop in suspicious circumstances. He rented a unit and turned it into a studio. It is not clear if Selvidge was allowed to do this.
They remember the conditions of the space as ” dirty.”
“I recognized it as a very dangerous place to get tattooed.”
If the two other colleagues didn’t get there three hours before clients came in, the place would be covered in dog hair, pee and beer bottles, they claimed.
“I had a lot of faith in him. I really did.”
It became less professional as time passed. They say that it took them six months to realize they had to end the relationship. In response to this, he publicly attacked them via Facebook.
What a punk people like this deserve to get punished
I’m covered in them and I have never and will never get work done and/or have ANYONE touch me unless it’s an extremely professional, clean, and a reputable artist. You all that had this done to them are too nice, too trustworthy, and or too damn gullible…?
Russian’s are pretty much all crooks. They are very deceitful and unethical people in general. I just make it a point to not do business with them.
The scanner wasn’t Russian, one of the people who got scammed was. But yeah, go off man.
Artist should not even be in the headline. This is a tattooist, by no means a “tattoo artist”
Clients need to be a bit more aware of who they choose to put something on them that is going to be permanent. This is a lifetime commitment and investment….lesson learned I hope.
I have no knowledge of this particular individual, but this article basically describes at least half of the tattoo industry. It’s a bit Karen-ish to blast the guy as dumb as he behaves. And maybe value is in the cautionary tale… but nobody should get tattooed by lame shady assessment. And if ya get burned then take it up with the individual. I could write an identical story about clients burning the artist as well. For one Karma is a you know what, and secondly this guy’s reputation was probably destroyed all over town before this article popping up on Google main feed. Point being do your research on your tattooer. Clients unfortunately don’t have to pass background checks either and I’ve been burned by shady people. It’s the industry. You’re either in it fully or you shouldn’t be part of it. And the scum falls off naturally. Like this clown
Chris Rhyason is one to talk. My experience with him was similar when he worked at BEAR SKIN ART in Edmonton, AB. He basically fired himself 18 hours into the tattoo he started on me. I’ve spent so much time and money fixing up his substandard tattoo work on my sleeve/chest plate I regret meeting him and allowing him to butcher my skin. The last time I let him tattoo me he got 90 minutes into the session and informed that I was bleeding too much and that he had to stop also he made wait 4 months for my appointment and made me wait 2 hours for him to start tattooing me as he fist had to finish up with his other client and then he had to in his own words “Feed my stupid face.”