Sebastian Murray

Intersectionality in Tattooing with Sebastian Murray

On this episode of One Step Beyond, we are joined by Sebastian Murray, a queer tattooer working in both Calgary and Lethbridge.

This episode delves into gatekeeping. Sebastian highlights the intricacies of working in a self-governed industry, and dives into how the old gates need to be eradicated, and why some should have never been built in the first place.

We explore how Sebastian is blazing a trail in tattooing. As a trans man with 24 years lived experience as a woman, Sebastian speaks of his awareness of other people’s experiences. He ensures his clients are empowered to do what’s best for them in their body and is setting a new standard of what it means to be comfortable during a tattoo.

On this episode, Aram and Sebastian discuss an industry that has both beautiful and challenging traditions. Sebastian shares his expertise on the topic, emphasizing how he’s making the process of getting a tattoo more approachable and is working to challenge industry standards.


  • Creating an intersectionalist pipeline of talent
  • Empowered people to do what’s best for them in their body
  • Challenging industry standards

Connect with Sebastian:
Sebastian Murray Tattoos
Black Magic Collective
Blackbird Electric Tattoo

Connect with Aram: