“A Day in the Life” with Black Line Studio tattoo shop owner Ion Nicolae

Ion Nicolae is the owner of Toronto’s celeb-favourite tattoo shop Black Line Studio. A natural entrepreneur from the start, Ion pioneered his way to changing the city’s tattoo scene from seedy to swanky 12 years ago and is continuing to reinvent the scene with the opening of his second location. A dedicated athlete and artist by day and avid cinematographer and writer by night, Ion’s passion and discipline impress everyone he meets. To be expected, Ion has no plans of slowing down as he is gearing up to take on 2 Ironman competitions this summer in Puerto Rico and Cozumel, a Triathlon in Toronto in July and plans to open a third Black Line Studio in 2019.

6 AM swim workout
6 AM swim workout
10 AM Black Line Studio website meeting with Celine Kirk
10 AM Black Line Studio website meeting with Celine Kirk
11 AM Quick stop in at the new Don Mills location
11 AM Quick stop in at the new Don Mills location
2 PM chatting with Reza after doing his piercing about his next tattoo (taken by Eric Moniz)
2 PM chatting with Reza after doing his piercing about his next tattoo (taken by Eric Moniz)
3 PM taking a quick break at Bar Buca for one of their double espresso zabagliones (taken by Eric Moniz)
3 PM taking a quick break at Bar Buca for one of their double espresso zabagliones (taken by Eric Moniz)
4 PM sharing some brotherly love with my friend and Trisan supplier Michel Lavoie
4 PM sharing some brotherly love with my friend and Trisan supplier Michel Lavoie
6 PM Cycle class at X3 Lab as part of winter training. V02 Max workout.
6 PM Cycle class at X3 Lab as part of winter training. V02 Max workout.
8 PM At home, waiting on Karla to go to the symphony
8 PM At home, waiting on Karla to go to the symphony

What ‘hood are you in?

I live in the St-Lawrence Market neighbourhood – in one of the first loft conversions. I really enjoy the architecture that the neighbourhood offers, as well as the great mix of restaurants, coffee shops, and eclectic residents.

What do you do?

Triathlete each morning, entrepreneur by day, writer/film director at night

What are you currently working on?

Lucky for me, I spend my days doing what I love. Currently, I am training 6 days a week for my third 70.3 Ironman. I am 5 weeks away. I also spend my days working for Black Line Studio, wearing multiple hats as most entrepreneurs do. We just launched our second location in Shops at Don Mills so I navigate daily between my office on Portland Street, the King West location, and the new location. To complete my days, I write, study film and do online business classes.

Where can we find your work?

Black Line Studio downtown is at 573 King Street West and uptown is at 41 Clock Tower Road. You can visit our website.

All my other work can be found at ionnicolae.com

 

 

Joel Levy
About Joel Levy 1518 Articles
Editor-In-Chief at Toronto Guardian. Photographer and Writer for Toronto Guardian and Joel Levy Photography