An Interview with Chris Stuart

Photo by Tim Hendricks

Chris Stuart has spent the past decade honing his skills, and pursuing his true passion as a tattoo artist. Chris describes his style as “less is more,” and strives to take traditional Americana tattoo style and put his subtle and personal touch upon it. We had the chance to ask Chris some questions:

TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Chris Stuart – I had an uncle that was 5 years older than me. I really looked up to him and all of his friends. They treated me like a little brother. We were all into skateboarding and all styles of music. They started getting tattooed, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was already heavy into drawing and painting, but seeing art come to life on skin blew my mind. My uncle took me to get tattooed by his tattooer, Randy Herring. After a few years of getting tattooed, I told Randy I was interested in learning. He said to find someone who would get tattooed while he watched… and when he did, he hired me on the spot. I quit my graphic and printing job the next day.

TY – You describe your style as “less is more”. Can you tell us what that means to you and your art?

CS – I think a tattoo should be done so that it looks great 20 years later. It’s nice to be able to recognize what a tattoo is from across the room.

TY – I’ve seen you work in Japanese, Realistic, Script, and Traditional styles. Which is your favorite style to work in?

CS – Traditional tattooing is by far my favorite, but I do like being as versatile as possible.

TY – What are your favorite themes to draw, paint, or tattoo?

CS – Roses are the first thing that come to mind.  I know that’s a very common thing, but you can’t go wrong with a good rose.

TY – Why do you think people come to you to get tattooed?

CS – I would have to say, because each client knows I give 100% in making their tattoo the best I can. Whether it’s a rad traditional tattoo, or a simple infinity loop, it has my name on it.

TY – Any advice for young artists who are passionate about getting into tattoo?

CS – Travel and get tattooed as much as possible.

TY – Your Dagger design we printed – what inspired you to create that? Is there any significance or meaning behind it?

CS – Honestly, I just sat down and worked up something I thought people may like to wear.

TY – Your Eagle Skull Heart design we just printed – what inspired you to create that? Is there any significance or meaning behind it?

CS – Same as the last question, really.  I wanted to make something clean and simple that would appeal to many different people.

TY – Tattoo is fundamentally permanent. How do you feel about having some of your designs being used as temporary tattoos?

CS – I think it’s great. It’s really nice to see the caliber of tattooers you have designing these. I think that makes a difference. The tattoo industry is growing in so many ways. I think if great tattooers stick together and continue to put out great artwork in various forms, society will learn what a great tattoo can look like.

TY – Well, Chris, your tattoos look great. Thanks for being part of the team!

You can buy Chris’ temporary tattoos on his TattooYou page.

And, you can follow him on Instagram.

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