how they work: chris stuart

There’s always a method to the madness of a creator, obsessed with finishing touches and finding inspiration within the process. We slipped behind the scenes to see what propels the passions of a unique mélange of local creatives.

introduction by nicole camack
interviews + art direction by ciara bird
photograph by joshua galloway


occupation: Tattoo Artist
best known for: Traditional Americana and Script Lettering
home base: Plaza Midwood

Your background: No formal art training, I’ve just worked hard to get where I am.

Your first encounter with the tattoo culture: As a teenager, I was really close with an uncle who was heavily tattooed.

Your working method: Less is more! Tattoos need to be able to age properly so keeping it clean and simple will make them recognizable for many years to come.

Some rules of your studio: There really are no set rules as a studio. We just try to make the best tattoos we can.

How did you develop your signature style: I wouldn’t say I have a signature style. I continue to grow and learn new things, even after 16 years of tattooing, and I try to remain as versatile as possible. The day I quit learning and growing as an artist, is the day I quit tattooing.

What’s the most challenging project you’ve ever done: Every tattoo is a challenge if you truly care about the outcome. I’m my own worst critic in so many ways, and I know it can always be better.

What was the last experience that totally blew your mind: It’s a toss up between touring the north island of New Zealand, and Italy.

Can you image yourself doing anything else? Tattooing is my passion so even if I couldn’t tattoo anymore, I would still be involved in the business. However, it has been a dream and a goal in life to speak to children about living a clean and drug free lifestyle.

This interview was conducted early 2013.

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