Chris Theunissen

from The Tattoo Studio 012

What inspired you to become a full time tattoo artist?

From a very young age I’ve always enjoyed art. As a child I collected Pokémon cards and watched Dragon Ball Z like most people from my generation, but for me it was more about the illustrations than anything else. I truly just found it fascinating. I got my first tattoo at the age of 15 and I just found the whole experience to be so magical, from the sounds of the machine to the visuals and smell of the shop! Since that day I’ve pretty much been hooked on the scared art-form that is tattooing.

How do you like to make sure you keep progressing as an artist?

I try and work with different mediums and styles. Reading up on the old masters, their perceptions and process of creating also helps me out a lot. Spending time with other artists to just pick their brain about the techniques they use. A mentor told me to always have a sketchbook handy for when those ideas strike you.

What style of tattoo do you enjoy creating the most and why?

Blackwork pieces with good contrast between solid blacks and negative spaces, playing around with line weights. I also love doing Neo-traditional and Traditional pieces. Truly anything that’s going to age well and stand the test of time.


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