Artists: Kris Magnotti
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in the fall of 2000.
How did you get into tattooing?
I was into hardcore and hanging with scumbags that had tattoos and I wanted to be a scumbag too. Look at me now!
Where did you apprentice?
I did an apprenticeship at American Tattoo in Hillsdale, NY, home of the tumbleweed.
Do you have any special training?
Not really – just the usual type of stuff.
What conventions have you worked at?
I do National’s convention every year along with the NY one. I just started doing some of the Euro ones as well. I got a few plaques for my mom to hang on her wall.
How do you describe your style?
Ummmm … I guess Americanized Japanese stuff, mostly. I like doing Americana stuff, of course – like the rest of us.
What inspires you as an artist?
Anything visually striking I guess. It could be something in nature or even on a cereal box. Anything and everything.
What other mediums do you work with?
I paint a bit with watercolor and acrylics on paper.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Starting a big Japanese-style piece or a little traditional thing that can be done in one shot.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Well Shaun Topper, but he’s only famous on the beaches of Long Island.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
People with good skin.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give to them?
If it’s a girl I’m tattooing, I tell her, “Don’t tell your dad.” If its a guy, I tell him, “Don’t tell your mom.”
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
An all white sleeve on a 60 year old sun worshipper. Oh, wait … thought the question was “Is there any tattoo that you would die from doing?”