Chris Rene: Q & A
WRITER Chris Casey
PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Goodrich
Inked: Do you recommend the “reality tv/competition” route for others? What are some of the first things that come to mind when I ask that?
Rene: People can think of it like damn I have to go out in front of all these people or they can see it as I get to go out in front of all these people. The latter is the way to view it in my eyes or you aren’t really in love with this way of life. For a new artist, it’s an opportunity for the artists and labels to get together and test things out. I used to think [these reality competition shows] were all fake. Plastic people in my mind. But then I go do it and realize that was just a projection, something I conjured up and created. Shows like that are definitely worth the shot. It’s great publicity and a great experience.
Inked: Who was the coolest judge to talk with off camera?
Rene: I like girls, so Paula was my favorite. She’s also a legend.
Inked: Coming off the success of your X-Factor run, what or whom do you look to most to keep you motivated and focused?
Rene: My two sons, friends, family, and God. They are the reason I do this. I get all the inspiration I need from them.
Inked: What is most important to you when making your music?
Rene: It’s about entertaining and making music that rocks. I like to provide a distraction from the shit in life that sucks. All of us have problems, some more severe, but we all have problems. So I concentrate on making the best product I can and connecting with my fans.
Inked: What are your upcoming plans for music (i.e. projects, collaborations, tours, etc.)?
Rene: I’m promoting the EP, I’m Right Here. Getting word out and letting people know what I’m about.
Inked: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Rene: For the artists out there that are rising, just keep going and have no fear. Do what you do and don’t stop having fun with it. No fear and believing in yourself will do incredible things for you.
Inked: When not doing something with music, what do you like to do most?
Rene: Hang with my boys and love life. I go to the beach. I’m just trying to keep my house clean.
Inked: Who are a few tattoo artists you haven't been Inked by, but would like to be?
Rene: There are so many. Do you have any Cali. recommendations? I know you know some dope cats.
Inked: Which is your favorite tattoo and why?
Rene: "Love Life" It's on my knuckles, right in front of my face, and will always be a good message. Shout out to Tiffany Wells ad Cub for zapping this message on me.