Chris Saint Clark is a name spread across many industries, mainly for his fantastic artwork and being an industry renowned tattoo artist specialising in black and grey realism and owner of notable Nashville based Tattoo studio Kustom Thrills. He is also a musician, an actor (The Devil Walks Among Us -2015 and Race With The Devil – 2014) and a procurer of classic cars. Many of which have been featured in magazines across the world.
“Tattoos are very healing. They represent something to the bearer that words can’t express. They tell a story only that person knows.” – Chris Saint Clark
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Chris recently found inspiration from a picture taken by iconic rock photographer Chad Lee of Slayer’s legendary guitar player Kerry King. He drew the photo and Chad and Kerry were so impressed, they have agreed to team up and have some of the prints signed by Chad, Chris and Kerry himself. They will be then releasing them as limited edition prints available online to fans. The date will be confirmed later this year for the signing and official release. So make sure to keep an eye on their socials!
Ask Chris Saint Clark how he got into tattooing and he will say, “Fast cars, fast women, and faster living.” Though, truth be told he has been an artist his whole life. Yet somehow, he’s managed to live this long, leading to a life of artistry before heading to East Nashville.
Chris honed his skills after high school through the Art Instruction Schools of Minnesota. Upon receiving his B.A. in Arts in 1992, he set off in search of a tattoo apprenticeship. After five years, in 1997 tattoo legend Tony Olivas brought him in at Sacred Heart in Atlanta. During those formative years, Chris worked closely with an impressive roster of artists. After the events of 9/11, Chris joined the state guard achieving the rank of 2LT. He also tapped into a philanthropic side and joined the Freemason’s in 2003. Establishing a sense of community carried with him today.
2007 marks the year Chris moved to Nashville and opened his premiere tattoo studio in the heart of Five Points; Kustom Thrills. Now a business owner, his peers consider him a mentor, a philanthropist, an equal, a car enthusiast, and a comedian. Saint Clark has appeared at over 300 conventions in his 20-year career and has taken home over 100 awards for his artwork and tattooing. His industry expertise has been quoted in various media outlets. His artwork is also published in several industry magazines as well as online.
A heavily laden motif of black and grey realism resonates from Chris’ work. Concentrated on horror, sci-fi imagery, and portraiture. He can be found on tour representing such industry leaders as H2Ocean, Eternal Ink, Tatsoul and now is on the advisory board for Find Me Ink.
“Chris Saint Clark is the MOST incredible artist who works in body ink PERIOD!!!” – Phil Kaufman ( legendary tour manager; Rolling Stones, American record producer, and author, best known for stealing the body of Gram Parsons, and burning it in Joshua tree monument)
“Chris Saint Clark is a punkabilly asshole! but his tattoo work is outstanding. I wont go anywhere else for Ink. Im happy to call him a friend!!” – John Corabi (Motley Crue, Ratt, The Dead Daisies)
“It’s an honor to carry Chris Saint Clark’s work on my body. His detailing and shading is immaculate, The line work is pristine. He’s a great human being as well which is a bonus in this business” – Christopher Williams (Drummer- Accept)
Fans can find Kustom Thrills Tattoos at the following locations: