Upcoming Guest Artist – Chris de Villiers

Next month we’ll have the super wonderful Chris de Villiers! He’ll be back at the Modern Body Art Studio for a whole ten days. from the Sepember 2nd til the 12th.

We decided to ask him some questions. Some of those questions were relevant to the world of tattoing, some were less so.

How long have you been tattooing and where have you worked so far?

I’ve been tattooing for nearly 6 years. I started at Fine Lines Tattoos which is in a beach town called Blouberg and then moved to a shop called Body Architects in Claremont. Now I’m at Good Things Tattoo Co in Salt River. All these shops were in CapeTown, South Africa.

What is your earliest memory of tattoos or tattooing? Was anyone in your family tattooed for instance.
I saw my first tattoo when I went to biker festivals with my dad when i was about 3 years old.

Can you remember the moment you thought “I wanna do this” or, “This is something I can do”?
Yes, first 5 minutes into getting my first tattoo.

Do you work on an hourly rate or fixed prices?
Hourly rates

How do you tend to work? Do you draw ahead of time or freehand on the day? Do you let customers see the design before the day etc?
I like to keep a mixture of both. 70% of the design is done the night before.

Do you consider yourself to have a style? If so, what is it and was it a conscious decision to focus on that, or did it just naturally happen?
My style consists of mostly black inspired neo traditonal, ornamental and blackwork.Do you enjoy the social media side of tattooing or is it a necessary chore?
It’s mostly a chore for me.

Do you think tattoo TV shows have been good or bad for the industry?
I honestly don’t care about them anymore.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of tattooing over the next 10 years or so?
Optimist

What was the song on your MySpace profile?
Never had myspace.

If you could be the protagonist of any film, which film would you choose e.g Elliot in E.T or The Bride in Kill Bill?
Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

Who is your favourite artist, not including tattooists?
Da Vinci

Best TV show on right now?
Rick and morty

Since you are coming to Birmingham, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Nick Drake?
Black Sabbath

Would you rather have a head the size of a tennis ball or the size of a watermelon?
Tennis ball

Would you rather be an ugly genius or a hot moron and why?
Ugly genius. There are too many morons already

How far would you go for 1 million Instagram followers?
I would punch our president in his face (Jacob Zuma)

Follow Chris on Instagram to see more of his work as well as some available designs at chrisd3viltattoos