FLESH FLASH | A tattoo for Atlanta | Chris Yonker
ISSUE 1 : FLESH
Chris yonker CREATES a tattoo design for atlanta.
Musician (Omni, Karaoke) and Mammal Gallery co-founder Chris Yonker began machine tattooing three months ago. In that short time, he’s tattooed 80+ people, many of them selecting designs from Chris’ distinctive, often surrealist tattoo flash.
Chris began machine tattooing to raise money for the expensive surgery required to remove a tumor from his dog, Spottie. In a sense, Spottie’s flesh began the odyssey. Flesh is also the canvas, a material that Chris alters, damages, and elevates nearly every day.
He says, “FLESH is an interesting canvas. Arguably one of the most intimate canvases. Seldom do we even touch our closest friends in the way a tattoo artist has to touch a client. I feel a bit closer to the other person after a session. We share a common goal achieved through pain; I want the experience to be well worth their pain. There’s a lot of responsibility in how permanent this process is. I think about it every time I touch the machine to someone’s skin. It’s an intimidating responsibility when first learning to tattoo.
When I started, I was surprised by how diverse flesh can be. Not only from person to person but even across one person’s body. Skin can be soft, rough, thick, thirsty, firm, squishy, bouncy, bumpy, dry, oily, smooth and so many other things. The diversity of flesh has become a challenge I’ve grown to enjoy. It’s a puzzle I love solving.”
VOLATL asked Chris to create flash for Atlanta. In this design, we see Atlanta as magnet – as collection of odd objects. As a sticking place, energy, and belly-tug.
See more of Chris’ work on Instagram, @morningmouth