Get to Know Chance:
What made you want to be a tattoo artist?
I decided to become a tattooer right after high school. I realized I needed a job, that I enjoy, and the only thing I really enjoyed was art. I was looking for a future, not some fucking ‘job’. So I became a Tattooer.
What’s your background?
My background… here we gooooo…. I’ve always been an artist. I remember being really young, looking at picture books (The Hungry Caterpillar, to be exact, still keep a copy in my station), and trying to figure out how they did it. I cut myself with an exacto blade that night trying to create images like those in the book, I sill remember crying over the sink, all bloody. I got in a lot of trouble as a kid, and every time I did, I got a paper and pencil, so I drew. It was the perfect escape, I was hooked. I seen a piece of graffiti when I was 11, again, hooked. After a few years of bombing trains and business in my small high school town, I got sick of running from the police. I was not interested in school, at the time, huge nerd now!, but I had an A+ in every art class, and only in that class. In those classes I learned about more drawing and painting on canvas, again, hooked. I dropped the illegal graffiti and started painting on canvas. My senior year a friend of a friend wanted me to tattoo her. Her friend had a kit, all that good stuff. I set up in her grandmas basement and started my tattoo career. Lol. I was fucking hooked! The tattoo wasn’t very good, but the feeling it gave me was great. I spent the next few years bouncing around any shop that would entertain me, and tattooing anyone who would let me. In 2012 or soo, I was tattooing in a shop, and Adam Fuqua got a flat tire, so he stopped by for a guest spot. He tattooed in my station, drew the design on this dudes back, tattooed it, entertained all my young tattooer questions and left. I packed up my station, quit tattooing and enrolled in the local college art classes that week. I knew I needed to, and could be better, so I went back to the drawing board. My first class at college, I met Russell Recchion, my instructor, two weeks later he offered me an apprenticeship at his studio. I studied with him for several years, and hope to for the rest of my life. He taught me all about art. Fine art, oil painting, portraiture, landscapes, still life.. that dude changed my life. A year or soo after I quit tattooing, while I was apprenticing Russ, Adam opened up a shop, and offered me an apprenticeship. I lived in that tattoo shop, literally, I showered out of a mop bucket most nights, happily, that was the cleanest mop bucket that ever existed, bet. Slept on massage table, happily. Adam taught me how to be a Tattooer. He took the experience I had acquired and fine tuned it. I traced every piece of flash in that shop, every single piece. That man also changed my life. I’ve been trying to out do both of them ever since.
I got started in broken home, Art was my escape. I created pretty pictures to try and find the beauty in the ugly world that surrounded me. I simply have to create, I never asked to be an artist, some days I feel like it’s a curse. Most days I FUCKING LOVE IT.
What styles do you specialize in or prefer to work on?
I suppose I specialize in free-handing Neo-traditional designs? I prefer tattoos with outlines. Tattoos that can hold up overtime. My only preference is quality and longevity.
My goal is to be remembered, as a great artist. I would love to do more full sleeves, full chests, full legs, full backs. The right forearm is my favorite place to tattoo, if it’s blank. More freehand.
Are there any requests that you turn down?
Odds are if it’s below the cuff or above the collar I’m not doing it. Unless you’re heavily tattooed or my wallet is empty. I didn’t get into tattooing to ruin lives.
How do you work with your clients?
Individually. I treat every about the same, but everyone is different, so I try and accommodate to the individual.
How do you work with your clients?
Ideal clients pay in cash and let me do my thing. Trust me, I probably know how to decorate your body better then you do. I kind of dedicated my existence to it…
Who is your ideal client?
Do your homework, check portfolios, listen to the artist.
What makes Diego Tattoo Studio the best tattoo shop in San Diego?
I’m here, lol
10. I’m new to the area, but home with my lady or at the tattoo shop always wins. But I love fishing, Venissimo cheese is my shit! And paint nights at Tower Tattoo are my things to do here so far.
How do we find you on social media?
Instagram at @chancequinnart , I currently only update that page. I’d rather be studying than dicking around on social media.