Ladies dripping with pearls and drops of blood, gold filigree and encrusted with deaths ghostly glow; Christopher Conn Askew has made a name for himself by creating layered pieces that stun with their beauty and aesthetic complexity. In this interview with SekretCity, Chris speaks about his artistic background, his resolve to be resilient, the importance of feline fur babies, and more.
First, the question that everyone always asks but that we always want to know, how did you get into tattooing? Why was it something that you felt intrinsically drawn to?
Your aesthetic has an incredible depth to it; you mix Japanese elements, Art Nouveau, and more, yet your voice is always very clear. How has your style, technique or choice of mediums developed over the years? What visuals and artists have influenced you the most?
...the pain, the fear. Embrace it...Savor it. It’s the fire that tempers your soul.
You’re also known for the secretive aspect of your work, which sort of mirrors the inclusivity of underground art scenes and tattoo communities. What about the secret or mysterious attracts you? How did you come up with the name “Sekret City”?
Music seems to be a huge part of your creative process, but I usually find that what I listen to while making work is way different than what I listen to when I’m stuck on a plane for 5 hours. What do you listen to in the studio, while tattooing, and while traveling? What artists do you wish more people knew and listened to?
Are there any travel plans, projects, collabs, or anything else you’d like to share?