Episode 6 of 'The Tattoo Shop' includes the ever talented tattooist Christopher Henriksen as the Guest Artist. Visiting from Denmark, he's a resident artist at Out of Frame. “I just love tattooing. It’s a good way of life. I can do what I want and create nice stuff everyday and just make people happy.” He considers his work to be Modern Japanese style but definitely likes to mix it up. You can see the influence of realism within his tattoos which adds to his special and definitive aesthetic voice.
Because Christopher is interested in doing a modern take on traditional Japanese tattooing he looks up to Chris Garver, someone who has devoted his life to mastering Irezumi techniques and designs. “I hope meeting Garver can give me more insight into the Japanese style...I just get inspired by seeing him work.” And from the looks of things within the episode, Garver definitely gives him good advice saying, "It's good to learn what goes with what." Most people don't realize that many traditional Irezumi, Japanese tattooing, design motifs compliment each other. For example, Shishi Lions, also known as Foo Dogs, usually come in pairs, to represent Yin and Yang. Other elements of design that are counterparts to the Shishi Lions are pearls within their mouths, and peonies. Garver tells him that Japan is awesome, and a great place to learn all there is to know about that culture.
"The first time I did a tattoo I was super nervous I was shaking and sweating and it turned out like shit...I did the first tattoo on myself, and then the second tattoo I did was on my friends mother." But Christopher persevered, and now has clientele all over the globe that adore and appreciate his particular style. "To me a good tattoo is...very saturated with well balanced components. Not too much of this, not too little of that and just great flow." And he continues to flourish, researching Japanese influences, and creating great work. "I think it's important to keep evolving...keep pushing yourself to make good tattoos."