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Kevin Stress

@kevinstress

My art journey began at a very young age.  Drawing was something that I enjoyed doing, and I guess I just never really stopped.  I briefly attended art college in Columbus, before deciding to travel the states and do some soul searching instead.  After some time on the road, I came back to Ohio to start my tattoo career.

I began tattooing full time in the early 2000s, but had been hanging around tattooers, artists and shops since the mid 90s.  I like to do custom, large scale, color tattoos; specializing in Traditional Japanese inspired work.  I draw influence from the Japanese ukiyo-e artists such as Yoshitoshi, Hokusai and Kuniyoshi.  I enjoy the obscure and dark side of Asian art, as well as Buddhist, Balinese and Tibetan imagery.

I’ve also traveled extensively in the past few years, both leisurely and work related, doing guest spots and international conventions, including Singapore, Eindhoven, South Korea and Bali; which has allowed me to expand my artistic inspiration from all over the world.

 

Having graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2005 with a dual major in Time Based Media & Fine Arts, my post graduation focus was on fine art and gallery exhibitions. Soon after, I found opportunity within the retail design industry. In 2010 I moved to NYC and spent 4 years immersed in the cities' art culture. I utilized my time designing everything from clothing, to furniture, to editorials, while collaborating on Relapse magazine and various art installations. After 10 years of designing for major retailers and indie action sports companies, I found myself seeking another challenge.  

I have always been passionate about tattoos, and in awe of this field of art. At the end of summer 2014, I was graced with the opportunity to move back to my home state of Ohio to begin my apprenticeship under Kevin Stress. Kevin has been a long time inspiration, friend, mentor & brother; I cannot thank him enough. I’m excited to build a future with our new family here at Enso Tattoo. Stay tuned to see my art grow and evolve as I begin to merge my experiences from the past and present.

 

I started tattooing in 2008 under the legendary Marty Holcomb. I have spent most of my tattoo career learning the ins and outs to making the brightest and strongest tattoos possible. I would say that I specialize in "American Traditional" tattooing, but am most certainly not limited in my abilities. Working in street shops for the past 8 years, I have been able to cater to all types of styles. I try to use a variety of visual vocabularies, and bring in new imagery to the most common of designs.