By Phil Lacombe
Name: Chris Reyes
Where you tat: Bloodline Tattoo
Why you started tattooing: I was 15 years old and hanging out with the wrong crowd, mostly gang members and addicts. As part of the culture we would tattoo each other with homemade tattoo guns. I never had any training or an apprenticeship I was just self-taught.
What style of tattooing do you enjoy the most: I enjoy tattooing 3D and photo realistic in color and black & gray and also Chicano style tattoos.
Who inspires you to tattoo: I would have to say my kids inspire me most. We all do this for the love of the art, but at the end of the day it’s a business and it’s what keeps food on the table, in my case the last 13 years.
If you could tattoo anywhere in the world where would you go: This one is easy, since I don’t fly anymore, anywhere my car will take me.
Tell me your favorite tattoo story about one of your clients: In my 13 years of being in business I would have to say the moment I remember most is when our shop was invited to work on a bunch of war veterans at the Veterans of Foreign War Event. These guys knew how to party and stories you wouldn’t believe.
Bloodline Tattoo & Body Piercing
42005 Cook St. # 101
Palm Desert, CA 92260