Underneath the Ink: Kris Davidson on his abstract geometric tattoo style
There’s a sacred element to Kris Davidson’s art style. His crisp lines, radiant layouts and transcendental patterns all reflect his lifelong dedication to geometry. Since he was a kid he’s been fascinated by, what he calls, “the language of interconnection throughout the multidimensional universe.” He explores that language through his drawings, through his sculpture, and, of course, through his tattoos.
How long have you been tattooing/where did you start?
I’ve been making art professionally for over 20 years and tattooing for close to the last 10. I had already found my creative voice and style when I found tattooing which led to me being a more niche tattoo artist as I learned the craft through the tattooing of my art.
What drew you/got you into this art-form in the beginning?
Well, the art form probably started with the mazes I would draw as a kid and then the patterns I would draw in my teens when I found LSD. I’ve always gravitated to geometrical art. As far as tattooing goes, I was attracted to the medium because it seemed like both a visual art and a healing art with something shamanic. This allured me and I was really interested in that “one on one” process/connection with the client.
How would you describe your style of art?
Geometrical abstraction - Talismanic - Celestial Braille
Where do you draw inspiration from when you're drawing up an original piece?
It’s highly intuitive and who I’m drawing it for certainly influences the process — even if I don’t know them. It’s a bit mysterious to me how it works, but I trust the process and it works out perfectly most of the time.
Who are your favorite artists to follow?
Probably some of my friends who may not be considered artists, but are prolific artists in whatever it is that they do. Authentically inspired, unique and totally innovative. Since I know them, their impact on my life is probably greater than anyone else I follow that I don’t actually know.
What is your favorite aspect of tattooing?
Working with people who are in deep transformative processes.
Anything else you want people to know about you?
At my artistic core I am a drawer of geometries and pattern. I don’t really feel like a tattooer, though I love tattooing the patterns that I draw.