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Kris Chau

Kris Chau was born and raised on the island of Oahu in the year of the Metal Monkey. She has been drawing and using it as currency since she realized she knew how to draw things that looked like actual things. She currently hustles in the City of Los Angeles as an illustrator, muralist, painter, tattoo artist, designer, and full-time drawer.

IG: chaufacetime

2654 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-7360

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Q + A with Kris Chau

Q: Describe your style in 3 words.

A: Goofy Swaggy Durable

Q: How did you get into doing tattoos? How many do you have?

A: I would like to disclaimer that I am not a "tattoo artist", but rather use it as an extension of my art practice. I started the stick and poke tattoos because my friend Stephen wanted one for his birthday, and well I’ve been doing them ever since. I have 2 by the talented Steven Lam from Working Class Tattoo Honolulu, and self poked finger ones.

Q: Tell us about your creative process?

A: Self Doubt, Sleeplessness, Endorphins, Visions, Failure, and then with enough practice, a realized end result.

Q: What about Los Angeles inspires you?

A: The plants, the strange magic that only LA has that still doesn’t make sense to me. It has something to do with vastness of space and when something is close to you and seemingly real, you gotta grab it while it’s standing there.

Q: Favorite artist?

A: Ako Castuera.

Q: Song on repeat?

A: Old Fashion by Velour Afternoon.

Q: Call or text?

A: Email, please.

Q: First memories of American Apparel?

A: My Henley Dress, which i cut into a T shirt and my Men's Tri Blend T-shirt that I wore everyday to my fashion job to see if anyone noticed.

Q: Favorite new AA item?

A: Femme Denim Overall.

Q: American Apparel item you wish they’d bring out of retirement?

A: Henley Dress Big Time. No one did it better.

Q: New talent to look out for?

A: Day Space Night.

Q: Your key to success?

A: Kindness and Failure.

Q: What can we expect to learn from your workshop?

A: That your mind plays tricks on you and your eyes aren’t that smart. But if you can get them to work together, it's a formidable team.

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