Tattoo Artist Arlo DiCristina at the London Tattoo Convention 2017

Do you know those tattoos based on faced which fuse with architectural elements kind of like Surrealism? Well, that’s what we mean when we talk about Face Morph as a technique in skin art. And here we interview one of the greatest exponents of the style in the world. Cultured and modest at the same time (and indebted to artists like Tony Mancia, Jeff Gogue and Justin Nordine), this is the artistic story of the man from Colorado, Arlo DiCristina…

We interviewed him a while ago (you can find the full article on Tattoo Energy – August/ September issue.

Read an abstract of our interview by Simone Sacco, check out our gallery and be ready to meet Arlo next week-end at the London Tattoo Convention!

Hi Arlo, tell us about what you’re up to these days…
Hi! My name’s Arlo DiCristina, I’m 26 years of age and I work as a tattoo artist in the United States. I actually just got into my new private studio called Elysium: it is located in Grand Junction on the western slope of Colorado.

Tattoo by Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA
Tattoo by Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA

Do you think you’ve created something new in the tattoo scene thanks to your pieces inspired by the concept of Face Morph? I mean the way you mix realistic faces with cityscapes, architectural environments and dreamlike scenarios reminiscent of Surrealism.
I would love to be able to say that I created a 100% original style but that would defiantly not be true. I may have been one of the first to really start using Photoshop to overlay images in the tattoo scene but that is just a result of me being in the right place at the right time, acquiring the right information and having the drive to act on it. My style is the result of taking bits and pieces of all my inspirations, work, and other information that I have been exposed to and coming out with a visual product.

Tattoo by Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA
Tattoo by Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA

Can you tell me about the experience you had of tattooing that Face Morph that was a cross between the Joker from Batman and Gotham City? I imagine that is still one of the tattoos you are most proud of…
Well it was on a client that had a lot of trust in me and gave me a lot of artistic freedom whenever I worked on him. On this particular appointment he wanted a Joker tattoo. I was not super stoked on doing a Joker tattoo considering I had seen like 5 done in the previous 3 days on Instagram. But he gave me free rein so i came up with something I hadn’t seen before. At least not like that. I had however seen cathedrals morphed into faces before by artists like Tony Mancia (www.manciatattoos.com), but not quite this spin on it, so I felt good about it. And that piece really launched my career.

Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA, photo BY Ryan Death
Arlo DiCristina, Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, USA, photo BY Ryan Death
Contacts:
www.arlotattoos.com
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