My Name is Kris Howes. I started Piercing & Tattooing when I was 18 years Old. Born 10.27.1983
This is a Bio About Myself & My Carrer as an Artist. Click HERE to go to see Tattoo Images!
•12 Years+ of Tattooing & Piercing Experience. (Done Tattoos in NH, ME, MA, NC, CA, GA, FL)
~Opened Licensed Home Studio in Maine, in 2010, Then INK! Tattoo Studio in Aug of 2010.
♣Fully Licensed By State of Maine (Tattoo/Body Piercing License #09805)
♦Certified Bloodborne Pathogen Certificate (7-20-09 Security Control, M8897)
•CPR/AED (Adult, Child,Infant) Certificate (7-26-11 Security Control, 214623)
♦First Aid Certificate (08-02-11 Security Control, 216627
~All Certificates Through International CPR Institue Inc.
♣Skin Body Art Course Certificate, (Mass 08-17-11)
•Maine Retailer, Business Code 75 (License Number #1146908)
♦One Time Use Only Disposable Equipment used on 100% of Tattoo Equipment,
and all Body Piercing Equipment Except Stainless Surgical Steel Clamps and Tubes.
~MostsTools used at INK! come Pre-sterile, Individually Sealed,
Used once and disposed of according to safety procedures.
~Stainless Steel Piercing Forceps & Tools are the Only Items Re-Used,
Ultrasonic Cleaned, Madacide Bath, Autoclaved, & Sealed.
♣Enrolleded in Confirm Monitoring System Inc. to ensure Safe Sanitization.
Tests Results are done often and posted on the wall for inspection.
• like most people i know and/or meet
these days, i got my first tattoo way before i was eighteen. i did it
to myself, with a needle and some thread twisted around it. little vial
of indian ink bought from a local head shop. sat for hours,
just...poking. years later, "wow, thats stupid" it's covered it up
now, i just want to start with saying...don't be stupid. Get Tattooed the RIGHT Way!
• Just...."Think about it...and for a long
time." i always say to people that look undecided; hang it on your
fridge, or your mirror, the fuckin....back of your toilet, who cares just
hang it someplace your gonna look not just everyday, but a few times
everyday. theres nothing better than certainty. seeing it, keeping it on your mind all the time, that'll decided certainty, and help you decide whether or not your ready for that Tattoo...For Life.
• i owe me falling into the Piercing & Ttattoo
world on two people. a damn good friend and old bandmate, Tom
Belanger. who bought, taught, and sold me everything from my first guitar, to my first Tattoo Machine. Next is Wayne Morris, an
amazing piercer and friend that for years that has worked at White Mountain
Tattoo in North Conway, NH. He always hooked me up for cheap, and let me
follow him to the shop sometimes.
• back in high school i did more
sketching than homework, and i don't regret it for one fuckin second. i
got kicked out more times than i care to explain, and seriously the
berlin high school system just wasn't worth anymore of my time.
some people from that school call me an asshole, but some people call
me their friend. fuck high school.
• but eventually, i attended a years worth
of private art instruction at Chester College of New England. i can
honestly say i learned more in that one year of college than anything i
had ever known Artisticly. blew my mind. small classes, working Artist
teachers, amazing students Artists. i learned how to perfect many
things that year, and i owe credit to a list of people, all students and
• during college, i took a break from Tattooing in which i had dabled in, but afterwards got very seriously
back into it. the years i Tattooed before college , i would borrow some
equipment and do maybe a Tattoo a month, while concentrating on doing
many Piercings on a nightly basis. but piercings just didn't fill that Artist gap for me, so i started focusing on new styles and techniques of
tattooing. began drawing more and more, and soon enough friends turned
into repetative clients, then more would follow.
• i left New Hampshire, lived out
in California for a couple years and got quiet a bit of Tattoo
experience. But now i work for myself. i have no boss to
pay, so yes, i work for cheaper than most Artists in shops, and i'm happy
with that. why? i don't go to most shops because i won't pay the
prices, so why should i charge those prices? i won't. "How much do you charge?" i
hate this question, it's hard. umm i don't charge by the hour, i
charge by the piece. how much detail, size, colors, it all adds up to a
final price. most shops in the area charge roughly $100/hour, but i'm usually under that.
• after leaving california, i moved into
my family house in Rumford, Maine. spare bedroom was fastly converted
in a private Tattoo studio. didn't take to much to go legit and get
licensed, mainly just waiting around for papers to get pushed. had to
put up a wall, and put a sink, hardwood floor, etc. i wasn't open for
business all the time, just by appointment only, but this just wasn't
enough work, and i needed more. soon, i needed my own full time place. Opened Ink at 72 Congress Street in Rumford. After being there for almost 2 years, i downsized to a better corner street location only 3 doors down at 58 Congress Street.
•Just look for the Pirate flag!
& We have a Full Time Piercer on duty, Jessica Roberts,to handle all of your Body Piercing Needs!