It started with a passion for pop-culture and led him to becoming arguably the most famous geek tattoo artist in the world. His clean and vibrant ink work is one-of-a-kind. He is one of the most respected artists, known for an inventive & unmatched work ethic. Through educational seminars, television, endorsement deals, promotion, press, charity work and book publishing, Chris 51 has given and done more for the tattoo industry in his tenure than most do in a lifetime. (click pic to view galleries)
Chris 51 created, cast and starred in his own TV show, Epic Ink on A&E. He appeared on Jason David Frank's show, My Morphin Life. He is slated to shoot his first movie in late 2019 and is currently directing, producing and starring in his new reality Heavy Metal series, Headbangers Live.
With a poetry book, football trivia book, nature tattoo book, comic book, children's book, and autobiography/motivational book published, Chris's artistic reach is boundless. Chris created and sold his own tattoo ink company, Formula 51. He was personally responsible for helping several companies institute sponsorships and endorsements for artists and he helped pave the way for tattoos being viewed in mainstream media after much of his work had been used and seen in corporate advertisements, television, magazines and more. He now has his own specialty ink line available with Intenze Tattoo Ink, custom geek trading card sets, exclusive prints with the Hard Rock Cafe and various other comic cons. Chris does commission work for many Rock Stars and has a huge celebrity tattoo clientele including; Jefrey Dean Morgan (Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Katie Cassidy (Arrow) and many more. Follow Chris 51 on social media because he always responds and gives back to his fans.
Arguably one of the most popular geek-tattoo artists this side of the Death Star, Chris's signature clean & bold animated stylings have landed his work in hundreds of books, magazines, advertisements, television programs and more.
Whether it's fine-detailed oil on canvas, acrylic on wood or digital cartoon mashups, Chris is always looking for the next geeky commission to challenge his creative skills.
Chris's artistic passion doesn't stop with traditional art or tattooing. He has written 9 books and counting, comics, monthly magazine columns and more. See a full list of his books here; most are available on Amazon.com
Chris 51 helped popularize pop-culture tattooing with his TV shows and art, now he is doing the same for Heavy Metal. With his extensive background appearing at over 150 comic cons, Chris decided it was time to bring that platform to Rock music. He created Headbangers Con, the world's first and only con dedicated to Rock & Metal culture. Chris is giving fans a chance to meet and mingle with iconic rock stars on a personal level, off of the stage and in to their hearts.
Visit the Headbangers Con site and see what all of the loud buzz is about. Chris 51 has single-handedly provided a new way for fans to meet their favorite musicians, and the musicians to make revenue outside of grueling touring and recording schedules.
With the success of Headbangers Con, Chris 51 decided to create a new division of the brand. Headbangers Live is the first ever Heavy Metal reality series showing behind the scenes life and struggle of popular Rock & Metal touring bands. Coming late 2019
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