Christopher Evans was born and raised in Wake County and went to high school in Fuquay-Varina. He took his first art class in 11th grade and knew instantly that he wanted to be an artist. Chris says, “I knew immediately that art was a part of me forever. After winning a few 1st place awards, it encouraged me to work harder and get better.”
Christopher studied art at Campbell University, but he is largely self-taught. He mostly works in acrylics and oil, but at times, he will experiment with virtually any medium, including pencil, charcoal, watercolors, spray paint, or house paint. His favorite subjects to paint are people and animals. Christopher’s work tends to have a photorealistic quality, in that his portraits of people and animals bear a striking resemblance to those subjects in real life.
Chris Evans has been painting since 2003 and it is his primary passion. His work has been published in VIBE Magazine, and in the News and Observer. His art also hangs in many local businesses throughout Wake County, including the WRAL news station.
In 2007, Chris also started working as a tattoo artist, which allowed him to practice his art and earn money at the same time. He says he “never set out to be a tattoo artist, but in time, fell in love with this medium as well.” He adds, “There’s something about a person wanting my art on them permanently that feels like the greatest honor.”
Christopher cites Kehinde Wiley and Robert Peterson as his greatest influences.
When asked what he enjoys most about being an artist, Chris says, “I love the freedom. I enjoy expressing myself without having to talk to people.” Chris is an independent person who finds peacefulness and productivity in solitude, but recently has been thrust into the spotlight because of his tremendous creative talents. He admits, “That is very different for me. But I’m learning how important it is to connect with people.”
When asked about his personal life, Chris says, “I have no pets and no girlfriends. Well, actually my girlfriends are my brushes and canvases, and we get along very well, because they are art lovers also!”
Christopher’s proudest moment as an artist was the day he opened up his very first studio on July 5th, 2017 – just this month! His brand new tattoo/art gallery called "Good Trip Tattoo & Art," is located at
9302 Ten Ten Road in Garner!