KRISTINA "KRIS" WRIGHT
For starters I am a Retired Army Sergeant First Class. My last duty station was here in beautiful Colorado at Fort Carson! After 2 tours to Iraq I perused a passion I had to learn more about the body art world! I worked at a local body art business where I met two tattoo artist Joel Hart and Austin Romesburg. Working with them I was able to see just how much passion and talent they gave to the art of tattooing . Seeing that passion it influenced my life and became my path to learn more of the business side of this industry. Their energy, vitality, and immediate drop-dead knowledge to recognize what you are thinking, or saying, and willing to create were incredible. It was those great characteristics they had that kept me up late nights working on ideas, business plans, and theories. In combination with their knowledge, and trust in me to capitalize on their careers and dreams, Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company was formed in 2008! The primary purpose was for the business to handle BUSINESS, while these “great artist” who have created this great wave of art without appropriate recognition have the chance to do what they love.
In time, the shop welcomed other great tattoo artists like Anthony Arciniega, Shanna Keyes, and our first body piercer Dustin Bastian. I wanted to pick not only artists whom I felt have the strongest and most unique personalities; I want to come up with a representation of every different style in this crazy quilt of an art movement. It is a commitment to developing craftsmanship and fearlessly pursuing one’s vision, no matter how outrageous or different to the mainstream it may be, that binds this group together with all of the great artists that joined us.
I believe Pens & Needles is the space which collaborative practice thrives, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It takes a confident artist with a tremendous capacity for trust, practice, and mutual respects to work for a body art business that is not traditionally managed, or owned! To achieve the level of honesty our customers are looking for in body art, together we openly operate as conduits of each other’s ideas and instigators of experimentation. I invite you to see the outcome!
- VOTED GOLD BEST PLACE TO GET TATTOOED BY THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- VOTED GOLD BEST TATTOO PARLOR BY THE GAZETTE 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- VOTED GOLD BEST PIERCING PARLOR BY THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- UNITED STATES COMMERCE ASSOCIATION (USCA’S) BEST OF COLORADO SPRINGS WINNER “TATTOOING” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016