We randomly found Kris on Instagram via Adrenaline's story. The guys were just trying on their women's clothing collection and we thought "that guy sounds like fun". Good call, Kris is -indeed- hilarious and one of the kindest men we've ever met.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am Kris, the Manager at Adrenaline Tattoos Piercings and Streetwear in Queen west! We offer tattoos, piercings and sell clothes. Adrenaline has been around since 1998.
Adrenaline is one of the biggest tattoo parlors in Toronto, what do you think makes it different?
I think the biggest thing that separates us from other shops is our customer service. We train our staff to be attentive, caring, and knowledgeable, at the end of the day, people are here to spend a lot of money and we need to be able to make them feel good about their decisions.
What's your background and how did you end up working in the tattoo industry?
I used to be in the restaurant and bar business for many many years. I worked every position you can think of, from busboy to General Manager. I left the industry to challenge myself, both personally and professionally. The tattoo world shares many of the characteristics as the restaurant world in terms of customer service and standing behind your product. I ended up at Adrenaline by staying I am contact with people I had met during my time in the restaurant business and the timing was right for me.
Let's talk tattoos:
I now have over thirty tattoos but a few were done at Adrenaline! I do try to get them from every artist because it is free marketing and to be honest we have some of the best out there!
My most meaningful ones are: my chest which was done by Todd Marritt. It really depicts who I am. I have the crown because I'm named after a prince. The upside down heart represents my love life, unfortunately it's always been a roller coaster.
My lion on my forearm which was done by Delmer Gomez. It represents me being a Leo and always being a strong man who represents his pack. Strong personality, strong work ethic, strong minded.
Finally, my Gentlemen's Club tattoo on myleft upper arm done by Dan Kirk! This one also means a lot. It represents a lifestyle where you dress well, you feel well and you always treat women with respect... It shows that not all is lost when it comes to chivalry... (Scandals-en-chef are thanking you for it and will let let ladies know how to reach you ;) )
Any tips for future inked people?
My advice for newbies picking an artist is do your research!!! If you want a black and grey realism tattoo, find out who does them! If you want a traditional style rose, find out who does them!!
But, my advice to anyone who wants to get tattooed is : know what you want, where you want to get it on your body, and how big you want it! The more details you can provide to the artist, the easier and more pleasurable experience you will have!
Being in the tattoo world full-time, what are the most valuable lessons you've learned so far?
Never judge what tattoos people are getting, because it may mean something to them. Always have a positive attitude when you come to work, it's infectious! And finally, lead by example; your team is only as strong as their leader!
We're making memories everyday! Yes, I am known as the best lip singer and dancer (haha) but there are also a lot of strong personalities here which makes for a good dynamic!
Last few words for the road:
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We are currently working on a new project, but it's a secret!! Shhhhh...