Chrissy Suralik knew she was going to be an artist before she started school. Her earliest memories were using the sheetrock walls of her bedroom as giant canvases to transform the bland spaces into magical places of nascent imagination. They became a night sky, a tropical rainforest and even the ocean’s underwater world. Chasing the dream of “a little better every day,” Chrissy has honed her skills as a tattoo artist and painter since childhood. Recently she added oil painting to her daily practice and has been exploring abstract art.
Her artistic drive comes from an inner need to create and connect with others. In 2010 Chrissy opened Inkspiration Studio with the mission to melt the lines between the fine art community and body art. Her drive to change much of society’s disdain toward body art comes from the belief: “Art is art. Art conveys emotion, whether in the form of a landscape painting capturing nature’s beauty, a meta, thought-provoking abstract piece or memorial tattoo for a grieving mother.”
When a customer walks into her studio for the first time for a tattoo, they often experience pleasant confusion. Instead of displays crowded with pre-printed ‘flash’ art found in traditional tattoo shops, the front of the studio is an airy gallery displaying paintings, carvings, scrimshaw, jewelry and other creations from local artists.
Chrissy is honored to work with the town of Morehead City to continue to grow the art scene and help other inspiring artists toward success.