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Christopher Evans: Painter, Tattoo Artist, Entrepreneur

Christopher Evans: Painter, Tattoo Artist, Entrepreneur

Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans, the owner of Good Trip Gallery in downtown Raleigh, is not your average artist. As a full-time artist, entrepreneur, and creative, Evans has made his mark in the art world with his unique style and diverse range of talents. In this behind-the-scenes conversation, Evans shares insights into his creative journey and how he navigates the art scene.  

Evans, a native of Wake County, North Carolina, has been an artist for as long as he can remember. From his early days with drawing books and doodling on anything he could find, he knew he had a passion for creating. As he grew older, his talent and passion for art became more apparent, and he started selling his work in middle school. It was during this time that he realized he could turn his love for art into a career.

There is only you and your many canvases. The limitations in your work are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

~ Chris Evans

One aspect of Evans’ artistic journey that sets him apart is his foray into the world of tattooing. Taking his skills from canvas to skin, Evans seamlessly translates his artistic vision onto a different medium. Although the process may differ, the core elements of creativity and idea generation remain the same for Evans, whether he’s painting or tattooing. When asked about how he wants people to view his work, Evans emphasizes the importance of evoking emotions. Each piece he creates is unique, but his ultimate goal is for viewers to feel something, whether it’s a connection, inspiration, or even a sense of discomfort. Success, for Evans, lies in the ability to elicit a response from the audience.

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Artist Christopher Evans posing at the counter of his downtown Raleigh art gallery and studio ‘Goodtrip Gallery’

One notable aspect of Evans’ artwork is his portrayal of black figures. He believes in celebrating and recognizing the achievements of black individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields. From iconic figures like Muhammad Ali to lesser-known inspirations, Evans uses his art to shine a light on those he admires and respects. Reflecting on his journey, Evans acknowledges that his biggest challenges have often been self-imposed. Overcoming self-doubt, procrastination, and not reaching his full potential were the obstacles he had to face. However, he believes in constantly improving his skills and pushing himself to achieve greater heights. With numerous exhibitions and shows lined up throughout the summer and fall, Christopher Evans continues to make his mark in the art world. His journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives, reminding them that success is built on passion, perseverance, and the willingness to embrace new opportunities.

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