My buddy Evan Creasap’s work has been a long-time staple in the downtown scene. Outside his signature look, combining classic flash design with his own select pallet variance, he's an all-around solid dude for collaborations. For years his tie-dyed take on Upper Playground's Walrus paired with a dialogue bubble stating, "I did it for Hip Hop" was one of the first recognizable images when entering the Avenue Bar.
His work was bound to end up on that bar's wall, considering the shop he worked at was literally just around the corner. Alongside his long-time friend and co-worker Ariello Taylor (Bisco, @Prof1ler), the two were a big draw for the Body Piercing Unlimited's downtown shop.
Located on 5th avenue, right across the street from the mall's 5th avenue entrance, no one could argue its prime location. Of course, that isn't always enough, and more than a fair share of credit for that location's success rest upon the shoulders of those who have worked their since it's opening (let's not forget Charlie, the resident piercer).
Outside of recognizable work, Evan has a great working relationship with a lot of different artistic collectives around town. I think it’s safe to say he is most commonly recognized for his involvement with local clothing company The Forty Ninth Supply co. Some years back, Evan had a thought to do a flash page of simple, non-colored, traditionally inspired Alaskan tattoos. Linking up with The Forty Ninth, they promoted a "Friday the 13th $49 49th flash tattoo" event offering a "limited" amount of people a $49 tattoo from the sheet. Evan recalls the limited amount of people having him there until "4 in the morning".
"Alaskan's love to represent Alaska," a truthful perspective Evan interjects in a passing conversation we had. "... I mean i know people with Florida tatooes and stuff, but it’s nothing like the amount of Alaska-related tattoos I’ve either seen or done over the years."
The man's got a point, I agree begrudgingly, whilst looking upon the tiny tattoo of Alaska resting in the pocket between my left hand between my thumb and index finger.
The event has become annual, leaving behind the designated "Friday the 13th" date for greener pastures.
The grand opening is this Saturday. If that weren't enough, his opening day will be hosting The Forty Ninth Supply Co.'s "Permanent Art Show". Details? Evan says: "Designs are 49 bucks, you have to come to the event to see the flash (pieces), it won't be posted."
To give a little background on my homie me and press photographer Hoa Stanley swung by the shop for a quick Q+A.
You definitely step away from the solid reds, moving into different shades to fill in classicly-inspired flash work. What colors do you find in your pallet the most?
Gold, teal, and bright red (or hot pink.) I love those colors. Maybe too much
SB: What are you using to make your physical pieces? (Ie. Paintings etc.).
I use a combination of markers and acrylic inks, and usually paint on a thicker cold press water color paper
SB: You've made your way around the map with your craft. What cities or shops would you say had the biggest influence on you during your journey?
Supergenius Tattoo was my first out of state guest spot. It's on capital hill in Seattle. It was very inspiring seeing so much talent in one room. It was a great time. I left with even more drive and motivation. On that same trip I also traveled to San Francisco to attend the annual Bay Area convention. On top of the architecture, graffiti, and other various elements of the culture, I got to see a bunch of my favorite tattooers all working in one room. It was great seeing how hard all of these people work to get where they're at. I would like to work that hard
SB: I feel alot of tattoo shops can be, let's say "not-so-inviting". I think your personable attitude will go a long way with the community up here. What's your thoughts on customer interaction?
I think it's important to be friendly. Or friendly enough, ya know? Sometimes customers just don't know any better and you have to help guide them in the direction of getting a more practical tattoo that will last. I feel like it's really important that you don't make your customer feel like an idiot. Maybe they'll keep coming back to you if they had a good experience. It also helps if the shop is clean and bright and has lots of flash to look at
SB: Craziest shit that happened during a tattoo?
There are many crazy stories over the years. A lot of them too inappropriate to tell. Here's a good one: We had one hell of an earthquake on November 30th of last year. The rumble shattered two of the giant windows at the front of the shop. Everyone raced downtown to pick up the rubble and glass shortly after. It's now the same temperature inside the shop as it is outside. As we wait for traffic to clear so we can get over to the hardware store, a young lady came into the store to look at some portfolios. She asked if we had time for a tattoo that day. Holding a dustpan full of broken glass, I had to tell her that we most likely would not have time to get her tattooed. She totally understood.
SB: Lets end this on a more novel note; What's the strangest tattoo you've ever been asked to do? Which piece were you happiest with?
I tattooed a young hitchhiker making his way down to the states a few years back. The tattoo included his first and last name, his hometown (Tok, Alaska), a phone number, and the words “call if found dead.” Basically a little tag in case anything weird happened on the way down there. I'd say that's pretty strange. A year or two ago I called the number to check up on him but that's a different story. My favorite tattoo is the one I'm doing right now. Every time. I love my job