By Durb Morrison
The tattoo world has lost one of its legendary writers and editors, Chris Pfouts. He was an author and editor who was dedicated to many things throughout his life, including the tattoo industry and community. He authored several books about his life experiences, interests and collections, including “Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods,” “True Tales of American Violence,” “Lead Poisoning,” and more. Chris was best known to most of us as the editor of INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ART magazine, which he edited for approximately 20 years, and more recently the editor for STRETCHING CANVAS magazine.
Every month readers would open a brand new issue of Chris’ editorial sections or interviews to see what he had to say, criticize or simply praise each time with his one-of-a-kind perspective on life and our artform as we know it. Every month, Chris lent us all his time, opinions, education, inspiration and advice from his editor's columns in both INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ART and STRETCHING CANVAS. His experienced words inspired generations of tattoo artists, collectors and enthusiasts each and every month with his wise editorials and interesting interviews with many of the industry’s legendary tattoo artists, both past and present.
Chris was also an avid collector of many things tattoo, art and culture related. His vast collection of interesting oddities and the endless shelves of one-of-a-kind objects defined Chris to the core. I had the pleasure over the last few decades to have spent time with Chris Pfouts building tattoo machines, looking through his intriguing collections, tattooing him many times as well as having him tattoo at my old studio “Stained Skin” in Columbus, Ohio. Chris Pfouts was inspirational to me personally, in many ways, through his approach to his writing and his outlook on life and his approach to those around him. Chris always had a welcoming spirit and had met many people along his journey. Having touched so many other people along the way, his warm handshake, bright eyes and sincere spirit brought many in the community back monthly to read what Chris had to say in his monthly editorials.
Chris passed away June 12, 2013, with family and friends by his side. He will be missed as a good friend to many in the tattoo community and a contributing voice to the art of tattooing.
- Durb Morrison