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About Deviant Artist Member Klyde Chroma29/Male/United States Group :icontattoo-artists: Tattoo-Artists
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Sometimes I worry that I positively suck as an artist... But I am always concerned that someday I may not work from that type of motivation.



So I've never done this "share status update" deal before. But given this the first "update" in years here I guess it is appropriate.

So that is that. Consider Klyde "now officially updating".

The end.
Skintweb by Klyde-Chroma
A massive skin damage piece made unique by the fact that the revealed words were all selected by close relations to the client. I thought this method of selecting the words to incorporate was a real clever angle to lend a unique and personal quality to the piece. As an aside I would be remiss in not mentioning how incredibly well this guy sat for such a huge piece. From pit to hip, he was still as a cadaver the whole time.

The real challenge of this piece was rendering the words etchy and aged looking in order to make the drop shadow visibly deeper and create a more believable sense of depth. This was a little unorthodox given the fact that typically you want solid sharp and clean looking lettering and while I didn't entirely abandon that, I did take measure to achieve my aim.
Body Armor by Klyde-Chroma
Body Armor
This massive undertaking is a true honor. I get to adorn this gentleman with plates of armor covering a great deal of his upper torso. The solid black symbols, which pay homage to his heritage, were already present before we started this project and important to him thus had to be incorporated in some respect that made sense (hence the leather patch work on the stony plates of armor). I am really enjoying this in a number of sense. To begin the project is terribly unique even down to the stony stylizing of the armor itself. Furthermore, this dude is just about as incredible as a client could be. He is a really hero and friend in my book.
Vile - Mega Man X by Klyde-Chroma
Vile - Mega Man X
Part of an ever evolving Mega Man X sleeve I am presently working on. This piece is of the robot "Vile". Remarkably enjoyable piece to do.

NOTE: Please forgive the hair present in this picture. This is a photo of the tattoo healed and I erroneously took it without shaving my client beforehand.
Reference Photo Gone Wrong by Klyde-Chroma
Reference Photo Gone Wrong
I was trying to take reference pics of myself for a piece I had to draw up to be tattooed. Difficult to find stock photos of peoples with tape over their eyes and mouth. I never ended up using this because I thought it was creepy to draw myself for someones tattoo so I did this quick for a weird avatar photo.


Klyde Chroma
United States
I want to keep this brief and to the point. I was born, I grew, went through phases and matured. I became older and entered adulthood (at least by measure of years alive...). Throughout the course of all this there were many transient and fleeting components but only one thing was really constant. The constant factor in my life for as long as I can remember was art.

I have had various friends, jobs, interests, hobbies, past-times and loves. Tons of failures and successes. These things have all come and gone yet the innate need to create which has always been there remains.

In essence, as I reflect on it, I suppose inevitably art was bound to become my career in some sense/form. Some days it is my passion, other days it is my job and most days it my therapy. More often than not art proves all three of the aforementioned for me personally.

I tattoo primarily but sculpting and illustration also help pay the bills. I am currently working privately at Traditions Elite Tattooing and Body Piercing in Northeast Pennsylvania by appointment only.
Well folks, it has been embarrassingly long since I updated here on DA (years).

No good excuses and I can't even claim I've been too busy. While its true, I have been busy, my lack of updates here has been more due to distaste for sitting at a computer and on the internet longer than I have to.

Truth be told, when I do sit down on the internet, DA is still awesome to me after all these years. In short, I feel somehow negligent in not keeping up with my account here so I fully intend to get back to it. I highly doubt I am going to keep up with journal entries and whatnot, in the interest of not making this into a chore or obligation.

Lets be honest here. Anyone browsing is interested primarily in the art anyhow. If anyone is really concerned about any other current events in my life or getting to know me better message me but don't expect many journal updates.

NOTE: I have decided to delete my older journal entries as well. This decision stems from the fact that the overtly rosey disposition I seem to express in some of them sort of sickens me now for some reason.
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: 90's tunes, J-rock and RaNdOm??
  • Reading: internet forum trash
  • Watching: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
  • Playing: Mass Effect and Senran Kagura Versus
  • Eating: vegetables, baby food, and lots of seaweed
  • Drinking: black coffee

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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
PA?! East, Central or West?!
foxkat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful gallery!
RHuggs Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
I think I'm going to have to make a trip to PA and let you do some work on me!! My artist passed away quite unexpectedly at the young age of 28 and I've not had anyone else touch my work since. Sad to lose him. I'd just given him a new custom made tattoo machine, complete setup, for Xmas in 2010 and he passed away in Feb. sigh... well, lots of work started but your work, one day I'll have to get with you and let you look at the work I've had done so far. I only give a vague idea of what I want, then allow the artist complete and total freedom to do it in their own style, so every tat I have is original. Don't do any flash.
Klyde-Chroma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I'm sorry to hear of the untimely loss of your artist... Sad scenario indeed.... I know how it feels to have lots of unfinished work on your body for one reason or another though, and it is a bummer when you don't have a clue who will finish it or when... I would be more then happy to take a peak and suggest some different approaches we can take in completing whatever it is you've got as well as any new concepts you may care to start! You can e-mail pictures to me if you'd like to start correspondence early so, when and if your gonna make the trip, we have a bit of a head-start so to speak....

The e-mail is
RHuggs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Sure, I think I even have some pics of them posted here. I had someone else I was considering using, but he didn't come through.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I usually don't browse tattoo galleries, but yours are original, beautiful and tasteful. Keep up the good work--you are a talented young artist! :clap:
Klyde-Chroma Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
You know, I really appreciate your saying that... Coming into this industry I can honestly say I was of the same persuasion you vaguely just expressed.... That is I loved art, but was turned off by the appearance or style of "tattoos"... It took a little bit before I was exposed to work I really appreciated and found inspiring. To this day, I still don't like alot of the more typically tattoo-friendly art being rendered on skin and as such I really work in, what alot of other artists consider, a peculiar fashion. But thankfully, strange as it might be, my methods have been working for me thus far. The coolest part is most my clients are not your typical tattoo fair... In fact many of them don't have any tattoos at all before they come to me making it quite the honor.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Thanks for your very thoughtful response! I've only recently come to appreciate tattoos as an art form. Maybe my bias stemmed from the fact that I saw so many that were poorly done. What made me sad was the fact that the poor person sporting it was oblivious to the shoddy job. It sounds like your clientele is thoughtful, which is good. With anything permanent you want to really seek out an artist who knows what he/she is doing.

Out of curiousity, are there some design requests that you will not do? Parts of the body that you will not ink? I'm asking because I saw a very young man with a tattooed face.
Klyde-Chroma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Yes unfortunately, although art is for the most part subjective, there are many people walking around with what I would consider "bad" art permenantly rendered on their bodies... Its a sad, sad, state of affairs indeed...

As for whether or not I turn anyone down based on what they want... Well the short answer is no.... but I will try to get people to see things from "all angles" before they commit to things I think they may regret.... I know alot of artists won't tattoo certain body parts on individuals for different reasons but they way I see it, it simply is not my choice.... It's the clients decision ultimately and if they want it done, they will get it done.... Better off by me than there buddies basement with a guitar string and bic-pen-ink....
AkinaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just had to show you, and thank you again for letting me use your design! *sorry he's upside down though! hehe*
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