Chris Mensah, a native Washingtonian, has an offering of over 12 years in the tattoo industry. In this time, Chris has worked at multiple shops around the area including Northeast Tattoo, Porttown Tattoos, Black Ink, and Paradise Tattoo. Developing a style of his own, Chris has always sought to make a statement as a black artist – YES! There are quality artists who specialize in and care about inking darker skin. in keeping with his mission, Chris has drawn inspiration from the works and actions of his parents, Maria Velez (the Holy Trinity), Sandar B. Williams, KRS-One, Bob Marley, Aaron Harris, Tom Renshaw, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Marcus Garvey to name a few.
Among Chris’ accomplishments, he has apprenticed three successful artists to carry out his teachings and values in the tattoo industry. In 2006, Chris opened the doors to allow others to experience his vision, DC’s premier full service tattoo studio, Pinz-n-Needlez Tattoo. The overall goal with atmosphere created is to allow people to not get just a tattoo, but to have a completely positive tattoo experience that leaves consumers wanting more.