Chris Treviño
Interview by Crash


Crash: Okay, the most basic question is your name. Is it Trevino (traveen-no) or Treviño (YO)? [accent on second pronunciation= Traveen-yo]

Chris: Treviño. (Treveen-yo)

Treviño. (Tra-veenyo)

Yeah, “yo”...

Cause I have heard it said both ways...

It’s got the little thing over the “n”, which makes it sound like “yo”.

My keyboard doesn’t even have that little thing you put over the “n”, I don’t think. Haha.

The “eenyo” thing...

How old are you?

I’m 37, about to turn 38 in a few weeks.

So you’ll be 38 by the time this gets to print. Um, where are you from originally?

San Antonio, Texas till 23.

Until you were

Yes.

And then you moved to...

Austin.

How long have you been tattooing?

I’ve been tattooing since the spring of ‘89—I started my apprenticeship in January of that year and I was tattooing by the time it was warmer, early spring. So it was a couple of months into the year—two or three months into the year. So I’d say March or April. I can’t really remember.

And who did you apprentice with?

Bob Moreau.

Really? Ah, and he works here with you now...

Yes, he does since 2005.

Yeah, I saw that one of your tattoos was in his book.

Yes. Dave Lum was apprenticed by Bob as well, in 1983.

Is that so? I had no idea.

Yes he was. My friend, Shawn DeGan, and I apprenticed at about the same time. Shawn currently runs the other Perfection in San Antonio. We were in the same band and he was the one who kind of got me into tattooing in a lot of ways. So he apprenticed a few months after I did—that’s when he started. He was looking for people so he was already kinda’ trying to slow down.

Bob was?

Yes. I’m thinking he was slowing down.

So does he own Perfection? Are you guys partners?

No. He sold it to Shawn and me on January 1st of ’92; that was the changeover. So I considered myself an apprentice until the day Bob left.

Right. Did you work with Dave Lum?

Dave Lum had already been taught years earlier and had his own shop which was in Austin. We were just Bob’s most recent apprentices at that time, his last apprentices.





Okay. So you were into punk rock at the time.

I was playing in a hardcore band which is basically what got me hooked. Seeing Bob’s tattoos on older kids in the scene prompted me to want to meet Bob and get my first tattoo. Besides receiving the Spaulding & Rogers catalog, by accident, through the mail when I was in the 9th grade.

By accident?

Yes. I flunked so it was my first time in 9th grade. I should have been in 10th grade by then. (laughs) So yeah, we just moved to a new house and I was always the first one to get home from school and I would always get the mail. So if not, they would have taken the catalog away and I would have never seen it. But I happened to get it and look at it. And I was like, “Man, this is pretty cool. But it’s kinda crude.” I didn’t appreciate the traditional designs that were in there. It was a lot of Don Nolan. Now that I look back, there was some Kari Barba stuff in there at the time. That was one of the few pieces that I liked. It was a piece that Harley Flanagan from the Cro-mags had on his chest. I was like, “Oh, there’s that one. I know that!” And there were a few other pieces that were okay. Most of them were just kind of—they didn’t really grab me. I put it in the closet. I kind of forgot about it for...

Well you said you got it by accident.

‘Cause bikers lived there before us.

Really?

So we were getting "Easy Rider” subscriptions, the last of their “Easy Rider” subscription, and then this. I guess they were doing some home tattooing maybe, or something. I don’t know. They were interested in it somehow. But nonetheless, I got “Spaulding-Rogers” by accident or coincidence or whatever.







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