Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Chris Jones

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Chris Jones of Physical Graffiti Tattoos in Cardiff. 

How would you describe your art style?

I mostly do colour realism but I have done some digital art as well. 

Who are your main artistic influences? 

Drew Sturzan who has done the film posters for a lot of my favourite films. Pretty much everyone at Marvel Comics. I guess I like all artists, and I try to get inspiration from as many different places/people as possible so it's hard to narrow it down!

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

I think the weirdest thing to date has to be a bowling pin!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele? 

A lot harder as a uke can be laid down flat! Don't need to worry about it rolling around on fresh paint.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

Can I get away with painting it black and writing Star Wars on it?! 9 out of 10 times Star Wars is my go to for inspiration. 

We're looking forward to seeing the work that Chris does on his ukulele - stay tuned for updates coming soon! 

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