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Meet Courtney Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Moore.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born to create. Ever since I picked up a pencil, I have been drawing subjects that I have grown to love over the years. I’ve been fond of tattoos and the idea of placing art on the skin since I was about 12. I knew from middle school that I was destined to enter the tattoo industry.

After dedicating most of my time in high school to art classes and sketching in general, I graduated and continued my education at Academy of Art University in San Francisco as an Illustration major. This further peaked my interest in tattooing and the different styles that could be applied to this aspect of art. I began taking my art to the next level: focusing on color illustration and painting. I started working on commissions for friends and family, doing mainly portraits and nature scenes. Color still holds a special place in my heart and I rely on my background heavily in my paintings today.

Shortly after school, I began my apprenticeship at a tattoo shop. The artists I learned from had both the technical knowledge and artistic skill that I needed to understand the difference between a drawing and a tattoo. It was a challenge, but I was determined to make the most of this learning experience.

After my apprenticeship, I continued doing tattoos, paintings, illustrations, graphic designs and even worked on a couple things outside of my comfort zone. Last year, I painted functional gas masks for War-Mart’s Wasteland Weekend sale. I also displayed paintings last year at the RAW art show in Costa Mesa.

Please tell us about your art.
I create traditional and digital art. My favorite canvas mediums currently include gouache, watercolor, charcoal, and pen and ink. Recently, I have been working on primarily horror and creature charcoal drawings. I sketch everything out before finalizing with charcoal and paint.

My tattooing style is a combination of black and grey realism and neo-traditional. I try to draw influence from my favorite artists while creating something entirely different. My favorite subjects to tattoo are horror and fantasy. I am very interested in horror movies and everything creepy. This shows in my work.

I also like to do more cheery work for those who aren’t big into the horror genre. These themes include animal portraits, bright watercolor/pen and ink illustrations, musician paintings and portraits of strong women.

My message is simple: I love everything that is artistic and want to share what I envision with others. People should know that my style is a little weird, a little wonderful, and will always have you thinking. Every day I am expanding my knowledge in art and striving to contribute something interesting and new to this large art world.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Visit a gallery or find someone’s work online that you admire or may want to collaborate with. Send them an email or a direct message. Use the tools that we have at our disposal now to meet people who share the same interests as yourself. Be open to communication; it may be a great opportunity to make new friends and grow as an artist.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see some of my watercolor paintings of various rock musicians on display at Rasta-Cowboy Records in Old Tustin. I am on the lookout for more art shows to display more of my larger scale drawings. In the meantime, you can also follow my social media and contact me directly for tattoo appointments and paint commissions through either email or telephone.

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo by Victor M Gonzalez

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