Christian Masot is a multifaceted artist who loves to share his passion for creativity and imagination with others. He earned his degree from Montclair State University with the intention of becoming a teacher but Christian’s natural talents pulled him in a different direction. He was offered an apprenticeship at a well known tattoo shopw here he learned the skills and techniques to begin thriving in the tattoo world. Fast forward fifteen years, he now owns and works out of Silk City Tattoo in Hawthorne, NJ. He has developed his own unique method with a well-roundedability to create several styles of tattoos but specializes in color, realism, and Japanese pieces. He aims to provide his clients with one-of-a-kind, original work. He is dedicated to providing outstanding service and ensuring that his clients will love their tattoo forever.
Christian has made quite a mark in the tattoo community. He was recently named artist of the year by Aquarian Magazine and has been featured as a consultant on Spike TV's Tattoo Rescue. He has also been the recipient of numerous tattoo awards including Best in Show, Best of the Day, Best Sleeve, Best Black and Grey, and Best Color at tattoo conventions around the country. Despite his successes, he has remained humble and is constantly working to acquire more knowledge to enhance his craft.
One of Christian’s main goals is to inspire other artists and hobbyists to take their artwork to the next level. What started out as a dream is now becoming a reality with Blackbird Gallery and Art Studio located in downtown Jersey City. The studio space was opened by Christian in October 2015 and has received awonderful response from guests since its inception. With a focus on fine art, the gallery represents a different dimension of Christian’s work. The classes and special events are aimed at both novice and professional individuals who are looking to acquire new skills and build on their artistry. The schedule at Blackbird caters to all ages and provides lessons in drawing, painting, and photography. The gallery also welcomes visitors who just want to view the revolving exhibits. Other services offered include private events to celebrate any occasion and wedding photography.
Christian is an ambassador for Pentel of America as well as Canson; he has represented both companies the past few years at New York Comic Con painting and drawing on the main floor at the Jerry’s Artist Outlet booth. Christian’s love for art is often reflected outside of the tattoo shop and gallery. It’s not surprising to find him painting in his home art room or taking photographs in his down time. You can keep up with him on Instagram and Twitter @ChristianMasot.