Q+A With Tattify Artist Kit King

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 By Julia

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Kit King is an insanely amazing hyperrealistic painter from Ontario, Canada. You’ve most likely seen her work before and mistaken it for a photograph. Nope. All paintings! I still don’t believe it sometimes.

Kit is also a tattoo artist; for this collaboration, she came up with a line of beautiful black and grey rose tattoos for you guys. You can shop her collection here.

1. Your paintings are CRAZY GOOD. How long does a piece typically take to achieve that hyper-realistic feel?

Thank you. It depends on the size and level of detail of the piece, but anywhere from days to weeks.

2. You’re a tattoo artist as well. How do the temporary tattoos compare to the real deal? 

I love that with the temporary tattoos you can get away with fine details that you normally wouldn’t be able to include in a real tattoo. I like that you can cover yourself with, art but still be able to change your mind or placement. However temporary tattoos are certainly more of an accessory, where real tattoos are a lifestyle. 

3. How did you first get into painting?

I’ve been painting my whole life. My parents were both artists, so I grew up with a brush in hand. 

4. Your husband, Corey ‘Oda’ Popp, and you collaborate on pieces and paint side by side. How does that compare to painting alone? 

I usually prefer to do everything alone. I’m a big loner, but it’s a completely different experience painting with someone you love. Instead of it being a personal journey in which you express your inner voice, it becomes a shared experience in where you are voicing a journey, born through love, to the world through a shared message. 

5. What type of oil paints do you use?

Trekell Art Supplies

6. What advice would you give to someone just starting out with oil paints?

“Learn the rules. Then break them”

7. How’s the little kitty, Crook doing?! (and what’s the story behind her name?) It was so sweet of you to take in a tiny blind kitten. 

She’s doing so much better now. She’s actually regained sight in one eye, despite what vets thought. And is on track to live a totally healthy and normal life. I named her Crook b/c she’s a little thief. From the moment I brought her in, she stole my heart; my little crook.

8. In one of your recent paintings, “Creation” (below), it shows your hand meeting your husband’s in an homage to Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. What connection do you feel to this painting and what does it mean to you?

My husband quit his job and moved here to paint full time with me. I’ve been teaching him how to oil paint. It was our first serious piece we painted together. We thought recreating the Creation of Adam would be so fitting, as this new thing was being born from this venture. It was the creation of this new artist- Oda. It is a very meaningful piece to us that we connect to deeply b/c it was the start of everything. The start of a dream come true. 

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9. How do you cope with failure, or when something isn’t going as planned when working on a piece?

That never happens. Not to sound pretentious, it’s just that I don’t have a fully rendered plan of attack when I paint, I have a general idea and just dive in. I paint for the process, never the outcome. Therefor nothing can ever fail to go according to plan. I think all works end up exactly how they are meant to end up. What you consider a failed piece, may be someone else’s favourite work you’ve ever created. Art is too subjective for such things as failure. 

10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists out there?

The difficulties you will face spending a life chasing your dreams, far outweighs the regret of a life lead not spent pursuing passion. I can promise you it won’t be easy, but I can promise it is worth it. 

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