Chris William Martin
Chris conducted his ethnographic dissertation research at Railbender Studio in 2014-2015 and now shares his time between teaching at Algonquin College and raising a family. When he's not busy shaping the minds of tomorrow, Chris can still be found at the Studio chatting up the Railbender crew, coffee in one hand and baby in the other.
A Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) and a Fellow of The School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Chris studies the art and culture of contemporary tattoo practices for his dissertation research tentatively titled Tattooed Lives: The Indelible Experiences of Meaning and Identity in Body Art. Among other topics, his research is interested in the ways tattooing the body reflects feelings of intimacy, connection, and permanence among the modern enthusiast.
His research at Railbender was specifically geared toward pursuing his sociological interests in studying how tattoo artists use formal properties of the larger art worlds defined through aesthetics to produce, consume, and define tattoos; thereby furthering the artification of the practice.
If you would like to peep Chris’ research to find out more about how sociology and tattoos mix, check out his webpages below: