1. When did you become a fan of horror and why?
Well Ive been obsessed with Halloween since I can remember, so I think it spawned from there. I think I first became a horror fan when I watched The Exorcist during a Halloween marathon on TV around age 6-8 with my sister, cousin, and grandmother. I enjoyed the thrill of being scared so much I started watching anything horror I could get my hands on. My sister and my father’s side of the family helped feed that obsession by sneaking more cult classics that our parents didn’t approve of.
2. How did you get into art and are you self taught or did you go to school?
My sister was always an artist and I looked up to her growing up. I started sketching really young, always trying to impress her because her work always amazed me when I was little. I don’t think either of us knew we would become professional artists one day. I never went to art school but I can’t say I’m completely self taught. She taught me so much and I work in the tattoo industry where we all seem to inspire each other and help one another with our craft. They’ve helped me grow as an artist more than they give credit for. I’ve been very lucky to have such incredible influences.
3. You create numerous works of horror, what’s your favourite medium and materials to use?
I don’t think I have a favorite. I love each medium because each is their own monster to tackle. I use prismacolor pencils for my horror portraits. As far as my horror inspired tattoo flash I love Fabre Castle pens. I use a lot of Ben Nye for special fx makeup.
4. Who is your favourite character to use?
Any character with a mask. I love the detail and how unique each one is.
5. What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?
I’d have to say the Corey Taylor portrait. It was for someone who picks apart any piece of art and finds something wrong with almost everything. It didn’t help that the subject matter pertained to an obsession of theirs. It was the second portrait I’ve ever done. I spent months on it and that person was so happy when I gave it to them. It was a really big deal to me. Like I passed a test or something, haha.
6. Have you got any upcoming exhibitions?
Possibly a few conventions and showings this year and the following. It’s all currently still in the works but when the dates are set I will announce it on my Instagram and Facebook.
7. You have a horror podcast, can you tell us a bit more about it?
Dead Hour Podcast is a show my husband and I concocted. We review horror films from the cult classics to the new releases. We basically drink and bicker over the film, haha. We are going to do a few episodes on some occult topics as well around October.
8. What’s your favourite scary movie?
It’s hard to say because I have a favorite within each genre. However Texas Chainsaw Massacre never fails to send chills up my spine no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
You can contact Tristen via her email at firstname.lastname@example.org or her Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/cattrid/
Also check out her podcast: https://m.soundcloud.com/dead-hour-podcast