Meet Your Neighbors: Suite C Tattoo LLC

Kim Kress

Suite C Tattoo LLC
4144 SE 60th Ave. Suite C

Who are you?
I’m originally from the east coast. (Washington DC area) I went to art school at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, followed by an aboriginal school in Lismore, Australia. After I moved back stateside, I worked as a stagehand for a few years, and met my (now) husband. We decided to move to Oregon in 2003 to pursue culinary school for Jason. (He’s now the pastry chef at OMSI) I decided that I needed to get back into a career utilizing my art background. I’d been thinking about tattooing since I was a teenager, and moving out to Portland gave me the ability to pursue it as a career. I absolutely love it, and now, 9 years later, I just opened up my own shop. I have 2 rad dogs, Bacchus and Muck, and a motley assortment of fish.. (including a 7 year old Oscar named Leviathan) I’m a farmers market addict, and sometimes an obsessive pickler/preserver.

What do you do?
I am an artist, and a tattoo artist. I own a small, mostly private studio where I create custom tattoos. (I get to draw on people for a living…)

What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried to work with as many types of media as I can. I was actually a sculpture major in college, and loved metal work. I started tattooing when I was 23 (32 now) and absolutely fell in love with it. I really enjoy having the ability to work with people, take an idea out of their head and help them to translate it to skin. I love designing custom artwork and using the body as a medium.

What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?What brought you and/or your business to the Foster-Powell Community?
My husband and I bought a house over in Lents a couple of years ago, which puts us living very close to Foster/Powell. I love this neighborhood, I just feel comfortable. So, I started to find myself here more and more often. I feel like the folks over here have such a sense of pride in the neighborhood. The people who live/work here really seem to have a desire to support other neighborhood businesses. When I decided to open my own studio, I knew that somewhere in the land of Foster would be my destiny. After a few months of looking, I found an amazing location (above Torta-Landia) and I couldn’t be happier about how the space turned out. Total bonus that around the same time, the Crafty folks moved in just across the street. I’m from the east coast, and something about the diversity on this end of town just makes me happy.

What is your favorite way to enjoy Foster?
My husband and I love to grab a drink or a happy hour burger at the Slingshot, (and do so at least a couple of times a week) Bar Carlo has awesome breakfast.. I can get lost in I’ve Been Framed for hours… The Banh Mi at An Xuyen… (Further up, the Freddies on 82nd is the closest grocery store to my house, and the people watching is amazing) Since opening the shop, I’ve started to walk Foster a little more, and check out the other businesses I haven’t been to yet.. thinking this may become a new favorite way to enjoy Foster…

How do you envision the future of Foster?
I think Foster is a really unique section of Portland. We’ve got such a variety of people, foods, shops. I feel like every time something new moves in, the neighborhood keeps getting cooler.. We’re definitely creating an identity down here in “FoPo” that I am super happy to be a part of.

Some top fives to appease the list lovers……

Your Top Five Songs to get you through life?
Just 5? Okay..
“Another Perfect Catastrophe” -Firewater
“Sabrosa” -Beastie Boys
“Summertime Rolls” Janes Addiction
“Homegrown” Kelly Bell
“Moonlight Drive” -The Doors
“No Regrets” -Aesop Rock
Darn, that was 6. I’m not very good at following the rules, but 5 was hard!

Your Top Five Haunts in Portland
Slingshot Lounge
Screen Door
the staircase on Mt. Tabor
Hair of the Dog

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