You probably have a ardour for tires, suppose once more. The winner of Tire Evaluation‘s 2019 Tattoo Problem could have you ever beat.
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Christopher Rivas, winner of the Tattoo Problem, not solely inks tires on his physique however lives out his ardour for the business as a subject auditor for Goodyear Tire & Rubber‘s company-owned shops in Southern California. He labored his manner up from a tire installer to a retailer supervisor and exudes overwhelming pleasure when talking about his 18-year profession within the business.
“I simply have a ardour for tires. I type of made myself a self-proclaimed ‘tire monkey,” says Rivas, who proudly drives round with “tire monkey” on his motorbike and automobile license plates.
His profitable tattoo — certainly one of three tire-related designs on his physique — incorporates old-school business icons together with his “tire monkey” persona.
“I needed to do one thing totally different and tasteful,” Rivas says about getting his profitable tattoo. “I had an concept of a pinup woman tastefully dressed with an influence gun in her hand and able to do tires – type of like these outdated ’50s pin-up adverts you noticed in retailers. I assumed that was neat, and I needed to include a tire monkey, which might be me, into the image.”
To make his imaginative and prescient come to life, Rivas discovered work from automotive artist George Webber on social media and commissioned him to create his imaginative and prescient. That paintings is hanging in Rivas’ workplace to today. However earlier than getting the tattoo on his leg, Rivas’ spouse requested he change the pin-up woman’s facial features. So, he requested that it resemble her favourite Disney princess – Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.”
Along with that tattoo, Rivas has certainly one of a “cartoonish” tire monkey holding Goodyear tires and one other of the character Guido from the film “Vehicles,” (who adjustments tires within the film) with a stack of Goodyear tires.
Sooner or later, Rivas says he plans to get extra tire ink and already has a rendering of one other tire monkey tattoo within the can.
“I don’t know what it’s… The unique tire paintings, the unique memorabilia, outdated sort tire promoting… every thing about it [the industry] I discover interesting,” says Rivas, whose favourite ebook is “Wheels of Fortune: The Historical past of Rubber in Akron.” “I simply have a ardour for this business and the folks… I really like tires.”