Pulling Lines With Tattoo Artist Scott Santee
"I enjoy working with my hands and being creative in all mediums."
Tattooer and self proclaimed tinkerer, Scott Santee has a unique flow to his artwork that is very much his own style. Taking inspiration from traditionalism and realism, Santee creates tattoos that take on an almost animated look that are beautifully illustrative. His talent translates beyond his client’s skin as he also creates fine art with acrylics and aerosol on wood cutouts that the Colorado artist makes himself. Add to that list murals, snowboards, merch… you name it and Scott Santee can pull lines on it.
What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t a tattooer?
I would likely be doing something in the art field still. I enjoy working with my hands and being creative in all mediums.
Do you have any hidden talent(s)?
I make a pretty mean pizza.
What’s in rotation on your playlist right now?
My musical taste is like John Cusack’s character in Identity. One minute I’m listening to reggae and the next death metal. Currently spinning Messa, Holy Fawn, Charley Crockett, Lost Dog Street Band, Alluvial, Conjurer….Just to name a few.
What made you want to get into tattooing?
It was an idea started in high school. I got more serious about it after I graduated and due to my parents disapproval catapulted me even further down the path.
How would you describe your style?
I like to take your common tattoo subject matter and make it look like I did it. I've always thought it was cool to see a tattoo on someone and know who did it without having to ask them.
First tattoo you ever got?
I got a kanji that hopefully means rebellion.
Do you have any tattoos you regret? (Getting or giving)
No remorse giving or receiving, life is a wild ride and these little mementos we collect along the way are little trophies for those times.
What’s the strangest / most unique tattoo request you’ve gotten?
I have a friend that was really into Chromeo and wanted me to tattoo “two step” on her fingers so she could be real cool at an upcoming concert. I was pretty hungover that day and her and her friend kept telling me it was “two” not “too”. Naturally I tattooed the wrong one and she hasn't let me forget it since. It's matured into a pretty solid joke at this point in time.
What is your favorite part about being a tattoo artist, and what is the most challenging?
I really enjoy being able to take people's ideas and turn them into something unique.