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HC Exclusive Chat with Celeb Tattooist Mister C for Andaz 5th Ave's tbd Art

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December 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

It's that time of year again: tbd Art! Last year, Andaz 5th Ave launched this celebration of art and culture, where guests were encouraged to engage in the creative process.

Due to popular demand, artist-in residence Daniel St. George and celebrity tattooist Mister Cartoon returned to give more illustration love, this time a huge mural with his perspective of New York City, and it's just been finished--a Sandy tribute: the resilience of NYC after the storm. We heart.

Hotel Chatter caught up with Mister C and found a soft side. Here are his thoughts on Andaz, art, Sandy and, weirdly, Eminem.

Tell us a little about what you're doing at Andaz 5th Avenue.

This is my second year working with tbd Art and I've been creating a mural that displays how New York City has influenced my life. I'm excited to be back and happy that Andaz guests loved my work last year and requested to have me back for round two.

The New York subway art and the graffiti writers that came before me influenced my work a lot throughout my career. I was drawn to the tbd Art program because I got to express my love for the city and make my own “mark” on NY. I thought it was definitely appropriate to make this year’s mural a tribute to Sandy as the city has been through so much and has survived the tragedy stronger than ever.

Who are some of the more notable clients you have inked?

50 Cent, Eminem, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lewis Hamilton, Nas, to name a few.

How long is the wait to get inked by you?

It depends who you know and where I am, but I always say it’s never too long…but just long enough.

What is your proudest inking moment?

Tattooing Eminem’s daughter’s portrait on his arm and doing my wife’s back piece are among my proudest.

What is the weirdest tattoo you've given?

A life-size clown on the back of my barber’s bald head.

Why did you choose to work with Andaz 5th Avenue?

Andaz reflects my vision of creativity. Everything from the interior design to the amazing food motivates me to paint.

What can locals and visitors expect at tbd Art?

An individual expression of an artist in a mural that reflects the city.

Will you be returning to Andaz's tbd Art next year?

I already started thinking about what I’m going to create for next year.

[Photo: Andaz 5th Avenue]

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