What He Does: Though he's quite capable of translating a beautiful image to be forever etched into your very flesh as a tattoo artist, most of the work that comes from Ricky Ortiz's brush is of a much more disturbing quality. Screams, fractured anatomies, and a penchant for poses that hunt at some kind of hellish perversion are his typical output, and it's as striking as it is uncomfortable to look at. Still, it's also undeniably beautiful, just as skillful surgery and a well-crafted weapon are beautiful.
Ortiz has drawn all his life, and can't remember a time when he wasn't creating images. His work has been presented in galleries, events, and venues around Houston. Zen Art Space, WarHous, JoMar Visions, and Comicpalooza have been good places to sample his wares, and he even picked up a Best Original Art award at last year's Splatterfest for his work in a local horror film. If you're lucky, you will also see his art on the skin of passers-by in Houston. His website is still under construction but you can visit the Facebook page for his art if you fancy setting an appointment.
Why He Likes It: "I love everything about it as far as being able to use it as a tool for expression and giving life. And by that I mean in the sense of being able to create something from nothing and having it take a life and meaning of its own.
The best part of it is being hands-on with art. There is no other way of enjoying it in my opinion."