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SBDC @ Central New Mexico Community College

Eric has been featured in the ABQ Art and History Museum, where he has a painting displayed. He won best in show for the Spanish Market in Santa Fe two years ago in the contemporary art category. Eric has also been nominated as one of Albuquerque’s best tattoo artists. His work has been shown over many different markets and has had his work commissioned many times. Eric originally opened Iconink in 2012 but it did not stay open very long and then he decided to start working on an art movement, “47 Unite and Conquer”, gathering local artists of various mediums, to make a huge show. Eric rented a space downtown to open a new tattoo shop, gallery, and displays many artists works.

Eric has been working with Trish Abbin – Certified Business Advisor at SBDC at Central New Mexico Community College since 2011, after being released from prison. While incarcerated, he found he had a passion and talent for fine art. He started working on paintings and learning the art of tattooing while in prison and wanted to find a market for his work.

“I am an artist of many mediums, primarily fine art, tattoo and design. I am also an entrepreneur and started my business, Eric Christo Art, LLC shortly after getting out of prison in 2011. I have been working with Trish Abbin, “the rock star” of the Albuquerque SBDC @ CNM, since getting out. Trish and the SBDC have been a valuable resource and a godsend to help me launch my business. Trish helped me set up and establish my LLC as well as my first studio and gallery in 2012, DBA Iconink 47 Studio and Gallery, a unique business model for a tattoo studio or fine art gallery. I would argue is the first of its kind in both the tattoo industry and fine art world. Trish not only saw my vision, but helped me write and execute the business plan and take realistic steps in making my dream become a reality. Trish Abbin and SBDC are vital to small business as well as my business and success.”

Eric is a true example of perseverance. He has made a strong name for himself in the art and tattoo community, has done everything possible to make his business a success and continues to strive in a forward direction. He is also a huge promoter of local artists. He has built a strong team and this has helped him, his business and other artists move forward and the Albuquerque SBDC @ CNM has been a part of that team. He is constantly participating in talks, events and other things to work with those in the prison system to help them when they get out as he himself was helped. He is truly inspiring.