Chris Nunez is a talented tattooist whose rise to prominence came about through the extraordinary display of his artistic skills on the reality show, Miami Ink. The determination and hard work of the body ink master, who has been a creator of diverse body art styles for more than two decades and has in the process established a few tattoo studios across the country, most notably a Florida based art studio called Handcrafted Tattoo And Art Gallery, is no doubt a force to reckon with in the tattoo industry. He has been able to successfully leverage this talent to feature in a host of other reality shows that are discussed below.
Chris Nunez Early Life and Why He was Rebellious
Chris Nunez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. His date of birth is recorded as 11th April 1973. While growing up, the young boy was drawn to the beauty that art embodies and thus began painting graffiti, beautifying many street walls with his extraordinary artistic skills with the blessing of his father.
Nunez grew a special bond with his dad who passed away when he was eighteen years old. He was devastated by this loss and following the absence of a fatherly influence in his late teen years, he began partying incessantly and leading a reckless lifestyle. The youngster who was once close to his family became rebellious and ventured into a life of independence.
Chris Nunez later managed to turn a new leaf in his early twenties as he began an apprenticeship in a local tattoo outlet. In a quest to find peace and more fulfillment in life, the proficient tattooist became religious as he started practicing meditation and praying with beads. This helped in turning his life around for the better as well as enhancing his love for the arts.
Nunez traveled to Brazil a few years later to develop his artistry. He spent four years in the country before traveling to Europe and several other countries around the world. He would later return to his base in Miami where he was able to set up his own shop, signaling the beginning of the legendary tattoo artist we know today.
How Did Chris Nunez Become Famous?
Chris Nunez has evidently become a big name in the tattooing community. His journey to the top was, however, not actually a smooth one as he initially did part-time construction work to make ends meet. Since that time, the tattoo artist has been able to display his artistic skills and abilities in diverse styles; mostly the traditional Japanese Style for which he has gotten to be known.
After launching the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based tattoo parlor – Handcrafted Tattoo And Art Gallery, Nunez joined hands with Ami James to co-found Love Hate Tattoos in Miami Beach. He has since been cast in multiple reality TV shows that promote body arts, allowing him to gain celebrity status as his work gained appreciation from all corners of the globe.
Some of the reality shows Chris Nunez has featured in include Miami Ink, where his daily activities were showcased, and Ink Master, where he displayed his erudition on body arts. In the latter show, he serves as a judge alongside fellow tattoo artist Oliver Peck and Rock musician Dave Navarro.
Chris Nunez has since moved on to become a partner in the media corporation Ridgeline Empire, the operators of the subsidiaries Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen. Thanks to all of his endeavors, he has been able to accumulate a net worth estimated to be around $7 million.
Although Chris Nunez has put a stop to the reckless and rebellious lifestyle he led as a youth, he hasn’t stopped making controversial headlines. In the year 2014, the reality TV star was the subject of two major controversies. The first was a lawsuit filed against him by Nicoletta Robinson, a former participant on Ink Master demanding unspecified damages. She accused him and Oliver Peck of sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation during her time on the show.
Later in September 2014, Nunez was arrested for driving under the influence after having jumped a stop sign. His mugshot was taken and he was jailed for two hours before being granted bail. In the subsequent years, he has managed to stay away from any controversy and has primarily focused on the creative works that have made him a household name to tattoo enthusiasts.
What We Know About Chris Nunez’s Daughter and His Past Relationships
While Chris Nunez does not quite cut the look of a family guy, he has since proven his worth as a proud father to his beautiful daughter, Andreanne Kali. The tattoo artist and TV personality often shares adorable pictures of his daughter on his social media handles and also spends quality time with her despite his busy schedule. In June 2019, the two were sighted strolling the streets of New York City, enjoying their time together.
According to online sources, Nunez also has a son named Anthony and was previously married to a woman called Carole-Anne Leonard who is reportedly the mother of his two kids. The reports say that Ms. Leonard resides in California with his son while Nunez stays in Miami with his daughter.