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Artist of the Week: Kyler Martz

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
KM: I've been doing illustration since about 2010, and started tattooing in 2014. I work across mediums, meaning I do digital illustration, as well as hand painted murals, and tattooing.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I work in a lot of different mediums, and my process is different for each one. Each one has a different process, which is why I enjoy working across the spectrum instead of focusing on one.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I'm often inspired by old tattooers and their work, as well as the Northwest. I lived right by a boat launch in Eastlake for years and spending time there kick started a lot of my ideas.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I tend to gravitate toward the natural world, which is why you see a lot of sea themes in my stuff. I also really enjoy drawing people, which is why I have done series of diving ladies and even combined the two into work around fish people.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
The piece of art that means the most is actually a letter opener that my grandfather carved for me.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Moving to Seattle from Boise affected the kind of art I was drawn to, because I was able to be exposed to a different landscape. I still draw inspiration from it.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
I am really into art in public spaces and I try to do those as much as possible. I've painted electrical boxes around Fremont, and have some outside murals around town. I just finished a couple things you can see, like the mural at The State Hotel in the restaurant area, which you can also see from the street, and a window mural for Patagonia in Ballard.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Right now I'm finishing up some design projects, and am excited to focus on doing more tattoos and my personal projects. Sometimes the things that I work on for myself take a back seat, and I'm setting aside time coming up for those.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!