Name: Çınar Topakli
Where do you live? Montclair, NJ
When did you move there? 3 years ago
Where did you grow up? Istanbul, Turkey
How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am a tattoo artist and own Painted Soul Arts on Walnut Street in Montclair. Tattooing is creating art on somebody’s body, and they carry it forever. It is painful and also beautiful. It helps you to explain yourself in a different way than talk about yourself.
Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? To go to a rock band concert. I’d love to see Pearl Jam live; I missed them in concert.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Fascino on Bloomfield Avenue. I love seafood in general, and my favorite is “Roasted Spanish Octopus.”
What’s on your nightstand? Books and a sketchbook with some pencils
What are you listening to? Usually rock and alternative things
What are your current indulgences? People can believe whatever they want.
What talent you would most like to have? Musical talent and painting
What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? It is a beautiful town, but I don’t want to spread that around. I don’t like crowds. 🙂
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? He made all the plans he thought of.