Tattoo artist, Deep
Purple fan, Skott Greene lived his dream
When it came to his work,
tattooing, no detail escaped Skott C. Greene.
"I think what he loved most was
when someone would come in with an idea, a far-out scheme, and he would put it
on them and make it happen," says a friend and employee Brian O'Donnell. "He
loved to do the big crazy pieces because he loved the detail."
He also loved the band Deep
Purple, the movie Planet of the Apes, and the television show Lost in Space.
In fact, he loved the robot from Lost in Space so much he had it tattooed on
the inside of his right arm.
"He was the biggest Deep Purple
fan," Brian said. "He thought that in essence their musicianship was the
greatest in the world."
Roughly 16 months ago, Skott
got a chance at his dream when he opened Doors of Perception Tattoo, 709
Quaker Lane in West Warwick. His wife, Sandi, co-owned and managed the shop.
"That was his dream; he wanted
to own his own parlor, and we did it," Sandi said. "He has been drawing since
he was two, his family tells me. You couldn't even have a piece of scrap paper
without him drawing something beautiful."
Before owning his own shop,
Skott worked for nine years as a tattoo artist at Electric Ink, in East
"He was a perfectionist when it
came to his art," Sandi said. "Obviously you can't erase it. No tattoo ever
left that shop without being perfect."
Skott, 35, was known for his
excellent tattoo portraits, a reputation that ultimately led him to The
Station last Thursday. Jack Russell, the lead singer of the band Great White,
had called several tattoo shops looking for a great portrait artist, Sandi
Russell ended up at Skott's
parlor. "He tattooed a kind of heart with the name Sue in it," Sandi said. "He
tattooed it kind of on his pelvic area."
A pleased Russell put Skott and
Brian on the guest list for the show. Sandi decided not to go.
"At least in my eyes, I am glad
to see so many people walking around with his artwork," Sandi said. "There is
no greater memorial. You can have pictures, drawings, but if you are wearing
his work, there is no greater honor, and I have told his customers that."
He was born in New Rochelle,
N.Y., the son of Fred N. and Dorothy L. (Jones) Greene, of Warwick. He was a
1985 graduate Toll Gate High School.
Skott and his wife lived on
Byron Boulevard in Warwick. They married three years ago.
Besides his wife and parents,
he leaves two brothers, Fred N. of Coventry and Terrence M. of North
Kingstown; two sisters, Pamela C. Suttcliffe of North Kingstown and Kimberly
A. Vrogendewey of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and his maternal grandmother Stella Pyrek
of Springfield, Mass.
A funeral service will be held
tomorrow evening at 8 in Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave,
-- Journal staff writer
Andrew C. Helman
Source - Providence Journal