Chris Gendron opens Aroostook tattoo shop featuring guest artists

SINCLAIR, Maine — Chris Gendron, better known as “Kocha Saraswati” in the tattoo world, has honed his craft throughout the world for over a decade. Now, he has returned home to the St. John Valley and opened a shop next to a childhood home in Sinclair.

Gendron obtained the name “Kocha” while in Bulgaria. It happened while he was learning Bulgarian in a village with some local kids. When he got to the word for ram, they pointed at Gendron and laughed.

He said Chris Kocha would roughly translate to “Chris The Ram.” This was later shortened to just Kocha, and then Kocha Saraswati. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, and often associated with art, learning, and music.

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