Chris Rude is the hell spawn kid of a former kingpin and crime syndicate family. He grew up in the balmy Mid-West on the border of Iowa and Illinois, or somewhere between gangland and large sums of corn. As a kid he dreamt of nothing more than riding John Deere farm equipment or machinery. Chris has been drawing and painting since he was a young kid, where he would sometimes draw as a means of escaping gang recruitment. Somewhere along the way he discovered the military, and after serving two tours in the Army he traded in the smell of fresh gun smoke and playing with various weapons systems for razor sharp pens and colored pencils( no pun intended) to practice the art of illustrative bushido on both traditional and human canvas.