It’s been a long and winding road for Eric Dean Spruth with an evolution from childhood doodling mad boy to a deeply spiritual/psychological and personal approach to tattoo he has today. Sacred Transformations practices a therapeutic tattoo process through the medium of tattoo cover up.
Spruth and his clients share a deep investment in both process and the product of tattoo. Spruth considers the art therapy process including tattooing an act of empowerment and a tool for the expression of intrinsic experiences.
Eric Dean Spruth is a trained artist, graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in fine art with a minor in Psychology and Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. He has served as a professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology Art Therapy program, and expressive art therapist within the Cook County Bureau of Health mental health services department of Cermak Health Services / Cook County Jail. Additionally, Spruth has practiced privately in Chicago, collaborating with various mental health programs. Spruth’s efforts have been featured and recognized by many forms of media including WGN TV Morning News, National Public Radio and the Chicago Tribune, The National Health Care, WTTW City Talk, and the Chicago Reader. Spruth has received many awards and recognition in his field both as artist and expressive art therapist. While he has a portfolio of tattoo designs available for those that feel the need for outside inspiration, such tools are only used as a foundation within the art therapy / tattoo augmentation process of Sacred Transformations.
“I design custom works with each person, discussing what the tattoo will mean to them, in order to create an image that becomes a source of daily inspiration to maintain a life of sobriety, a life that includes a commitment to the welfare of children, to family, to the community and for some, to God!” says Eric, “Whatever will help to keep our clients on the right track.”
In Spruth’s view, “choosing a new tattoo to express our individuality, as a rite of passage, or a symbol of evolving consciousness, can be a powerful way to affirm personal evolution. It is a concrete way of letting go of the past and making commitments to a better future”
Even more than an individual psychological experience, he practices tattoo as a potentially transformative spiritual experience. By approaching the process as ritual, Spruth feels we have an “opportunity to explore our psychology in three dimensions and involve our sense of theater, aesthetics and symbolism, as well as providing a powerful focus for spiritual energy.”