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ONCE YOU LEARN YOUR TOOLS IT’S MORE ABOUT FIGURING OUT WHAT WORKS ON SKIN AND WHAT DOESN’T. IT’S ALL EXPERIENCE, EVERY TIME I THINK I KNOW SOMETHING I LOOK BACK A YEAR LATER AND REALISE HOW LITTLE I KNEW BUT YOU SEEM TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THE SPIRIT OF CLASSIC BLACK AND GREY TATTOOING IN YOUR WORK. IS THIS A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO TRY AND BRING THOSE TWO WORLDS TOGETHER? I can see how my work may appear as a hybrid of vector and hand drawn work but wouldn’t say I’ve combined vector work with my sketch style, vector is normally so clean that I think they’d conflict somewhat but lately I have been working on creating two distinctive styles, one which uses solely vector. I think my hand drawn style naturally evolved from just producing a lot of black and grey work. It’s always been my favourite tattoo style and the one I always knew I’d focus on, I’d say my work has evolved from classic black and grey so hopefully will always embody the spirit of it. The latest big stylistic change for me came about from switching to drawing with a mechanical pencil. I’d already been doing my ‘shattered’ style of shading for some time and this switch gave me a much more defined edge to

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the shaded areas. I recreate that look in my tattoos by using a super tight 3 and shading in the same way. It heals up really nicely too, I find it doesn’t fade as much as when using mags and the final healed piece is a lot closer to the levels put in on the day. I used the organic elements to help fit the design to the body but to be honest, the past six months have seen me get away from those as I’ve seen a lot of people using them - now I’ve started going in the opposite direction and incorporating straighter lines and angles to help blend things out. The bold lines came about from looking at my healed work, I want to know that what I produce for someone will still look good in the future and not just on the day it’s done. The other style is where I wanted to get back into Illustrator as a program, I’d got a bit rusty on it, so took what I’m learning from tattooing and am now creating super clean vector designs that have no shading and just use the solid blocks to define the shape, again, drawing heavily on the ‘line weight’ idea from earlier. These designs are super bold so I know they’ll hold up well and I have had a play with combining these two differing styles but I’m not sold on whether they work yet, I’ll get back to you on that in a year or so… Check out more of Dan’s work: n9ne.co.uk

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Tattoo july 2014  

Skin Shots International is a sister title to Skin Deep, which is meant as a reference magazine featuring top quality tattoo work from aroun...

Tattoo july 2014  

Skin Shots International is a sister title to Skin Deep, which is meant as a reference magazine featuring top quality tattoo work from aroun...