From the Luxemburg Electric Ave Tattoo to our website: we are happy to welcome Dan Sinnes! Twenty years of tattooing and a passion for Oriental mythology, science fiction, and cartoons, translated into beautiful colorful tattoos. Find out more in our brand new interview…
Hi Dan, thank you! Let’s start talking about your tattoos: how would you define your style and how did you develop such a personal visual language?
I think my style is a result of tattooing a lot and being inspired by a lot of different things and people. I love to draw the tattoo on (directly on skin), so I can fit it right in specific fillers in between existing tattoos. Hard for myself to define what I’m doing.
What is your background?
I grew up in a small village in Luxembourg, and I used to always draw a little bit. Started an apprenticeship as an optician to earn money to get tattooed. After, somehow I slided in a tattoo apprenticeship.
What is your greatest inspiration? And what about your references?
I find inspiration in so many things from daily life, books, internet, tv, other tattooers and artists. I love to collect references, whatever I see I try to photograph or screenshot as reference for later use.
Are there any favorite subjects? Something you never get tired of reinterpreting and tattooing?
My favourite subjects are Japanese and Oriental mythology, science fiction, cartoons. I never get tired of Japanese mythology because it’s about stories, tales and legends… always inspiring.
Would you like to talk about your color palette?
If I do guest spots, I normally use whatever colors I find in the shop I’m working for. I try always to have a good mix of warm and cold colors.
Anything about techniques you would like to share with our readers?
It depends on the subject I’m tattooing. It depends on if it’s fineline, Japanese, Black & Grey, Traditional, Biomec or Tribalism.
Do you prefer big or small compositions?
I don’t care. I will do from small walk-ins to full sleeves, until backpieces.
What about your tattoo studio and the tattoo scene in Luxemburg?
I’ve had my studio for 8 years now. We’re one of the only (few) studios to offer all style of tattooing. The scene is the same like everywhere else in Europe.
How was your 2020?
Very good. I really needed that 2 month quarantine break. For the first time in 20 years I enjoyed it a lot with my girlfriend, cooked a lot and painted a lot. It was less travelling than usual but was ok for me.
Do you have any other passions or hobbies, beside tattooing?
Yes, I throw ceramic and paint it. It’s a very good break from tattooing. And of course travelling, but I combine travelling and tattooing always together.
Are you interested in music, art, cinema?
I love tv, no regular tv, but tv shows, classic and new movies. I listen to music or radio all day long in between tattooing, so after work I prefer to switch off and watch tv.
Is there anything you want to add that I didn’t ask before we say goodbye?
I’m really happy to do what I’m doing. I can draw on people and meet all kind of different people, listen to my music all day. Thank you to everybody who got and gets tattooed by me. Thank you for the interview!