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Dani Ryan


How long have you been tattooing and how did you start your tattooing journey?

  I’ve been tattooing now for 4 years, that includes my apprenticeship. I started my tattoo journey at 1001 Troubles Tattoo (where I still work) under Fredd Cheetham. Got my husband an appointment with him just so I could meet him and talk about art. A few weeks later I was his apprentice. Having an extensive background in fine arts definitely helped.  


Do you remember what was the first tattoo you did? If so, tell us what it was and for who.

  The first tattoo I did was a black and grey succulent on my mentor’s leg. Besides a few blowouts, it came out alright. Definitely easier than grapefruits.  


Please, tell us about your current tattoo style and how it has changed over the years.

  If anything, over the years my work has morphed further away from any specific style. I find that if I do the same things over and over I get bored very quickly so I try to mix it up as much as possible.  


Does anyone or anything inspire you?

  Everything inspires me.  


Are there any tattoo artists who are extremely admirable to you? If so who?

  I admire any talented artist who is always willing to learn and teach without being arrogant or egotistical.   


Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?

  I honestly don’t remember what I had for breakfast today. But, I do have a handful of incredible clients who still get work done by me consistently since my apprenticeship which is incredibly flattering.   


Is there any art form that fascinates you also except tattooing? Maybe do you have any other passion or something that you really enjoy doing? 

  All forms of art fascinate me. When I was on Ink Master I think I had more fun doing the flash challenges than the tattoos themselves. I studied illustration and took commissioned work for a while before I got into tattooing. Oil painting is probably my favorite medium.   


Do you like visiting or exhibiting at tattoo conventions? Would you recommend any of them?

  I do love any opportunity to travel with friends and to see people I haven’t seen in a while. It’s a great opportunity to meet new clients face to face. I did recently go to the Milan convention which I would HIGHLY recommend attending. Also, the New England Tattoo Expo put on by Ton Ringwalt and Steve Tefft at Mohegan Sun in CT is not only close to where I live but so much fun and very well organized.  


Any artist you planning to get tattooed by? Who has tattooed you already?

  I have no plans right now to get tattooed by anyone new. My mentor Fredd Cheetham is working on my leg sleeve and I try to focus on 1 tattoo at a time. He has done all but my first tattoo.   


What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?

  I’m living the dream at this very moment. I have a job doing what I love that pays the bills and helps keep a roof over my head. I have an overabundance of love and that’s all I need.  I never make plans because things can change so quickly. I’ve gone with the flow most of my life and it’s gotten me to this point so hopefully in 10 years i’ll be just as happy as I am now.   

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