Dan Smith

Middlesborough

Name
Dan Smith.

What do you do?
Tattooer. Musician. 

Where are you from?
Middlesbrough, UK. Glen Eden, New Zealand. 

Describe your style in 3 words
Heart and Soul. 

How does living in London/UK affect your work?
Being from here but having lived so many other places in my life has given me an appreciation of my upbringing and British culture. 

What’s the best thing about being a tattoo artist in 2016?
Seeing the trends come and go while maintaining an educated opinion on why they do. 

How would you describe your tattoo style?
Built on tradition. 

Tell us the story behind your favourite tattoo?
My first tattoo. Descendents’ Milo on a kitchen table at a tender age. Simpler times. Best day ever. 

How did you get into tattooing?
Through the punk/hardcore scene. 

What music did you listen to growing up?
Punk, Britpop, New Wave, Hardcore. 

Who do you listen to in your studio?
It’s easy for the environment to become stale when you don’t keep the music interesting. We listen to everything.

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