We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Carson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m a mid west native, but moved around a lot as a kid. When you move around that often, its harder to build relationships or form lasting friendships with other kids so I spent a lot if time with my grandmother who would sit and draw with me and encouraged me to be creative growing up. Drawing is just sort of second nature to me, its something i have to do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a tattooer, I’m constantly evolving artistically, which is probably what keeps me excited and still motivates me daily. I like to work with traditional subject matter and try my best to bring as much as i can to the table with my work and make it powerful. I want my work to be timeless in that it never goes out of style, which is something that requires a lot of studying and practice outside of tattooing itself, which is where painting comes in. I paint just like i tattoo, they kinda go hand in hand with each other. It’s a lot of hard work, which never comes easy. But that’s what’s so rewarding about it all. You learn a lot about yourself making these things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most of the people who are traveling to see me are coming to see me at the shop for work. So we’re actually gonna spend a majority of that time at Landmark Tattoo. I’m kind of a workaholic, so I’m fortunate to love what i do and want to be there most of the time. Outside of that, I’d personally rather be in the mountains hiking or just outdoors somewhere. It’s bit of a road trip, but Bishop’s Castle is something people should see. The Cherry Cricket is always on my list of eats, along with Pete’s Kitchen and Osaka ramen to name a few. It really depends on the friend who’s visiting…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s a long list of people that have helped me along the way, everyone from my family and friends, to my clients and coworkers (past and present). Tattooing is rich with history and traditions that date back centuries and allows us, as artists to draw from many different wells. But at the end of the day I think Ed Hardy is the one who deserves the recognition for opening it up to what is has become. Without Hardy we wouldn’t be where we’re at today in tattooing.
All work by Danny Carson