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Life & Work with Daniel Dehnert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Dehnert.

Hi Daniel, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ll start my story from the very beginning. I was born at a very young age. Just kidding. About four years ago, my boyfriend started tattooing. I found myself always at the shop enjoying the conversation, watching the artist glide their machines along the stencil line. Everyone there was so creative! I started doing little projects around the shop, fixing things and trying to help out. I stayed around for about two years just learning. Until one day, one of the other artists asked me to draw out a flash sheet just for fun (a flash sheet is a group of pre-designed tattoos that are meant to be “done in a flash” or quickly). I really enjoyed drawing these little doodles and you know what? So did just about everyone else. After that, I was hooked. The other artist there graciously gave me tips and tricks and let me watch them tattoo which is where the majority of my education came from. The rest I did on my own.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say for the most part, it has been pretty smooth. I’ve had a lot of challenges growing my socials, cough cough (@tattoodle) but with word of mouth and the support from the tattoo community, I’ve been able to overcome.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I started a creative journey right out of high school. Moving to NYC and going to school for acting, working in the fashion industry as a stylist, photographer and now tattoo artist. I can honestly say that I’ve tried it all in the creative sector but nothing has been as fulfilling as tattooing. You ask what I specialize, but I think what you mean is what makes me the happiest and that is tattooing. I would say I’m most proud of putting my work out there. It’s not every day you find a tattoo artist that likes to be a little humorous, and cheeky. I think today, you see a lot of people getting what “trendy” and not what actually sparks joy and that’s what I aim to do,.. spark joy.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Los Angeles has a lot to offer. The food, the mix of cultures, the variety of entertainment… cemeteries. I love it! The weather alone keeps my heart happy (unless I’m getting in my car in the middle of summer…oof) There isn’t a lot that I don’t like about LA. I think the cost to live here is way overpriced, I mean the least the city could do it gives the same attention to underprivileged areas at the do to the mega-wealthy areas. And trend culture…. Originality here is very hard to come by.

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