21 Questions :: Danny Elliott
Name: Danny Elliott
Studio Name: Rebel Muse Tattoos
Email Address: DannyRayElliottiii@gmail.com
Preferred Tattoo Style: Realism
How do people book you?: Through the contact form on my website
Who is your favorite artist outside the tattoo world?: Greg (Craola) Simkins, Hands down. We have multiple prints of his at home, my wife has a half sleeve of his work, and we will definitely own an original one day.
Where do you get inspiration for your work?: The short answer is everywhere and nowhere - at random.
The long answer is that Finding inspiration is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. You have to be very persistent, very patient, and get a little lucky. It's going to hit hard and be very fleeting, so you just try to hold on as long as you can.
About how many tattoos do you do a day?: Just one that will take me all day. I find it helps me focus, and I'm not stressed about getting to the next piece.
How long have you been tattooing?: Seven years.
Ever tattooed anyone famous?Who?: The closest people to fame would be a couple pro football players over the years, and my boss Liz Cook. No Movie stars though haha.
Any "nightmare" tattoo experiences? Tell us about it!: Years back, I once had a client scream so loud that she literally scared other people out of the studio. I'm talking this like deafening, ear rattling scream, for the entire duration of her 20 minute (should've been 5 minute) tattoo.
It was real life version of that awful video that got shared all over youtube about "the worst client ever."
Craziest tattoo or tattoo location?: A gremlin tattoo on my friends left ass cheek. He's wearing a space suit, planting the American flag into "the moon" with one hand, and the other hand is flipping you off!
Favorite part of the body to tattoo?: Outside of the shin/ lower leg. The skin is fairly tight on its own, and it's a great space for smaller pieces.
Least favorite tattoo location or type?: Chest. I think the final results look great, but it's rough on my back to work there for a long session.
Do you listen to music while you work? What kind? Fave artist?: I actually have a Tv in my room so my clients get to watch shows while I work - it really takes the mind off the pain.
Most of the time I'll either have on Marvel movies or The Office when it's left up to me.
When I do have music on I listen to a really wide range, but my favorite while working is Bohren and Der Club of Gore. No words, just ambient background music.
What is something other artists do that makes you cringe?: When you tear paper towels off of the actual roll while they're working instead of having them pre-ripped/ set aside specifically for that client.
If you're doing this, fix yourself.
Do you have any other artistic abilities?: I paint and draw, but nothing outside of traditional mediums.
Won awards for your work? What one is the most meaningful to you?: I've won a few. The most meaningful would probably be the Best of Day I picked up in Dallas a couple years ago.
Who do you hope to tattoo one day?: Chris Pratt, I think it would just be a really fun session! I've said this before too, but I figure if I throw it out there enough it may actually happen one day haha.
Favorite tattooed model?: Sabina Kelley. She just has a very classic pinup look.
Hobbies outside of the art industry?: Traveling when I can, hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter. Softball and video games in between.
Tell us something only a few people know about you?: I only play casually now 2-3 nights a week, but I was REALLY into video games when I was younger.
My longest streak gaming, which I will never attempt again, was 54 hours straight playing Metal gear 3.
It was back when you rented games from blockbuster, and the "new releases" were charged 72 hours at a time instead of weekly.
I only had 3 days to play so I didn't sleep.
What other tattoo style would you want to learn?: New school! It's awesome and I love it, but my brain just doesn't think that way.
Which of your own tattoos means the most to you? Who's the artist?: My thigh piece is a full color Skull surrounded by Bio Organic hooks and highly detailed texture. It was a 2 day collab by Phil Garcia and Guy Aitchison, so it was just an incredible experience on my end start to finish.