Dan Smith

About Me

English born, I absorbed
all aspects of British
culture, most importantly
music, before moving to
New Zealand at a tender
age. Growing up in New
Zealand, I was exposed
to a very unique
education. Tattooing
having the history it
does there, sparked my
interest early and after
meeting Dean Parkin
from Sacred Tattoo, my
path was set. Hanging
around Sacred with Dean
and Dan Andersen was the
best thing to happen to
me. I took my first
machine aquired from
Adam Craft and what i
had observed over the
years of getting
tattooed and applied it
to what i knew i had to
do. Moving to Australia
in 2001 and meeting Shep
and Gomer, I was asked
to start in my first
shop The Body Art Shop
in Adelaide,SA. This was
where i got my tattoo
footing and quickly and
thankfully was able to
stay busy tattooing a
style i loved, yet
always having the
diversity of what
working in street shop
asks of you too. Being
heavily involved in
playing music from a
young age also made
traveling easier and i
was able to take
tattooing with me.
After Meeting Jim Miner,
Daniel Albrigo and Kat
Von D the previous year,
and remembering their
extended invitation of
being able to work along
side them a little more
permanently, it was all
i needed. In 2004 I
decided to make the huge
move to California.
Working at Inflictions
in Arcadia was my first
taste of tattooing on
American soil and I
again, was able to stay
busy and work side along
stand up artists. In
2006, now spending all my
time in Orange County,
I started working at
Eric Maaske's Classic
Tattoo with Tim McAlary,
Tom Moser, Colin
Dowling and other greats.
As my band got busier I
travelled consistently,
tattooing on the road
from the back of the van,
to lush hotel rooms and
everything in between.
When home, I spent alot
of time tattooing out of
my private studio in
Santa Ana, and of course
frequent visits to
Goldrush Tattoo in Costa
Mesa. Mid 2008 after
returning from a tour
and visiting ex workmate
and friend Kat Von D, I
was asked to join the
High Voltage team in
Hollywood and I accepted.
I have been there ever
since, but still make
time to visit the people
who have helped me along
the way, and of course
guest spot and attend
conventions everywhere.
I enjoy tattooing all
styles, and am always
attracted to a challenge,
but prefer western
traditional, solid
colour, heavy black,
tattoo looking tattoos.
Loving husband to Skully.
Father to kittens Veil
and Ashes(mental). I
ride Vespas and will one
day fly a hot air
balloon. I like Indian
food and red licorice
(not together).
Thank you for visiting
and reading.