Now that passion that turned into a profession.
For the last 15 years, Denis has continued to grow and develop as an artist.
“I don’t ever get tired of the art side of things since it is always evolving,” he said, reflecting back on his early tattooing experiences. “I remember the first tattoo I ever did was with a pin and India ink in my parents garage for a 12-pack. Guess some some things changed a bit along the way.”
The plan was never to become a full-time artist. Tattooing was a means of saving enough cash to go to college to become an architect.
But we all know plans change.
“That life brought me into a completely different direction and I was submerged into a lifestyle of art, creativity and a whole lot of fucking fun!” Denis said.
Want to know more about the person tattooing you?
A: My beard! This fucker ain’t never comin’ off!
A: This question reminded of a time when I went out to Calgary to do a convention and I bought 500 shooters as a round at the bar. The bartender asked if I meant $500 worth of shooters as I replied, “Did I stutter?!”
I tend to splurge often — sometimes on stupid things, and often on things I enjoy. Either way, you can’t take money to the grave.
A: I get to meet a lot of different people from various walks of life who give advice, ask for advice, tell amusing stories and jokes, and most of all allow me to be creative.
A: Anyone who knows me pretty much knows everything about me. I’m kind of an open book
A: Double vodka diet press in a tall glass. Everyone who knows me knows that!
A: There are many things that lead me to open a private studio, but none more important than giving a more hands-on approach to the tattooing process. From one-on-one consults, measurements and the actual booking, I feel that customers don’t feel like they are just another number. I don’t answer phones in the middle of the tattoo, there are no customers in and out, and the tattoo room is in an elevated sunroom providing natural light. And it overlooks a lake, providing privacy and a very therapeutic environment. There is room for friends and family to visit and hang out while clients get tattooed. My customers seem to enjoy the friendly and open atmosphere and I have been told from many customers that they feel that it’s more of a personal visit instead of a business transaction. My home is your home … for the time being.
A: Very very difficult question to answer. I love tattooing in both styles, but I find colour far more striking. When a customer sits down and we discuss the piece and subject matter, I will suggest one or the other based on their idea.
A: I’m gonna be the new host of Guitar Master on TLC and ask him what he thinks about that!