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Crystal Morey Talks to Dan Sinnes About His Genital Genius

Crystal Morey Talks to Dan Sinnes About His Genital Genius

By Crystal Morey
I just got back from the Montreal Tattoo Arts Show and it was such a great event. The Tattoo Mania crew really knows how to put on a great convention and the Gomineko crew can’t wait for next year. While I was there I got a chance to hang out with one of my favorite convention buddies Dan Sinnes and pick his twisted brain a little…

Crystal Morey: I want to jump right in and ask you about the dick and pussy tattoos but we should do this properly… So Dan, how long have you been tattooing? Did you do a formal apprenticeship?

Dan Sinnes: 12 years. I started collecting tattoos when I was 16. I got a job in a tattoo shop in Luxembourg after doing a lot of drawings on my own, studying from tattoo magazines. It wasn’t exactly an apprenticeship but I did everything in the shop: cleaned, prepared stencils, set up stations… but they didn’t teach me. They gave me a machine, showed me how to build it up with a tube and a needle and said, “Hey you have to run the machine if you go in the skin” and that was all they told me. They didn’t answer my questions they were winking with their shoulders. They didn’t really understand my questions or care, they were like, “Ah, whatever. He’s making money.” I did a lot of walk-ins then, I did a fucking lot of tribal, which was popular then, that and lower back tattoos. Every woman wanted one and I made a lot of them!

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CM: Are there a lot of tattoo shops in Luxembourg? Are tattoos popular?

DS: There are probably six shops for a half a million people. Tattoos here are regarded like they are everywhere – the youths have tattoos but the old people still think it’s from prison.

CM: You do a lot of Japanese imagery. What drew you to it initially? What do you like about it?

DS: I was amazed when I saw that book The Japan Tattoo, really the only book out on Japanese tattoos at the time, and then around 2004 when I met Mick from Zürich and saw how beautiful the Japanese tattoo is –and I saw also the shunga, Mick introduced me to the stuff I am doing now. He showed me entire books on Japanese shunga and I’d never seen it before and I was just blasted away from it…

CM: And who influences you now? Who do you reference?

DS: Definitely my friends. I feel inspired by my friends. People like Luke Atkinson, Mick from Zürich, Trevor McStay… because those were the tattoos you saw in the magazines at the time! There are many good artists but you would see one or two tattoos that were good in a magazine, so what I did; I cut them out and collected them in a book!

CM: Ha-ha, you made a tattoo scrapbook! Do you still have it?

DS: Yeeeaaah! I still have it yeeeeaaah! Ha-ha. Today there is so much good stuff in magazines but 10 years ago there was not really a lot of good magazines…

CM: True. So now we can talk about the pussy and dick tattoos… Do you think you could only tattoo shunga for the rest of your life and be happy?

DS: Oh yes! I love them. I want to do a whole bodysuit of pussy monsters! Ha-ha-ha, no… To be honest I like doing filler tattoos around other stuff the best unless I am working in Luxembourg. I like doing conventions and guest spots and doing one shot tattoos I can finish that day so I can always travel to new destinations and don’t have to return anywhere to finish tattoos. The people here I think lack discipline to finish pieces, they don’t have the discipline to finish backpieces, they get tired of the pain, maybe they don’t have the money anymore, maybe they don’t give a fuck anymore and it’s no longer important but they start them and they don’t finish. I like one shots cause they get finished.

 

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