From Monterey Bay (California), here is Dan Wysuph. Almost 20 years of career, a great love for Bay Area tattoo legends (and their style), and a new shop opening in Santa Cruz. His favorite subjects are what he defines “all the big wild existential stuff” and they always become great tattoos… but also very interesting sketches that you can find in his eBook!
Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Dan Wysuph. I live and work in Santa Cruz (California), which is in the Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Francisco.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started working in tattoo shops in the fall of 2001 and started tattooing in the spring of 2004. I have always loved the tattooing that came out of this part of the world. Ed Hardy and all the Bay Area legends, that combined the principles of Japanese and western traditional so well, and applied to it any subject matter. I feel like the way I tattoo is California style for lack of a better way to describe it.
Did it change over time?
I don’t think it changed but it did evolve. About 10-12 years ago I made a very conscious effort to represent local California images in my paintings and tattoos. My panthers became mountain lions and bobcats. My cobras became rattlesnakes. The animals that lived in the mountains I grew up in.
Stylistically I still love the same style I always have, and I’ve just sought to became better and more efficient as a Tattooer.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw, beside of tattooing?
Absolutely! Over the years my paintings have gotten further away from how I tattoo as well. It gives my brain a nice break and surprisingly makes tattooing even more fresh and exciting when I paint in a style not strictly suited to tattooing.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
I love animals and nature. Religious imagery. The ocean. All the big wild existential stuff [he laughs, ed]
Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
I have the most wonderful clients. Most of these images were requestst that they trusted me to interpret! I am grateful everyday to get to work with such great folks!
What are your projects for the future?
I am currently opening Fog City Tattoo in Santa Cruz with my good friends and long time co-workers Jason Anderson, Adam Barton and Blake Brand. I am doing a lot of painting for the new shop. I also made a set of Go Fish cards a couple years ago and have some other projects along those lines I would like to do while my kids are still young!