Dan’s the boss at 1891 Original Tattoo Co. but has been designing and creating tattoos for clients in South Africa and Australia for over 15 years. In that time he has worked on almost every style and design you could imagine – he’s the guy to see when your concept is a bit ‘out-there’.
Apprenticing in Johannesburg, South Africa in the early 2000's in a classic street shop, Dan developed his craft by learning from some of the best artists in the country.
Dan spent 3 years rising in the South African scene before taking a long absence from the industry to join the Royal Marines (U.K), where he served at 42 Commando until discharged. Keeping his eye, and hand, in the whole time he eventually met his wife (and Adelaide local) and decided to come back to her home to settle down.
With 1891 Original Tattoo Co. Dan had a very specific idea about the kind of space he wanted to work from and create for his clients. During his time working in other people’s shops Dan found that while some studios were fantastic in some areas they lacked in others, some placed great importance on awards others the clients. After guesting and working across Adelaide he came to realise the only way to get the true vibe he wanted was to open his own creative space. Thus 1891 Original Tattoo Co. was formed.