Artists: Zhuo Dan Ting
What year did you start tattooing: 2001
Do you have any special training: Went to art school fresh out of HS in China. Apprenticed tattooing under Master Diau-An of Diau-An Taiwan Tattoo.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style would range from Asian traditional, black and grey realism to color realism. In the past I focused more on black and grey where today i'm pushing myself to do more color realism tattoos. I really enjoy doing bigger tattoos and tattoos that are a little darker like horror, dark art, under world style.
Conventions usually worked: China International Tattoo Convention Shanghai Tattoo Convention Shanghai Tattoo & Extreme Body Art Expo Wenzhou Tattoo Convention Langfang Tattoo Convention Hong Kong International Tattoo Expo Koh Samui Tattoo Convention Frankfurt Tattoo Convention Golden State Tattoo Expo
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed in various shops throughout China and received special training from Diau-An of Diau-An Taiwan Tattoo.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I have always looked up to master artist Paul Booth.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Being most of my customers are already heavily tattooed I would not have much advice to give other than how to take care of their tattoo. For customers who are not covered already and would be thinking of tattooing hands, necks, heads, etc. I would learn a little about them first, educating them on what it takes to be at that level of tattooed, especially in a conservative country such as China.
How did you get into tattooing: I was always inspired by art since I was old enough to hold a marker pen. When i started my interest in tattoos was when I seen a tattoo first time on the street, which in Harbin, China in the 90's wasn't so common. Something fascinated me about having art on your skin that could be washed off. I had got my first tattoo at the age of 17 which was when I fell in love and knew this was what I wanted to do for a living. I started learning the skill of tattoo from then on and eventually opened my first shop "纹艺复兴" in Harbin, China 2004. Later I decided to step up and move to Shanghai where I opened "Shanghai Tattoo" in 2007. I currently still own and run Shanghai Tattoo located at 4F, 1 Maoming Nan Lu. and am looking to open a second location internationally.
What inspires you to be an artist: Many things inspire me as an artist, one being traveling to different countries, being surrounded by art from around the world. I really enjoy doing the different tattoo conventions as well, checking out other artists doing their thing.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Im always looking forward to doing something thats going to push me as an artist from full back tattoos, sleeved arms or legs. Im really into doing more realism black and grey or color these days especially in the horror, dark, underworld themes. I also look forward in doing more Marvel themed tattoos. Im a big Ironman fan so anytime I can do a Ironman piece or any of the X-Men, Avengers, I get very excited.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: So many tattoos I would love to do! I really would love to do an all horror themed full back tattoo or full frontal upper body piece. That would be awesome!!