GALLERY: Tyler Parent and Dennis Santana

Tyler Parent, 22
Caldwell University Graphic Design Major
Artist: Dennis Santana
Shop: Mr. Blue Sky Tattoo

Parent volunteered to let me sit in on his tattoo session. He wanted to touch up an older tribal piece and add some design to it in order to make it match one of his other pieces. During the time I was there, Dennis Santana, his tattoo artist, shared with me some pretty rad thoughts about tattooing.

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Dennis Santana lived in Germany as a kid for a few years. Then he moved to the states, where he began his journey. Santana started his apprenticeship in 2005. “We had good times,” explains Santana about his experience.

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“There’s a lot of stuff I had to relearn. A lot has changed in a year.” – Santana on his apprenticeship.


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“Whatever comes into that door, you make it a cool tattoo.” – Santana


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“I love drawing Japanese stuff. I love drawing American traditional stuff. I get myself caught up in that.” – Santana


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“Working here I get to be exposed to a lot of rad stuff. We do agree to disagree on things but it’s never negative.” – Santana


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Parent, Santana and I were talking about tattoo meanings. “You don’t really have to stretch your brain out for something meaningful. Get it because you like it,” stated Santana. He made a good point. Then he asked Parent, rhetorically, “What does this tribal mean to you? What tribe are you from? You got it because it’s cool.”

DSC_0135 “Keep it positive.” -Santana

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