TDan

Based at NR Studio London

Name: TDan

Tattoo Style: Large scale black and grey/colour characters

Studio: NR Studio London

Denis Torikashvili (TDan) was born in Rostov-on-Don, in the south of Russia, which is where he started tattooing in 1997.

At the time, there was practically no information about tattoos. He had to work in difficult conditions but despite that, the most important thing was there: the desire to tattoo and be tattooed.

In 1997 he brought his first tattoo machine, Micky Sharpz. This could be called the starting point for his development. He learnt about tattooing from American movies, and at the same time the first tattoo studio opened in his city, this was 1995, from that time he began to search for the information he was interested in. He also started sketching, but these were primitive sketches. There was no real development until high speed internet came into his life and when tattoo forums began to form and the online tattoo communities grew.

The first tattoo convention was held in St Peterburg, Russia in 2003. After taking part in the convention in 2005 he won first place for best of day in 2006 with a black and grey portrait; his first award!! Following this he worked in studios in Rostov and the went on to opening his own.

TDan has worked with different tattoo styles including Japanese, ornamental, realistic and American traditional but didn’t always succeed; He was looking for something new and different so he could express himself properly.

Everything changed three years ago when he moved to Moscow, essentially starting over again, he closely monitored other artists perfecting the art and fighting hard to understand the secret to their success and techniques, experimenting more, he created collages and was trying to realise unique ideas on the skin. TDan has come into his own and is 19 years in the making.

There are many gifted artists in Russia and many are motivated to be famous and successful because of the low standard of living but If you want to be a great artist it is not enough to make high quality tattoos, you need to make unique and pieces that cannot be replicated.

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Just have no words how much I appreciate your work!!

We started to work last year and made a great & awesome and cute sleeve And after 3/4 months Denis offered me to make another one ,and sure I said yes! We started new sleeve in horror style! I’m so excited to finish it! And by the way we took 1 black&gray at Moscow tattoo festival!! I was happy as a kid ha ha Thank you so much Denis for your talent and your work! You are the best!!!

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