Daniel ‘dark’ Sartor
Daniel C. Sartor
Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in Physics before beginning his career as an artist. It was during college when a close friend first called him ‘dark’, a name that stayed with him thereafter.
After graduation from MSU, dark had the encouragement from another close friend to a career in the arts. In 1991, with very little art background or ‘formal’ training, dark acquired an apprenticeship at a local East Lansing tattoo shop. After apprenticing for a few months, dark began tattooing full time and within the first year of tattooing, dark was published in various international tattoo magazines and received several awards from tattoo shows and competitions.
Dark has since gone on to produce thousands of tattoos, ranging from small pieces of flash to full body custom work. He approaches each new piece with the same enthusiasm he has had since the beginning and works constantly to refine his art through explorations into other mediums such as charcoal, oils, acrylics, and digital airbrushing and through experimenting with diverse ideas and techniques on paper, canvas, digital canvas and skin.
Currently living in Los Angeles, California, dark spends the majority of his days producing art for other people in the form of tattoos and uses all his other energy to create art using a blend of different techniques and mediums.
Articles, publications and appearances:
Inked Magazine: July 2011
L.A. Weekly: Jun. 2010
The District: Feb. 2010
Nintendo Power Magazine: Jan 2006
In Touch Weekly: Nov. 2004
NBC affiliate KRON, Channel 4 S.F. Television Interview 2000
SF Chronicle: Full page article, Jun 12, 2000
Tattoo Review #55: 4 page article, 1996
Tattoo Savage: Cover and 2 page article, Jun 1995
Tattoos for Men: Cover, Dec. 1994
Various pieces published in:
Tattoos for Men
International Tattoo Art
Tattoos for Women
More of dark’s work can be seen at: