Dan Rick – Number 21

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Big Top and Signature Tattoo present an alternative to your clean cut, run of the mill…hygienic annual art show with Clean As A Whistle. Featuring new works from Big Top and Signature Tattoo Artists, Clean As A Whistle is to grime what a hot slot machine is to a tarnished dime. Curated by Mark Heggie the show features new work from Josh Fallon, Mark Heggie, Tyler Hemmingsen, Garth Hixon, Davey James, Nick Kelly, Dan Rick and Sam Wolf.

For our third RUN from 323East Gallery’s recent exhibition Clean As  A Whistle, 1xRUN is proud to present a work from tattoo artist Dan Rick. A co-owner of Big Top Tattoo and Signature Tattoo, Dan Rick had more than 20 works on exhibition for Clean As A Whistle. Check out more select available works from Dan and the rest of the gentleman of Clean As A Whistle at 323East.com for original works and see three prints from Davey James, Mark Heggie and Dan Rick – available in a 3-print combo pack- at 1xRUN.com and read on for the 1xRun Thru Interview with Davey where he talks about past influences,  his first piece and more.


1xRun: Let’s talk about “Number 21” is the original still for sale?

Dan Rick:  It was a commissioned piece that I actually ended up buying back. Yes, it’s available at 323East.com

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?   

Dan Rick:  2007

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?          

Dan Rick:   Money was the motivator.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?  

Dan Rick:   A night…or two…or three.

Dan Rick - Select Pieces Still Available at 323East.com

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?         

Dan Rick:  It is a look inside my noodle.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?          

Dan Rick:  It would be foolish not to.

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.        

Dan Rick:  wwwwwwoooooowwwwww

Dan Rick - Number 21 - Original Painting Still Available at 323East.com

1xRun: When did you first start making art?    

Dan Rick:  As a small child

1xRun: What was your first piece?      

Dan Rick:   Finger paint.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?      

Dan Rick:     Ed Hardy


1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Dan Rick:   All of them.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Dan Rick:  Air Supply.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?           

Dan Rick:   R. Crumb, I bet he is a good kisser.


1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?  

Dan Rick:   Hieronymus Bosh, I enjoy the conflicted.


1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?    

Dan Rick:   A flash sheet Marcus Kuhn. I still have it.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?           

Dan Rick:  A painting by Chris Conn.  

 1xRun:  Where can people find you across the internette?

Dan Rick:   Big Top TattooSignature TattooDan Rick on Facebook