My Outlook: Darnell Waine

Darnell WaineHow many tattoos do you do in a typical day?

I usually take one or two appointments a day. Most of the pieces I do take quite a bit of time so I try to keep my clients per day to a minimum, then I can focus more on each individual piece.

What’s the craziest tattoo you have ever done?

The one tattoo that always comes to mind is a tattoo of a giraffe riding a sea turtle on the water. As far as the concept, it’s pretty far from the norm, and that’s just the kind of stuff that guy’s into. It’s a full-color tattoo and it was a fun piece to do for sure.

How was your experience on the TV show Best Ink?

Best Ink was an awesome experience. I like to compare it to a roller coaster ride—ups & downs and you get thrown for a loop from time to time. I definitely learned a lot about myself as an artist and things haven’t quite been the same since the show aired…in a good way, of course.

How did you handle the competition?

Artistically there were definitely some tough competitors I was going up against. The other artists definitely kept me on my toes and pushed me to really dig deep creatively.

What was your claim to fame on the show?

I’d have to say it’s my skills. I’