Dennis Mackie {E} Featured Artist

by Christina Diaz

Tattooing for 8 years, his typical day is fueled by creativity in one medium or another. I was first introduced to Dennis’ art on Myspace of all places (years and years ago). His vibrant, energetic creations immediately caught my eye. His work creates a visual impact leaving you in awe. I soon discovered that he not only tattooed but he experimented with multiple mediums. Whether it’s on a skateboard deck, a canvas, or even a pair of sneakers Dennis’ dedication to maintain and fuel his creativity is contagious and inspiring.

{E}: Were you artistic as a child? 
DM: Yeah. Very inspired (distracted) to draw from age 4 and up. Started tracing Peanuts comics when I was 4-5 years old and eventually learned how to draw them without tracing. I was so excited to draw them that I expanded from there. Reproducing comic book characters became my favorite.The villains were the best!

{E}: Are you self-taught or did you do an apprenticeship? 
DM: For the most part I am self taught. I had peers and teachers in general from elementary to high school help me understand things but no organized art institution. I try everyday to look and learn from my peers and colleagues, always browsing through my favorite artists work to keep myself out of the box. I am really interested in getting into some art classes in the near future though. I know I need more structure with my process. “Trim the fat” so to speak.

{E}: Describe your artwork.
DM: My “art” is punchy, bright, obnoxious, clean, and smooth. Most of what I create is for my clientele. Constant changing themes and ideas seem to keep my mind fresh and working towards creative concepts. Sketching on a personal note is almost opposite. Drawing things I suck at drawing or feel uncomfortable with.

{E}: What inspires you?
DM: Competition. Friendly competition. There are so many artists making impactive statements with their abilities. Trying to understand different techniques and apply them to my own process is ongoing. Being shook to my core by another artist’s work is always inspiring to me. “Keep on pushing” is my mantra (haha). Music of course. And the base of my inspiration is my family, friends, and fans. By fans I don’t imply I am anything special, but I acknowledge those people I haven’t met personally but have supported my work recently or for some time. I’m very blessed to have all these people in my life.

{E}: Whom are some of your favorite artists? How have they influenced your work?
DM: Craola, Alex Pardee, Bradford Ciecko, Esao Andrews, Caryl Cunningham, Mike Giant, Suzanna Griggs, the peeps at Guru, Jeff Gogue, Audrey Kawasaki, Jim Lee, Ben Templesmith, and Paul Acker to name a few… These are just some of the people I constantly watch or just gawk at how good they are at what they do. These people, without knowing or meeting me have taught me a lot about conveying my own style and techniques.

{E}: What are some of your favorite art tools and why?
DM: Pencils, pens, shoes, music, skateboards, coffee, spray paint, and skin. They are just amazing and fun for me.

You can find Dennis at…
Transcend Tattoo
906 West Main St.
Branford, Connecticut 06405

Follow him on Instagram @gnarcisist

Dennis Mackie Featured Artist