Danny champion of the tattoo world

A STRABANE tattooist has walked away with the top prize at a recent international tattoo convention in Derry.

Danny McCay, who runs the town’s own Rose and Anchor parlour beat off all-comers to clinch a bevy of titles at Maiden City Ink 2017.

Taking place at the Everglades Hotel, the convention was packed with some of the best and most innovative tattoo artists from across Britain and Ireland and even some from as far away as the European mainland. Altogether some 50 artists competed in the design element of the event.

“I won every category I entered,” Danny laughed this week.


“I took the Best Black and Grey, Best Realism, Best Leg Sleeve and Best in Show. That was a very special one because there was some great work being done at the show.”

For this Best in Show – a noir leg sleeve which contained a number of different faces and interlinked imagery – title Danny received a trophy in the form of a ceramic skull. However, rather than put the accolade on display in his shop window or even give it pride of place on his mantelpiece, the local tattooist gave the gong to his client, the man who sat for 16 hours whilst Danny tattooed his leg.

“Michael McCrossan was just brilliant,” Danny added.

“So when they gave me the skull I gave it to him. It was a way of saying thanks for how well he sat for me. He was just great, so great I’m convinced there’s something wrong with him!”


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