This month’s artist is on the forefront of a new wave of both tattooing and painting. A born storyteller, in his formative years he aspired to work in the comic book industry. However, after several interviews with some of the biggest publishers he lost interest upon discovering that within that industry one could either be an artist or a writer, but not both and set his sights elsewhere.
He spent the next several years exploring and expanding his craft. He began tattooing, painting in oil, and produced two novels (Down Highways in the Dark... By Demons Driven and The Black Seas of Infinity), both of which have been published by Permuted Press.
A profoundly gifted, focused, and determined artist; he has reached across an array of mediums to tell the stories that he has always had within him. Of course, any artist, no matter how naturally adept they are at their craft, must have the work ethic to match their aspirations. Even in the face of turmoil, illness, and tragedy, he persisted in the expression of his strange and wonderful vision, through the constant pursuit of his art. We proudly present to you our September Spotlight artist: Dan Henk.
PEN & INK
Born in 1972, on a small army base in the south, Dan Henk grew up on a diet of science fiction and horror books. At eighteen Dan Henk was kicked out of his house. He spent the next eight months homeless, often living in the woods. Six months later, he was in the passenger seat of a car that flipped and his face broke the windshield. Soon after that, the tendon on his thumb was severed in a fight with a crackhead. He came down with brain cancer in 2001, and his wife died in a hit-and-run in 2007. In 2012, a car shattered his bike, throwing him through the windshield and putting him in a coma for hours. In 2017 he flipped his truck and woke up in the woods. There's a running theory that he is a cyborg.
He's done art for Madcap Magazine, Maximum Rock and Roll Magazine, Tattoo Artist Magazine, Black Static, This is Horror, Deaddite Press, Skin Deep, The Living Corpse, Aphrodesia, Splatterpunk, Tattoo Prodigies, Pint Sized Paintings, Coalesce, Zombie Apocalypse, Most Precious Blood, Indecision, Locked In A Vacancy, Shai Hulud, Purity Records, and a slew of Memento books.
2011 saw the release of his first book, The Black Seas Of Infinity, care of Anarchy Books. Permuted Press reissued it in 2015, and a few months later released his second novel Down Highways In The Dark...By Demons Driven. Splatterpunk issued his short story “Christmas is Cancelled” as a signed and numbered chapbook. Now living in Pennsylvania, he owns half of The Abyss Art Studio in New York, and spends what little spare time he has doing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.
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A great specter is looming over the art world: the specter of Inter|Sekt. For far too long we have watched the artists of our generation turned into a disposable commodity, bought and sold by the galleries, stifled in their expression by the tastes of the art consultants who purchase pieces on behalf of financially minded clients who want a "solid investment".
They have been amalgamated into schools, said schools are a device of gallerists and art historians to divide and conquer the creatives and free thinkers.
For we live in a nation which thinks itself to be free yet is not, they expect the same of their artists.
Our culture has been raped and plundered by the upper echelon, picked apart and sold by the same greed mongers who claim to be it's patrons. The tool which has most effectively stunted the growth of modern American art in particular is the clever indoctrination of this idea of schools to not only the art student but anyone whom even reads a brief survey of the history of art sees that it is broken up into these categorized schools; the philosophies of these various sects creates conflict, division, and ultimately destruction of the morale and submission to the established order. Thus rendering the creative spirit confused and useless.
This helps curb the rebellious spirit of the average citizen outside of the art world in other spheres of society.
Art history is a lie and galleries are dens of thieves!
Inter|Sekt is not destroying the schools or the galleries, we are simply showing you they were never real, at least not in a world outside of that constructed by academics to sell text books to art students.
The reign of the gallerists and art consultants is over when you want it to be.
From the ashes of the indoctrinated schools of every form of art shall arise The New World Creative.
-Steven Lee Matz-
The inter|sekt manifesto