The Proust Questionnaire: Dan Henk
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Dan Henk Tattoo.jpgLast week, we inaugurated a special N+S series called The Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists, which is a modified version of the infamous Q&A popularized by Marcel Proust*.

For this second installment, we hit up Austin-based horror meister Dan Henk. In addition to his tireless tattoo schedule and painting, Dan has been busy creating a Mike Malone comic for Tattoo Artist Magazine, and working on illustrations for his upcoming horror novel, "By Demons Driven." He took a break from all this to give us a glimpse into what drives him.

The Proust Questionnaire for Tattoo Artists

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?  Sitting in church.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?  Finishing a project I was really into and then hitting South America for a vacation in the jungle.

Your most marked characteristic? I hear I'm abrasive. I tell a lot of non PC jokes. I also hear I don't have that social filter most people have on what I say and do, which might go with the abrasive bit.

What is your principle defect?  What? I have a defect?! Pshaw!

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?  The Shadow.
Who are your favorite heroes in real life?  Frank Frazetta, Ayn Rand, Alan Moore, and more I'm sure I'll remember later.

Your favorite painter?  Frank Frazetta. Oh, and John Harris, Ashley Woods, John Totleben...I can keep going.

Your favorite musician?  Deadguy!

Your favorite writer?  Alan Moore.

The quality you most admire in a man?  Determination.

The quality you most admire in a woman?  Intelligence.

Your favorite virtue?  Honesty.

Who would you have liked to be?  The creature from the black lagoon.

What are your favorite names?  Anton! Aleister!

What natural gift would you most like to possess?  Immortality.

How would you like to die?  I don't.

What is your present state of mind?  Overkill!

What is your motto?   "Words have no meaning when they are said by shallow minds."

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* Proust is admittedly hard to get through, but do consider picking up one of my favorite books, How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain De Botton, which is an amazingly fun and much easier read.

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