While in school, Danny Cee would always receive bad grades, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t a smart kid, instead, it was because he would spend his time in class drawing. “Anytime we had some sort of project in class, I would always find myself drawing the picture that was in the book instead of doing the work,” laughs Danny. It was obvious that he would only apply himself to something that caught his interest, and that something was art. Many of the other kids at Danny’s school took notice of his artistic skills and soon enough, those classmates would approach Danny for personal art. “I started to get paid in school to do graffiti on peoples’ backpacks and hats.” The financial payoff was not lost on Danny. “My family was broke enough, so it was my way of making some type of money.”
After high school, Danny went through multiple jobs before going to school to become an electrician with his brother-in-law. The thought of a steady paycheck was good; but old habits die-hard. “I was passing the class but I would find myself drawing in class again,” he says. Even in electrician’s school, his classmates took notice and approached him for some art but this time, they wanted to get tattoos from him. “I started tattooing some of my local classmates, and they all wondered why I was chasing an electrician’s career instead of becoming a tattoo artist.” Once he started looking around at different tattoo artists, the idea of becoming a professional really caught his attention. He ended up buying his first Micky Sharpz tattoo machine. “One of my friends named Beanie hooked me up with a starter kit, and he told me that he saw something in me. Next thing I knew, I was tattooing every day,” says the grateful Danny.
Danny had purchased his first Micky Sharpz machine from Miguel Ochoa, who works at Lowrider Tattoo, and would stop by from time to time. One day, he accidentally broke his machine and went to the shop. At the shop, an artist named Kicks asked Danny where he was tattooing, and Danny reluctantly answered, “At my house.” Danny’s truthful response and artistic skill garnered him an opportunity that would jump start his career. “He asked me if I wanted to try tattooing at the shop and after he spoke with Jose Lopez; I was in! I remember going home and feeling like I got accepted into the Harvard or Yale of tattooing.” Given his respect for the shop’s history and the artists there, Danny took the opportunity of being at Lowrider Tattoo as seriously as a college student going to school. “This was the type of school I wanted to study at, because I finally found something I was passionate about.”