Tattoo of the Month: June 2009

Published on June 10th, 2009


If you have been reading Comic Impact for sometime now, you know we have a Tattoo of the Month feature that is posted on the 10th of every month. Are you a fan of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy? well so is the owner of our selected tat, Daniel! Read on to find out what made him want to get a Hellboy tattoo and what his aunt said when she first saw his new work of art…

1. What is your name?
My Name is Daniel Sebastian Villela.

2. How old are you and where do you live?
Im 27 years old. I live in New York City.

3. Do you read comics and if so what do you like to read?
I do read Comics. I love Mignola of course. I’m also currently obsessed with Bill Willingham’s “Fables” and Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead.” Some of my favorite graphic novels are Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and Craig Thompson’s “Good-bye Chunky Rice.”

4. Do you have any favorite artists or writers?
I’m more of a visual person and I like all kinds of styles and am all over the place- just like with comics. So some of my favorite artists are James Jean, Wayne Barlowe, Mike Mignola (of course), Zdzislaw Beksinski, Maurice Zendak, Mary Blair, Arthur Rackham, and Lukasz Banach to name a few.

5. So what got you into tattoos?
I really can’t say what specifically got me into tattoos. I think primarily it must have been my love for illustration. Seeing images i love everywhere and thinking to myself, “I want that on me.”

6. What is your comic book tattoo?
My tattoo is a Mignola Hellboy illustration he created for a limited edition print. I never had a chance to own the print so I grabbed it from “the Art of Hellboy” book.

7. What made you want to get that as your tattoo?
Well I have an obsession with the Hellboy comics and there’s tons of Mignola art that I love. But that specific illustration had all the elements I wanted in my tattoo. It wasn’t just a standing figure. He was framed in a circle with night behind him and light in front of him. I loved all the details in it. The frog by his chest. The stars and the skulls all around him.


8. How long did it take?
The tattoo too about 4 and a half hours.

9. Where did you get it done?
I got at Rising Dragon Tattoo in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.

10. Have you met any of the artists or writer that your tattoo is based on?
I have met Mike Mignola several times at book signings and twice at San Diego Comic Con.

11. Do people know about your comic book tattoo?
Of course!

12. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when  people see it ?
Well my family had a funny reaction to it. My aunt said everyone puts so much deep meaning to ugly tattoos all the time that it was refreshing to see a nice piece done with no deep meaning to it, except for the fact that i loved the art.

13. Are you hoping to get more comic book ink ?
Well the arm that it’s currently on is going to be a complete Mike Mignola sleeve. As far as the other arm goes, I want to get something from James Jean’s Fables cover art. I also just recently got a Mignola frog with a floating crown tattoo on the left side of my neck.

14. What do you like to do when you’re not getting tattoos? Such as where do you work and what kind music do you like, and any thing else you want to tell us. ?
I love going to the movies. I love to draw. I’m a professional illustrator and 3D artist for a company that develops flash based multiplayer games called I am a music fanatic as well. Some of my favorite bands are Sunset Rubdown, The Raveonettes, The Hidden Cameras, CocoRosie, Final Fantasy, and The Fiery Furnaces to name a few.

15. Great do you have a website or a myspace?
I do have an art blog that I haven’t updated in a while, but it does feature some of my work: http:/ and of course

Would you like to be featured as the Tattoo of the Month? Drop us a line!We would love to hear from you. Remember: We will be posting a new tattoo on the 10th of every month!

Simon Daoudi