Daniel Jonathan Henk (born December 11, 1972) is an American artist and writer He has produced record-album covers, political cartoons, and a variety of other media. Growing up a disaffected army brat, his early life revolved around a punk rock subculture that included bouts of homelessness and societal rejection.
His beginning career included a year and a half stint drawing political cartoons for Madcap Magazine and illustrating underground projects and fanzines such as Maximum Rock and Roll. In 1997, after struggling through a violent car crash and a knife fight with a crackhead that severed the tendon on his left thumb, he finally managed to attend art school. Receiving some commercial and local gallery acclaim for his artwork, he moved to New York City in an attempt to kick start an art career. Heavily immersing himself in the local hardcore scene, he produced artwork for the bands Shai Hulud, Indecision, Coalesce, Locked in a Vacancy, Beyond Reason, Zombie Apocalypse and various local record labels and venues.
In 2000, he started tattooing, initially working on many musician friends. A year later, in September 2001, he was stricken with brain cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Three months later, he married fellow tattoo artist Monica Castillo. After a brief venture down south, that included owning a short lived tattoo shop that ended in disaster, he returned to Manhattan and applied himself to art with a renewed fervor. His work started appearing in both a growing number of tattoo magazines and more fine art influenced outlets such as Aphrodesia, and The Tarot Project.
Tragedy struck again in 2007, as his wife of 6 years, Monica Henk, was killed in a motorcycle accident by a hit and run driver. Despite extensive coverage in the local media and vigorous campaigns by both the tattoo and motorcycle community, the culprit was never found.
He moved to Austin, Texas for three years and started doing a regular comic strip entitled "Rollo & Me" for Tattoo Artist Magazine, as well as illustrations for Black Static Magazine, and This is Horror. His long in the making first novel, The Black Seas of Infinity, was published by Anarchy Books in 2011. A limited edition chapbook entitled "Christmas Is Cancelled" came out courtesy of Splatterpunk in 2013.
He's authoring a regular column for Tattoo Revue and Skin Art magazines, and a reissue of his debut novel was put out by Permuted Press in April 2015. A collection of his short stories entitled "Down Highways In The Dark...By Demons Driven" was released by the same publisher in August. He continued his work for independent magazines, doing art for Red Door Magazine, The Horror Zine, Litro Magazine, a slew of books by the imprint Out Of Step, and every issue so far of the British horror zine Splatterpunk. Books such as"The Sopaths" by Piers Anthony, "Splatterpunks Not Dead", and "Splatterpunk Fighting Back" started to feature his artwork on their covers. His third novel "The End of the World" and his seventh book cover debuts this year on the novel "Insatiable".
Current Residence: Marshall's Creek, Pennsylvania
Favorite genre of music: metal
Favorite style of art: illustration, fine art
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Ipod
Skin of choice: my own-only bulletproof!
Favorite cartoon character: Cthulhu
Personal Quote: "Life is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."
Favourite Visual Artist
John Totleben, Frank Frazetta, John Harris, Ashley Woods
Evil Dead, Dune, Blade Runner, Robocop, True Romance, The Thing, The Shining, The Fly, Dawn of the Dead
Favourite TV Shows
The Expanse, Stranger Things, The Boys, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Deadguy, Kissitgoodbye, Boltthrower, Death, Unleashed, Acid Bath, Social Distortion
Atlas Shrugged, anything by HP Lovecraft or Edgar Allen Poe, Snow Crash, Grapes of Wrath, Hearts of Darkness, Dune, Interview with a Vampire, Geek Love, I Am Legend, Neuromancer, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Guns Germs And Steal, Watchmen, The Diamond Age
HP Lovecraft, Alan Moore, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, George Orwell
Tools of the Trade
Princeton micro-mini brushes, Rapidograph india ink, rembrandt paints
writing, MMA, biking