Dan Bernard was born on Valentine's Day, 1962. His talent for art began at the early age of seven when, even then, his love for the dark side began to show through. As a child of a teacher, he was raised in a very cultured and educated environment. Dan had an older sister in the household who was an accomplished artist. Under her skillful and patient guidance, she became his inspiration to create. Following his sister, among Dan's earliest influences were, Ed Roth (Rat Fink) and the mural style paintings of Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta.
He studied art during his Junior and Senior high school years. Upon completing high school, Dan got his first artistic job with Sierra Motor Coach, where he did customized art on van murals. He then became an employee with the Gannett Corporation, (Time-Life and USA Today). With training and hard work, he became skilled with graphics, ad lay-outs, color separation and stat cameras. While living in the Bay Area, Dan enrolled in classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. With completion of his courses, he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree.
With his degree in hand, he joined up with "A-Section-8-Productions", a subsidiary of Bill Graham Present's, in San Francisco. At this point of his career, Dan reached an important goal; he had become a professional artist. Being a pro at his craft, he was appointed the head of "A-Section-8-Productions". He was then commissioned to create designs for concert T-Shirts under the labels, Soho and Research. He also did art designs for the bands, Lazz Rockett DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), N-2 Deep, Jay Soul the Lavish Style Hustlers Clan and many more.
It all began once Dan's artistic talent and spirit took hold. That talent led him to his fascination with the world of tattoo. His art came alive through the ink and he was ready to take it on. He purchased his first tattoo machine from Rangoon Ricky, whose shop, "Only Skin Deep",in Vallejo, CA was where Dan started his tattoo apprenticeship.
Confidant enough to be on his own, he opened his first tattoo shop," Redline Design" in Crockett, CA, where he owned and managed one kick ass tattoo business. Between slinging ink, Dan worked on anything that came his way. His experiences' in various art designs made him a versatile commodity in the community. He did window fronts, car club logos, and restaurant murals. He also got into CD covers. He did covers for many bay area bands which included, "Contempt" and "Silent Cry". He was also an independent contract designer for "Renegade Classics" located in Clovis, CA.
In the year 2000, Dan moved to the Fresno, CA area. He opened up shop in the thriving business area of the Tower District. He named his studio, "Redline Tattoo". Dan has become a respected business owner in his community. Dan's work has won numerous awards in tattoo competitions and art shows. He has taken part in many charity events such as, "The 12th Annual Toy Run" and the "Laughlin Pre-Run Party". He has also appeared on local TV stations.
Dan has received recognition and has been the recipient of many honors from his local association of the Better Business Bureau for which he and his family take pride.
In closing, Dan Bernard is not only a skilled professional tattoo artist but also in art as a whole. His experiences, dedication and obscure nature towards art are well honed. Dan continually amazes his customers and peers alike. His clients walk away in awe of the live art they will carry on their skin forever!!! As Dan always says, "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"….