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Someone You Should Know: Daniel "Hoss" Ostrowski

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -- He's a man whose reputation typically begins with what's seen and not heard. Daniel Ostrowski, better known as Hoss, has designs around town you've likely seen. All it takes is asking someone with a tattoo.

"People like to talk about their tattoos. They talk about where they got them, whether or not they are happy with them. So, it's quite common when someone is looking for a tattoo to ask their friends who are tattooed where they got it or who they recommend," said Ostrowski.

Ostrowski runs Tattoos by Hoss in Schofield. In fact, Hoss is really the only name you'll hear him called by.

He said, "Hoss goes back to about 12-years-old. I was at summer camp one summer and at 12 years of age I was six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds. They put me with the senior kids, the older teens, because I was so much bigger then the other kids my age."

The nickname stuck, and so did his love for art that started as a child.

"I've been involved in art since I could hold a crayon. I had art going into state art shows in kindergarten. By junior high school I had stuff competing at the national level in art," he said.

Creativity weaved it's way through Hoss' life and transitioned into tattoos. He landed an apprenticeship and eventually his own shop. Through it all professionalism and accountability to the customer were priorities. Today, Hoss maintains involvement with organizations such as the Association for Professional Tattooing.

"Years back, before there were such organizations, I worked with my family physician to make sure I was doing things correctly. So, there has always been a focus on doing things the right way," he said.

When he and his late wife, Diane, noticed a lot of piercing problems coming in they utilized her nursing skills to help.

Ostrowski said, "After awhile she decided to cut out the middle man and do body piercing herself. She spent some time in North Dakota at a friends show and did a short apprenticeship there and came back to become a full time body piercer. So, for about 10 or 12 years she worked as our body piercer."

Last fall Diane passed away from cancer, but Hoss continues on with his art. It's his way with people and his talent with ink that gives him a permanent place in the world of life and art.

"It's really wonderful to know not only have you done something that they like, but that it's something that they'll carry with them for the rest of their life. And, they'll show it to an innumerable amount of friends and family and people they meet," he said.





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