Dan Hooker talk latest Death Drive tattoo: “I’m an all or nothing guy”

It seems like UFC lightweight Dan Hooker is undergoing a remarkable transformation.

The #10-ranked hasn’t been seen in action in a while. He last competed in an intense match at UFC 285 against Jalin Turner and ended up winning. Due to an injury, he would later that year withdraw from his bout against Bobby Green at UFC Austin.

It was on the path to recovery that Hooker would develop a strong tattoo addiction. Over the past few months, Hooker has elevated his tattoo game. He has inked in both arms, chest, and stomach with intricate designs.

Dan Hooker in 2022

In an interview with The Mac Life, Hooker shared his perspective on this newfound passion. He said: “I just had to get it to a point where it looks like how I wanted it to look. I was never just gonna get one tattoo and then [dip]. It’s art, man. It’s a piece of art. So, you gotta have a look like the picture. Everyone can see the picture, I can see where it’s going.”

For him, each tattoo is a piece of art, a visual representation of his vision and identity.

He explained: “I’m an all or nothing guy if you haven’t noticed. It pisses you off when you get like, ‘I got 1 leg done’ and I was like, ‘that looks stupid’— I have to obviously do the next one. Then, do my arm and I was like, well, obviously I have to do my other arm.”

“Then, I needed something in the middle, and I needed something at the top, so I needed something at the bottom… everything has to be symmetrical about it. That’s obviously not finished, though it’s not perfectly symmetrical the way that I want it. But, you can see where it’s going.”

 

Dan Hooker showing off his new back tattoo

 

Hooker went on a tattoo spree after.

 

Hooker went on to acknowledge the addictive nature of his hobby. He continued: “It’s definitely like, a bit addictive. The whole process of it, it’s like a little bit addictive. You can see why people don’t get that many that close together because they do tickle a bit. A lot of people just get one and they quit.”

As we eagerly await Hooker’s return to the UFC arena, one can’t help but wonder how extensively he’ll be inked in his next matchup.