Beloved Taos resident and local tattoo artist Daniel “Dano” Sanchez has died from complications of COVID-19, according to several friends and a fundraiser organized in his name.
Sanchez, 48, is the third person from Taos County to die from complications of the disease in a week's time. The New Mexico Department Health reported on Friday (Sept. 24) that a woman in her 40s and a woman in her 60s also died of the disease. It is unknown at this time whether or not Sanchez suffered from underlying conditions.
Sanchez worked at Magical Tattoo, a local ink shop located on Cam de la Placita in Taos, where he designed lifelong works of art and made a name for himself for his artwork. He is survived by his wife, Ashley Sanchez, and his children, sons Dylan and Ashton and daughter Rowan, according to a GoFundMe page started on Monday (Sept. 27) to raise money to support his family and cover funeral costs.
According to friends, Sanchez gained influence not just as a tattoo artist, but also as a concert promoter. He helped organize Monolith on the Mesa, a multi-day festival experience at Taos Mesa Brewing highlighting “heavy psych… sludge…. [and drone] music,” according to the brewery's website.
“Dano’s vision was an inspiration to me and those around him,” said Jayson Wylie, owner of Taos Mesa Brewery of his collaboration with Sanchez. “He will be sorely missed.”
The support poured in on Monday after word of Sanchez’s passing began spreading on social media. Frank Andrade called Sanchez “the truest definition of a tattooist you'll ever know; an outlaw; a gentleman; a wizard…. There won't be another DANO SANCHO!”
Others spoke to how important his tattoo work was in their lives. “We are from France and will never forget Dano. All our thoughts to his family and friends,” commented Caroline Navarro.
JD Black, a longtime customer and friend of Sanchez, posted: "I found out that I not only lost my tattoo artist but a really good friend Dano Sanchez prayers to your family."
By Monday evening, Sanchez's GoFundMe page had raised $14,220 of an $18,000 fundraising goal.