How did you get into tattoos?
I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old. It was the Budweiser
did you get into them?
Well when I was a kid I used to draw tattoos on my body. My father had
tattoos but I don't remember him cause he went to prison when I was
very young, but in the back of my brain I remember. My chest was my
third tattoo; I got them all within two months, my chest and the dragon.
It was different back then, not everybody had tattoos, you were a subculture.
You were not part of the rest of society, only outcasts, criminals and
hooligans did tattoos. You were pretty much a rebel. I left home when
I was young at 13. Tattoos were like maturing, like saying " I'm
a man ", you run from home, you get tattooed, that's where life
one do you prefer and why?
I prefer my back, it does not have the best art work, but its me and
my woman. Of course I was younger then and in better shape. Its us and
death is coming and I am giving him the finger. Its my last act of defiance,
"Fuck You" to death, I don't give fuck I'm ready for the end.
one is your last one?
This one, my back and its not finished.
one hurt the most?
Either this one (back), or the back of my head.
you have any ideas for new ones?
I got more ideas than I know what to do with, I'm gonna have to slow
down, I'm gonna have to start to do tattoos again to get rid of all
tattoo artists have impressed you?
My favourite was Craig Irons but he passed away a long time ago. My
first one was by Bob Roberts, he's one of the originators, one of the
old school legends. There's so many good tattoo artists now out there
that its like asking what is your favourite band? There are new artists
every day, young people. There's more to it than art, I don't give fuck
about tattoos, everybody has tattoos. It's the person that makes the
tattoo cool. I have a friend that has a tattoo on his chest that says
"I eat pussy", very stupid tattoo. He's got "Worship
shit" written backwards, they're all jail tattoos. Its not the
tattoo, it's the person. When I see a person with tattoos walking down
the street I don't feel like I got anything to do with them, I don't
give a fuck. It's the person that makes the tattoo, not the tattoo that
makes the person. People forgot that, people get tattoos cause they
think if they get it they make the person, you're still a fucking poser.
Tattoos used to mean something, now they mean they are fashionable that's
not to say though don't get a tattoo. But I tell you now, if I didn't
have them I'd still get them ...but maybe I wouldn't cause everybody
now in order to be part of the hardcore club, the hardcore scene, the
cool guy crew, you have to have a tattoo. You know what, I was cool
before I had tattoos. You know what I'm saying? That's how its gotta
be. The tattoos, that shit don't matter. It's the person that makes
the tattoos. The tattoo doesn't come to life if the person doesn't have
you see correlation between music and tattoos?
Fuck yeah look at Ozzy, everybody. (Laugh)
the new rise of tattoos a fashion or a breath of air for body culture?
Fashion. There's gonna be a lot of funny looking people in 20 years.
Bunch of fucking old women with tattooed titties down to here, old men.
I'm gonna look as funny as fuck man. I can't wait to see myself in about
30 yrs. My kids are gonna be laughing at me. Haha!
you a have message for kids that are gonna get tattoos?
Yeah think about what you're gonna get for a long time, cause once you
get it, its for life. You don't wanna walk around in 5 years from now
looking like an asshole. You know how many people I know that when they
were skinheads they thought it was cool to get a fucking swastika and
shit like that? Now that they are a little bit older and smarter they
don't know why the fuck they did it. Or some idiot that goes to get
his face tattooed cause its the cool thing to do that week. Guess what?
For the rest of your life you're never gonna get a fucking job, so unless
you're independently wealthy or unless you plan on being a bum your
whole fucking life, think about what you do. That's my message to the
young people, think about what you do you stupid fucking children motherfuckers.
Think about what you do, life is short. You have to use some intelligence
because life is short, you have to get the most from it.
you for answering the questions!
Interview Laureline & Manu