Machine Head
Tattoo
Interview Phil Demmel
That's in Machine Head's tour-bus during the "Throught the Ashes of Empires" tour 11th October 2004 in Lyon Transbordeur where we met new guitar player, Phil Demmel for a new conversation.

How did you come to tattoo?
My drummer from my other band called Technocracy and Vio-lence, ha was covered and he had really good tattoos. I decided that it was my time and I was like 33. I have been really late but it was my time to try it!

Which one is your first one? And why did you make it?
The one on my leg. It is my astrological sign, aries.
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Among all your tattoos, which one do you prefer and Why?
It's my bible verse. My grandmother was used to write it on my Christmas cards or birthday cards. It is written "Be still and know". It has been given to me by here and I have her initials tattooed on my arm, it reminds me her.
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Which one is the last one?
It is the piece on my neck, the continuation of my left arm tattoo.
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Do you have an idea for your next one?
Hum! No, I don't! Actually I do!!! I want to have a huge cross on my back, from the top of the neck to the bottom of my back.

Is there a tattooist's works that impress a lot?
Paul Booth, of course! My guy, Joe Lener from Santa Rose, California, ha has done all my work.

For you, what's the importance of tattoo in the music's spirit?
No I don't see any relation between, there is no link!

What do you think about the new rise of tattoo? Do you consider it as a fashion
or a new breath for the body culture?

Yeah, I think it is definitely fashion! I have this tattoo here that is more fashion (he shows his left arm)
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No! It is not an easy one to have!
Yeah, it's a kind of artistic tattoo, those one (his right arm) are more personal and spiritual tattoos.
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About the tattoo fashion, every fucking girls have this little tribal piece on the top of there ass or the fucking barbwire on the arm!

Do you have a message for kids who would like to be tattooed?

Definitely listen to your parents! I didn't get any tattoo until my 33 because it took me that long to think about what I wanted. I know that I have an addictive personality, and that at the time I will start I won't stop! (He laughs)! Definitely think it through and be absolutely sure of what you'll get!


Interview by Manu & Ben

Translation by Ben



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