Madball Tattoo Interview : Freddy
This interview be released at the FURY FEST .
Manu and me have met Freddy.

How did you come to tattoo ? Which is your first one, and why did you made it ?
I was influenced a lot by my brother Roger from Agnostic Front, when I was a kid, guys like him, Vinnie, Frengy, all guys from NY.
I used to see this guys, when I would sse them always got these tattoos and I used to think it was cool, altough people think it was strange. And I think from that moment I always knew I was gonna have tattoos. It's either you like it or not. You can look at it and think "taht's for me or not".
Or people get to it latter on in life, when they get older, that's cool too. Now it's trendier. All kind of people have tatto. But I remember a time when I was kid, when my brother and all the other guys that I know, were like outcast. You still get looked upon like strange but it's more and more acceptable now. Back then, it was like : "What's up with these guys, you know !".
When I was like 15, I get my first tattoo. I got some little scibber thing on my hankle.

But that was like really cheesy. It says "A.F. Junior" That was my first tattoo ever but I don't count that much. This is my second, when I was 16. That's my last name.

Then I got this one : Jesus Christ. I come from a catholic background so I've always liked religious work. I always liked the way they look, angels and saints.

I'm not the best exemple of a catholic, but I like all that religious type of art, always did.
I don't know what orederd after that.
This and this and then I lost track. This is my family Christ .

My mother's family (my mother is cuban) but her family Christ come from spain (her last name is Gonzalez) and this is the oldest Gonzalz Christ. My mother's roots are up here, and I just like the way the Christ look. And there's my father family Christ which I found in a history thing but I wasn't sure if it's authentic, si I changed it.
So now I claimed it (lough) , my Chirst now. I claimed it for my family. I got all kinds of stuff you know.

Among all your tattoos, which one do you prefer, and why ?
The one I prefer I haven't got it yet. I'm gonna get my back done this year.
I've always liked my newest ones but probably the one I like the most is this one,
(a personn in harmor), fighting temptation that's what it says.

Which is the last one ? Have you got an idea of what the next will be made of ?
The last one, I got the color inside, the background in here to join it together, I haven't got nothing really new in like 3 years, the next one is gonna be my back.

Is there a tattoo artist whose work impress you more than every one else ? Who's he ? Would you like him to tattoo you ?
Mike Leger. Ther's a lot of great tattoo artists out there like, you have a guy from California, his name is Cartoon. A guy in a West Coast, he's been doing a lot of the big rap stars and a lot of those guys. He's been tattooing them a lot lately.
He's got like a East LA, West Coast style. But he's a really impressive tattoo artist.
But I don't have any work from him, maybe I'll get some in the futur. Mike Leger is a great tattoo artist, he's the last guy wha tattooed me. He did all the background. He's the guy that is most likely to do my back and I think he's just gettin' better every year. He works in Hawaï, but also in NY Hardcore Tattoos when he comes in NY. And Chris Garver, he works in California now, used to work in NY. He's a great artist, there's a lot of guys you know.
Most of my tattoos are one my arms. Some of them are gettin' a little old now, because some of them are 8 or 10 years old. But they're still olding up. I have no regrets, I like it.

Thanks.

Translation by Tataye




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