April 2006, I was invited to tattoo on the "Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour" with my friends in the band From First to Last, they were opening for Fall Out Boy on this tour. Looking back now, I'd say that this few months of my life was pretty eye opening and lifechanging in a sense. I rememeber having a great time on this tour with everyone associated, band members and crew alike,
making tons of new friends and tattooing a lot along the way.
Usually people that love tattoos also love to have a good time, especially this guy.. Dirty! hahahah
Making friends along the way is what makes tattooing special to me, every day is different.
The All-American Rejects were on this tour also, this was the first time I got to know these guys and make a few little tattoos for them too, all around great guys and good times.
Long with making friends and tattoos for them also comes great adventures, Fall Out Boy played during Grad Night at Disney World during this tour, my new friend Joe Trohman invited me to join them on these few days as well, pretty awesome! I remember walking into the amusement park with members Joe and Pete and only making it about 20 yards before having to run from group of people wanting to meet the guys. Not long after we had a full VIP treatment of being escorted in a van underground, going ride to ride and taking elevators up to the tops of whatever rides we were wanting to get on. There was an entire world under ground, I've never experienced anything like it.
Other random bonds were made that I would have never imagined as well. During a day off we linked up with Mikey Way from My Chemical Romance for a few days and I made a tattoo for him as well. This also happened to be his first tattoo, pretty cool. Wes Borland was along a surprise, touring with FFTL playing bass, which he also wrote and recorded on one of their albums as well.
A few years after I began tattooing I also found myself taking advantage of some pretty unique opportunities to travel around the country with my friends and make some cool tattoos along the way. I like to call it "Tattouring", mainly because most of the friends I have been traveling with play music and like to bring me along on their tours to tattoo them and their crew members and the other bands on the tour as well. It all began with my friends in a band named From First to Last, on their first big headlining tour, many years ago, and continued to snowball into a list of many bands that I now have the pleasure of calling my friends and take me out on their tours to make tattoos for them.
"I never imagined myself to be in a place like this, tattouring wasn't a job I could sign up to have one day, it just happened and I've always been grateful when someone invites me to join them into their lives and into their homes on the road. Thats a big deal to me because most of these guys don't trust very many people in their lives, and to be honest I haven't either. So it's cool that we find ways to connect and respect each other as both artists and as people."
The picture below is of myself tattooing the inner lip of Sonny Moore, the former singer for the band From First to Last, which I was on the road tattooing with for other members of the band.
At the time of doing this tattoo, I remember asking Sonny what the meaning of the word was,
his reply to me was, "I don't know, just a word I made up that I want to use one day."
At the time I didn't think too much of it other than that I was happy to make his first tattoo for him.
It took me a long time to realize that people are the same, but yet so different.
In the moment of meeting someone for the first time,
you have no idea where that person has been and you have no idea where that person will go.
The word I tattooed that day in the back of the tour bus was "Skrillix"
I'm very grateful and honored to have spent many years traveling with these guys. I learned a lot and the friendships built with and through these guys are timeless.
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