Very honored to be asked to do an interview for Kerrang Magazine and proud to be along side my homie London Reese as well. The article never mentions our views on each other, but if they would have asked me I would have loved to tell them how great of a guy London is and how hard he works as well. Proud to call him a friend and he is a great tattooer and painter and great inspiration. Thank you London, Thank you Kerrang Magazine, and most importantly Thank you to everyone who has collected a tattoo from me along the way, in a band or not, I appreciate you all very much!
In 2006 I became good friends with a great guy named Joe Trohman. Joe is known for founding and playing guitar in Fall Out Boy, which is a very successful pop rock band originally from Chicago. Over the years of becoming friends, Joe has invited me to travel with him on many of his US tours to make tattoos for him, his band mates and crew members along the way. For myself just being a weird guy from southern Georgia who grew up listening to their music, I have always been very honored and excited to travel and work with these guys. Joe has spent many hours collecting both sleeves and a full chest tattoo from me. Another band member, Pete Wentz, has also collected a handful of tattoos from me on his arm as well. There is never a dull moment traveling with these guys too, super fun tours and all around great people. Thanks for the memories guys!
It's been pretty cool to see a few moments in life get captured on film for the world to see as well.
Magazines printing photos involving moments where I am tattooing and showing off the work I did.
Below is a moment where I was tattooing Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, while Brendon Urie of Panic At the Disco decided to join us and film for an episode of Drunk History. Pretty entertaining for sure.
Here is also a pretty awesome Vine post that Brendon made while I was tattooing his drummer Dan.
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.
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