People have likely been decorating themselves since the dawn of mankind. You can see different techniques all around the world today. I've seen with my own eyes the meaningful scarification of Ethiopian tribes, the gentle sago patterns stick-poked into the Mentawai in Indonesia, and the intricate neck tattoos of some Coptic Christians. Needless to say, when someone get's my own work on them forever... It feels good.
The first is a pretty good one. A loyal Protest the Hero fan got my bloodied and bruised portrait of Rody. “No, I swear… the tattoo has fully healed.”
Then, of course, there’s the inevitable Twilight tattoos. I’m sure there’s more around the globe than these two…
And most shocking… The Real Joey Lawrence tattoo. Yup- my face on this guys leg. When he scratches his leg I can feel it on my own face, kind of like a voodoo doll. Should I be flattered or terrified? It’s a portrait of me when I was a young tot in Kashmir, India, by the amazing fine artist and painter Les Goodman.
And finally, I’ll share something on myself. (I wouldn’t want any of the above tattoos on me…). My arm looks just my portrait of Biwa Bermo of the Karo tribe in Ethiopia… (You’ll meet Biwa soon in a upcoming documentary)
Black and white photo is by Ingetje Tadros
Thanks to Robert Hernandez in Madrid, Spain. I traveled all the way to Spain just to get tattooed by him, and it was worth the journey for one of the world’s greatest tattoo artists.