The tribal tattoos are definitely going to be more popular. I’m always looking at trends; people are getting tattoos a lot more, and there are a whole lot of tribes and they’re really trendy right now. Everyone’s getting them. They’re pretty easy to get done.
What do you do to get inked?
It’s not anything serious. The tattoo artist is the artist, so it’s really about the artist doing it. He’s usually at the studio or in a hotel room. As soon as you give him permission it’s easy – there’s very little hassle. I give him permission to touch my skin when I get my hands on something. Sometimes it’s a little hard to control how hard I want to be.
What’s your favourite tattoo artist?
I’ve always had a good relationship with my favorite artist, but we’ve lost touch and I got a few really amazing tattoos. I don’t have any favorite now. I’ll have some time to think about it, but a few years ago everyone was getting these tattoos. It’s still pretty trendy today.
How do they get the stripes around your skin?
It’s a little hard to explain how they get it. They do it by using a little bit of silver. He’s got an inkpot at the window where he’s working and he can use this little silver tray underneath which goes everywhere that he’s working on and it is actually kind of amazing the results it can achieve. I’m looking at one of his recent projects a little better. He’s got an inkpot that goes all the way from the neck down to his groin. Everything’s perfect. The tattoo does the job.
How did you get your first tattoo?
It was when I was 15 or 16. I had tattoos in China. I was on the Chinese version of the US team for a club in San Francisco and it had a huge logo on my forearm, which I actually thought was cool.
What’s the best idea people have shared about tattoos that you’d like to talk about?
I used to work at a club in Santa Monica; we had a bunch of cool DJs there and this crazy guy who had a tattoo on his forearm – I remember him saying how amazing he thought he was. I said, ‘It’s not what you think it is! I can see all the lines underneath…it’s actually cool.’ He then just showed up on the club and had two different tattoos,
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