Today was Tattoo Number Two day, and whilst it’s still bloody and raw, I’d still like to share with you the stories behind both of my tats.
I got my first tattoo two years ago. It’s five Chinese symbols and I share the same tattoo with my Dad, brother and sister. I have mine on the left side of my ribs; Dad has it on his forearm, my brother has it on the front of his ribs and my sister, down her spine. Mum’s getting it on her hip soon, too.
What the symbols literally mean is: Monkey, Boar, Snake, Horse, Ox. I usually just tell people it’s number 38 on the menu. What those animals represent is the Chinese New Year animal for the year that each of us were born. For example, 1997, the Year of the Ox. We’re a really close knit family, and it’s a really sweet tattoo that we all adore and is very special to us. I think one day I might get some little cherry blossoms around it.
Today I got my second tattoo, on the other side of my ribs. As you all probably know by now, I’m a massive David Bowie fan, and when he passed away, I wanted a tattoo to show my love for the man. The Aladdin Sane album cover features Bowie with a lightning bolt flash on his face, which has become an iconic symbol for Bowie, recognised worldwide. I was then toying about with writing, and wanted it to have some meaning to it. I settled on Rebel Rebel, for two reasons. Firstly, the song is a classic. But secondly, I’ve been working for REBEL for 18 months now, and the guys behind it are like my family and I love them to bits. The publication has helped me so much in the past 18 months in ways the guys don’t even realise and for that reason, I’m dedicating a Rebel to them.
Here’s a video of me getting inked this afternoon – distracted myself from the pain with pictures of dogs on Instagram – sat like a champ if I do say so myself! My Dad and Rogsy are talking about my brother getting bigger… like your ego needed boosting more if you’re reading this Karl! Massive thanks to Rogsy for doing an ace job and I can’t wait for it to heal!