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Let It Bleed

Posted in Tattoo Artist Interviews, Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , on February 2, 2010 by metalinkshop

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Let It Bleed
1124 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 932-6215
www.letitbleedtattoo.com

Eric Jones, Tattoo Artist and Owner

MI: When did you open your shop?

Eric: 10 months ago.

MI: Was it your dream to have your own shop?

Eric: Well, I was really sick of the shop that I was working at and I kinda weighed out my options for other shops I could go to and all my friends who worked at other shops had crappy issues with their boss like I did, and I decided I didn’t want to work for anybody else. Not that I wanted to have my own shop, but I didn’t want to work for another crappy boss.

MI: That’s probably the number 1 reason anyone leaves a workplace.

Eric: I thought maybe I could make a cool place for myelf and my friends. My biggest fear is that I become a shitty boss.

MI: So your friends work with you?

Eric: It’s me, Danny Smith, Taler Nicols. We were coworkers before.

MI: What’s the best part of owning a shop and what are the major challenges?

Eric: Major challenges? I’m totally not a business-oriented person. I really don’t think I have the appropriate mindset. But it’s your thing to do whatever you want with, turn it into whatever you want it to be. And it’s important to collaborate with friends, especially coming from the last shop I worked at—I think the owners were over it and didn’t care about it. Whatever the workers did to make it better was battled against. It’s kind of disparaging—like, why should I make the effort to make your shop better when you clearly don’t care about it.

MI: Any funny stories you can share with us?

Eric: So one day we were in here, and outside of course it’s crack city with tranny hookers. A crazy lady walks in yapping, out of her mind. I’m in the back working on a drawing. She’s yapping at one of the workers up front about President Kennedy. He tells her, “Oh man, you gotta go.” She takes all of our business cards and she drops them, there’s like 60 cards. She’s going crazy and starts rambling. He puts his hand on her back and asks her to leave. She starts screaming, “Why are you touching me, you assaulted me!” She walks to entrance, stomps her feet down and yells to the sky, “9-1-1!!!!” That was her way of calling the cops. So then she goes out in front, this crazy lady, and she’s out there with a nonworking cell phone. There were no lights and she didn’t dial anything. She says, “Hello dad? It’s me. Call Iraq and get me a bomb. There’s this tattoo shop and I’m going to blow it up, so get me a bomb.”

MI: That’s pretty crazy. Thanks for the laugh, and best of luck with the shop! We didn’t get to talk about your artwork, but you have some great stuff that we’d love to see on the Metal Ink Design Contest!

From Hieronymus Bosch to Mike Davis, Fantastic Imagery in Art & Tattoos

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2009 by metalinkshop

Happy Friday! Today we’re talking to Mike Davis, tattoo artist, painter, and owner of Everlasting Tattoo in San Francisco. Mike has been tattooing at Everlasting since ’92, and in the 17 years he’s been here, he’s seen a lot of change in the neighborhood and the tattoo scene, so we’re glad for the opportunity to pick his brain!

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Everlasting Tattoo
813 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 928-6244
www.everlastingtattoo.com

Mike Davis, tattoo artist & painter

MI: Love the artwork you have in here. Can you tell us about the paintings?

Mike: Well, I did them. I paint as well as tattoo. I have gallery shows and it’s sort of like my second job.

MI: Your paintings look very Hieronymus Bosch, maybe a little Dalí, and kind of like those still lifes that Dutch painters used to do…

Mike: I’m very influenced by Dutch and Flemish painters.

MI: You’re incredibly talented! Do you have any upcoming shows?

Mike: I have one, Mondo Bizzarro, in Rome coming up in April. Other than that probably the next show will be in New York.

MI: So what came first, painting or tattooing?

Mike: Well I have always done art since I can remember. I was doing stage sets for film and theater before I was tattooing. I started tattooing out of my house as a hobby but seriously painting has been about ten years.

MI: Do your ideas for your paintings come more from your dreams or influential painters?

Mike: The ideas are sort of based on life experiences and interpreted in my own way through symbolism and imagery.

MI: Do people seek you out for your work as a painter and request these symbols as tattoos?

Mike: Sometimes but usually not. Once in a while people will have me put some of that type of element into their tattoos but it doesn’t happen often.

MI: How would you describe your style as a tattoo artist?

Mike: I’ll do whatever people want. To me it’s commercial art. I mean, that’s my job. If you’re talking about artistic integrity, that’s what my paintings are for.

MI: You said you started tattooing out of your house. Assuming that means you didn’t do an apprenticeship, did you also not go to art school? Are you also a self-taught painter?

Mike: That’s right.

MI: That’s so amazing, your innate talent expressing itself. Let’s talk about how tattooing has changed in the 17 years you’ve been here.

Mike: I don’t think it’s changed really. The area has changed, from being a ghetto to what it is today, gentrified NOPA. In terms of the clients, I tattoo more people, but I think the type of people who get tattooed and what things they get tattooed on them hasn’t changed. It’s generally the best place for tattooing in the country.

MI: How is it different from, for example, New York or LA?

Mike: We get to do more fun stuff here. You get to be more creative with the type of imagery that we do here. On the East coast, people tend to be more conservative with imagery, a lot of religious stuff and not too much crazy stuff.

Jesus as a Cajun chef

MI: Right, you do see more of that here. A few weeks ago, we spoke to a tattooer on Haight named Barnaby who had just done a Grateful Dead bear carrying a Wu-Tang flag on a skater kid. But what about someone like Paul Booth in New York? His stuff is pretty crazy.

Mike: I’ve known him for almost 17 years. His work isn’t crazy, it’s dark.

MI: So is his artwork—he has paintings in his shop too! Is that how you got to know him? Through the art scene?

Mike: I know him through tattooing.

MI: Who else paints and tattoos?

Mike: There’s Henry Lewis at Skull and Sword. He’s a good friend of mine. Everybody does a little bit of something. But as far as being in a gallery where it’s totally disconnected from tattooing, not very many.

MI: Who are your buyers, typically?

Mike: Well they’re people a lot of times from a different city or country. They just look at it online. They are art collectors.

MI: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? Tattooing or painting full-time?

Mike: I don’t know.

MI: Well, whatever you decide, I’m sure you’ll continue to gain lots of fans. Great stuff. Thanks so much, and I hope you participate in our design contest! Our members would love to wear a design made by you!

Barnaby’s Wu-Tang Bear

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , , on September 17, 2009 by metalinkshop

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Mom’s Body Shop
1408 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-6667
www.momsbodyshop.com

Barnaby

Barnaby

Barnaby Bryn Williams, Tattoo Artist

MI: What’s the funniest tattoo you’ve ever done?

Barnaby: Yesterday, I did a Grateful Dead bear waving a Wu-Tang flag.

Barnaby's Wu-Tang Bear

Barnaby's Wu-Tang Bear

MI: That’s hilarious.

Barnaby: It’s a hysterically insane tattoo. It’s awesome. I’ve been tattooing on this street for basically 15 years. I’ve done Elvis beating up Jerry Garcia. I’ve done the Grim Reaper getting beaten up. I have on me a dolphin pole dancing, while doing cocaine.

MI: Need to hear the story behind that one.

Barnaby: It’s actually really simple. There’s an artist who works here who came up with this idea, a dolphin who likes to party, called “Party Dolphin.” He rides a Razor scooter because he got a DUI and can’t drive.

MI: Did that artist get a tattoo of Party Dolphin?

Barnaby: A couple people here have it. I didn’t want to get the same one, so I got Party Dolphin’s girlfriend, who’s a stripper. Because I like strippers. Who doesn’t like a girl who’s trying to pay for college by taking off her clothes and has self esteem issues? Another tattoo I saw recently was done by a friend of mine. It was a rooster that was a junkie, shooting up his own wing. The fact of the matter is that for every stupid tattoo you know, there’s been a stupid tattoo done. Some people get more than their fair share. Tattooing doesn’t have to be this giant spiritual experience. It’s like, I have a pizza tattoo, and some people ask, why do you have a pizza tattooed on you? Because I like pizza. Who doesn’t like pizza? A tattoo doesn’t have to be a portrait of your baby.

Death to the Grim Reaper

Death to the Grim Reaper

MI: What percent of your jobs are cover-ups?

Barnaby: I do a lot but that’s probably related to the fact that I’m really good at it. You know how some people look at a wall and see pictures in the grain? I can see a tattoo and visualize something over it. If someone comes in and has a badly tattooed eagle on their arm I can do a phoenix over it. It’s like being able to visualize beyond what you can see. Or it’s like going into Neiman Marcus and seeing a great dress and heels. A lot of people can see how it can integrate into what they already have, their jewelry and accessories. But the actual answer is a third.

MI: What’s the most interesting cover up job you’ve ever done?

Barnaby: I tattooed this one woman named Diane, and I did both of her sleeves. She had full sleeves of stuff she got done when she was younger, in the 80s, when she was into punk rock. But it was just a bad time of her life with bad decision making that she didn’t want anymore. She trained dogs so I gave her two Chinese guardian dogs, one running up and one running down. Cover ups are like giving something new to someone, so that they can walk away with something they can feel comfortable with.

Lions and Tigers and Gauge the Robot!

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2009 by metalinkshop

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Haight Ashbury Tattoo and Piercing
1525 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 431-2218
www.haightashburytattooandpiercing.com

Shaun Christopher

Shaun Christopher

Shaun Christopher, Tattoo Artist

MI: I checked out your website before coming over, and I saw something really interesting. What is a dermal implant?

Shaun: It’s a surface piercing. It’s put into your skin and the way the jewelry is made, the skin grows through the metal.

MI: I also saw a tattoo of the tiger that was put down at the SF Zoo.

Shaun: You mean the tribute to the tiger Tatiana, who was shot to death by police last year.

Tatiana the tiger

Tatiana the tiger

MI: What was the story behind it?

Shaun: Some drunk guys were taunting the tiger and it got out and mauled one of them. This tattoo was done on one of the guys who works here at the counter. It was an icon of the city that was tragically killed.

MI: This is somewhat tangentially related: what about the tattoo of the Lion of Judah?

Shaun: That’s the rasta lion. The Rastafarian lion represents the king of Ethiopia who’s supposed to be the new Jesus.

Lion of Judah

Lion of Judah

MI: Thanks, this is really educational! Finally, who is Mimoso Raton?

Shaun: That was a joke. I had a Mexican friend back in LA and Mimoso is the Mexican version of Barney the Dinosaur, except he’s old school and ghetto and very funny. He’s from the early 80s.

Mimoso Raton, Mexican Barney

Mimoso Raton, Mexican Barney

MI: So you used to live in LA? The classic question: what do you think about LA vs SF?

Shaun: I moved up here 3 months ago. It’s a lot more laid back and chill out here. People are more uptight in LA. Lots of big egos. People here tend to be more settled down and down to earth and cool.

MI: Where did you work in LA, and what’s unique about tattooing in LA vs SF?

Shaun: I worked at the Tattoo Lounge in West LA. Tattooing here is more traditional. In LA, it was more gangster-style tattooing.

MI: What’s gangster?

Shaun: Mainly black and gray tattoos. Drama masks, hand guns, a lot of script, prison-style stuff. Hands throwing up gang signs, like West side. Skulls too, but it has to be scary. If it isn’t scary then it isn’t gangster.

MI: Describe your style and how you formed it.

Shaun: I used to airbrush a lot and graffiti, and I would always draw. All of that is reflected in my artwork now. I do a lot of sculptural stuff, interlocking shapes. A whole bunch of outlines in interlocking shapes, really dynamic. Dynamic colorwork. Because dynamic is really dimensional and really bold.

MI: This is my favorite right tattoo, this robot here.

Shaun: When I was younger I used to draw this robot character named Gauge. I used to draw him as a big 7-foot robot who fucks shit up. So then as an adult, I drew a child version of him.

Gauge the robot

Gauge the robot

MI: Tell us more about Gauge. Do you still have those drawings?

Shaun: Well, about 3 years ago, my father was like, hey I got these pictures you drew when you were a kid, and I was like what the fuck, this is so cool. So I thought it would be cool to do a little kid version.

MI: That’s awesome!

Shaun: Yeah I thought it was awesome too, so I got him tattooed on my arm!

“Chino” Tattoos Big Tex in Cali

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , , , on September 7, 2009 by metalinkshop

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Cold Steel
1783 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 933-7233
www.coldsteelpiercing.com

Rian & peacock eyes

Rian & peacock eyes

Rian Renteria
Tattoo Artist

MI: Where did you get your name?

Rian: I dunno, my parents. That’s just the way they did it.

MI: It smells really good out here on your back patio.

Rian: Yeah, it’s coming from Escape from New York.

MI: Oh right, ‘cause it’s basically next door. Their pesto potato pizza is so good! Making me hungry. Anyway, how long have you been working here and how long have you been tattooing?

Rian: 4 years and 7 years.

MI: I asked Rob this question, want to know your opinion too. What do you think of tattooing in SF?

Rian: Bad ass. There’s a lot of really fucking good artists here. It’s like a Mecca for artists. Lots of inspiration. But I won’t call it competition actually, just a lot of good influences. And it’s not just tattoo artists. Graffiti artists too. Like Grime—his tattoos are cool, and he’s part of this graffiti crew, AWR, that’s pretty sick. He’s an amazing artist.

MI: Agree, the urban or street art here is great.

Rian: San Francisco is a great place. I didn’t intend to stay here for this long, but I like it. It’s nice and compact.

MI: Where did you come from?

Rian: Dallas.

MI: Did you work there and does everyone ask for a tattoo in the shape of the state of Texas down there?

Rian: *Laughs.* Yeah I’ve done that probably more times than I should have. That and the Dallas Cowboys star. Coincidentally, I happened to tattoo someone from Dallas yesterday. I tattooed Big Tex!

MI: Who’s that?

Rian: You know, he’s got a cowboy hat and a western shirt on and he’s wearing red, white and blue.

MI: Did it bring back memories?

Rian: Yeah it was bizarre doing it here, but it’s cool. Everyone gets their own shit.

MI: Did you start tattooing in Dallas? You grew up there, right?

Rian: Yeah. I hand-poked a tattoo on myself when I was 15. I got fascinated with it.

MI: What was your first tattoo?

Rian: It was my nickname on my arm which made no sense at all.

MI: What do you mean?

Rian: Well I’m Japanese, and my nickname was “Chino.” But that was my name, hanging out with the homies. I started learning how to tattoo early on, it became a hobby. And I got some tattoo machines not long after. I had a friend who was getting tattooed in a shop in Fort Worth. I went with him and my girlfriend at the time. She had a lot of tattoos done by me. I guess the artist liked them—he asked her who did it, and she pointed at me. He told me he was opening up a shop in a year and asked me to work for him. He stuck to his word. I helped him open up the shop and I started working with him. And working in a shop you learn more than when you’re fucking around with your homies. *Laughs.* So yeah, that’s how I got started. By a fluke.

MI: We’re now in your workspace, and I see you have acupuncture charts on your wall. What’s that for?

Rian's acupuncture charts

Rian's acupuncture charts

Rian: I just thought it was cool. And I like to use it to show clients exactly where work will be done, especially on the back.

MI: How would you describe your style?

Rian: I like to stay versatile. I don’t like saying I have a specific style, but it just tends to gather in your book. It tends to be more Asian theme. I started doing more black and gray. I try to do all of my work equally well and you have to be good at all types.

MI: Who are your influences?

Rian: There’s a lot…for Japanese style, Shige. Hands down he’s the best. He’s in Yokohama, Japan. He’s pretty much blown up by now. Also Paul Booth, he’s a sick ass black and gray artist.

MI: Awesome! We got the green light for an interview with him! We’re talking to Paul Booth the next time we’re in New York, probably in the fall.

Rian: That’s cool, so it’ll be on the Metal Ink blog?

MI: Yup, Metal Ink Crew Musings. Check back in a couple months!

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

Trekking down Haight Street…

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , on September 4, 2009 by metalinkshop

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Cold Steel
1783 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 933-7233
www.coldsteelpiercing.com

Rob at Cold Steel

Rob at Cold Steel

Rob Junod
Tattoo artist

MI: How long have you been working here?

Rob: 4 years but I took an 8-month hiatus to travel around.

MI: Where did you go on your hiatus?

Rob: Philadelphia, Georgia, and back over this way.

MI: Why did you do it?

Rob: I had a few reasons. My son was 6 months old…

MI: You mean the toddler who’s playing with my bike outside?

Rob: Yeah, him. *Laughs* I just went insane from having a kid and not having an idea as to what I should be doing. So I took the most expensive vacation of my life. At the end, I thought I should just stay here.

MI: That’s a momentous decision to make. But recharging your personal batteries is necessary.

Rob: Yeah it was definitely necessary for me, and when I came back, everything was better than it was when I left.

MI: Let’s talk about SF. How would you describe the scene here?

Rob: I would say that SF is at the top of the food chain, if you want to think of it that way. In most cities, there’s only a few shops that I’d want to go into to get work done. Here, there’s about 50 tattoo shops and I’d say all save maybe 2 or 3 are really good.

MI: Totally agree, there’s a lot of talent here. How did you start tattooing?

Rob: I tattooed myself when I was 13. It was in middle school. Me and one of my friends took some safety pins and Indian ink from art class. I tattooed an anarchy symbol on my forearm. My brother thought it was cool so he did it too. I probably ended up with 5 or 6 really horrible hand-poked tattoos.
That was the last time I got tattooed for a while. The next time I got a tattoo was when I was 21.

MI: Was that when you started tattooing?

Rob: I was a welder right out of a high school—I worked at nuclear plants and food processing plants.

MI: That’s definitely not the typical route. A lot of tattoo artists start out as graphic designers or illustrators, something related. Why did you go into tattooing?

Rob: I just got sick of working for money as opposed to enjoying life. I was working anywhere from 10 to 14 hour-long shifts. One year, I worked 364 days our out of the year. So I just said screw it and decided to get into tattooing, as I’d been getting tattooed a bunch during that time.

MI: Did you do an apprenticeship somewhere?

Rob: No, not at first. I sat in a shop for 1 month and shadowed because they didn’t want to take on an apprentice. Eventually they finally gave in and let me be an apprentice. The owner was like, “Well fuck it, you’re sitting here all day long anyway.”

MI: You followed your heart. That’s a brave and inspiring way to live your life. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

Rob's robot design

Rob's robot design

…& we’re back with tattoo shops in SF!

Posted in Tattoo shops in San Francisco with tags , , , on August 28, 2009 by metalinkshop

After a month-long hiatus (we deserve a summer vacation too!), Metal Ink Crew Musings is back. Enjoy the first of a series of interviews we’ll be doing in San Francisco! Also, don’t forget to rate August Maidens before the month is up! Go to metalinkshop.com to vote today!

One Shot Tattoo
1239 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-7468
oneshottattoo.com

Jason Storey at One Shot Tattoo

Jason Storey at One Shot Tattoo

Jason Storey
Tattoo Artist

MI: How did you get started tattooing, and who are your influences?

Jason: One of my personal favorite artists and heroes is named Rick Griffin. He did comics for surfer magazines. He also designed some of the rock and roll posters in the 60s, album covers for The Grateful Dead. I grew up reading comics—I read the standard superhero comics, but I also read underground comics. My parents were hippies so I had hippy stuff around the house. So I was influenced by that early on. Another influence is Asian art. I went to UC Santa Cruz and did a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts there. I did some study of Asian art and also pursued my own art. I think that and being involved in martial arts when I was younger is where the influence came from. As I got further in tattooing I got more into Asian art, and as I was able to study Asian art and Japanese art that became more of an influence.

MI: Tell us more about Japanese art. Can you give us an overview of the history of how it impacted tattooing?

Jason: I did some serious study of Japanese art, prints from the 19th century, the 1800s, and the artists that worked in that style and at that time. What we know of as Japanese tattooing with full body coverage and the kind of thing that most people identify as Japanese tattooing today really started in 18th century Tokyo, in the Edo period, with the Ukiyo-e print movement.

Jason with his lovely wife

Jason with his lovely wife

MI: Can you explain what Ukiyo-e is?

Jason: It translates as “pictures of the floating world.” Floating world refers to the ephemeral fleeting world of leisure enjoyed by the middle class at that time. During that period, the merchant class became wealthy and because it was one of the most peaceful periods in history, the samurai fell into disuse. So they became troublemakers and started to see a decline in wealth and status, and at the same time, the merchant classes became more and more wealthy.

MI: They were the ones consuming the literature, right?

Jason: Yes, the merchant class was, and before that only the upper classes were able to purchase the art because it was expensive. So it was becoming more widely accessibly, and also print-making made it more accessible.

MI: It was a new media outlet, like the internet is today.

Jason: So at that time there was a series of stories that were popular in China and that became popular in Japan—Suikodens—and there were a few series of prints that were based on these stories. The prints depicted warriors from the stories as being tattooed. The prints and the stories became popular and so people decided—in particular working class people, palanquin bearers and firemen and carpenters—that they would emulate the heroes form these tales. They would usually get tattoos of the prints of their favorite heroes.

MI: That’s fascinating!

Fisherman's wife getting ravaged by an octopus

Fisherman's wife getting ravaged by an octopus

Jason: So that was the foundation of Japanese tattooing as far as the styles that we know it today. Before that, tattooing was used as a form of punishment.

MI: Basically it’s like celebrity culture, isn’t it?

Jason: People are influenced by media, very similar to what’s going on today. I once heard a lecture given by a woman named Rebecca Psalter, and the topic was the links between Japanese tattooing and Japanese print-making. She likened kabuki heroes and actors to popular media figure today. For example, she talked about woodblock prints of the most popular actors of the time and how fans would buy the prints and put them up in their homes. It’s just the same as people putting up a poster of Brad Pitt or someone on the cover of People magazine.

MI: Well, it’s more teenage girls than anyone else who would put up a poster of a celebrity, but still, I see the similarities.

Jason: That’s how Japanese tattooing started, and not too long after it became popular, Japan became open to the west—or rather, Admiral Perry forced it open. When that happened, Japan become nervous that Westerners would look down on tattooing as barbaric, and so they outlawed it. Then when it became outlawed, it became more and more popular with outlaws, with yakuza and such. There were punishments associated with getting tattooed, so you had to be willing to risk punishment to get the tattoos.

MI: How do you interpret Japanese tattoo art?

Jason: I don’t claim to be an expert. I studied it as much as possible but there are a good number of people who have access to and have spend time with Japanese tattoo master and they’re going to get really undiluted information. You would get the actual information about how to apply all that to actual tattooing if you studied under a master. Some of the best Japanese tattoo artists in the western hemisphere are here in San Francisco. It’s also really popular right now.

SF hipsterdom: Hokusai & sprocket

SF hipsterdom: Hokusai & sprocket

MI: Would you say that Japanese tattoos are the most popular right now?

Jason: It’s up there because of the tv shows and it’s a beautiful style of tattooing for larger style work. A little side note—

MI: Sure!

Jason: You know how the tramp stamp used to be popular? Right now it’s ribs. I do side panels on young girls constantly.

Client (who’s getting worked on by Jason): I was just at Starbucks and I saw a girl with a peacock feather wrapping up her ribs.

MI: I’ve heard the phrase a lot, “Go big or go home.” Actually I think I heard our first Maiden of the Month, Radeo, use that phrase.

Jason: Yeah that’s the tv shows, and it’s great, it’s beautiful, it’s good for the business, etc.

Client: I saw a guy who was 6’9” built like a gorilla, just all muscles and ripped. And on his bicep, in the middle of all this muscle and veins, he had this one little outline of a star, like the kind you got in grade school. It said to me, “I can have any tattoo I want, and, look at my muscle.”

All: *Laugh*

MI: And I bet it made his muscle look even bigger.