Facebook is a funny thing. After receiving my new tattoo, my girlfriend posted a pic of it on FB and it immediately started getting comments. Some loved it, some made cracks about its Hindu influence, and one even went so far as to remark that she 'hoped I wasn't going down that road, because it's a very dark place."
What surprised me the most was the fact that absolutely NO ONE bothered to even ask if there was any meaning behind it, or why I chose this art? Like I said, Facebook is a funny thing. So here you go, even though nobody seems to be interested, I'll explain my new tattoo nonetheless.
Brendan "Bo" Smith has been one of my favorite people ever since we first met in Cocoa Beach, Fla almost ten years ago. He has allowed the band to stay with him more than most, and there has never been a cross word between us. He's quiet, thoughtful and just naturally pretty damn cool. He also is an incredible artist, so when I heard that he was apprenticing to become a professional tattoo artist, I resolved right away that he would be the one to do my next piece. I gave him a photo of the old-school Powell Perelta Mike Vallely signature board, and told him to create his own version. When you have a talented artist working, I find it's best not to stifle them too much. This board art is so special to me because the very first time I saw it, at about ten years old, I immediately knew that I wanted to create art like that. Twenty-four years and a Graphic Design degree later, I still credit that piece as the first one to really get me excited about art.
When he came back to me with the Hindu-inspired changes, I was skeptical at first. I have no religious affiliations whatsoever, and admittedly knew very little about Hindu culture, other than the fact that I loved their art. So I did what any man of the new millennium would do: I googled Ganesh. Turns out that he's the Hindu deity for music and artists! Go figure. So of course I was sold after that, and two 5-hour sessions and a lot of blood later, and presto, it's on there for life. Thanks Bo, it's a brilliant work of art, and it makes me happy every time I see it!
If anyone is interested, Brendan Smith works at Low Tide Tattoo (www.lowtidetattoo.com) in downtown Melbourne, Florida.