Entries tagged with: tattoos
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Slayer's new album has been met with a few shrugs this year, and its newest critic is Slayer frontman Tom Araya's daughter Ariel, who gives it the review of: "Eh."
We learned about this from a new post by Ariel on Reddit. You might remember that the above picture of the Araya family (from the 2008 Grammys) took the internet by storm, and left Tom with charges of lameness that may or may not have been caused by Ariel's mortified look in the picture. She defends him:
I was 11 at the time when this picture was taken. Having flash bulbs in your face and 30+ people yelling "LOOK AT ME" can be a little intimidating. I love the old Slayer. Some of the newer stuff is eh. My dad misses being home. He isn't lame. He's been the best dad he can be with our circumstances.So the record is now straight; Tom is a great dad and old Slayer rules... just don't ask her about the new stuff. (She later clarified, "Don't get me wrong the new stuff is still good music I just prefer the older stuff. You can hear the bass in it compared to now," but the "eh" quote is funnier.)
Speaking of children and metal news, Mastodon's Brent Hinds, who can generally be found doing funny things, is featured in a new promo video for Orange Amps giving a head tattoo to a child. Hail Satan. You can watch that below.
Mastodon are in the midst of their NYC-area run with Judas Priest. It kicked off at Huntington, NY's Paramount last night (11/5), returns there tonight (11/6), and then hits Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday (11/7) (tickets).
Oh and don't forget, even metalheads can agree that kids should never smoke cigarettes. Just ask the anti-smoking finger-metal band Death Maggot...
As Gothamist points out, a new tattoo-related law goes into effect in NY on December 12, and many are not happy about it. Over 33,000 people have already signed a petition to get some wording changed.
The standard procedure by any properly trained tattoo artist involves purchasing large bottles of inks, and pouring them into small plastic, single use, disposable "ink caps", just enough for the procedure, which are thrown away during clean up. The original large bottle is to be stored away from the client and the work station, and therefore away from any possibility of contamination.You can read more and sign the petition at Change.org, but congrats to all who already signed it because this positive update was just posted:
The way the law reads now, would not work with these proven safe, common-practice procedures.
Aug 28, 2015 -- Huge progress today!! Huge! I spoke to Evan Sullivan who is the legislative director and committee director for Senator Carlucci. They are currently working with the NYS department of health to reword the new regulations as a temporary fix. They're also going to try to hold the implementation of the new law until it can be amended in January. Myself, Kyle Machattie, and a few other tattoo artists will be in Carlucci's office Monday morning proposing ideas for rewriting the new law. They will be trying their best to either amend the wording or even change most of the law, as the entire section 2 of the law is vague and misleading, as are major corrections needed in the definition of single use inks. I will update everyone after our appointment on Monday, as this is still very much in the works.The law also requires single use needles for tattooing and piercing
They realize this is a problem, and they are working on fixing it. They appreciate us bringing this too their attention, and want to make it right.
Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support, I will continue to post updates as they come in!
photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin
Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.
On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.
In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.
"Well @djjessmarquis - you're immortalized forever - very close to my ass . I thought that would make you happy . A beautiful tattoo by @grantcobb thank you - #RIPDJJess" -Joanna Angel
NYC DJ Jess Marquis, aka Jesse Immler, passed away suddenly last week. One of the many NYC nightlife-related people to pay tribute immediately was Burning Angel porn star and founder Joanna Angel. On April 10th she wrote:
...I really don't know how to sum up everything Jess and I went through together.. We had such a history. But no matter where my life has gone, we always stayed in touch. As I got older - I went to New York less frequently and my bedtime got a little bit earlier. Meeting up with Jess at his gigs at 3AM became a bit harder for me, but we always found time to meet up - either before he went to work or on a random night off of his. Last year while meeting for brunch, randomly out of nowhere he was like, "What are you doing after this?" I said, "Nothing," and he said, "Let's go back to my apartment and write a song - I have a great idea." And that was how "O Face" was born.That last part became even more true two days later when Joanna, and their mutual friend (and sometimes BrooklynVegan photographer) Nate "Igor" Smith, got DJ Jess tattoos. "Live Trash Die Young" they read.
I am distraught and I don't know what to say. Jess and I joked around about getting older and existing in worlds where you had to stay young. We laughed at ourselves. We laughed at each other. I truly thought we would be friends forever.
I am at a loss for words, and I cannot comprehend at all why this bright light of a human being chose to end his own life. The world lost an amazing person. I love you Jess. You will never be forgotten.
Igor also posted his own tribute to Jess on his blog Driven By Boredom.
Last night, Joanna pointed out on Instagram that she's on her way to NYC for the DJ Jess memorial service which is happening at 7pm at Webster Hall today (4/16). You can RSVP, and check out the flyer below...
This happened Monday:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a bill to increase protections for pets across New York State. The bill prohibits the unnecessary piercing and tattooing of cats, dogs, and all other pets for purely cosmetic purposes for the pleasure of the owner, except under limited circumstances. Those who violate the law will be subject to criminal penalties.It is still legal however, to have your cats tattooed on you.
"This is animal abuse, pure and simple," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to sign this common sense legislation and end these cruel and unacceptable practices in New York once and for all."
The bill (A.739-D/S.6769-C) prohibits the piercing or tattooing of all pets, including cats and dogs, to protect the animals from unnecessary harm. The bill allows the use of piercing and tattooing in only limited circumstances, such as ear tags on rabbits, tattoos for identification purposes only, or where the piercing provides a medical benefit to the animal and is performed by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
A violation of the law is punishable by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days and/or a fine not to exceed $250. The law will take effect in 120 days.
Senator Tom Libous, sponsor of the bill, said, "Subjecting animals to body piercing or tattooing is unconscionable and cruel. Animals can't speak out against undergoing a painful procedure like piercing or tattooing - I'm glad we're standing up for them and banning this heartless practice."
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, sponsor of the bill, said, "While people can decide whether they would like to undergo the pain associated with a tattoo or piercing, animals do not have that luxury. Subjecting animals to painful cosmetic procedures, such as tattooing and piercing, merely to satisfy an individual's misguided and selfish aesthetic predilections, is inhumane and should be considered cruelty by the law. I am pleased that the Governor signed my bill into law; doing so sends a strong message that this kind of behavior constitutes animal abuse and that it will not be tolerated."
"To Me You Are A Work of Art" is a photo project in search of anyone with tattoo(s) related to, or inspired by, Morrissey and/or The Smiths. The photographs will profile fans and all their tattoos from various cities across the country over the course of the next few months. All photos will be taken by Toronto based photographer Patrick Moore.Someone tell Chris Gethard! More info in the flyer below...
The New York City date is this upcoming Sunday, November 24th and will be held at the Rocks Off offices in the Lower East Side (195 Chrystie St #401B) between 2pm and 4pm.
For any additional information - email YouWorkOfArt@gmail.com"
set times are at the bottom of this post...
Okay, so we might be a little late with this announcement (and someone cancelled while I was writing this post), but we are now very excited (and relieved) to finally announce most of the lineups for our 2013 BrooklynVegan CMJ parties.
UNFORTUNATELY THOUGH, we still can't say the venue yet. Stay tuned for that announcement coming Thursday, but we promise it will be fairly convenient.
THE VENUE IS ANNOUNCED: It's Baby's All Right! (146 Broadway in Williamsburg)
Omar Souleyman (photo by David Andrako)
here we go...
On FRIDAY (10/18) we're going from noon to 6 PM and kicking things off huge with an acoustic set from The Head and the Heart at noon (the same Sub Pop-signed band whose upcoming shows at Terminal 5, Webster Hall and MHOW are all sold out).
Kirin J Callinan under Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (by Tim Griffin)
From there we change the energy drastically with a set by Kirin J Callinan (who is with a full band this year, unlike last year), Leeds band Eagulls who are followed by Leeds rockers Hookworms, who are followed by theatrical indie-metal-pop-prog band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman (!), and finally indie rockers Speedy Ortiz!
Mac Superchunk (photo by Chris La Putt)
Then, on SATURDAY (10/19), we're going 10 straight hours, from noon to 10 PM, with local psych band Spires, followed by the emo-shoegaze of Pity Sex, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett, the new incarnation of Yuck, goth/noir country balladeer King Dude, Relapse-signed shoegazers Nothing, a SPECIAL heavy GUEST that will be announced Friday night, alt-folk singer Torres, folk-y emo-y rockers Hop Along, a solo set from Superchunk's Mac McCaughn, and the NYC debut of Ex Hex -- the new band of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave)!
UPDATE: Joanna Gruesome, Public Service Broadcasting, Drowners & more added! Party now goes till 2am.
Both of these shows are 100% FREE, no RSVP necessary. No Arcade Fire. No Banksy. There is free food and drink and ink though.
Come by and pick up a free Raw Revolution bar to snack on and a complimentary Sailor Jerry rum drink, AND A FREE TATTOO. Sailor Jerry is bringing in Three Kings Tattoo artists who will be giving out complimentary tattoos right there in our venue (again)! Tattoos are first come, first served, as is admission to the shows.
1) One late announcement
2) Two free shows
3) 18 artists
4) Free drinks
5) Free tattoos till 6pm each day (designs pictured above)
A venue to be announced Thursday Baby's All right
A special guest playing Friday to be announced Thursday night Omar Souleyman
A special guest playing Saturday to be announced Friday night Pallbearer
9) JUST ADDED: four more bands Saturday!
And thanks to Vinny's Music for the gear!
See you there?
Also, don't forget, our metal blog Invisible Oranges is also hosting three shows. There's the 2-night official showcase at Saint Vitus with Pelican headlining both nights, and a number of openers each day (Ringworm included). And the late night show happening afterwards.
Full schedule for both of our parties below...
"Sometimes a single performance shows you everything you need to know about a musician. That happens in this brand new video for the song "The Thrill," by the R&B singer Miguel. This song and the others on his recent album, Kaleidoscope Dream, are magnetic, full of personality and vitality. They walk a high-wire between the way forward and the past, and they delivered the way R&B fans were hoping they would (a.k.a. well enough to earn him those critical mentions in the same breath as Prince and Sam Cooke that he's been courting for the past couple of years)." [NPR]Watch the video, produced by Yours Truly, below...
this is happening Saturday....
As you know, we'll be serving complimentary Sailor Jerry drinks at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (70 N. 6th St) this Friday (10/19) AND Saturday (10/20), but on SATURDAY we're ALSO giving out FREE TATTOOS from noon-6pm (first come, first served).
To quote Sailor Jerry:
The Sailor Jerry brand was inspired by tattoo legend, Norman Collins, a true visionary with intense dedication to his craft and an unwavering rebellious and devil-may-care attitude. In honor of Collins' and the spirit of bad add music everywhere. We are proud to have artists Matty No Times and Jeremy Sutton from Three Kings Tattoo Parlor on hand giving complimentary tattoos at our Sailor Jerry Pop-Up Tattoo Shop. Even better, right after you get fresh ink stop by the bar and have a shot on Sailor Jerry Rum.The tattoo choices are Anchor, Panther, Cherry, Dice, Swallow, and Sailor Girl, but there's a catch! We'll have a dart board and you have to shoot and get whatever tattoo it lands on! Crazy people can start lining up at 11:30am Saturday at Public Assembly...
and STAY TUNED FOR THE SATURDAY LINEUP OF MUSIC on two stages.
Meanwhile check out Friday's lineup.
Justin Vernon wants this image on his body
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
We interviewed Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing.
Duo AlunaGeorge made a video for their awesome, recently released single"Your Drums, Your Love" which you can watch below.
Out now on paperback (which I noticed via an ad on this site): Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Check out pictures from this past weekend's A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party (and here).
Can you beat Swans' Michael Gira at a staring contest? Try it below (via Pitchfork).
more stuff below...
This is part two in a new series that I invented when I found this second tattoo after posting a related one yesterday.
The owner of this colorful red and blue and bird-filled tattoo writes:
"This is my Dave Longstreth/Joanna Newsom tribute tattoo. I admire Joanna for her lyrics, and Dave for his music; they are my two biggest musical influences. The red and blue background is from the album, "Bitte Orca" by Dave's band, Dirty Projectors. The red and the blue intermingling represents how lyrics and music are both needed to intertwine in order to make a song. The two brown finches are reoccurring birds that Dave uses in most of his albums, and the canary and sparrow are from Joanna Newsom's albums "The Milk-Eyed Mender" and "Ys", respectively. The finches also represent my little sisters, as they're my little songbirds, and the canary, my mother, while the sparrow is my father. I'm very happy with it. Done by Jimmy at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR."PREVIOUSLY: check out this Joanna Newsom tattoo
Speaking of Andy Samberg, well actually that isn't his tattoo, but now the pressure is on for him to outdo this fan whose body art "is based on the Joanna Newsom Ys album and was done by the wonderful Rachel Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham." More pictures of the tat, and a recent video entitled "7 Minutes in Heaven with Joanna Newsom" by Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, along with a couple of dates, below...
words by Alanna Wray, photos by Deneka Peniston & Jason House
Dick Dale on a boat (by Deneka Peniston)
Last Sunday (one day after the Kvelertak show), backlit with our lady of liberty and the east river's special scum, The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale played the perfect venue-- on the water. The Jewel, one of the illustrious Rocks Off Concert Cruise's fleet, is an intimate, rocking (from side to side) host to a plethora of shows "that don't suck". Dick Dale, the Jewel's latest jewel, graciously glutted his steadfast fans with all the classics: from a blistering "Miserlou", to the anthemic "Let's Go Trippin'" and back to a virtuous version of "Amazing Grace" (which filled the East River with more righteousness than the Slocum Ferry Disaster.)
At seventy four years old, Dale plays with the antics and agility of a rock n' roll wood sprite. His seamless set moved with the graceful fluidity of 60 years of refinement, grooving through his time honored originals into epic covers of Rumble, Hava Nagila and House of the Rising Sun.
Jimmy Dale, Dick's fresh-faced nineteen year son, backed on set gyrating the double bass like an arena heavyweight. Bassist Sam Bolle of Agent Orange fame played a soulful House of the Rising Son solo smokey as slow sex. The vibe was fuzzy, the sound was wet, the energy was slap happy, the crowd was authentic. After the show Rocks Off bossman Jake Szufnarowski had Dick Dale sign his arm, which has since become his latest tattoo. Dale ended with a "thank you for being my medicine"... and if Dale's got a musical prescription that good, we're glad he's sharing.
Here are some pictures from the show. They continue below
Twilight 2010. That's Jef Whitehead, second from the left
"A tattoo artist raped his girlfriend using tattoo tools above a near West Side tattoo parlor, authorities allege.What the article doesn't mention is that Jef Whitehead, aka Lurker of Chalice aka Leviathan, is also a highly regarded US Black Metal musician. Leviathan's Massive Conspiracy Against All Life was one of my favorite LPs of 2008 and his catalog has quite a few other highlights. Whitehead, aka "Wrest", also collaborated with Nachtmystium and Sunn O))) among others, and was also a member of the band Twilight alongside Aaron Turner (Isis), N.Imperial (Krieg), Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth), and Sanford Parker (Minsk). The "supergroup" released Monument to Time End last year and it ended up on a few "best-of" lists.
Jef Whitehead, 42, allegedly choked and beat his 26-year-old girlfriend unconscious by banging her head against a wall above Taylor Street Tattoo and Piercing, 1150 W. Taylor, in t he early hours of Saturday morning.
He also attacked her with a pair of scissors, it's alleged. When she regained consciousness she discovered she had been sexually assaulted with the tattoo tools, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Tom McGuire said. Whitehead then allegedly knocked her out again, McGuire said. When the victim woke up she was in the street outside the parlor, he added. A heavily-bearded and tattooed Whitehead was dressed all in black as he appeared before Judge Israel Desierto Sunday morning.
Wearing a hooded sweater with the words "stop the madness" printed on it, he was ordered held on bail of $350,000. Whitehead is from California but he and his girlfriend had recently arrived in Chicago and were considering making it their permanent home, McGuire said." [Chicago Sun Times]
Jonathan Shaw, Johnny Depp, and Jim Jarmusch
A well-known tattoo artist and son of big-band legend Artie Shaw was arrested after cops found an arsenal of heavy weaponry among his belongings, prosecutors said Monday.
Jonathan Shaw, who opened the first legal tattoo parlor in the city and inked celebs like Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson and Naomi Campbell, was arrested Sunday after movers found the weapons cache in a storage locker.
Shaw was sending the contents to Los Angeles, but when the movers found rifles in a suitcase and duffle bag, they called police, said Manhattan prosecutor Christopher Prevost.
Cops discovered an AK-47 assault rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded British rifle, 96 knives, five sets of metal knuckles, eight batons, 2,833 rounds of ammunition, stage pistols and an air rifle, authorities said.
Shaw, 57, was hit Monday with dozens of weapons possession charges. The tattoo artist's lawyer painted a different picture of his client. "He's a peaceful man," said Brian Pakett, describing Shaw as an artist and author. "The charges miscast the type of person Mr. Shaw is. He never had as much as a fight."...
...Shaw earned notoriety for his tribal tattoos, opening Fun City Tattoos in the East Village in 1991. [Daily News]
"As the new millennium started gearing up, there was a obvious reason why Jerry started playing with all the DFA-affiliated bands (The Juan Maclean, !!!, etc.) as time went on: He was an invaluable monster on the drums that could recreate those motorik-like disco beats and make it sound human. Goddamn, the hair on the back of my neck stands on end when I think about it. Recent years saw him reaffirm his roots in Athens as he became the incredibly propulsive backbone to Maserati after they gave their original drummer the boot. And man, again, watching Jerry perform was always a treat. ALWAYS." [Chunklet]It's been a week since the tragic death of Jerry Fuchs. A memorial service was held at Enids in Brooklyn on Thursday. The loft building he died in, 338 Berry Street, is going about business as usual. There are many Craigslist ads for spaces there. All of them mention the freight elevator as an amenity. This is the picture of the building from one of the ads:
What was Jerry doing at 338 Berry at the night in question? Well, this "AccesSoiree" benefit party was happening there...
The party advertised that there would be "DJ sets by fashion darling Judi Rosen, The Juan MacLean's Nancy Wang and more from New York's finest DFA crew to name but a few". The above-quoted Chunklet obit is one of the nicest I've seen, and as it reiterates, Jerry was a large part of DFA. Chk Chk Chk wrote this on their MySpace...
thanks to everyone who has contacted us with their love and support. we could never put into words how special a person jerry was and how much we loved him. we ask that you tell all the people you care about and are thankful for that you love them. we wish we still had jerry.A member of Hot Chip got this new Jerry Fuchs memorial tattoo...
The first Juan Maclean video below (with a fake fight) explains the midi tattoo. The other video features a 16 minute live version of "Happy House" with Jerry behind the kit. Juan is DJing a benefit in San Francisco on November 20th. More details about that and both videos below...
The previously mentioned Bouncing Souls / 7 Seconds shows have officially appeared and also include Lifetime, Tim Barry (of Avail), and None More Black (ex-Kid Dynamite) and are now (mostly) on band pre-sale. The lineups look like this:
8/20 - The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime & None More Black @ Webster Hall
8/21 - The Bouncing Souls, 7Seconds & Tim Barry @ Webster Hall
8/22 - The Bouncing Souls, 7Seconds, None More Black @ The Trocadero
8/23 - The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, Tim Barry @ the Trocadero
NYC-area Morrissey tickets are going on sale Friday. Bowery Ballroom (21+), Webster Hall (18+), and Wellmont Theatre (all ages) go on sale at
noon 11:00. Carnegie Hall's sale also starts at 11am (also all ages). All four shows are presented by The Bowery Presents. Ticket prices are above. All dates are HERE.
Friday January 30th @ DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE (tentative)How was the Dan Deacon 'house party'?
:: BKLYN vs. B-MORE BATTLE MARATHON!
:: 2 stages, bands from Brooklyn on one, Baltimore on the other
:: --| $3 |--
:: DAN DEACON
:::: Thank You
:::::: Future Islands
:::::::: dj Dog Dick
:: secret guests tba
:::: secret guests tba
:::::: These Are Powers
| DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE |
268 Meserole Ave @ Bushwick Pl | East Williamsburg, Bklyn
L-Montrose, JM-Lorimer, G-Broadway | 8pm | all ages | --| $3 |--
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound perform "Baltimore Is the New Brooklyn" in the video below...
T.I. is playing Highline Ballroom on September 30th. $50 tickets are on sale.
Dawn Landes opens for Federico Aubele at Bowery Ballroom tonight (Sept 03). Tickets are still on sale.
The Little Ones play Mercury Lounge on October 17th. Tickets are on sale.
White Denim play Mercury Lounge on October 19th. Tickets are on sale.
Wu-Tang Clan are playing a special show at Irving Plaza in NYC on April 16th - a venue much smaller than their usual Hammerstein Ballroom. $55 tickets go on sale Thursday March 6th at 10am. Tickets are on sale now for shows in Allentown, Rochester and Atlantic City. All dates below.....
She won the Independent Spirit Award too. More photos & the full list of Oscar winners below....
The third NYC Pogues show has finally been officially announced. Tickets for March 17th @ Roseland go on pre-sale Wednesday, and then regular sale Friday. March 15th is totally sold out, and March 16th with Billy Bragg is almost sold out.
'Miss C's arm tatoos, Billy Bragg lyric included (Neil Fitzgerald)
What and where is your tattoo?Billy Bragg is opening for the Pogues on March 16th at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Tickets are still available. No opener has been announced for the sold out March 15th show. Still no St. Pattys show either. All Pogues dates here. All Billy Bragg dates below....
It's the start of a half sleeve on my right arm. So far it pictures Jenna Jameson and Dita von Teese (just missing a third girl) with Mucha style flowers and vines around them. It also says "to have an to have not" at the very top.
What does your tattoo mean to you?
Each of the girls I look up to in some way. Jenna was the 1st woman to take the sex industry and be the boss and take charge instead of being used like to many girls before her. She has also been through a lot in her life and is still going strong. For me she represents a strong independent woman. Dita to me is one aspect of what a woman should be. She's smart, classy and does her own thing. The Mucha aspect just comes from a love of his (and that movement) of art. "To have and to have not" is the title of a Billy Bragg song. I've always loved the song and what it means. In the context of my tattoo it reminds me to keep my feet on the ground. [Miss C talks about her tattoos]