Five Tattoos to Avoid: Serious Thinking From the Masters of Inking, Paul Booth and Kat Von D
In addition to showing off your wild side, tattoos are milestones, visual souvenirs that tell the story of your life. That said, ink-slingers extraordinaire Paul Booth and Kat Von D (pictured left at the Revolver Golden Gods) say there are certain tattoos to steer clear of, or you might regret getting them. Check out their thoughts below—and don't blame us if you've sinned on your skin. For more from Booth and Von D—as well as heavily skin-art adorned musicians from Kerry King to Tommy Lee—pick up Revolver's "Tattoo Issue," on stands now. And don't forget to enter Revolver's Tattoo Contest here.
01 PORTRAITS OF YOUR GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND
PAUL BOOTH I’m Mr. Doom and Gloom. Everyone breaks up. The only things that are forever are your kids and your parents. It’s jinx as far as I’m concerned.
02 THE DATE YOU WENT SOBER
KAT VON D If you relapse, it’s just gonna end up being a date that you got a tattoo.
03 BAND LOGOS
BOOTH I don’t necessarily see it as a bad thing. But when it’s a 16-year-old kid getting a trendy band logo tattooed on ‘em, chances are in another 10 years it’s gonna get covered up. I say that because I’m an old-timer that covers all that shit up.
04 YOUR CAR
VON D It’s probably not wise to get a portrait of your 1998 Toyota Tercel. It looks really cool in ’98, but by the time it turns 2010 it’s just not gonna be as cutting edge.
05 SOMETHING DEROGATORY TOWARDS YOUR PARENTS
BOOTH I remember this kid who came to me, he wanted a Robert Crumb-style upside-down heart that looked like a pair of butt cheeks. So I added some Robert legs squatting, and the banner became a roll of toilet paper with the word “MOM” spelled out in turds across it. Maybe you shouldn’t do that.
Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist, Mistress Juliya, and tattoo's "Master of the Macabre," Paul Booth at Revolver's "Tattoo Issue" release party
Booth photo by Sarah Sturges. Kat Von D by Justin Borucki.