One of the benefits of Tattoosday is that, because musicians tend to have a lot of ink, I meet a lot of them, and learn about bands that I may never have heard about.
This past Friday, I met Camille (pronounced Cah-mee) outside of Penn Station and he showed me a couple of his tattoos.
Camille is the drummer for the band TV/TV (MySpace here).
They just released their 5-track EP Something to Get Excited About this past year (read a review here). I've heard several of their songs since then, and I've enjoyed their sound (see the bottom of the post for more info). TV/TV is playing at the Highline Ballroom on January 15 and are booked for the Warped Tour in the Summer of 2009.
Of Camille's sixteen tattoos, he showed me this one first:
On the day the world mourned the passing of Bettie Page, it seemed appropriate to get a shot of a pin-up tattoo.
This piece is a vision, like many pin-ups, of the wearer's "dream girl". The top caption, "Isn't She Lovely?" is a nod to the Stevie Wonder song (his "favorite song ever"). Camille notes he's a big Stevie fan.
He says it's not obvious from the piece, but the woman has a knife behind her back, which explains the warning "Trust No One".
Just below the pin-up are the theater's Comedy and Tragedy masks:
See another version of this motif, appearing previously on Tattoosday, here. He added these to his arm because he loves the theater and musicals.
Both tattoos are on his left arm. The comedy/tragedy masks are on the inside of his wrist.
The artist on both pieces were inked by Turk at Guru Tattoo in the Pacific Beach section of San Diego.
Thanks to Camille for sharing these tattoos here with us on Tattoosday!
You can hear the songs from their debut EP here on their YouTube channel. Here's a taste, listen to "Call it Love":