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Mike Ness Interview: Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #23

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“If you don’t have roots, you don’t have shit…” -Mike Ness By Crash and Jimmy Perlman. Photos by Rose Riot.     Crash: All right Mike- You’ve been getting tattooed for a long time, so this isn’t a fad thing for you…and one thing I’ve noticed about younger bands is that they tend to just pop up fully tattooed- it’s like ‘instant street cred’ or something… Mike Ness: That’s commonly referred to as a “Visa Sleeve.” [Laughs] Right. Yeah. It’s kind of a strange thing to see.  But tattoos have been a real part of your life for a long time, and I’m sure you’ve documented many important events in your life through them.  I think it’s more just, you know, things that I like and things that inspire me, more than historic things, I think. For me personally, it’s been more like things that are reflections of me, or things that are in my life. Right. Can you tell me about the first tattoo you ever got? And if you remember who did it, and what it was, et cetera? I remember the first tattoo. I don’t remember the artist. But it was at Bert Grimm’s, at the Pike. I was 17, you know, and I drank five beers before I went in [laughs]…and I got this heart right here, and this banner—which I designed myself—and like a typical teenager, I wrote Heartbreaker across it. [Laughs] Like, yeah, beware girls—I’m a heartbreaker. You know what I mean? And back ...Read More »

Social Distortion Short Film (VIDEO)

Crash and Mike Ness in ATL

By Crash Hey! If you haven’t seen this new short film video from our friends Mike Ness and Social Distortion, CHECK IT OUT! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs-s0_yGpyg&w=590&h=360]Read More »