The GDE had access to scans of the new book by Kat Von D., "Go Big or Go Home" , in which she talks about how tattooing was Billie Joe, as the singer has behaved, what they talked about, and yet, he inspired and will be grateful for your support and understanding of music. We translate everything to you in full! Check out the full story:
"The older I get, the more I seem to be in touch with what some people call" gut instincts. " Others refer to this inner sense of wisdom and intuition, or even telepathy. I really do not know what it is and I have little interest in defining it in words. But just be aware of the direction in which the universe directs me, makes it easier to move on. Lately, I have entrusted this feeling: if I feel impelled to take certain actions, I do not ask why, I just take the. Somehow I do not feel that it is important to fight these feelings: it is more important to only listen to myself and just go with the flow. When a friend asked me if he could introduce me to Billie Joe Armstrong on a tattoo he intended to do, I felt totally comfortable in passing my number. Billie Joe and I contacted them and after a few exchanges of messages in which he described to me his vision of the piece for me, I was confident and excited to do it. The issue that caused more pressure that was a while ago Billie Joe had promised himself that until he did 40 years ago, he would fill in the blanks on the right arm with tattoos on which he was thinking for a long time. His fortieth birthday had great importance for him when dealing with this particular goal. The only problem was that Green Day was about to record their next album, leaving him no time to fly from Oakland, where he lives, to Los Angeles for a tattoo - even if it was not a very long journey.
I do not tattooed out of my comfortable shop since the beginning of its opening five years ago, and I prefer not to. I have everything I would like to have in High Voltage: my team, my machines and materials, my music and an inspiring environment as a whole. Exchanging it for what would probably be an organization uncomfortable in someone's home or in a hotel outside the city never had any appeal for me. But something told me I needed to go to Oakland. I do not know what it was exactly, but I just felt there was something I needed to hear Billie Joe - and that would only happen if I flew there and tatuasse. So without telling him - or anyone else, in fact - because I decided to travel to tattooing him, I flew to Oakland.
Billie Joe had sent me emails with files of references, including different ideas, elements, and photos of tattoos preexisting him.
The areas I tatuaria included a large empty space in the interior portion of the biceps as well as the space around the elbow. The plan was to add new tattoos and unite them with the existing harmony. I do not know if the home of Billie Joe would be a copier / printer properly or any of the drawing tools that I use, so the art prepared in advance. The mixture was something I would simply map with a pen when I got there. An anchor black and gray wrapped with a band with the words "St. Jimmy "filled his arm as well. While I was creating the mold, Billie Joe came up with the idea for a Jolly Roger pirate flag style in the background, and I agreed that the subtle textures of a decrepit old flag waving in the wind behind the anchor work perfectly.
Once that section was complete, we went to the less technically challenging aspects: the stars add skirting his elbow, and roses black and gray to the right of the star. As a warrior, Billie Joe sat during the session without showing any sign of pain. We were covering a lot of very sensitive areas, and I was grateful for his resistance. Near the end of the session, we come to the subject of music. We talked about all kinds of genres music we grew up. He told me the story of how he became interested in music as it was touching and compared before and now playing to huge crowds.
He was so humble when he talked about some great experiences I was able to have due to the success of your band. Most often, people who receive much recognition like Billie Joe, develop an ego that ends with magic. Living with gratitude for success is far more impressive than the arrogance can be.
Then we started talking about the burden of expectation, not only the expectations of our fans, family, and friends, but the expectations that we have accumulated about ourselves. We talked about how those critical thoughts can damage the creative process.
I often find myself trying to guess my art. "If I do this, will they like?" "I wonder what people will say or think if I change this or say that?" "How can I improve this, then what I did before?" " I'm afraid that people will be sad if I do this or that. "Many thoughts. MANY! We spend many thoughts and also waste a lot of energy allowing critical internal and external voices dictate what we do when we really want to do is allow inspiration and creativity flow over us.
Billie Joe spoke about some of the fears that come into play when you're recording. One might think that with the high degree of success he achieved, he did not experience self-doubt. Of course this is not true. He talked about the fact that artists are human, and they are all sensitive in some situations - especially when they expose themselves and their work to the world. The key is to never lose visa why you do what you do in the first place because with this kind of focus the only option is to work from a pure place.
Our conversation left me inspired and hopeful, one step closer to free myself of stage fright, and self-criticism that I was putting on singing. When I finally have the courage to record the album I'm writing, I will thank him for his vision and support that I needed to express myself through writing and performing music. "