Scheduled for release on March 3rd, Baptized In The Rio Grande is the debut release from newly-signed Razor & Tie rock/metal band, Sons of Texas. Things are moving quickly for the Mcallen, TX group who also recently announced the initial dates of their 2015 tour schedule. We caught up with bassist Nick Villarreal to learn a bit more about Sons of Texas and, of course, to talk tattoos!
When, where and what was your first tattoo? Villarreal: I got my first tattoo at the horrendous age of 18. A time in my life where I felt the need to get "Stay Positive" embedded permanently on my skin forever and ever, amen. Luckily I had a friend from another local band who happened to be a very talented tattoo artist. I visited his shop, Flaming Heart Tattoos In Edinburg, TX one night and he, very quick and efficiently, gave me my first tattoo. "Stay Positive," in a really rad script font, on my inner right arm.
Do any of your tattoos have a particularly special meaning behind them? If so, do share man! Villarreal: I have many tattoos that don't particularly have any meaning. I just thought they were really cool pieces my tattoo artists friends drew up real quick. But I'd say my "stay positive" tattoo that I mentioned in the previous question would be the one tattoo that has some sort of sentimental value attached to it. I feel like it's a great outlook to have in life; your thoughts mold your future, so it's important to think positive always. For me the tattoo is a constant reminder to do so, and maybe even influence others to do so as well.
Do you have a specific shop or artist that you frequent (insert shameless plug time!)? Villarreal: I have three friends who've worked on me the past 8 years: Chris DeLeon (@ihatemilkalot) and Oliver Graves (@Olivergraves9) over at Flaming Heart Tattoos in Edinburg, TX. And my good friend Javi Luna over at his own shop called Heart Of Gold Tattoo Studio in Corpus Christi, TX (@heartofgoldtattoostudio). Check them out on Instagram!
We know you have one... tell us about that stoned/drunken joke-tattoo you once got... Villarreal: Oh, God. I have a cross-eyed, drooling Unicorn on my inner right ankle that I got one night for no reason whatsoever. I wasn't stoned, or drunk. I was just really bored and my buddy Javi called me over to his place to hang out and ended up drawing this outrageously funny looking unicorn that I absolutely needed to have tattooed on my right then n there.
Have any tattoos that were painful. Like made you cry, see white light, and regret being born? Villarreal: Tattoos are painful, period. I don't care who you are. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who say tattoos hurt like hell, and bullshit fucking liars. Those who say their tattoos didn't hurt probably also say they didn't cry during the first 20 min of the Pixar movie, "UP" or (SPOILER ALERT) the part in "Cast Away" where Wilson floats away. And guess what? THEY'RE 100% LYING TO YOUR STINKIN' FACE. I have a portrait of Jessica Rabbit on my inner left arm, and holy hell, it hurt so dam much. It took four, almost 5 hours. And I found myself lying in bed with a fever from how weak my body was fighting off the pain during that session. It's a killer tat - one of my favorites - but I will never forget what I went through to get it.