Orlando tech-death masters, MINDSCAR, recently announced that they would be releasing their latest album What's Beyond the Light in August of 2016. The band, which features ex-Trivium member Richie Brown, is set to take the metal world by storm and without a doubt, the new offering delivers on all fronts. Guitarist and vocalist Richie Brown has several tattoos and he took time out of his busy schedule to discuss them with us.
When, where and what was your first tattoo? Brown: I got my first tattoo in 2006 when Atoms Eve (a band I played guitar for at the time) performed at the 11th Annual International "Marked For Life" Female Tattoo Artist Expo. One of the featured tattoo artists eagerly wanted to tattoo the entire band after our set. I was a little drunk and ended up getting a typical astrology Cancer glyph tattooed on my wrist. The tattoo has since been covered up.
Do any of your tattoos have a particularly special meaning behind them? If so, do share man! Brown: Yes! I had my daughter's name, Stella Jade, tattooed down my left arm after she was born. I had the Dissection inverted cross emblem tattooed on my left arm as a dedication to Jon Nödtveidt after he committed suicide. I also had two wolf heads tattooed on my chest as a dedication to my best friend, Rory Acker, after he passed away.
Do you have a specific shop or artist that you frequent (insert shameless plug time!)? Brown: The two main tattoo artists that I go to are Loo Pimble and Clayton Girst. Both of these guys work at Built 4 Speed Tattoo in Orlando, Florida with several other great tattoo artists.
Do you have any new tattoos planned or underway? Give us the dirt, dude! Brown: I’m in the middle of getting a huge piece from Loo Pimble covering the entire right side of my torso, connecting my back piece with my stomach and chest tattoos. The tattoo is based on an original art piece by Loo Pimble of Judas Iscariot’s suicide. It depicts Judas hanging from a tree, giving birth to a baby that’s being delivered in to the hands of a demon.
Have any tattoos that were painful. Like made you cry, see white light, and regret being born? Brown: Getting my back piece from Loo Pimble was definitely the most painful tattoo that I’ve ever had mainly due to time constraints. We had about 1 month to get everything done, so I had to sit for the entire day, at least once a week. There wasn’t enough time for my skin to heal in between sessions so things started getting pretty intense after the first session.
If you HAD to get someone's face tattooed on you, who’s would it be and why? Brown: If I had to choose a face, I would get Edward Mordake’s face tattooed on me so that way I would always have an interesting story to tell. Edward was born with an extra face on the back of his head that he claimed would whisper evil things to him at night. During this time (1800s), no doctor was willing to operate on him to remove the extra face. Eventually, Edward committed suicide in his mid-20s.
Check out the song "A Faceless Force That Must Die (feat. Augustus Invictus)"