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Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:51 pm
by mintfresh
Reading between the lines on the lyrics to Tape Deck Heart, you seem to be a fan of tattoos!

As some one who is around your age but never got one, where would you recommend to start? I think it might be about time to get one!

I think getting a Tape Deck heart tattoo would be awesome... but wonder if I need to find the right place to get it, I.e I don't want crap one!

Anyway, any tattoo thoughts or advice is appreciated!

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:25 pm
by marowak
i would say that after break-up, tattoos is the second dominant theme of TDH and the bonus tracks.

@mintfresh - i know the question was not directed to me, but i have some tattoos and am around your age.

tattoos are different for everyone - some like getting random things which look nice, others get things to mark an event or age of life etc.

mine are mostly to do with events (marriage, birth of son etc) but i also have the word 'believe' on my ankle (in braille) which i did many years ago almost as a reminder to myself that you have to keep believing that things will get better.

i usually fake draw my designs on my skin for a few weeks before i get it inked in for good - just to make sure i like the placement and size of the design ....

so all waffling aside - its up to you - but remember it will be with you for life so make sure you are happy with it before the needle goes in :)

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:52 pm
by mintfresh
Thanks for the reply, it is Franks obvious love for tattoos in his recent songs that has really got me thinking,not been bothered before really
Like you say, you are stuck with them forever, which has all ways been why I've thought, what could I want to stay there forever. But then, in the song Tattoos, it seems that the fact you change as a person, but your tattoos don't , seems like part of the appeal.
By the way Frank, secondary question, do you have the x's for when you where straight edge? Or was that a reference to someone else?!

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 1:05 am
by ninjastar
I just got a Frank Turner inspired tattoo ^_^ bloody love it 'n' all :mrgreen:

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:12 pm
by Bella
you can see quite a few (but not all ;-) ) of Frank's tattoos by looking at the Mongol Horde photos

try these... ... 873812720/

and ... 210815030/

there are a few interviews around where Frank talks about why he got some of his. :D


Re: Tattoos

Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:26 pm
by Bella
oh - there are videos of FT talking about his tattoos too....

check out time stamp 03.00


Re: Tattoos

Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:37 pm
by Em
Thanks for sharing the video link with us. I just wondered if anyone had any more links to videos where Frank talks about his tattoos? I've tried searching but now I'm just finding the song "tattoos" coming up a lot or random interviews.
Also, on that video posted, was that a swallow from the poetry of the deed album artwork that I saw on Frank's leg? What does the writing say next to it?

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:11 am
by Bella
Uummm there are gazzillions of them...

Frank tends to just briefly mention one or two tattoos in each interview - it depends what he gets asked and when the interview was - most common question tends to be "What is your latest/newest tattoo" followed by "whats that.. *points to a tattoo*" and "which one is your favorite"

I'll dig some out for you - not now though, its a bit late for me (nearly 1am) I was supposed to be getting an early night....

The writing next to the swallow is unrelated to it.

The swallow he got as a buddy tattoo with a lady called Mary who did merch for Lucero when Frank was on tour with them. Done by Oliver Peck - seeit being done at time stamp 01:55

he talks about it in part four of this interview I'll get the time stamp for you in the morning - need sleep - ... ank-turner

The word underneath says BUDDIES - I'm fairly sure Frank got it in LA when he was with Jon Snodgrass (They did an album together of the same name and right around the time Frank got it he talked about being really drunk with Jon and getting tattooed) talked about in part two of the XFM interview above

The writing above it to the left says SDW 2012. Frank walked the South Downs Way, about one hundred miles, in about six days and got this at the end. ... 8001977347

And above the swallow to the right is BDHC - another buddy tattoo. Ben Dawson (Drummer in Palehorse, used be in Million Dead as their drummer with Frank, and currently is Franks drummer for Mongol Horde) got the FTHC logo so Frank got BDHC done at the same time. talked about time stamp 02:30

hope that helps - when I get a moment tomorrow (today?) I'll dig out some links to some of the others


Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:18 am
by Bella
I guess you already know he got the I Still believe tattoo during the video shoot for the song?

Tattooed my Matt Hunt of Modern Body Art, Birmingham, UK
Video by Ben Morse

I Still Believe (Frank gets a tattoo Outtake)

:-) ;-) :-)



Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:32 pm
by Bella

Any particular tattoos you want to know about? I think he has about 36 at the moment and at least one more planned.

That XFM session mentions a few, I promised timings so you can flick right to the tattoo talk… ... ank-turner

interview part 2
Wembley 19-06-10 at approx time 03:30

interview part 3
General tattoo talk from time 02:00
Rose mentioned at 03:18

interview part 4
general talk at 01:00
Million Dead at time 01:26
Swallow at time 01:33
Buddies at time 01:58


Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:38 pm
by Bella
I've done a list of all of Frank's tattoos, (that I am aware of anyway.. ;-) ) if anyone can think of one I've missed let me know. Take a look, let me know which ones you want links for. BTW I don't have links to interview for all of them, but I can remember where some of the are ;-)

2 No spiritual surrender
3 Hebrew script from Godspeed album
4 What will survive of us is love
5 Woodcut Hans Holbein’s peddler from Dance of Death
6 I Still Believe
7 Hermes
8 Rose
9 Greek writing (quote from Satyricon)
10 his Mums initials
11 Texas State outline
12 UKHC in box
13 Million Dead
14 Woodcut Rooster sunrise in box
15 Wembley 19-06.-10
16 13.04.12
17 symbols (Cuniform meaning Freedom)
18 Black flag bars
19 TVZ key icon
20 Guitar F holes
21a Greek symbol for Alpha
21b Greek symbol for Omega
22 13
23 81
25 Anchor
26 1001
27 St George and the dragon
28 Damn right I'll rise again
29 Hip Wrecked
31 Dale Earnhardt 3
32 SDW 2012
33 swallow
34 Buddies
35 Warriors and outline of UK
36 coiled rattlesnake with the words "DON’T TREAD ON ME" underneath it

hmm yep - 36.

(I'm counting Alpha and Omega as one tattoo because he got them done at the same time and they are clearly a pair. Just like the F-holes counts as one tattoo even though he has one on each arm - if you see what I mean...)


Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:53 pm
by Blonde
Holy fuck! :shock:

Isn't #14 the Nambucca rooster?

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:54 pm
by inca
Wheres the outline of UK?

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:04 pm
by SB
:o That's some crazy research skill you've got there, Bella!

Not very interestingly, I very almost had "Our almost-instinct almost-true: what will survive of us is love" tattooed on Sunday. It was only because I decided I wanted something on my clavicle (and that was totally too long for there) that I went for something else.

I love the fact that cynical Larkin wrote those words, though. Had no idea Frank had that one, but he obviously has outstanding taste. Clearly.

Re: Tattoos

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:50 pm
by AliceE67
quite an impressive list, thanks Bella..always wondered, love, love the guitar f holes on his arms.