Paul Gray Tribute Tattoo


So yesterday I finally decided to get the tattoo i had been wanting. I had made plans Monday to get it done and yesterday was the big day. As you may or may not know Paul died back in 2010. His own personal demons got the best of him. I’ve never been a person to do drugs. Hate them. Yet I never judged him or anyone else for it. In the end although he did contribute to his own death he still created music that made an impact on many lives. Having known him for so long I wanted to get a piece to remember him by. When i saw this mask design i had to have it. Full mask and eyes. Its perfect.

The tattoo took about 3 hours. A little over in fact. We took a few short breaks and let me tell you, I fucking needed them! I have 11 other tattoos that didnt hurt much. All on my arms and wrists. This one is on my right calf. It stung like a fucking bitch! I made it through fine though. I think emotionally was much worse. I didnt have anyone with me but I didnt feel the need to recreate Corey’s trip for his own tatt. lol. For the 3 hours I pretty much laid my head down and cringed here and there. Talked with the artist and jammed to some Pandora radio he had on. He took a smoke break about 1.5 hours in. Then some what seemed to be 14 year old girls came in looking to get piercings and he was like fuck NO! No ID no piercing lol. After our second break another customer came in and did get her nose pierced. Ouch! She was like FUCK FUCK FUCK THIS SHIT STINGS! lol. Yeah I feel ya chick! My leg was burning like a motha fucka!

Most of it felt numb. It was in the center where the nose is and on the outer edges where i felt the most pain. I can say I did feel like Corey a bit though. Listening to Pandora radio the song Change from Deftones came on…thats one of my fav jams. For some reason that song makes me tear up. Then Snuff came on. That did it man. I hid my tears by keeping my head down and all the while it was stinging like a motha man. No lie! If you never have gotten a single tattoo or one that takes 3 hours to complete then you dont even know the slightest bit about the pain. I mean im sure nothing compared to those who have had multiple sessions but hey I had my longest session and made it out ok! =) Snuff though reminds me alot of Paul. Maybe because the day i got the call he died I went for a drive and it was the next song on the CD to play. Not to mention I love playing songs like that. Acoustic work is my favorite to play. Lately i have had my acoustics tuned to various lower tuning. C# currently and some D#. Im usually always in E.

Anyways, after the 3 hours I was relieved to be done with it. The pain that last hour was overwhelming for sure. Hence why I say I know how Corey felt. We try to be tough guys but our pain tolerance just runs out eventually. Mine surely did. In the end it was worth it. I know many will probably give me shit for it because its a mask. Many will say its satanic. Its not. Its a mask. It doesnt symbolize Satanism. It symbolizes an individuals stage persona. It symbolizes the idea that Paul could wear a mask and create music and gain fans no matter how he looked. In the music industry today we see so many artists who you know become famous simply for their sex appeal. Not the case here. Well, maybe for those ladies that would enjoy being fucked by a guy wearing a mask like Paul’s! lol. So yes the pain was worth it all. I can’t say any demons were gone afterwards. I came to terms with his death and accepted it because in the end we all will die. Some choose to take their own lives and others lives long lives. Some don’t get to see their own children. For me though getting this tattoo is like a new beginning. A blessing if I should say. Like I said, others will criticize me for the tattoo and what the immediately see while others who know that mask will know what it stands for and will celebrate his life and enjoy it. After getting the tattoo I had gone to run some errands. He put some saran wrap and A&D on it for me until I got home to let it air out and apply more ointment. Actually about to go shower now and clean it up and get ready for bed. I went to Ralph’s Grocery store and Subway earlier and already a few teenagers noticed it. One guy literally was totally amazed and kept staring at my leg lol. I guess if anything thats one statement I want to make with this tattoo. Paul won’t get the recognition he deserves in the music industry. I mean by the Grammys and other organizations. So for people to see it and say “nice tattoo man” that means something to me because they notice it. They dont have to like Paul or Slipknot to appreciate it. As long as they know that there is a reason I would put a portrait of someone on my skin as a tribute.

I had a friend ask me the other day about my parents. She asked me why I would put a friends pic on my skin and not my parents. Actually I have my name in Arabic on my arm. The design looks like the initials J.C. My mothers initials. One day when my parents have left this world I will commemmorate them with their own special tattoos. My father was a firemwan and I figure one day ill get a Red fire hydrant with his old number 82 on it and the initials R.F.D. for the station he worked at. For my mom i’d probably get a flower. One she really likes. its too soon for any of that to even think of or decide but when im ready I will get those. i’d rather think those out fully just as i did this Paul tribute before I jump the gun and get something. All my tattoos have meaning. From the Slipknot ones, to the grim reapers to the Katy Perry ones (yeah katy and i have matching tattoos lol)…etc.

I’ll end on this….A friend back in Texas a long time ago would always say he wanted a tattoo everytime I got one. He would then say, “yeah but when i get a tattoo im getting one with meaning not like yours.” WTF you trying to say fool?!?!? My ink all has meaning. Not my fault his ass doesn’t have one drop of ink on his skin. His wife doesnt like tattoos so he never got any but always kept saying he would be a rebel and get one LOL. All these years later and still no ink. It just amazes me that people with no ink tend to criticize others with ink as if they know whats its like to have it. Join the club then you have room to speak your mind. If not then dont bitch. Most people get tattoos for a meaning or something they like/enjoy. I got grim reapers in the beginning because I liked heavy metal and death metal. Although i dont listen much to that anymore I still dont regret them. They were just part of my life at that time and I still love them. It doesn’t make me a bad person. I’m still the same guy that would help you if you needed it. Im still the same guy that would do your fucking taxes or god forbid fix your computer!!!! LOL. Oh how I hate fixing computers now. Even my own.

Ok so enjoy the pics and ill try to post this short little video I made on my phone. Got the new LG G2. Im diggin it but I still say the iPod Touch 5th gen has a better camera lol

ok im out….thanx

Gill

Paul Gray tattoo

Paul Gray tattoo

before it was finished

before it was finished

Slipknot, Slayer & Anthrax Tour This Summer in USA; The Maggot Bible


thats right…..all of you psycho fans that thought Slipknot didnt like you anymore or that called them fucking poser mother fuckers because they didnt tour for you…..well, minus me on the crew Slipknot is touring again this summer 2012 on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem 2012 Tour. Lots of bands. Personally for me after 10+ years of touring with bands, im glad I made a change because touring with wild metal bands for months on end wasn’t for me anymore. Hey we all get older and change our minds on life decisions.

So anyways yes, Slipknot is touring again and NO Paul has not been replaced but yes there will be a bassist playing his parts. If your a big fan then you know about all of this already from the Euro dates. The tour begins June 30 in CA and ends August 5th at Comcast Center in Hartford. I could actually sit here and just list all the bands on this tour but really if your that interested in it….i’d rather you just head on over to the tour homepage at:

http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/

You will get all the info you need on tour dates, bands, venue info, purchasing tickets and more. Tickets for this big fiasco of a tour go ON SALE APRIL 6.

If many of you are just becoming aware of this tour with Slipknot I would suggest signing up for Slipknot’s Outside the Nine Fan Club where you can get info before it is released to the public. I really no longer have any info on Slipknot, sorry! I might try to make it out to a show to say “what the fuck is up bros!” Who knows. Depends on my schedule by then.

Also if you dont know, Shawn, Clown, is working on a project called The Maggot Bible. This project consists of pics, entries and such all from you fans. This has been an ongoing project since last summer. Many have submitted to Shawn so if you would like to possibly see yourself or your submission in this book send your stuff off. He will send you a release form for the permission to use your info if your work is selected. This is the ONLY address for correspondence. Anything else is bullfucking shit. This IS Shawn’s Official PO BOX for you work. If you are interested in submitting anything from stories, photos, tattoos or anything Slipknot related please hit Shawn up by sending him your submissions to:

The Maggot Bible
C/O M Shawn Crahan
P.O. Box 94
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Ok thats about it. Hope you psycho maggots get your tickets. If your not a Slipknot fan well you still can go see Slayer and Anthrax. This tour cannot be missed. You have half of the Big Four on this tour! Sorry no Metallica and Megadeth on this ride. So anyways, thats about it on this subject. My next post will be about Random Favorites. Yes my random favorites on shit I like. Figured I would do something different. I mean Katy Perry doesn’t have us on the road anymore =( …..ooooooh well ok I have one other tidbit I might post before the favs one.

Stay tuned…….

Here’s a random photo to end this post! =)

In Memory......

Just A Quick Post….


Lately I have been feeling pretty down. Its hard to imagine someone that I looked up to and shared great memories with is gone. I guess I will never get over that. Most people dont get over death, they just learn to cope. I think right now I am in that coping stage. I can find myself being happy as ever during the day and the next moment i break out in tears thinking of Paul. Not only as a human being but also his music impacted me. Having the utmost pleasure of knowing him……it was an honor. I always thought of his laugh as sort of a Butt-head laugh. lol. I find myself jamming to the music as hard as before and yet when its over i feel about as weak and sad as a person that just lost someone.

I think for me I need more closure. I need to go back to visit his grave and say somethings I never got to say before. Things I never got to say before he died. We tend to take for granted the people in our lives imagining they will always be there throughout our entire life then they are gone. Nothing in life ever prepares you for that. Nothing. I always have this macho persona and I keep things bottled up for so long. Lately I think those feelings need to come out. I cant discuss those feelings with all of you. Many of you wont understand or wont even care to understand. Ive tried to talk to some about it but hesitated because i’d probably just get rolling eyes. I really cant talk to anyone about everything because who can really relate to it all? I’d figure only someone that cared for the guy as much as I did could understand. I wish I could be on that motorcycle in Switzerland again taking that 300+ mile journey into the Swiss Alps. Views to die for which I spend moments thinking about these things. I videoed a few parts of those roads for myself and to one day share with others. You all see the beauty of this little country through my camera eye, reference to Rush, but my mind was on other things. Like one instance where I nearly forgot how to brake and downshift on the bike when a large group of people was crossing the street near Interlaken.

I wont rant on and on but to those of you who have loved ones you really care about which should be all of you lol…..dont take them for granted. One day they will not be here. Spend all the time with those people as you can. I wish I could have but thats just not how the cards were played. All I can do is cope with that and hope to god, allah….or who ever that there is a better place than this. Life is too short. Now as I bid you all a goodnight im off to shower, read on the kindle a bit and then go to sleep. Need to buy some Arctic Silver 5 to see if that helps my PC CPU.

Goodnight friends. SOrry I dont have pics to post. I do but since i have been re-working on my system I dont have everything organized just yet.

G’night!!!

Slipknot Fans Chill Out……Updated Monday 6/27


i just read the biggest load of shit and this really pisses me off that a fan could say this. Give the band time sheesh…. Ok I’m off to sleep a few hours before the day begins in Dessel. I think we are close. Here is what I was referring to……

Night….

The remaining guys in slipknot are fucking traitors to their home country. The first show they will perform after Paul Gray’s death is in Greece…………. They have no loyalty towards their country, the first performance should be in I.O.W.A. And i mean it when i say this , think about it its a stupid gig a euro gig , it’s all for the money not Paul. And i for one am not a U.S.citizen and i think their first show should be in I.O.W.A that would be a real tribute to Paul

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**** In Addition****

People tend to talk shit quickly when their favorite bands do not do things to their liking. So what if Slipknot decided to do shows in Europe before America. Did you personally hear from them that they are quitting the band and that no further shows will happen? Of course you didnt. Give them some fucking time. Obviously if they are doing shows now they will be more inclined to do shows in other areas later. Some people are just too damn impatient. This goes along with my past articles of saying that some people are not TRUE fans of music and dont appreciate it. I say this because out of all my favorite bands if they decided to up and quit touring and writing I wouldnt be upset one bit. Its their lives not ours. You have the music now to enjoy. If they see it fit to never continue that really is no ones business but their own. Look at David Silveria and Head. Those guys loved music but at some point in their lives music was just not a priority. At least not Korn music. It happens to many artists. You play the same things and eventually you get tired of it. Dont think for one minute your favorite artists just love hitting the stage 100%. Some grow away from it but still enjoy it because the fans do. Its not essentially fair to fans that expect a 100% effort on the show but it happens. Factor in touring, traveling, being away from home, loved ones….etc…its not easy. As a tech I have told many to spend a few days in my shoes. Its not as easy as tuning a few guitars, a drumset or throwing some truss in the air. There is much more to it.

Slipknot is looking into doing other events in the future performance wise. They are not looking into another album yet. So please chill out, enjoy the music and give the guys some respect. You cant always have it your way. I’d like to ask the guy that posted that comment if he would get mad if all his favorite bands started tours in other countries instead of his own. Thats just childish bullshit man. Personally I dont give a flying fuck where the band starts their tour. its my job and theirs. This person also says its all about the money. Well yes in many ways it is. You fail to forget as a fan that as a band, it is a JOB. Its what pays the bills at home. It pays for the band members to have a good crew, backline techs, their homes, their kids, their livelihood. If my band was on tour break but was asked to do a string of shows in another country and my other bandmates agreed we would do it and get paid for it. Its just how business is. Bills dont fucking pay themselves and you can bet most people in touring bands dont go to work at the local McDonalds when they are not on tour to make the ends meet moneywise. They enjoy their time off. So seriously give the band a break. Not just Slipknot but any band.

Sade is one of my favorite female singers. She has not toured in ages. You didnt see me posting hate mail on her page about how she needed to get her ass back on the road or complaining because she went to Japan or whereever before she came to my area. Nope. Matter of fact I wont even get to see her on tour because of my own schedule. Sucks but thats life. Bands owe their fans for getting them where they are. For that fame they have acheieved but you as a fan must also remember that these people are human and not robots. They can only take so much criticism and workload before they as well need a vacation. You must also take into consideration that other tours in the US already months in advance had their itineraries booked. In Europe we have been doing festivals. Festivals are huge here in Europe. If you ever get the chance I suggest you attend one. These events are days long not half a day as in America. Also, for Slipknot coming back on tour in Europe they for the most part are not fully headlining. They are on main stage but went on before the headliner. For instance Iron Maiden. We did some shows with them. its a good way for the band to get back into the touring loop after their break and the death of Paul. Headlining puts much extra strain on the band. They are doing a few headlining shows but not all of them. In America fans would expect Slipknot to tour and be the headliner and not accepting Slipknot as support for another band. Hence why the Euro Festivals. for the most part Sonisphere and yesterday we did Graspop in Dessel. I dont even want to talk about the bullshit that happened in Liege beforehand with me. Liege isnt too far from Dessel but enough to cause me fucking problems. Oh well its done and I dont care now. Im tired, I need sleep and im fucking waiting in the airport to fly to Sheremetyevo Intl in Moscow and enjoy a few days off til Wednesday.

Just give the band some time to sort things out. Look at it this way….they are taking the stage once again and its not over yet……So really just relax, enjoy the music you have on CD, DVD, mp3 or whatever and just wait. It takes time to deal with things. My favorite drummer Neil Peart of Rush lost his daughter and wife and retired from the band for many years before deciding to take the stage again with Rush. Dimebag Darrell and his brother Vinnie took some time off to create what was Damageplan but they did take the stage again. I cant speak for the eight but please just bare with them and enjoy the music. If you are truly their fans you will respect whatever wishes they make and thats for any band not just Slipknot.

Thanks

G

P.S.
Sorry for the font on the first half of this post. I posted that from my phone which I guess uses a different font when doing so. I will look next time into changing the font to an easier one or the same as used here……

peace out commrades

Slipknot: The First Show Back….


Good Afternoon! Lunch time here!

it was emotional for all in the camp. Chants of Paul Gray’s name were so loud. Although an emotional return to the stage it was also full of energy. It was Slipknot back to their 1999 days. Yep, I just said circa 1999. The band returned with the 99 masks and red coveralls. As I had said before, it was in many ways a new beginning and an end. The tears flowed but they were tears of joy. It took more than you can imagine for the remaining eight to take the stage after a devastating loss. Donnie kicked fucking ass on bass. He nailed Paul’s work. He was not visible to the fans. There was a little bullshit about that but oh well. Paul’s mask and coveralls were visible. It was that feeling of having him still there onstage and he was. You could feel the energy and the hair standing up all over. He was truly there watching the guys and wishing them on a great show. For the next few shows and as well the Terra Vibe Park show in Malakassa (Athens) im speaking of here was/will be with Iron Maiden. The kings of metal. An honor itself to be in their presence.

Thats it for now. About to board our flight to Istanbul Turkey on our day off. Our show in Sofia Bulgaria was cancelled because Sonisphere altogether was cancelled there. So in place of that the band is doing a show at Columbiahalle in Berlin on 21st instead. I have plans to see my Godmother later tonight. She lives in Istanbul now. She teaches out there! Neato huh? lol. Kinda wish my friends Denis and Eva could come out but I know its probably hard for them to make it out. I got a few pics of the ruins on the way out before we headed to Malakassa. Ill post on here or another post later. I really got to get going and literally DOWN the fuck out of this coffee lol.

See ya….

The Nine Ball Tattoo Gets a Facelift…..


Since first getting the unique nine-ball tatt on the Tattoo the Earth Tour, I originally meant to have it done in black and filled in in red ink but never did have time to finish it with the tour workload so now after all these years and with Paul Gray in my thoughts, I got it colored in. The black will also get a facelift. Ill be looking to get the #2 in the same style as this with a memorial in memory feel very soon as well.

but for now, here is the tatt fresh with bandage and a new look

thanx…

G

The facelift

The facelift