Sometimes I get mistaken for someone quite cool. It rarely happens in person (too much “outdoor time” in my pajamas I think) but does occasionally occur online. Most recently I have been followed on twitter by a series of young bands with names like “Shoot the Girl First” and “Farewell, My Love” – I have NO idea why.
The plus side of this is it makes me look cool in the eyes of my toughest critic – my 15-year-old daughter Miss M. For those who have teenagers you know what I mean. You could be a fire-eating, poodle juggling, world renowned spoken word poet that moonlights for Cirque Du Soleil and your teen would still be all “whatever mom that is so lame”. Except they wouldn’t say it like that because that is also…lame?
When I get followed by a band I ask Miss M. – my in-house music critic – to give them a scan and see if I should follow back. Her taste is pretty terrific and I like that – with her guidance – I actually do appear – cooler.
It is also thanks to my little muse (who is now taller than me) that I have been introduced to some excellent bands and now finally have music to listen to in my car that doesn’t make my daughter cringe in shame or strain herself with Olympic eye-rolling.
My latest favorite is Black Veil Brides. I had no idea who they were a few months ago until Miss M. googled how close we lived to Sacramento CA and then posted the directions/drive time prominently on my desk. Apparently BVB were playing.
I had already taken her to her first show at the Fillmore in San Francisco to see Gerard Way – former lead singer of My Chemical Romance – and we had a ball. I think I achieved “awesome mom status” for at least five or six hours – it was pretty magic and I was eager to repeat the experience. Off to Sacramento we went.
Back Veil Brides was a fantastic show. If you’re a fan you already know how great they are. If your kids like them try listening to one of their CD’s – they are pretty kick-ass.
Speaking of pretty it’s pretty hard to get around the fact that their lead singer Andy Biersack is – how do you say – gorgeous? Seriously. Check this guy out:
Now I am not being all middle-age creepy – the boy is 24 – I have sweaters older than that…literally. In fact I am wearing one of them right now. But I can still appreciate beauty when I see it. And so can my daughter who had a gleam in her eye during the entire concert and beyond.
Now I have seen all their videos, heard all their CD’s and get regular tour updates from my daughter – plus she emails me pics like this Easter one
Too cute, right? And the rabbit isn’t half bad either. Of course there are other really talented guys in the band and together they all make up Black Veil Brides but there is something about a lead singer.
What about Tattoos you ask? Getting there.
So in an ongoing effort to:
1. Not atrophy into my ancient sweater wearing self stuck in my “old timey” ways
2. Keep lines of communication open and thriving with my fabulous teen daughter
3. Find new tattoo-related things to blog about
4. Score press passes for Warped Tour; interview Black Veil Brides and achieve permanent “awesome mom” status
I am going to feature some of my favorite musicians in my Artists I Adore series and of course – focus almost entirely on their tattoos.
Andy’s tattoos have already been on youtube
and also covered pretty thoroughly in Revolver Magazine but I’m going to add my two-cents anyways.
First – Andy breaks every rule I personally hold for tattoos.
1. He gets inked “on the fly” with no major forethought or planning
2. He lets any random dude with a machine ink him up just about anywhere – Hello Laundromat
3. He got inked crazy young
4. He has the name of his girlfriend tattooed – multiple times
And you know what? It totally works for him. When we watched the pitcam video where he described his tattoos my daughter asked what I thought of his ink. I mean mine is all “fancy” and carefully (and obsessively) planned so I wouldn’t like his scattershot stuff at all, right?
Wrong. I actually admire the “any port in a storm” tattoo collectors. Part of me wishes I had the brass and joie de vivre to just get ink on a whim and I really LOVE Andy’s description of his tattoos as little stories. I really get that.
And what’s more Andy has done a solid job of incorporating a series of small and random tattoos into a cohesive sleeve with the addition of the red-work and highlights – it actually looks pretty sweet.
And Front Poop? Seriously? I am not ashamed to admit that is pretty damn funny and probably one of my favorites.
So there you have it. It takes all kinds and there are all kinds of ways to get ink and carry ink. Tribe Tattoo has room for us all and there is always something to be said for collecting YOUR ink in a way that is meaningful to YOU. You don’t have to be a Rock Star you just have to be yourself.
So Rock On Andy and Black Veil Brides – you have won this tattooed lady and her starry-eyed teenage daughter over.
You know you want to check these guys out – here you go.