What are the tattoos on your back about?
I don’t know. Tell me what picture it is, I don’t even know.
It looks like some tornadoes.
It says 'Wreckin' Tha Scene, Tha Texas Tornado.' I mean I woke up, it was on there and I think there was a tornado outside so I was like, 'I’m gonna go get a tornado tattoo.'
Do you know who does all of these tattoos for you?
Random people, different ones.
You’ll trust anyone to tattoo you?
No, I have to see their work first.
Who was your favorite artist that has tattooed you?
Damn, is it bad if I don’t know anyone’s name?
No, it’s honest.
I don’t even know their nickname or nothing, just ‘tattoo guy.’
On the other side of your back, that says ‘What’s higher than a king? A freestyle Ace.” Any inspiration behind that one?
Just, I mean, what’s higher than a king? A freestyle ace. I don’t know. There’s no significance it just is what it is.
Do you plan on getting any more tattoos?
Do I plan on it? No.
But you probably will?
Well no, actually, yeah I have to get another one. When me and Diplo do our first release and all the things that we’re doing, then I’ll go get a tattoo. It would be the Mad Decent logo.
Do you think Diplo would get it too?
I’m going to make him get it.
Do you have any tattoos that we can’t see right now?
Nope. That’s not me, I’m not that guy who has a snake coming out of an apple tattooed on his ass. [Laughs] That’s another thing that I, I just don’t feel like it’s right for a man to have a tattoo between his waistline and his kneecaps. There’s no excuse for that.
I don’t know it’s just that every time I’ve seen somebody with a tattoo like that it’s been some uncomfortable situation. I saw this 45-year-old guy riding his bike in a Speedo, riding down the street, and he had one tattoo. It was a little snake dragon tattoo tattooed on his upper thigh and I just got that shit burned in the back of my mind.
Is it because of the placement or the fact that someone was tattooing them there?
Tattoos aren’t fun unless you’re an idiot. It’s not fun to get tattoos. Unless you’re one of those people that likes to get hooks in their back.
The guy who is tattooing it, I mean, you don’t know how bad he needed the money to do that but it couldn’t have been me. But, it’s the fact that this dude thought it was a good idea. And that it was his only tattoo, that’s the one he wanted. I don’t know. ‘If I get a tattoo, I’m gonna get a tattoo on my balls and it’s gonna say ballsy.’ [Laughs] I don’t know the situation.
What tattoo means the most to you?
I don’t know which one, the National Baller’s Association, I love that one.
What’s on the other side of your neck? We missed that one.
Oh yeah, it says ‘One step ahead of the haterz.’ It’s a baby foot, it’s my foot when I was a baby. People always think this is my kid’s. No, I don’t have kids. It was on my birth certificate and I just took the picture in there.
So you remember that tattoo.
I think I got it at the same time as the MTV one.
Wow, you got both sides of your neck tattoo at the same time.
At the same damn time. [Laughs] Not at the same time, but on the same day. I’ve had multiple tattoos done at the same time, on my back and on my arms. Gotta get that shit over. Tattoos aren’t fun unless you’re an idiot. It’s not fun to get tattoos. Unless you’re one of those people that likes to get hooks in their back. ‘Oh this is cool, take my picture mom.’ ‘You’re not going to come down from there.’
Speaking of hooks, do you have any piercings?
Just my ears. I never got my bellybutton pierced or what have you. [Nipple piercings] goes along with...Ahhhh.
Not for you. What about women with nipple piercings?
No I don’t like women with any piercing-belly button, that’s all.
What about women with tattoos then?
Man, I don’t like girls with a lot of tattoos. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some girls who I really, really like then I’ll see a tattoo on her and I’m like, ‘She can pull that off but I can’t see another girl who I didn’t like as much being able to pull that off.’ This one girl, she had a tattoo across her back. She pulled it off but it was her only tattoo.
I’m not attracted to a girl [with a lot of tattoos]-not saying that some others aren’t-some people like mashed potatoes some people like to play hot potato.
So you don’t like girls with sleeves?
No I don’t, not at all. It reminds me of like I’m looking in the mirror and that’s not good. I’m not homophobic but I’m also not homosexual. I’m not attracted to a girl [with a lot of tattoos]-not saying that some others aren’t-some people like mashed potatoes some people like to play hot potato. If a girl is like, ‘Oh you got all these tattoos why can’t I?’ I’m not saying that you can’t have tattoos all I’m saying is that I’m not going to talk to you anymore if you do have all these tattoos. That’s all I’m saying.
Have you ever met a fan that has any of your tattoos?
I think I did see a couple people with the alien one. I have seen a couple people. I mean, who knows. I also have seen people who have Kokayne Dawkinz on them.
Where’d you get that nickname from?
Why are your shoes cheetah print? Why don’t they have laces in them?
I get the point. I know you said you don’t remember most of your tattoos but do you have any good stories of when you got them? Any vague memories?
Let me give you something. Jerry Seinfeld did this one on my arm. Is that funny? Then George Costanza came in...
Alright, alright. Would you ever get the Icee chain tattooed on you?
I don’t know. It depends. It depends on how I feel about the Icee that day. I can’t say I won’t ever wake up without an Icee tattoo.