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A Tattoo Master's Eerie Fan
While the Japanese art of full-body tattooing has many foreign fans, one of the most infamous must certainly be Charles Manson.
In a dusty glass case at the back of the Yokohama Tattoo Museum are page after page of letters written by Manson to Horiyoshi III, the working name of museum founder Yoshihito Nakano.
Manson was convicted in 1971 in the bloody Tate-LaBianca murders, a notorious crime that left a jarring memory on a generation.
Nakano says Manson started writing to him as "a sort of pen pal" after reading about his work in a tattoo magazine. Nakano says he never did work on Manson.
Most of the letters are from Corcoran Prison in 1995 and were written on colored paper featuring swastikas or eagle-and-swastika combinations. Manson's prison number is listed as B33920.
The majority of the letters are filled with spelling and grammatical errors. Words skip from lower case to upper case and back again, lines tail off in different directions, and the sentiments expressed don't follow conventional logic. Manson at one point writes that he feels a link with the "100% Japan man."
On one three-page letter on white paper, with eagles and swastikas at the top left and right, Manson writes: "Looking DEEP, LONG, now becomeing wonder in the mind Now is when as its always been writen in the SUN. Right ON. I been comeing HOLY WAR as Gods Marks say behold words. Nows the 1940s Hall of prisons in the USA. When behind the judges chambers the English words came that Japan was to be hung for crimes. Then Crime became the war behind the merrows of minds in forever."
GENE PRIEST AND THE CARDINAL SIN TALK TATTOOS
Not too long ago, I was introduced to Gene Priest (above, right), a brilliant musician and tattoo-collector out of Knoxville, TN. He was playing drums for a handful of bands at the time, but I was truly blown away once I heard the demo-recordings of his solo work that he was churning out on an acoustic guitar in his spare time. Fortunately, I was able to convince him to let me produce the tracks (and add a couple of instrument tracks, myself) and just last month, we pushed his four-song EP, "Living To Die" (mixed by Scott Minor of Sparklehorse) out into the ether as a free download on Lapdance Academy Records.
"Free-floating art-folk (think Vic Chesnutt) on the four-song Living To Die... with disciplined songwriting particularly long, billowy melodies that take a while to sink in but are inescapable once they do."
I also got a chance to talk to Gene and his backing band, The Cardinal Sin, about their tattoos. Some questions they took seriously and some, well... let's just say that I've taken the piss out of plenty of journalists over my own musical career...