I get asked about my tattoos a lot and mostly about this one. They are pretty dope I'll give them that. I got this ink after my second deployment to Iraq while I was an urban combat instructor in 29 palms. A scrawny scrappy fighter of an Irish dude with fiery red hair who had a truck he was always working on was my partner in crime for instructing, drinking, and finding mosh/ska pits in our free time. Dude's name was Cookie (thats what everyone called him cause his size) and if we couldn't get off base we'd get drunk and mosh in our barracks room until the duty seargant told us to shut up, clean up the blood, and turn that damn punk music off. 29 palms was a country music scene often. Anyway, Cookie did this really cool two-tone graphic art style and I asked him to do up the man in the moon for me. The lyrics around the man are "Mr. Moon, Why you laughing at me?" After the beautiful song Mr. Moon by OAR. (...of a revolution) It speaks to those times when we feel all alone in the world and the weight of the world is against us and we look up out at that night sky to riddle out our existence under the stars and the moon which can seem so perfect as they reflect our troubles to us, and they can seem indifferent to our worldly affairs. I had many such moments like these when I was in Iraq and before on the Minnesota streets, and the rawness of that feeling was very lucid for me then, as it can be now. Ive always been the biggest dreamer/sucker/hopeless romantic/idealist and the heart on my sleeve bleeds more for the pain in this world than most people know. So, I take this tattoo with me to remind myself in those moments where we doubt ourselves and howl at the moon with all our hearts, sometimes we gotta stop, stare that fucker in the face, turn the lament to laughter, and laugh right back at 'em.
If you listen to the live at red rocks track you can probably hear me singing the lyrics in the crowd. Cookie gave the moon a butt chin to mirror mine. The tattoo artist wanted to use nautical stars but I said no cause they were so trendy at the time so he filled them in. The song still, and will always, make me emotional. @ofarevolution