My childhood memories of tattoos are poorly done ‘70s and ‘80s pieces that had faded to a mucky green. Another memory is watching music videos from Guns ‘N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers—Axl Rose, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, etc. I thought, ‘WOW, look at all those tattoos they have.’ In retrospect, it's kind of funny because what was considered 'a lot of tattoos' back then is pretty minimal today.
I've worked primarily with one artist, Tom Yak, but I've been tattooed by a handful of artists over the past 8 years. I'm NYC-based, so most of the artists work or guest in there. One artist I specifically sought after was Duncan X, who has tattooed me twice. I adore all of his artwork and his own personal collection of tattoos. Motifs are from A to Z for me, but I love getting religious tattoos; people are very passionate about their own religion and it always gets some sort of reaction. Other than memories, experiences, and friendships, tattoos are the only thing you can truly own. They’re with you all the time. I feel that a tattoo, in its permanence, should evoke some sort of emotion. If someone loves or hates your tattoo, then you are doing something right: they'll always remember you.
Find our full interview with Sean Risley (@seanrisley) shot by Dusan Reljin (@dusanreljin) in TTTism Issue 2, available for purchase online and at retailers worldwide.