Talking Tetris and Tattoos with Tighe

Body art always creates a talking point.

Talking Tetris and Tattoos with Tighe

I caught up with Tighe Damron to talk tattoos and how to play a perfect game of Tetris.

Tighe Damron (image supplied)

What was the first tattoo that you got?

The large piece on the back of my left leg.

I’d been wanting one for a couple of years, and then I finally worked up the courage to go for it — now I can’t stop!

What is it about tattoos that you like?

Tattoos are literally artwork for your body. I love being able to express my inner-self in this outward way.

Tighe Damron (image supplied)

Is there a specific inspiration or story behind each of your tattoos?

Yes, except the first one. For the first tattoo, I discussed what I was looking for with my tattoo artist and he designed it for me. For the rest, I’ve plotted and ‘designed’ them, and had my artist implement my design.

All my tattoos have been created by Adrian at Sacred Art LA. He’s amazing.

For the wrap around my right arm up to my shoulder, I woke up from a dream and saw it in my head, both the double lines and the five-line design on my forearm. It’s a play on the rainbow and a music staff — I sing and play the oboe, so had to work my musicality in somewhere.

For the Tetris tattoo, I wanted something that represents my crazy mind — I always organise and over-plan things. So I played a ‘perfect game’ of Tetris — that’s where you save the long four-piece until the end so it wipes out the entire four rows at once, giving you the most points possible — took a screen-shot, and photo-shopped the image to where the pieces are all falling together perfectly. Just like my life.

I also have a few ‘random eights’ on my body — Random Eight is an anagram for Tighe Damron — but they’re actual numbers and symbolic eights. Plus I have the octopus holding onto the bottom of my right foot, the two four-pointed stars on my left side, and the arm bands on my left arm.

Tighe Damron (image supplied)

Did it hurt getting your tattoos done?

It definitely hurts. I find that Hush helps a bit, but not entirely. The most painful was the thick band around the top of my arm, specifically underneath close to my arm pit. But it was worth it.

Are you planning to get more tattoos?

Most definitely. I have plans for more around my leg, to make a sort of crown — starting with the two eights that are there now as the front and back.

I also want to finish my right arm sleeve, which will be another five different designs that will appear to be at different depths.

Tighe Damron (image supplied)

What sort of reaction from guys do you get to your tattoos?

They love the tats. I get a lot of attention from the Tetris tat — which is one of my favourites — and the leg piece.

Do you regret any of your tattoos?

Not at all. I actually regret not starting sooner.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about getting a tattoo?

Choose something that you’ll love decades from now, and go for it!

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