What Damien Did Next

Anyone who’s been following this blog for a while will probably know that we’ve always been huge supporters of the West Memphis Three. If you haven’t been following this blog and you’ve never heard about the West Memphis Three, the spark notes version is that they’re three guys who were arrested as teenagers and spent 18 grueling years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. For the full version, please click here.

Anyway, after being freed, Damien Echols, who spent all of his time on death row, has been spending a lot of his time at one of our favourite tattoo studios, Sacred Tattoo in New York. It’s really cool to see that since he’s out of jail he’s been able to take in many different forms of art again in a way that he chooses. He’s even been spending his time tattooing other people- though, since he’s not a tattooer he’s been tattooing crosses or his initials on those who ask. Marisa over at Needles and Sins went down there to check things out, and she has a wonderful interview with him, and lots of information on how to get your own tattoo by Damien.

From Needles and Sins:

Is this something you want to do, become a tattooer?

I see a lot of people in the field, and they are real artists. When I look at someone like Paul Booth, I see something that I would work the rest of my life for just to be half as good. This is actually an art form. Back in the 70s and 80s, I remember, the only people who had tattoos were military and bikers. Now it’s everybody. It’s come a huge distance — the quality of the artwork, the people who are getting it, and where they are getting it. Housewives and mothers get very visible tattoos. I wouldn’t want to cheapen it.

That’s it! I’m saving up for a trip to New York!

Make sure you read the full interview here, and keep a look out for Damien’s new book which will be out later this year.


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