Tell us about your new tattoo?
I got this last summer. It was funny, I purchased a ring that was in Colorado at this Native American store. I really liked the symbol, it was for a storm so it’s clouds and thunder and stuff. That’s the short version of what it means.
How did it all come about?
It was rugged. I was sitting there and I was actually making this (tattoo design). I bought a Marshall Stack and I was going to paint it on the amp. And my buddy came over and he’s just covered in tattoos. And we started talking tattoo talk and basically he asked me if I had an idea. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I thought of something.’ But he said you can’t think about it, you just gotta go do it!
So we get down there to the tattoo place, and you know how they put it on there, they use like deodorant to trace it. So I’m down there and I’m looking at the print in the mirror, just the outline, and my dad showed up on his motorcycle, because I had texted him, like, I might be getting a tattoo. So he shows up and I couldn’t back down at that point. Pops was there.
I’m part Hopi and my father use to carve Kachina Dolls a long time ago when I was a kid. He used the clouds and thunder symbols (as is represented on Shaun’s design) a lot! It’s very legit.
This makes me extremely proud of my culture!
And I was really surprised he got this. It made me love him tons more because he didn’t want just any tattoo!
“At first, White’s dad suggested, getting the Olympic circles or possibly a middle Eastern philosophy symbol, but White had his own idea.
He wanted to get a tattoo that symbolized the strength and endurance of America’s First People and that was somehow connected to water or snow. That’s when he saw the Hopi rain cloud symbol and knew that was the one for him.”