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Frank Iero's Tattoos - A Catalog

I have been attempting to compile a comprehensive catalog of Frank's tattoos with photos, explanations or meanings, dates, designs, tattoo artist, fandom reaction, etc. Here is the information (without pictures) that I have compiled to date with separate sections for his back, left arm, hands, right arm, waist, legs, neck, chest, other, and a tentative general timeline. Here are the pictures that I have found. Other sources that I have looked at include 1)The Chronology of Frankie's Tattoos, 2)Watch Frank Get Inked, 3)The Patient's Album of Frank's Tattoos, 4) frank iero.net, and 5) the two magazines (Metal Hammer-Tatts Life and Tattoo Magazine) that feature interviews with Frank.

In general, does anyone have any thing to add to the material that I have collected? More specific dates on tattoos or more detailed explanations? Better photographs? Did I miss anything?

In particular:
1) Frank has a tattoo on his right shin that hasn't been identified. It is here and here. Does anyone know what this is? Has anyone seen it up close or have a better photograph? EDIT: Just to clarify, Frank does have a Misfits tattoo on his left shin. There are at least two clear pictures of it. However, it also looks like there is a colored tattoo on his other shin. Sorry for the confusion!
2) Frank references his Our Lady of Sorrows as a band image. Does anyone know of a band image, merch, concept, etc that was similar?
3) Some internet sources suggest that the Japanese style sun with the black rose and a swirl of guns on his left elbow was done in two-three stages. Does anyone have any pictures or personal recollections to confirm or deny this?
4) Frank has "revenge" written on the inside of his left wrist. He is attributed as saying: "One of my best friends is James Dewees who sings for Reggie And The Full Effect who played with us on Warped Tour. We have matching tattoos. Cool huh?" Does anyone have a source for this quote? Failing that does anyone have a picture of James with the "revenge" tattoo? ANSWERED!: Thanks to wax_jism. The source is CosmoGirl (March 2006). Still looking for pictures of James' full arm . . .
5) "i wish i were a ghost" written on Frank's right wrist in red is rumored to be a Pencey Prep lyric. I cannot find the phrase in any of the lyrics on the internet. Does anyone know if it came from a Pencey Prep song? ANSWERED!: here by thomasbecket@lj The lyric is from a Pencey Prep song, Death of the Lion-Hearted, a never-really-officially released track. I am still looking for the lyrics . . .
6) Frank has F.T.W. written on his right arm. Internet rumor says that it stands for "fuck the world" and that the initials are also on his guitar picks. Can anyone confirm this preferably with pictures? ANSWERED!: orangesky@lj provided a picture of the F.T.W. on his pick here and I found a picture of the wolf side from pookie_ray (here). The only question is if F.T.W. stands for "fuck the world" which seems likely.
7) Fans noticed Frank with a neck tattoo on his left side in March 2007. Sources vary as to whether it says "Jinx removed" or "Jinx removing." Sources also can't decide whether the date is "3-7-07" or "3-8-07." Can anyone clear this up? ANSWERED!: It seems likely that the date is 3-7-07 see #8 and "Jinx removing"
8) In addition, people seem split on whether the date is for Mikey's wedding or his wedding. Does anyone have dates for Mikey's wedding or the date of Frank's wedding? ANSWERED!: by lovesongwriter@lj - Mikey on 03/07/2007 and Frank on 02/05/2007 according to Clark County.
9) Does anyone know if Frank still has the NJ tattooed on the inside of his lower lip? ANSWERED!: It seems unlikely that a lip tattoo would last this long (over 3 years) without a touch up. Does anyone know if he has had it retouched?
10) Does anyone know the date that Frank filmed his LA Ink episode? I figure that it was likely in late July or August 2007.
11) Can anyone clear up my Kat Von D Frankenstein tattoo confusion? Kat stated in Chord magazine that she did a Frankenstein tattoo on Frank. I assumed that it was the one on his right arm (picture) while other fans posted this tattoo from Kat's website.
12) Fans have said that Frank doesn't mind talking about his tattoos or other people's ink. Does anyone have any personal experiences that they wouldn't mind sharing? Are there any show reviews or meet and greet recollections that mention Frank's tattoos or talking to Frank about tattoos?
13) And since I am asking, does anyone know the date of this Metal Hammer article?

I apologize for the length of this post. Any input would be really appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT: Does anyone know any of the other tattoo artists (besides Kat Von D) that have tattooed Frank?

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sunqist
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Henry Rollins's "Search and Destroy" tattoo on his back is a direct reference to The Stooges song "Search and Destroy" and really, I would be shocked if Frank were unaware of that particular connotation, not that he's necessarily quoting Iggy Pop, or even Rollins, but I don't know if that's the kind of thing you'd want to be aware of. Also, the "F.T.W." tattoo might be a reference to a tattoo one of the members of X gets on screen in the movie Decline of Western Civilization, in which case it would stand for Fuck The World, but also it could have nothing to do with that in which case never mind!
spritesam
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yes - thank you! This is exactly the type of thing that I want to include, as well. I think many of the tattoos may not (should not?) be explained or directly talked about by Frank. However, I think it is interesting to see all the possible connections, and things that might have influenced his tattoos. (Can you tell that Miami Ink and its off-shoots totally engrossed me when I had cable?) As for Henry Rollins and his tattoo, like you, I would be surprised if Frank didn't know the connection. Thanks for the F.T.W. possible reference. I wasn't totally sure where in modern culture it might have come from.
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myorangecrush
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
The shin one is a misfits tattoo...

http://www.misfits.com/
myorangecrush
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
ah, shit...

wrong shin, sorry!
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wax_jism
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Source for quote about Frank & Dewees's matching tattoos is CosmoGirl, of all things. Got a scan here.
spritesam
Mar. 1st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
hahahahahahahahahaha!

Of course the source is CosmoGirl. I would have never thought to have checked that magazine. Thank you so much and thanks for the scan!
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spritesam
Mar. 2nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information. It seems like the Clark County records has Mikey's marriage down as 07 March 2007 according to most people making wikipedia right. (I can't currently check as I keep getting error messages.) I wonder where mtv.com got their information on the date.
dzurlady
Mar. 2nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
I don't know if FTW is on his guitar picks, but it's certainly been on his guitar. Photo. I think this is from Project Rev, but I'm not sure.
spritesam
Mar. 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the picture. I hadn't noticed that before although I definitely have a picture of that guitar saved to my hard drive. I actually haven't seen the his guitar picks, but someone on chemical romance mentioned it here that Frank's picks are yellow with a wolf's head on one side and F.T.W. on the other. However, I can't find any pictures of the picks. I might trawl through buzznet again to see if any fans have posted there.
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suckmyglock
Mar. 2nd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
WRT the sun/guns swirl, I think there are pics of him with just the sun and then with guns added later on, or something? This is just a vague recollection from the ridiculous amount of time I spend looking at/for pics of Frank.

The guns on his back are the same guns that were printed on the back to the bulletproof vests they wore on stage in '05. I don't know which came first, them or the tattoo. Also, this is just a bit of my own personal canon, but I think they're on his back cos of the Black Flag lyric "It's not my imagination/I've got a gun on my back!" from their song Revenge.

The chest/collarbone tatt says "I AM A GRAVEYARD", it was the very short-lived band he had between Pencey Prep and joining MCR.

As for the shin tatt, I can't really see it very well but it looks like a crest sort of thing. Matt Cortez has a similar-looking think on his bicep, if you look at pics of him with sleeveless shirts on from Projekt Rev you'll see what I mean.

The wolf's head is probably to do with The Banner, an NJ horrorpunk band who Frank is friends with and who are on s//c. They have a hoodie with a wolf on that Frank wore to death in 05. It could also have something to do with House of Wolves, I guess?
spritesam
Mar. 2nd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my recollection was that they were added later on. However, I didn't save any of those pictures because I didn't envision ever needing them at the time! Now, though, I can't find any of the pictures that I thought suggested the two tattoos were done separately.

You wouldn't happen to have pictures of either the guns printed on the back of the bulletproof vests or a picture of Frank in the wolf hoodie. I don't think I have either anywhere on my hard drive. I am willing to go looking, of course, but I figured that I would ask first because I am lazy like that.

You are, of course, absolutely right that the chest/collarbone tat says "I Am a Graveyard." Unfortunately, I have data on Frank's tattoos in three or four different files and in two of them including the one I posted I had the wrong phrase written down, so thanks for catching that.

Here is Cortez's bicep:

(this is the one you were talking about?)
Here is Frank's:

Cortez's is definitely a crest. I am just having a really hard time figuring out what the hell is on Frank's shin.
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lovesongwriter
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
2. I think they mean the song itself being a band thing. They had said Lady of Sorrows had what MCR stood for in the song i.e. "stand up fucking tall/don't let them see your back/and take my fucking hand/and never be afraid again."

But Frank's tattoo is honestly straight up bastardized catholic imagery. It's Our Lady of the Seven Dolours aka Our Lady of Sorrows/Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows with her eyes crossed out. The image is of the holy mother Mary with her heart pierced by swords. There's supposed to be seven, but I'm thinking for the imagery Frank was going for there's a definite reason for 5.

7 is "Jinx Removing". It's a Jawbreaker song: http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Jawbreaker/Jinx-Removing.html

8. The date on the tattoo is 03/07/2007. It is the date of Mikey's marriage. You can check Clark County records to back it up. The marriage information is official there. Frank got married 02/05/2007, but he and jamia have had no ceremony till March of this year.

There is a "theory" that the Jinx Removing also has a secondary meaning. But it's not official by any means.

9. Unsure, because the ink in lip tattoos doesn't hold without touch ups.

Edited at 2008-03-02 03:07 pm (UTC)
spritesam
Mar. 2nd, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
re: 2 - Do you have an interview/article where they talk about the song? I was thinking that because Frank had specified a band image rather than just a band concept there might have been early band imagery (e.g. shirts, flyers, posters, other promo, etc) that featured a similar image. It was a long-shot question, but I figured some early fans of the band might know more than I do. I knew that it was an interpretation of Mary, but I hadn't made the connection to Our Lady of the Seven Dolours which seems like a duh moment in retrospect. I will definitely have to include more information on the traditional imagery. I wonder why five instead of seven; you are probably right in thinking that it has a specific meaning to him.

re: 7 - Thanks for the clarification on the dates. The Clark County records is currently being a bitch to me and giving me error messages when I try to access it. I was hoping that someone would remember the dates. As to the neck tattoo, I actually think in pictures it looks like "Jinx Removing" but a few fans who claimed to have seen the tattoo in person kept insisting it was "Jinx Removed." I would be interested in hearing this "unofficial theory." You could e-mail me (sprite_sam@hotmail.com) if you don't feel comfortable discussing it here. There have been a couple theories that I have run across about Frank's different tattoos. Some of them are interesting and some of them are just humorous.

re: 9 - Yeah, tattoo boards seem mixed on how long they last exactly although I wouldn't imagine that it would be over three years without a touch up. Which reminds me to look for pictures to see if Frank has had any major touch ups on his tattoos sigh.
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birdsflying
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: #11. I don't think the Frankenstein headshot is Frank's, partly because it looks like it was done on either an arm or along the ribcage (the shading around the head makes it hard to see if it's over ribs) and it's def. not on Frank's arm and his chest and back pieces would make the ribcage a bit awkward.

#9: probably not, unless he's had a retouch because lip tats tend to either smudge or vanish because the skin doesn't hold the ink very well.

#2: There's this wallpaper from the Three Cheers era. I snagged it off the waygobackmachine the last time I was poking about in there for old versions of their website.
spritesam
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

re: #11 - I am pretty sure that Frank's Kat Von D Frankenstein is the one on his inside lower right arm. I am probably going to include the headshot with the explanation that it is not likely to be on Frank but detailing why some fans thought it was for a while.

re: #9 - I would imagine not either unless he's had a retouch.

re: #2 - I thought there was something like this out there because I have seen pics of people with tattoos with a similar image. Thanks for the actual image.
choked
Mar. 2nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
re: the edit: [sorry for linking from your pb, if you're against that or whatever, I just didn't think it was worth it to reupload something you already have lol] these are pictures of Vic Back tattooing Frank.

and on a completely unrelated note, another picture of the unknown shin tattoo and the other one you have smaller but undistorted [buzznet makes things yucky :(]

eta is this really Frank though? that's an awfully ...wide body part to be Frank lmfao.

and here are a couple others I don't think many people know about :)

Edited at 2008-03-02 10:34 pm (UTC)
spritesam
Mar. 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
No problem linking to my PB, they are there. Thanks for all the informaiton.

I was thinking that the tattoos were done by Vic Back because I figured they were done while he was on ToC and Vic tattooed a bunch of the Used people on ToC. I had no idea what he looked like though.

I am not entirely certain that that is Frank either. The picture was featured in Hardcore Ink in their ToC issue (here). I found the cropped picture on buzznet attributed to Frank.

Wow! I definitely didn't know about those two. Any ideas on what's hiding behind the shoelaces?
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youthstate
Mar. 3rd, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
i have pictures of james' arm with the revenge tattoo if you need it to compare it with Franks
spritesam
Mar. 3rd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I have this picture from CosmoGirl of Frank's and James' wrists. If you have a picture of just James I would love to have it and include it (with credit, of course) in the final incarnation of all this information. Thanks!
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takethispike
Mar. 9th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
as far as I know, this is not one of Frank's tattoos - http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj250/spritesampicspam/Bandom/Frank%20Iero%20Tattoos/supposedfranksfrankenstienbykatv.jpg
you're right about the Frankenstein on his forearm.
spritesam
Mar. 29th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
It looks like there was some confusion after fans found out that Kat had done a Frankenstein portrait on Frank.

Thanks for the input!
spritesam
Mar. 29th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I just thought that I'd let anyone following this that I have posted the mostly complete form of this project. It starts here.

Thanks so much for all the help!
spritesam
Mar. 29th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
*know

(That is what I get for c&p my comment.)
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youthstate
Feb. 1st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
idk if you are still doing the catolog but some of the leg tattoo questions have been answered on the INO boards in the frank thread, mostly ones relating to his leg tatts
curb_stomp77
May. 8th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I don't know if you're still wondering, but the Frankenstein tattoo done by Kat Von D was definitely the one with him holding chain above him, as it says in her book.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/kat%20von%20d%20book/katvondla/highvoltagespreads12.jpg/


However, she might have done the other too, because she also did the one of his grandfather.
roxy_palace
May. 27th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
You are amazing. I'm obsessed with Franks ink and it's awesome to be able to indulge mysel obssession here! Thanks for all you hard work!!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 14th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
franks shin tattoo
hi, i don't know if someones already answered, i'm too lazy to read all the responses ha, but franks shin tattoo is a pretty realistic heart with lyrics around it, not sure what they say as i've only seen pretty small/blurry pics.

good luck with cataloging all his ink, its an awesome idea!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 24th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Right Shin Tattoo
it looks like a heart.
here is a picture of it.

http://www.mikeywayonline.net/wp/wp-content/gallery/september-2008/tattoo2.jpg

it is definitely a heart and a basketball player..

xo
jessicabromage

www.myspace.com/jessicaabunny
(Anonymous)
Jun. 14th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
The basketball player is the air jordan symbol of michael jordan's clothing company. You can see it clearly in the last picture posted.
Ellie Nye
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Franks Frankenstein =3
In Kat Von D's High Voltage Tattoo book there is a good few pages on Frank's, and it says about the Frankenstein one, it is definately the one on his right forearm and it is some kind of rare print one of his/kat's friends found/got, sorry this is so vague but I don't have the book to hand, and I dont even know if you're still interested =P
Thankyou for putting this all together though, youve done an amazing job!!
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