Dave Navarro talks drug addiction, mental illness and Ink Master with Oliver Peck.
OLIVER PECK: Let’s start with the recurring question people ask me about Dave, and that is, ‘Why the fuck is Dave Navarro a judge on a tattoo show?’
DAVE NAVARO: I get that a lot too. The answer is, I have a history of getting lots of tattoos. Some are really good, some are really terrible. I know the difference. I’ve been a big part of the community and just a fan of the art for many, many years. However, I don’t think the show stresses the point enough that I’m supposed to be the guy that goes into the shop and gets a tattoo. I’m the customer. I’m the client. So, there needs to be a judging voice from someone who’s not coming at it from an artistic standpoint, not from a technical application standpoint, but just an overall, ‘If I was a canvas and walked into the shop, would I be stoked with that tattoo?’
Another thing I tell people is that Dave has been getting tattooed longer than some of the people that are on this show have been alive. You’ve got tattoos from some groundbreaking artists.
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