Tattoo Stories: Wristmeetrazor’s Justin Fornof on First, Worst, Most Painful Tattoos

Wristmeetrazor's Justin Fornof; photo by Parker Coffman

Screamo revivalists Wristmeetrazor wear their hearts on their sleeves. The band’s new album, Misery Never Forgets, pulls no punches, as heard on the single “In Line for Halos,” an excoriating tell-off to “a person who will manipulate you until they have all they want from you.”

Wristmeetrazor frontman Justin Fornof wears his heart on his sleeve in another way, however: via his tattoos. We recently caught up with the singer-bassist to discuss his ink.

What’s your most painful tattoo?
Justin Fornof “Painful” is a very subjective way to rank tattoos. For me, the Disintegrating Jesus tattoo on my left side was the worst. I got it all lined and shaded in the same session — from my armpit to right above my hip bone. I have both sides completely finished and it isn’t something I ever wish to experience again.

What was your first tattoo?
My first tattoo was text and it’s been blacked out and covered up for almost a decade now.

What is your most embarrassing tattoo?
I don’t like to get things tattooed on me that I might possibly be embarrassed of later, so I try to be thoughtful. The aforementioned first tattoo would likely be the only one that comes to mind. Thankfully, it’s heavily covered and impossible to get a picture of.

Do you have any band tattoos?
I have a couple of vaguely band-related tattoos. Just recently I got lyrics to one of my all-time favorite songs, “Gave Up” by Nine Inch Nails, tattooed on the insides of both of my hands. Without a doubt, these will always be my favorite “band tattoo.”

What’s going to be your next tattoo?
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do next. I always need the option to create, so I’m sure I’ll wake up particularly manic one day and know exactly what needs to be done.

Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Heather Bailey at Marlet Tattoo Parlor and Thunderbird Tattoo in Los Angeles. Follow her on insta and get tattooed by her @cathedraloftears