Tattoo Stories: Polaris’ Daniel Furnari on First, Worst, Most Painful Ink

Australian metalcore outfit Polaris wear their hearts on their sleeves. On their new, sophomore album, The Death of Me — the follow-up to 2017’s The Mortal Coil the young rising stars veer adventurously between emotive sing-along choruses (“Masochist”) and all-out mosh-fueling aggression (“HyperMania”). Drummer Daniel Furnari wears his heart on his sleeve in another way, too: via his colorful and sometimes humorous tattoos. We recently caught up with the time-keeper to discuss his ink.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TATTOO?
DANIEL FURNARI Left forearm. It’s a trad-style adaptation of a painting I’ve always loved, “Son of Man” by Rene Magritte. I had it done in Lyon after our first European tour.

HOW ABOUT YOUR MOST PAINFUL TATTOO?
I guess still that first one. It wasn’t that bad, but it’s the biggest one I have and the others were incredibly short and sweet!

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TATTOO?
Honestly, nothing embarrassing yet, but there’s plenty of time for that in the future!

DO YOU HAVE ANY BAND OR MUSICIAN TATTOOS?
Not a band, I guess, but I recently got this little dancing Childish Gambino done on my arm. He’s doing the “This Is America” dance. I got it on our second American tour. I reckon I would totally get a blink-182 tattoo, as well.

WHAT’S GOING TO BE YOUR NEXT TATTOO?
I wanna add something to my left arm, probably something traditional on the outside of the arm somewhere with a bit of color.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TATTOO ARTIST?
Ben Doukakis for black work, or Sam Clark for big colorful stuff.