Tattoo Stories: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs’ Matt Baty on First, Most Painful Ink

Earlier this year, U.K.-based heavy-metal crew Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (or Pigs x7) dropped their gnarly third LP, Viscerals which channels the doom-meets-sludge of Red Fang, the fun of Turbonegro, noise rock of the Melvins and grind of Torche. As the band continues to ride high on the critically release, we caught up with vocalist Matt Baty to talk tattoos, including his first piece, most painful piece and the one that makes people laugh that he’s not at all embarrassed about at all.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PAINFUL TATTOO?
MATT BATY I got an “S” just above my knee in a Sabbath-style font. That was probably most painful. I don’t have loads of tattoos, though. I’ve never had one done anywhere that I think would be particularly excruciating.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TATTOO?
I don’t actually find it particularly embarrassing but I have one that makes a lot of people laugh when they notice it. On the back of my left calf I have the outline of a bum with the words “complete arsehole” below and above it with a cross through “‘hole.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY BAND TATTOOS? IF YES, WHAT IS IT? IF NOT, WHAT BAND WOULD YOU GET TATTOOED ON YOU?
Well, I have that Black Sabbath-style “S” on one of my legs. That kinda stands for Sykes though. He [guitarist Adam Ian Sykes] has a Sabbath-style B on his leg for my surname Baty. Cute, huh?

I also have one of the crowns from the artwork of our King of Cowards album on my arm, so I guess that counts as a band tattoo, too.

WHAT IS GOING TO BE YOUR NEXT TATTOO?
No real plans to be honest. When and what I get usually tends to be a fairly impulsive decision.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TATTOO ARTIST?
I don’t have many but all my tattoos have been done by tattooists based in Newcastle so I’m going to say it’s them. You can find them on instagram: wolfgangparadisio, starttodaytattoo, sheldo_tattoos.