August 19, 2012
Willy DeVille Tattoos
Like so many other singers who own a handsome taste of tattoos, Willy DeVille also showed interest in this field as well, where he made some tattoos on his body but unlike of many singers his tattoos were (at the beginning) small in size. The tattoos were located on his upper left bicep and upper right bicep and both arms. There are some reports on what these tattoos portrayed. Like the panther tattoo that Willy and Toots shared and was on the Mink DeVille albumcover of 'Le Chat Bleu' (1980). The shoulder and panther tattoo on the cover belong to Toots DeVille. Or the broken heart tattoo as shown on the 'Live In The Lowlands' DVD cover (2006). 'You had a good time, you can break my heart'.
Some of these tattoos are set by the Dutch needleartist Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ Schiffmacher. Henk Schiffmacher from Amsterdam is a phenomenon in the tattoo world. He continually changes the images of his tattoos and creates a new perspective on tattoos through the countless conventions he organises. The resulting professionalisation of this extraordinary profession means that tattoos are no longer just for rough types; Henk's tattoos have become fashionable for a broad public. Henk has tattooed a host of international film and rock & roll stars including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Kurt Cobain, Willy DeVille and Herman Brood.