The Time Nikki Sixx Got A Tattoo Of Mick Mars’ Portrait
The Mötley Crüe members, lead singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, lead guitarist Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee have been together for nearly four decades since their formation in 1981. Despite experiencing ups and downs throughout their careers, all four members created an exceptional legacy based on their music, hedonistic lifestyles, and energetic live performances.
Although the band members have had various fights due to creative differences, which become even more apparent when they are constantly together on the road, stage, and recording sessions. However, they have managed to stick together and have often praised each other both privately and publicly.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx once wanted to show his admiration and appreciation for one of his bandmates on another level. It looks like Sixx had such love and respect for lead guitarist Mick Mars that he decided to get a huge portrait of him tattooed on his leg. The bassist’s ex-girlfriend did the tattoo, and there is a footage shot during the process. Let’s take a closer look.
Nikki Sixx Got A Mick Mars Portrait Tattooed On His Leg
Back in 2008, Nikki Sixx was in a relationship with well-known tattoo artist Kat Von D with whom the rocker had been together for two years. Throughout their relationship, Kat tattooed Sixx multiple times. She redid his arms, tattoed portraits of his four children on his lower calf, and his grandfather on his upper thigh.
However, one of the most iconic tattoos Kat Von D gave to the Mötley Crüe bassist was revealed when he appeared on an episode of the reality television show named ‘LA Ink.’ The episode displayed the couple as Sixx got Mick Mars’ portrait tattooed on his upper leg.
Before getting the tattoo, the Mötley Crüe icon praised his bandmate and stated that his quiet and mature personality has always been the most admirable aspect of Mick Mars’ personality. Apparently, all the other crazy band members looked up to him as the wise member since they would often get in trouble.
In his own words, Sixx stated:
“Mick Mars is my guitar player. I’ve known him for almost 30 years, we have traveled the world together. We sold millions of records together, me, him, Tommy, and Vince. We have done things as a band that we only dreamed about as kids, and they all came true. Mick is a very special person, and I wanted to honor him with this portrait tattoo.
We all look up to him so much, and Mick doesn’t get enough credit ’cause he doesn’t stand up and says, ‘Look at me!’ Tommy, Vince, and I were big personalities. We’re showmen. We’re outrages, loud, getting in trouble. Mick is always the wise one, he’s always the one that sits back. Because of that he sort of stands out for all of us. We sort of look up to him in that way.”
In addition to having the portrait of his bandmate, for whom he has a deep admiration and respect, Nikki Sixx also has ‘1313’ written under Mick Mars’s portrait. The reason behind these numbers lies within the alphabet since the 13th letter is ‘M,’ referring to the guitarist’s name. In addition to this, Mars himself has the numbers tattooed on his knuckles which makes the tattoo even more meaningful.
You can watch the moments when Nikki Six got tattooed.