Tattoo Stories: Polyphia’s Clay Gober on First, Worst, Most Painful Tattoos

Photo by Travis Poston

Texan progressive-metal shredmeisters Polyphia do not give a fuck. Their virtuosic music — infused as it is with elements of EDM, pop and hip-hop — is over the top and indulgent. Their fashion sense is flashy and obnoxious. Their social media presence is basically just nonstop trolling. And their videos — exemplified by the group’s latest visual, for the standalone single “Look but Don’t Touch” (see below) — are absurd and in your face. Not surprisingly, bassist Clay Gober’s tattoos are instilled with the same IDGAF attitude. We asked the musician to show us some of his ink and to tell us the stories behind them. Be forewarned: If you don’t like pics of man-ass in thongs, you may not want to scroll any further.

What’s your most painful tattoo?
Clay Gober I have one on my ass that I could hardly sit through. It was unbelievable.

What was your first tattoo?
“Living is easy with eyes closed.” I stole it from a character on an old show called Lost.

What is your most embarrassing tattoo?
Not one that I’m trying to tell anyone about.

Do you have any band tattoos?
[No, but] I feel like I need a really poorly done Fidlar tattoo.

What is going to be your next tattoo?
Not sure. I’d kind of like to get a portrait of Angus Young on my right arm somewhere.

Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Nope. I have a few people in mind that I’d like to work with, but nobody that I’d endorse as being my favorite, per se.