Tattoo Stories: Absence of Despair’s Tyler Caruso on First, Next, Most Painful Tattoos

Photo by Eric Hooker

Providence, Rhode Island-based metalcore group Absence of Despair are gearing up to drop their new LP, Desolate, on Friday, September 13th. Ahead of the release, we caught up with guitarist-vocalist Tyler Caruso to talk about his tattoos, including which piece hurt the most, band logos and mapping out his next ink plans.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PAINFUL TATTOO?
TYLER CARUSO My wolf tattoo on my neck was by far the most painful one to get! I’ve always been such a huge fan of wolves and everything they stand for. It was three and a half hours of pain for a lifetime of enjoyment. So worth it in my book!

FIRST TATTOO?
My first tattoo started out as this Heartagram. I was 15 years old. I’ll always remember being one of the only kids in my grade with a tattoo — it was pretty badass.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TATTOO?
Haven’t gotten an embarrassing one yet, but I sure am looking forward to it when I do get one!

DO YOU HAVE ANY BAND TATTOOS OTHER THAN THE HEARTAGRAM?
I have [my] band’s initials “AOD” on my neck. The whole reason behind me getting this tattoo is because this band is everything to me, and by having this on me forever it will always motivate me to succeed more and more with my career.

WHAT’S GOING TO BE YOUR NEXT TATTOO?
My goal is to finish up the rest of the sleeve on my left arm, get the rest of my neck/throat done, and then get working on my back and chest.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TATTOO ARTIST?
My favorite artist is my main guy Pete Fontes over at Second Skin Tattoo in Johnston, Rhode Island. He has done my neck tattoos, my entire left arm and hand. He is hands down the best!