Tattoo Stories: Anamorph’s James Agusta on “Mashup” Sleeve

Rising Raleigh, North Carolina–based progressive metal group Anamorph will release their ambitious new full-length Lucid on September 6th. The 57-minute LP — which was recorded by renowned prog producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, the Contortionist) — mixes technical death metal, math-rock, post-rock and more. Ahead of its release we caught up with drummer James Agusta to talk tattoos, specifically his “mashup” of different artworks on his arm. “I’m the only one in the band with a tattoo,” he laughs and adds, “And I only have one — even though it’s a sleeve.”

WHAT WAS THE MOST PAINFUL PART OF YOUR TATTOO?
JAMES AGUSTA Since it covers almost my entire left arm, there were obviously spots that were more painful than others, specifically near joints.

TELL US ABOUT IT. IS IT A BAND TATTOO?
It’s kind of a band tattoo, in a vague, abstract way. The idea behind my sleeve is the mashup of three different artworks. The theme from Rolo Tomassi’s latest record Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It combined with the detail from an Esao Andrews — [the] artist for Circa Survive — piece The Hangover combined with Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory.

WHO TATTOOED THIS PIECE FOR YOU?
He [also] did our album artwork for Lucid! His name is Leif Olson, and he is downright incredible.

DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER GET ANOTHER TATTOO?
Not sure if/when there will be a next one. This one isn’t even done being colored yet. I’ll know when I know.