Noted as one of the best tribute tattoos of Johnny Cash. This piece here was done by Las Vegas tattoo artist, Fernie Andrade.
Johnny Cash aka “The Man in Black”, is an icon to the music industry and to generations both past and present. It comes as no surprise that “JC” tattoos have long been a popular image to have tatted. As with most legends, we’ve seen our fair share of memorial tattoos to commemorate the power of his name and even till today, Johnny continues to be relevant, and well respected for the work he’s created and the platform he has built.
This video was created after his passing. If you look at the all star lineup of people who took part in this video it’s proof that he was well respected across many genres and platforms. It’s a powerful video that shows Johnny’s relevance even after his passing.
When asked why he wore black, there are many different theories. He once said that it was a good luck charm because he wore a black t shirt and jeans to his first public appearance, and in other interviews he’s been noted as saying that he wore black on behalf of the poor and hungry, on behalf of “the prisoner who has long paid for his crime”, and on behalf of those who have been betrayed by age or drugs.
In the same he interview, he said that the Vietnam War was as painful in his mind as it was in most other Americans’, and that he wore black ‘in mournin’ for the lives that could have been.’… Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don’t see much reason to change my position… The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making many moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.”
Cash’s contributions to music were plenty but his most powerful asset was how he made people feel. He was never afraid to voice his opinion, never sold out for the sake of opportunity, and even though he endured a few rough patches along the way he always made his way back to greatness. As a musician, he was not tied to a single genre. He recorded songs that could be considered rock and roll, blues, rockabilly, folk, and gospel, and exerted an influence on each of those genres.
He embraced tradition, and yet he exercised the freedom to follow his own mind; he was both a god-fearing Christian and a rebellious outlaw; he moved among presidents and yet remained a man of the people; he believed in home and family and yet spent much of his life on the road performing for thousands of people. These contradictions made the Man in Black the compelling figure he was, and along with the integrity he exhibited throughout his life, they invested his music with a unique power that continues to resonate long after he left the Earth.