I have a lot of tattoos. My arms, hands, chest, and stomach are covered. If you’re counting, I’ve had 51 hours of tattoo work. Barely a beginning compared to the magnitude of work that could be done.
Several tattoos are inspired by Linkin Park, including an outline of one of Chester’s wrist flames on my wrist. However, one of my favorite pieces comes from the Linkin Park music video Castle of Glass. At 3:40 into the video, there’s a worn and tattered baseball cap with frog bones on it. The cap belonged to the young boy’s father, a fallen soldier.
I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since the early 2000s. I saw them live in concert three times, more than any other band (I don’t get to go to as many shows as I’d like). Chester’s death affected all Linkin Park fans. My suicide studies for grad school, and a strong passion for veteran rights, melded together in Castle of Glass, and I felt the frog bones from the cap would be a fitting tribute to troops and Linkin Park alike.