“Addiction” is probably the wrong word. That makes Florida Georgia Line‘s infatuation with tattoos seem like a bad thing. But I happen to think it is a very good thing.
For one, it’s another way for the artists to express themselves. At least that’s the way the duo’s Tyler Hubbard sees it.
“I think for us, as creative people, I think it’s a way of a creative outlet that just kinda happens. And once you can pay your bills, you start spending money on things like tattoos and stuff like that,” he said of the way he rationalizes spending his disposable income on body art.
Hubbard and bandmate Brian Kelley keep adding to their collection, too.
“It’s called the itch. We just get the itch,” Hubbard said in a recent interview. “It’s kinda something that’s addictive for us. But honestly, if it’s a special occasion, we might get a tattoo.”
A special occasion could also involve the opportunity to get new ink from an internationally recognized tattoo artist.
“My newest tattoo just happened to work out with Kat Von D that she was available and wanted to do a portrait for me,” Hubbard said. “So that was something special for me. Every tattoo that I think (Kelley) and myself have, has meaning to it. It’s always something special, but it’s also a slight addiction.”
Hubbard showed off that recent tattoo on Instagram back in March.
“Thanks @thekatvond for an awesome day and an amazing tat that makes me remember the best man I’ve ever known. #freshink #portrait,” he wrote of the portrait of his late father that the famous tattoo artist inked on Hubbard’s right arm.