this page was updated on 2014.08.14 @ 23:52:37 CDT

Dave's body reads like a CV and personal history. If you're wondering about his body modifications, I have tried to list the who/what/where on them. The list is arranged by body parts, head to toe. Sometimes, (as in the case of the Klimt tattoos), Dave has a specific design in mind, other times he simply gets a design he likes at the tattoo studio or lets the artist draw freehand (as in the case of his cross tattoo).




  • shoulders = bats [both shoulders are the same] done at the Hart and Hunington Tattoo Company at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas


  • collarbone = "Eleven Twenty-Two" (November 22, his wedding date)
  • middle = "CE" (his wife's initials)
  • left breast = scar left by an ex-wife who carved her first name into his chest [Dave in turn carved his full name onto her]
  • nipples = pierced 1994-1999; 2000-current
    (Dave had the piercings removed in 1999 then put them back in)


  • above the waistline = "Constance" (his mother's name) by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles

Left Arm


Upper arm

  • a pig surrounded by a snake
    (the pig represents how Dave characterizes himself: "When pigs are young they're perceived as cute, and when they're older they appear vicious and intimidating.")
    (the snake is how he views the world: "I've since matured, so I view it as a continual reminder to evolve as a human.")
  • tribal design around the snake's tail
    (sybmolizes that incredible month in 1994 that the Red Hot Chili Peppers spent in Hawaii)
  • a ring of dolphins
    ("One of the most spiritual, beautiful and enlightening experiences of my life was when I got a chance to swim naked in Hawaii among 100-150 bottle-nosed dolphins.")

Lower arm


Right Arm


Upper arm, outer

  • rose with "I have one but not by choice" (tribute to Auschwitz survivor Rose)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute fairy logo
  • armband design that resembles Arabic or Sanskrit from afar
  • "Love Fades" by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles
    (Listen to a clip from Annie Hall by Woody Allen)
    [Alvy: Is it something I did?
    Woman: It's never something you do. That's how people are--love fades.
    Alvy: Love fades? God, that's a depressing thought.]
  • below is a skull and cross-utensils (this image was once on Dave's web page with "SSRI" below---Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, anti-depressants such as Prozac and Paxil)


Upper arm, inner

  • "Der Zeit Ihre Kunst, Der Kunst Ihre Freiheit"
    ("To every age its art, to art its freedom"--text taken from above the entrance to the building designed by Joseph-Maria Olbirch of the Secession of the Association of Viennese Artists, which was created by Gustav Klimt and other artists in the late 1890s)
  • "Jane's" by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles (for Jane's Addiction of course)
  • elaborate "V" (for an ex-girlfriend) [she tattooed a "D" on her behind]
  • Japanese kanji fuku (it means fortune, luck, wealth) [it's a bit on the side and wraps around to the outer arm, next to the skull]

Lower arm, outer

  • "Don't Try This At Home" by Thomas at the Hart and Hunington Tattoo Company at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas (the title of his photo booth book)
  • Spread logo (unicorn with S) by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo in Los Angeles
  • cross (done freehand in about an hour by Bob Vessels of Funny Farm in Silverlake)
  • Theban script reading "angel" (for an ex-girlfriend) [she tattooed the same on the inside of her wrist]

Lower arm, inner


  • elbows = symbol (used by Psi Com and Jane's Relapse, of Aleister Crowley origin from his Thoth Tarot Card Deck) [both elbows are the same]


  • back of hands = spider with web by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo in Los Angeles [both hands have the same design]
  • left hand knuckles = roman numerals X III X III
    (10-3-10-3 which stands for 13, which 6 + 7 equals; also the date on which his father and grandfather were both born)
  • right hand knuckles = roman numerals VI VII VI VII
    (6-7-6-7 which stands for his birthday, June 7, 1967)
  • right hand palm = marriage symbol tattooed over a pagan hand-fasting wedding scar



  • right hip = "Trust No One" (personal philosphy)
    [also the title of his solo album, however he had the tattoo done years before his album came out]



  • lower left leg, left side = sexy nun by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles
    [I think the nun may have been taken from a Justice Howard photo though I have not been able to find a copy of that photo to verify this.]
  • lower right leg, right side = female dominatrix by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles