Gothenburg, Sweden’s Sister Sin are dropping their newest heavy metal masterpiece, Black Lotus, on October 28, 2014 via Victory Records. The follow up to 2012’s Now and Forever, and their fifth studio album to date, skillfully injects elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences. In promoting these 9 new attitude-heavy tracks we spoke with bassist Strandh about, of all things, his tattoos!

When, where and what was your first tattoo?
Strandh: I was 16 year old. Everyone was doing the tribal shit so I did a skull on my chest.

Do any of your tattoos have a particularly special meaning behind them? If so, do share man!
Strandh: Not really… I see tattoos as something fun and a memory for life. Good or bad memory, haha.

Do you have a specific shop or artist that you frequent (insert shameless plug time!)?
Strandh: I have a couple of local tattoo artists and friends that I gladly go to. Otherwise, I usually spare my skin on tour.

Do you have any new tattoos planned or underway? Give us the dirt dude!
Strandh: Fix old shit and finalize my arms and neck. Then it will be probably something juicy on the legs or my back.

Have you seen any fans with a band tattoo, anything crazy memorable?
Strandh: Hell yeah! It is an honor to see so many people actually tattooed with our band logo. Once we met a guy in the U.S. who asked us to sign his arm and then tattooed our autographs. I saw the end result! Cool as hell!

We know you have one… tell us about that stoned/drunken joke-tattoo you once got….
Strandh: Only one? Haha! I have been really drunk when I made the most of them. The worst was probably when I woke up with an obscene text on my cock.

Do you have any tattoos that you now hate, want to replace, or have covered up, and why?
Strandh: What? Never.

Have any tattoos that were painful. Like made you cry, see white light, and regret being born?
Strandh: Well, one actually. 5 hours on my broken ribs (I had fallen from a balcony the day before and was unable to cancel).

If you HAD to get someone’s face tattooed on you, who’s would it be and why?
Strandh: No idea, but I’m open to suggestions!

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