Tattoo Lovers Talk About Their Love of Pantera

It’s been more than 20 years since their last album and 18 since Pantera’s breakup, but the mark that Pantera has left on the music world will go on forever. During its five classic albums (all participants pretend that the previous four never happened), Pantera delivers countless heavy riffs and classic jams.

A great book about the band is called Official Trusth, 101 Proof: The Inside story of Pantera.

Official Truth: The Story Of Pantera

My own fond memories of Pantera led me to an article Inked Magazine did where they reached out to some of our favorite tattoo artists who love to keep their shops loud while they work and asked them some questions about the original Cowboys From Hell. Here is an excerpt from their article.


Jesse Levitt: I first heard Pantera when I was 15 when my friend gave me the album “Far Beyond Driven.”

Nikki Simpson: The first time I heard Pantera was actually when I was a preteen watching “Beavis and Butthead.” They were watching the music video “This Love” and making fun of Phil Anselmo as if Pantera was a kid, like, “Dammit Pantera this beer is warm, get me another one!” And “You treat your stepmother with respect, Pantera! Or you’ll be sleeping in the street!”

Mada Fleming: I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. My mom was dating some scary dude with long hair and tattoos. Pantera popped up on the radio and he blasted it. I remember being super freaked out. I can’t recall if it was “Mouth for War” or “Walk” but it was one of those songs. I was super put off but also enthralled that music could create fear and excitement like that. When you’re a kid, it’s like watching a scary movie. I definitely wanted more of that feeling.

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