He’s known best as a rock star, playing bass in Motley Crue and Sixx A.M., a radio host with his own show Sixx Sense, a photographer and a best selling author. But rock legend Nikki Sixx is also known for something else.. Being covered in tattoos. He quickly got hooked to tattoos in his early Hollywood days when he was a struggling musician. Back then it was rare to have a tattoo. They were mostly seen on bikers and convicts. Not too many rockers had them. Nikki started with a stand alone tattoo on his right upper arm, a bleeding rose with a spiderweb, He then got an evening moon with a small flying bat. Later he added the name of the band Mötley Crüe to it. In just a short while he had tattoos on both arms and his forearm. In the begging he favored the Japanese style tattoos and even got a couple in Japan using the traditional method of a human powered stick and needle over an electric machine. Ouch! Over the years has slowly turned his body into a human canvas with a mix and match of Japanese, old school and realistic styles. He was once asked by Howard Stern if he regretted having so many tattoos, Nikki laughed and said “never”.
Nikki Sixx Fast Facts
Nikki’s real name is Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.
He was born on December 11, 1958 in San Jose, California.
He has 4 children. A daughter and two sons with his 1st wife, Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt, and a daughter with his 2nd wife, Bay Watch star Donna D’Errico.
He dated tattoo artist Kat Von D for a couple of years. She re-colored and re-styled many of his old faded tattoos making them look brand new again.
Nikki recently got married for a 3rd time to model Courtney Bingham.
Mötley Crüe announced that 2015 will be their final tour. The last show is set for New Years eve 2015.
There are rumors floting on the web that Nikki wears a full wig. What do you think? (Click Here for Nikki Sixx Bald Article)
Nikki Sixx’s Extensive Tattoos
Nikki’s tribute to band mate Mick Marks. Tattoo by Kat Von D