Yves Mathieu East was just a little kid accompanying his mom to Walmart when he first realized his destiny. A woman who was completely covered in tattoos walked out of the door just as he was walking in, and at that moment he knew that someday he too would be heavily inked. We spoke with the incredibly talented model/performer/social activist about his journey, his sobriety and what it means to be a heavily tattooed Black queer man in America.
Welcome to Heavily Inked. In our newest series, we’re going to speak one-on-one with tattoo collectors and artists about what it means to be a heavily inked person. We’ll get deep as we go through the motivations behind their tattoo choices, the way they’ve been treated in society and much more.