Travis Barker added a very meaningful tattoo to his extensive collection.
The Blink-182 drummer debuted his latest ink (he seemingly gets new tattoos every week) on Thursday, May 20. Barker got the words “Survivor’s guilt” inked on the inside of his elbows, referencing the tragic plane crash in 2008 that killed four people. The new body art is also a nod to singer KennyHoopla, whom Barker recently collaborated with on the song, “hollywood sucks//.” The name of the soon-to-be-released album is “Survivors Guilt: The Mixtape.”
The collage of older tattoos provided the perfect backdrop, and the artist’s heavy hand made the significant words stand out among a Virgin Mary piece and an F.T.W. tatt.
In 2008, the pilots of Barker’s plane misjudged the length of the runway and crashed into an embankment while trying to take off. It immediately burst into flames. Travis and his friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein were left with severe burns, but they were the only survivors of the crash. Four people, including the two pilots, died.
Travis has previously opened up about his battle with post-traumatic stress and feelings of survivor’s guilt after he recovered from the crash. The tragic accident left him with burns covering 65% of his body, and he reportedly asked a friend to help him end the pain once and for all. He discussed the painful recovery process with Billboard in 2015. “I lost two of my best friends on there, and it was a lot of emotions to deal with, and then there was survivor’s guilt,” he said at the time. Sadly, DJ AM passed away from a suspected drug overdose less than a year after the crash.
The punk rocker is no stranger to tattoos, but he’s been logging some serious time under the needle recently. Earlier this week, he debuted his new neck tattoo (seen below) that reads, “Don’t Trust Anyone.”
Barker also got two pieces inspired by his new romance with Kourtney Kardashian. How do we know the reality star inspired them? Well, he literally inked her name above his left nipple, and the other one is a reference to her favorite movie.