Ladies Night in buffalo
Quite a lot of my tattoos have ‘working titles’ that make very little sense to anyone but me. These titles are derived from part of my creative process. When I’m creating I ‘jam along’ visually to a random playlist of songs I like quite often one of these songs will ‘fit’ better than the rest. I put it on repeat and generally a couple off hours later a piece of artwork exists.
Often that artwork ends up with a working title because I have to ‘save’ it as I work. Generally it’ll come from either a lyric or the song title itself that is repeating endlessly (usually very loudly) throughout the studio! More often than not the title sticks so that when I post it I call it the same thing and this piece is one of those.
But what does it mean?
Because these titles can seem quite cryptic when you read them out of context I have a lot of hilarious conversations about ‘what it all means’. So using this piece as an example let me finally tell you what it all means.
Eat ‘Em and Smile is the debut full-length solo album by original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth, released on July 7, 1986. Steve Vai happens to one of my favourite guitar players of all time and Ladies Night in Buffalo is one of my favourite tracks from that album. This is the first of two Roth albums to feature the duo of Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan on guitar and bass respectively. Throughout the album the two would often sync complicated bass lines together with the lead guitar parts, as on tracks such as “Shyboy” and “Elephant Gun”. The album brought Steve Vai into the public eye as a contender with Edward Van Halen, the previous guitarist who worked with Roth. This album features some of Steve Vai’s most prominent guitar work.
And that – I guess means that – what it all means is that I’m a sad guitar nerd who still occasionally listens to ‘widdly diddly’ 80’s guitarists nonsense and not an artist genius with some hidden illuminati style codex going on behind all the artwork.
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