Some band logos are just waiting to be immortalized in the ink of the skin. Think of music’s most iconic branding: Black Flag’s four bars. Wu-Tang Clan’s W. That annoying Rolling Stones mouth. Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart nuzzling a plush cat, as depicted on the cover of Fabulous Muscles. Really, I’d like to see one Xiu Xiu fan with a tattoo depicting their love of the band without making use of this timeless, arguably overexposed iconography. And so would Xiu Xiu!
If you are a lady or fellow with a Xiu Xiu tattoo, send a high-res picture of it to the band at firstname.lastname@example.org. The benefits of doing so are near-endless! First of all, you will get your sign of utter dedication beamed directly into the eyeholes of Mr. Jamie Stewart. Next of all, your tattoo will be displayed as part of the insert of the forthcoming Xiu Xiu record, which is coming out through Polyvinyl and Bella Union in February 2012 and follows last year’s Dear God, I Hate Myself (TMT Review). Last of all, you will receive a super-special Xiu Xiu prize package, consisting of that aforementioned record in any available format, the poster featuring all the submitted tattoos, and, of course, a pair of rubber gloves. Do what you will with those gloves. The deadline here is October 1, so get on it.
Don’t have a Xiu Xiu tattoo? Get one. I have suggestions:
• A half-man/half-bee monstrosity — man on top, bee on bottom.
• The famous red square from the A Promise cover.
• “Wig Master” in Comic Sans font.
• Angela Seo vomiting.
• The words “DO YOU LOVE ME JAMIE STEWART” across your chest.
There, now you have good ideas. By the way, Xiu Xiu are about to go on their fall tour. Go out, compare your tattoos with other Xiu Xiu obsessives. Win those rubber gloves.
Xiu Xiu dates:
09.08.11 - Durham, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.09.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
09.10.11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.11.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
09.12.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar *
09.13.11 - Plains, PA - Redwood Art Space *
09.14.11 - Hartford, CT - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art *
09.15.11 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt *
09.16.11 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
09.17.11 - Rochester, NY - Dubland Underground *
09.18.11 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog *
09.20.11 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom *
09.21.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *
09.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival (Polyvinyl’s 15th Year Anniversary)
09.25.11 - Ames, IA - DGs Tap House &
* Kindest Lines, Hedgehog
& Tires, Datagun, Coyote Slingshot