Welcome to Tattoodo's Punk Rock Week! We're celebrating everything punk this week — fromsome scary dudes in New Jersey to heartbroken nerds from SoCal, and everything in between. And what would Punk Rock Week be without a little something about The Ramones. Now, one of our writers ruminates about growing up as a hardcore NOFX fan and how it's a little problematic as an adult.
NOFX were my favorite band when I was growing up. I had all their records and an encyclopedic knowledge. At one point in my life, I honestly had the fourth nicest collection of NOFX vinyl in the world. And now that I have to write about NOFX tattoos (of which I escaped my younger years with only one) I really don’t know where to begin. They had a really good run from “The Longest Line” to “The Decline,” but nowadays being a NOFX fan is hard.
The group are undoubtedly the original skatepunk band. The blistering guitar solos of El Hefe, Fat Mike’s bombastic bass lines and off-key vocals, and Erik Sandin’s ubiquitous galloping drum beat (the beat that became synonymous with skate punk, of which he was the progenitor) forged a sound that raised a generation of disaffected suburban white males. And it was the sound that launched a million clones, a handful of which have become fellow legends in their own right.
Here’s a quick lowdown on the band. NOFX started in 1983, just like me. And neither of us have stopped since. Here is a further list of parallels between my life and the career of NOFX: Our early years were both rough. We both peaked in 1995. We both like Bad Religion. Germans love to insult us. We both own our own record labels. I could go on forever here, it’s uncanny.
I’ve tried to stick it out with them, I really have. But the fact that Fat Mike went from being the most clever dude in punk to an unabashed cokehead really soured me. And the fact that their songs just aren’t as witty as they used to be is equally off-putting. But at least their auto-biography The Hepatitis Bathtub was a great read – even if it only serves to nail home what pieces of shit they used to be (and in some cases became).
But in all seriousness, NOFX, for better or worse, is a really popular band. And they have a rabid fan base full of man-children in their mid 30s. And you’d better believe some of them sport NOFX tattoos. So, let’s take a deep dive into those as we soldier onward with Punk Week.
Don’t those NOFX tattoos make you wish it were 1995 all over again? The Clinton years were a fucking rager, to be sure, and we here at Tattoodo all want to live them forever.