Unless a reference is given, most of the details below are based on concert videos.
First Tattoo: Chief Sitting Bull (upper right arm) This tattoo was completed sometime between the end of 1987 and the beginning of 1988.
However, the tattoo is definitely visible on a confirmed video from February 1988 taken at Eindhoven.
Second Tattoo: Chief Joseph (upper left arm) This was completed sometime between February 1988 (the same video from Eindhoven shows Anthony’s left arm to be bare) and June 1988 as there’s a clear video from the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands showing it (Anthony’s back is clear at this date so work on his back tattoo hasn’t begun at this point). Back Design In the left corner sits the owner of the emporium, Hank Schiffmacher, his brow furrowed in concentration.
A grizzled bear of a man, the Da Vinci of the tattooing world, Hank screes the gun across the back of Antwan.
It’s beautiful to watch the tattoos grow old and fade and become like worn-in jeans. Several of his tattoos were drawn by, Hanky Panky (real name Henk Schiffmacher), a tattooist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Kiedis using touring as a chance to fit in visits when possible.
They’re all representative of times in my life, so I can’t imagine ever wanting to erase any time in my life. “On our visits to Amsterdam, I had befriended an amazing tattoo artist named Hank Schiffmacher.
source Penthouse January 2002 : Anthony Kiedis has 10 (visible) tattoos: 1. Hank, also known as Henky Penky*, was an icon of his country-an underground philosopher, artist, Hell’s Angel associate, booze hound, drug hound, girl hound, an absolute rapscallion of Dutch proportions.
his North American heritage (on his maternal side) is reflected in the Indian chieftain designs.
Many of the designs reflect aspects or stages of his life e.g.
A koi carp (and flower) on the inside of his left arm. His arm tattoos are symmetrical in layout across his both arms with balanced, but not identical, designs.
The majority of Anthony’s tattoos are in black ink although the two inner arm ones are coloured.
Over the years, Hank had injected much ink into my skin, and in the process, we’d become close.” It’s hard to date Anthony’s tattoos exactly; using photographs can be problematical as the issue date can be different to the time they were taken so unless it’s at recognisable event, photos are not necessarily the best source for dating and there is very little mention of Anthony’s tattoos in his interviews.