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Phil Anselmo Refuses To Explain Suspicious Tattoo After Mooning Crowd; Tension Ensues

A minor scuffle broke out Monday night, March 31st, between veteran metal singer Philip H. Anselmo – of Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual fame – and Metalunderground.com staff in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The New Orleans native, 45, had recently launched a brief string of one-off solo performances [“close to home,” according to his Facebook page] with his backing band The Illegals. Metalunderground.com was on hand at Riverside Warehouse in Shreveport for Monday night’s show.

We arrived late to discover a perplexed and increasingly uncomfortable crowd. After some inquiry, bartender Tom Symkowski filled us in:

“Some guy was heckling Phil, giving him grief. It happens every now and then; one of my girls does tend to overpour… Anyway, Phil was obviously having a hard time focusing between songs and getting visibly angry.

“Then the heckler made some wisecrack about [murdered Pantera guitarist] Dimebag Darrell, and I knew he’d gone too far. Phil totally lost it, called the guy a ‘pig f*cker,’ turned around, and mooned the crowd.

“He had his pants down maybe for one second before he jerked them back up, almost like he’d forgotten something and realized it too late. I mean, he looked kind of sheepish after that. I don’t blame him.

“You know what I saw? A tattoo on his lower back with the words ‘YOUR NAME.’ I’m not joking. In big, blockish, gothic letters.

“Who the hell gets a tattoo like that?”

Metalunderground.com had scheduled an interview with Anselmo following the show, and we attempted to shed light on this question ourselves. After the subject was broached, the singer noticeably bristled, despite being quite high by then.

“Yeah, that,” Anselmo muttered. “I think that cat needs to learn to read again. It says NOLA SAINTS. You know, the football team. I’m a diehard fan and always wanted to ink their name somewhere, but never found room until recently.”

Skeptical, we reminded Anselmo that at this point, several other attendees, some of which had been mere inches from the singer’s exposed backside, had corroborated Symkowski’s account. “It clearly reads ‘YOUR NAME.’”

Anselmo went silent, plainly frustrated, and eventually threw his hands up. “All right. Fine. Guilty. That’s what it says… Remember the Pantera song ‘War Nerve?’ Where I ranted about being misunderstood and misrepresented in the press? That’s kind of what I meant by this tattoo… It’s sort of symbolic, like I bend over and they can kiss my ass, which has ‘their name’ on it. Y’know?”

We probed a little further. “Really? I’m not sure I would’ve picked up on that reference… You know, there is a nickname for tattoos on the lower back. You are aware of that, right? It’s called a tra – “

“I know what the f*ck it’s called,” Anselmo growled, suddenly agitated. We asked him what he’d been thinking, knowingly receiving such a tattoo in such a place.

“… Well look, I already told you,” he raised his voice. “I deal with the g*ddamn hecklers and nosy writers so the other dudes in the band don’t have to!” He was shaking a fist in the air at this point. “I have media skills! I am good at dealing with the press, don’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?”

In an attempt to change the subject, we then noticed another apparently fresh tattoo on Anselmo's wrist: the logo for Pantera's 1983 debut "Metal Magic." We inquired about this, pointing out that Anselmo had not appeared on that album.

Metalunderground.com has no further recollection from that moment until waking at Louisiana State University Medical Center.

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CROMCarl's avatar

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1. CROMCarl writes:

"It happens every now and then; one of my girls does tend to overpour…"

I HATE it when that happens! :D

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. You Know It writes:

Phil's final rant ("What the hell is wrong with you people?" ) is from Mike Judge's "Office Space". The tramp stamp is not that huge of a surprise--Phil had "strange" gossip float about him ever since the Priest/Annihilator/Pantera tour in 1991.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

The tramp stamp doesn’t surprise me.
What does is that fact that he’s only 45 years old.
Brothers got some city miles on him, don’t he?

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. MU trollwire writes:

According to rex brown, phil anselmo is a washington capitals fan, rumor is he saw alex ovechkins tramp stamp during a locker room interview and immediately called kat von d to something similar on him, the tat apparently reads "vinwins".
Tim~MUTW

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. jaymzig writes:

Metalunderground... This is exactly why Phil hates magazines and critics. I agree with him. What the f*** do you do besides try to make money off of other peoples talents. OMG he has a silly tattoo. Lets make a big deal out of it. You guys are pathetic, and I cant believe I am taking time out of my day to write this... But I learned a lot from Phil about the reality of writers. Check out Jamie Kennedy's movie - hecklers... All these critics are a bunch of worthless pieces of sh**. We would all be better off if they were at the bottom of the ocean. CFH for ever!!!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. OverkillExposure writes:

Guess now we'll have a hard time finding out for sure, especially after last night's incident.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. OverkillExposure writes:

That was a reply to #4. As for #5... not sure what to tell you. We Report, You Decide!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Drum_Junkie writes:

Sounds like jaymzig has some regretful experience in the tattoo chair as well. Either that or he can't read a calendar... maybe both.

I heard from an unreliable source the next season's third episode of Bad Ink will actually feature Mr. Anselmo himself. I expect blurred editing....

(Props on the Office Space reference. I ROFL at that one.)

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

jaymzig: You must be Phil's boyfriend? Do you have a tramp stamp that says "Insert meat here?"

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. A writes:

Has anyone checked what day of the year today is???

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. OverkillExposure writes:

At least it's not "BONER GARAGE."

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 1:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Drum_Junkie writes:

...or "Unloading Zone" (with the diagonal yellow and black striping.)

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. OverkillExposure writes:

Ewwwwwww.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. OracleDBA writes:

You push a guy like Phil too far and you'll regret it. It's none of anyone's business what tattoos he gets or where he get 'em. How idiotic are you people, heckling a metal god like PHA? Have some respect or get the f*%k out of the venue and let the man perform.

Anyone don't like it? Me and Phil will kick your arse!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Blindgreed1 writes:

"How idiotic are you people, heckling a metal god like PHA?"

Folks... I give you Irony.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. spiral_architect writes:

AT LEAST THE TAT DOESN'T READ "HALFORD'S b****"!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 7:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. OverkillExposure writes:

*I* didn't heckle him; that guy in the crowd did!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Hammerheart writes:

"BONER GARAGE"

lmao'd so hard

# Apr 2, 2014 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. HMRok writes:

He has people skills! He's good at dealing with people!! And he invented the "Jump to Conclusions" mat!

Seriously, Phil's tramp stamps is Venom "Black Metal" logo, no joke. http://tattoosandtatoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Phil-Anselmo-Tattoos-05.jpg

"Your Name" would have been much funnier.

# Apr 4, 2014 @ 7:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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