Welcome to Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Will Fussell's mantra

Will Fussell’s mantra. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

When we last chatted with Will Fussell, the charming frontman of the band Mood Rings, we discovered he lives on a futon in his manager’s apartment and enjoys wearing turtlenecks. What we did not discover is that he has this totally awesome tattoo on his wrist. Yesterday evening, shortly before Will dug into a quinoa bowl at Dimes in LES, we asked our favorite eccentric weirdo, “Why that tat?”

This tattoo was a second choice! Maybe even a third choice! 

It was the first tattoo I ever got. The first thing I wanted to get was “Now I want to be your dog.” The second was “Fun to funky.” I got this one instead because I showed up and suggested both of those things and the guy said, “Nah, it’s too much. It’s too much.”