Does Norm Stien do all of your tattoos?
Norm has done most of them. I’ve had a couple done by Stretch in Pittsburgh at Sinner and Saints. But Norm does all my tattoos now. We just started my leg, which is going to be fucking awesome. The bottom of my leg is going to be stuff that’s happening on the ground. Then as you get up the leg, it’s going to be angels in the sky and stuff like that. I really love angels and the whole idea of angels. When you have a tattoo of an angel, but the angel looks like a bad bitch, that’s tight.
Do you prefer a particular style of tattoo?
I’m all over the place, a little bit of everything. I got the old sailor style, as well as some more realistic-type shit. I really like Asian artwork—that’s really dope to me. I like anything that has to do with kings and mythological-type beings. All that stuff is really cool to me.
What’s your next tattoo going to be?
I have to finish my leg and my chest. Then finish my neck and my whole body. I’m going to do a full bodysuit, probably. I have nothing on my back; I’m really scared to do my back and my stomach—my stomach’s going to feel really weird.
What are the three most meaningful tattoos you have?
The ID Labs, my production team’s logo. The “Most Dope” on my knuckles is obviously very significant. And I got all my family’s initials.
You have “No Woman, No cry” tattooed on your chest—do you have a girlfriend? and is she inked?
Yes and yes. “No Woman, No Cry” actually has nothing to do with the whole girl thing. I’ve actually never told anybody what it means. I don’t even think my friends know. Everyone just always thought it was because of Bob Marley. The reason why I actually got “No Woman, No Cry” is because when my grandpa died, I was driving home, and it hadn’t really hit me that he died. I was leaving the hospital when he died, and I was listening to that song, and I started crying. I thought it was kind of ironic. So now the song has meaning to me.
You’re only 20, and you’ve already had the opportunity to work with a ton of your idols. You’ve had a number one record on the charts without major-label support. What are you looking to accomplish with your career in the future?
I really want to get a Grammy. Not that the notoriety means that much to me, but I really just want people to address me as “Grammy Award–winning artist Mac Miller.” That’d be tight. I just want to go down as one of the fucking greatest to ever do it. My plan is to do as much work is necessary and make as much improvement as necessary. I want to go down as one of the best.