Brothers Osborne’s John On His ‘Massive’ Tattoo
Brothers Osborne won their sixth Vocal Duo of the Year honors at last week’s (11/8) CMA Awards in Nashville. The brothers from a small town — Deele, Maryland — have made their mark in country music since coming to town more than a decade ago.
Backstage, after winning the award both guys said that they never take this stuff for granted. Then, John Osborne talked about the huge tattoo of a sailing ship on his chest. The tattoo is partly seen on the duo’s latest self-titled album. John explained, “I don’t know what it was; maybe it was because kids were on the way (he and his wife Lucie welcomed twins in March of this year), and I had to cling on to my youth, so I was like, ‘I’m just gonna do something really crazy and get a massive chest tattoo.'”
He continued, “I had a day off, like an actual day off, not a normal day off for us, which is running errands, going and picking up things where you actually work all day. It was like I had nothing to do, and I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just gonna go and get a big tattoo on my chest.'”
John said he found a great reason for the new tattoo after he got it. He said, “In a way, symbolically, not to get too philosophical, but it is a sailor ship, and I’ve been very vocal about my mental health and a lot of the struggles I’ve had over the years, and he (TJ) actually told me this quote after I got the sailor ship tattoo was ‘Smooth waters don’t make good sailors.’ And it’s an amazing philosophically, and it’s something I’ll carry with me forever. I feel like I have become my best self in the most trying times in my life.”