These Days Are Not Done - Meghan Moore’s Red Summer Sun
Amanda Birlew: Hi Meghan! I'm excited to sit down with you again for 3eb ink and talk about your latest Third Eye Blind inspired tattoo, which is an ode to Red Summer Sun from the Blue album. Tell me about the design process.
Meghan Moore: Hey Mandie! I have wanted a second tattoo for a long time but for almost 10 years I couldn’t decide on what I wanted or even where. I got my first tattoo when I was 21, a tribal tattoo of the sun on my foot that was pretty basic but painful to get. It was also inspired by 3eb but not to the extent of my most recent Red Summer Sun tattoo. Third Eye Blind has been my favorite band since I was barely a teenager in 1998. This summer I went to three shows, one of which was on my birthday, and as always it was such a fulfilling and exhilarating experience. It was the 20 year anniversary of their Self-Titled album, one of the greatest albums ever written in my opinion. They performed it in its entirety and have said they will never do it again. After my experiences this summer, I knew I was ready to get something that was completely inspired by my favorite band. I wanted to incorporate lyrics from the Red Summer Sun from their second album Blue. Red Summer Sun has always been a song that stood out to me on Blue. It has been a part of my life since its release, from the way it starts with what sounds like creaking swings and builds up to almost an anthem to me. It gives me chills while pumping me up at the same time but my favorite part of the song is the ending where it slows down and Stephan sings, “these days…they’re not done…The Red Summer Sun…” I decided these were the lyrics I wanted to use and really were reassuring, even soothing words for anxiety I’ve dealt with most of my adult life. I was diagnosed at 19 with panic disorder and I find music has really been the best calming mechanism for me. Meds hurt me more than they helped me. I decided that as long as I can see my tattoo on my skin, my days here on this earth are not over. So my tattoo takes on many different meanings personally. I chose a red Japanese sun with the waves because that represented the big red sky over you and he sings about in the beginning of the song, as well as my love for the sun and the surf. There’s a meaning for every part of it, really.
AB: Was this something you had thought out for a long time, or did it just come to you on a whim?
MM: Actually a whim, I’ve wanted another tattoo for many years but had no idea what or where until after the Summer Gods Tour this summer, I wanted something inspired directly by my favorite music and it just came to me one day after returning home from my shows and the memories I made and my love for Blue and this song… the meaning really unfolded perfectly. I think it’s perfect, I love it and I don’t regret it at all.
AB: Is Blue your favorite album?
MM: Yes, it’s very close with Self-Titled, but yes Blue is my favorite. There are so many songs on Blue that inspire me
AB: What about the song, Red Summer Sun speaks to you?
MM: The whole song speaks to me from beginning to end. It’s hard to put it into words what I really am feeling each time I hear this song. On YouTube, there is a version of the song where they took the outro that was separated from the song on the album and put it at the end of the song (where it truly belongs) and it’s so powerful to me. I would compare it to something like a rollercoaster from beginning to end, it freaks you out, pumps you up, and then brings you back to reality. That’s why I chose these lyrics to be on my shoulder for the rest of my life. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I listen to this song every single morning on the way to work. I also really love to hear Stephan scream, I wish he would scream more often in his music…and I’ve also got my fingers crossed for a 2019 Blue 20 year anniversary tour.
AB: Who was the artist? Which shop?
MM: His name is Edwin and he did it at a little shop here in Jacksonville called Fat Kat Tattoo.
I’m really glad I got this tattoo, I think finally deciding on something that had such a huge personal meaning to me was pretty liberating. It didn’t hurt as bad as the one I have on my foot. I’m actually getting excited about going to get it touched up. Who knows, I might end up with another small one somewhere. I’m really thankful for Third Eye Blind’s music and the meaning it has brought to my life.
AB: Are you planning anymore 3eb inspired tattoos in the future?
MM: That’s always a possibility. I really enjoyed getting this tattoo and I’ll be getting it touched up (which I am actually looking forward to). I hope to get at least one more tattoo; whether it’s 3eb inspired or not I don’t know yet. I enjoy the way a tattoo feels, but as I said before it takes me a long time to decide what I want and where.
AB: Totally understandable, Meghan. Ink is forever!