Mark of the Mighty: Levi Aubin
I was super stoked to find Levi Aubin’s 3EB Logo tattoo one day while perusing the internet for inspiration.
When he and I connected for the article, I was amazed by his story, and so happy to share it with our community.
Nichole Sams: Tell me about your tattoo? What inspired it?
Levi Aubin: My tattoo is the Third Eye Blind ‘3eb’ logo I've wanted it ever since I saw it in the album artwork. I love it because I always get asked “What’s 36?” And I reply “No, no, that’s 3 E B, Third Eye Blind. The best band on the planet.” And this usually starts a conversation on the band. I was inspired to get inked with it because I needed to mark myself with something that symbolizes my thanks to the band for everything they helped me get through. I’m trans & it’s hard growing up not knowing yourself, they made it easier and made me not afraid to do whatever I pleased.
Nichole Sams: How did you decide to get this style and your artist? Who did your tattoo for you?
Levi Aubin: Sadly I’m not sure who did my tattoo, I think his name was Josh and he worked at Body Art Tattoo in Plattsburgh, NY. I decided on the style based on simplicity, it easily says 3eb and it’s a way for other fans to notice right away that I’m a super fan. It also makes me happy to see their logo even when I’m not wearing their T-shirt.
Nichole Sams: You shared that 3EB has helped you through many tough times, and helped you cope through your Dysphoria, can you share your Transition story with us?
Levi Aubin: I’m a FTM transgender guy, listening to their music brought me out of the pain of not knowing myself. ‘Forget Myself’ clearly isn’t about dysphoria, but hearing them say those words “and I keep on forgetting myself and I keep on forgetting myself, I keep forgetting myself and I keep on forgetting myself. Who am I? We both don’t know. Time ticks by, where did you go?” Those words made me feel less alone, because someone I admired...felt they didn’t know themselves either and time was passing but we didn’t know what or how to deal with it.
Nichole Sams: If you were to share any words of wisdom for other people out there beginning their transition, what would you say?
Levi Aubin: Jump in head first. It’s amazing to know where you want to be. And there’s no turning back the clock, we have the time right now to do what we need to be whole. Be yourself. Love yourself. You are you. You are GREAT.
Nichole Sams: What’s something that you wish cis people would do for the Trans community? (this can be anything you want, whether its language people use or not)
Levi Aubin: I wish for cis people to be less judgmental, being trans now is like being gay in the 80s-90s. It was accepted and all, but had a HUGE criticizing audience. It’s almost as if some cis people feel pushed to accept us, but the thing is...you shouldn’t see us differently to begin with and shouldn’t have to be pushed to do so. We’re the same as you. We’re lost. We’re hurting. Just like every other human being. However, we have a burning in our souls that can’t be eased with anything but acceptance and a feeling of belonging. Let us belong. We all belong together.
Nichole Sams: What’s your favorite ink other than this/do you have any future ink plans?
Levi Aubin: My other favorite ink besides my beloved 3eb, would have to be my Vines tattoo for the Australian band The Vines. They’re a killer band and hold a close second to 3eb for me. But nothing beats 3eb ;-) Which is why I plan to get more 3eb tattoos with other logos of theirs, or lyrics. I have a vast amount of ideas to be honest.
Nichole Sams: You’re stuck in an elevator with SJ and he agrees to play you 3 songs... what are they?
Levi Aubin: Oh, wow. ‘Persephone’, for sure, ‘Red Star’, because the way he sings it makes my heart melt, and lastly, ‘Alright Caroline.’ I had a demo of this song that I lost, it was raw, heartfelt, and overall captivating.
Nichole Sams: I’ve heard that some comedians keep a jar of punch lines for future inspiration…. If you were at SJ’s house and he had a lyric inpso jar, what would you toss in the pot?
Levi Aubin: Love your life and love yourself, without life and love there is nothing else.
Nichole Sams: Share your most pertinent 3eb Story
Levi Aubin: Out of nowhere I received a message from my long time friend Brandi Brown, she let me know 3eb was coming to Lake Placid this past February and it was a free concert. We stood out in the cold for 2 hours to be able to get in front of the stage, when the band came out to play for an hour or so, they were so cold their fingers could barely pick when “Motorcycle Drive By” began. Hand warmers were readily heated in their pockets haha. So, as Brandi and I are getting our phones out, to take more photos and video, she gets hit in the head with something. I go to grab it as it hits the rough snow beneath our feet. It turns out I got Alex’s bass pick! It was an amazing piece of memorabilia. We all felt pretty special because SJ said this was the coldest concert they’d played thus far. They played an awesome mix of old and new songs. Seemed to be at least one song from every album, they killed it once again.
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story with us!!!! I’m so glad that we found you and you found Third Eye Blind! We wanted to share an organization that helps other Trans Youth and their families. www.transyouthequality.org
“The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children.”