Matt & Kim’s Nearly NSFW Tattoo Tour

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During a recent interview with CBS Local, ridiculously adorable indie rock duo Matt & Kim gave a very intimate tour of drummer Kim Schifino’s tattoos that bordered on being “Not Safe For Work,” with Schifino pulling down her jeans to reveal her very first piece of inked artwork.

The pair, are also romantically linked, discussed the stories behind Schifino’s abundance of tattoos, including one on her arm for her brother, David, which has often proved more than a little awkward for boyfriend/ guitar player Matt Johnson.

“You know, we go into a restaurant and someone looks at me and they’re like ‘oh, so you’re David?’ And I say no and they go ‘ohhhhh,'” Johnson laughed, making the universally recognized face of embarrassment. “But then it’s her brother, so it’s OK.”

Schifino showed off a piece on her wrist representing the flag of home state Rhode Island (“it’s only nine stars because my wrist is so tiny that they couldn’t fit the 13”) and the world “Brooklyn” in script on her arm, which was almost a major fail of the worst kind.

“So let me just say when she got this Brooklyn tattoo, it was with a friend and we were all hanging out and he draws it up and he shows it to her, and we’re all like ‘oh, that looks so good’ and I’m like, ‘yeah, that looks great!’” Johnson remembered. “So we asked our other friend, ‘what do you think of it?’ He looks at it and goes, ‘oh, it’s cool, but it does say Broolyn. You should probably but a K in there.’ She almost got ‘Broolyn’ tattooed on the back of her arm!

“But I know how it goes,” Johnson continued. “I remember back in the day making show posters where it’s like the one bit of information you need, which is like where the show is happening…you get so caught up in all the graphics that you forget to put where it is.”

When the tattoo tour heads south of Schifino’s waistline, she warns viewers “that this is the X-rated version, so if you’re at work you should probably shut down,” before unzipping her pants to reveal even more ink.

“I’m not going to give you the whole deal,” she laughed, “but I’ve got hot rod flames that go all the way down,” revealing the top of the piece just below her belt before flashing  a smile at Johnson.

“We’ve been talking about how I should get a tattoo that’s just water, so that I can like put out the flames,” he quickly chimed in.

Johnson shifts straight into boyfriend mode when Schifino pulls her jeans down even further to reveal her first piece that’s situated near her backside, jokingly telling her, “OK, now pull that back up!”

“I used to skateboard, and there were skate gangs in Providence (Rhode Island), and the gang I was in was called Providence C****,” she explained laughing. “And then it’s the Girl Skateboard symbol, but you probably can’t tell, because my butt’s gotten a bit big over the years and it just kind of blowed out into blob. But I did tell my parents that it’s ‘Providence chicks.’”

“Good thing they’ll never know now,” Johnson retorted.

Ah, young love.

Matt & Kim, who are currently touring in support of their most recent full-length release, Lightning, were in the news last month when the band was forced to postpone dates in Arizona and Florida due to Johnson falling ill. The shows have already been rescheduled.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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