Seth Weaver waits at the front desk of Thunder Bunny Tattoo. Weaver is an apprentice at TBT which requires him to help around the shop along with learning to tattoo.
Weaver takes a smoke break outside of Thunder Bunny Tattoo.
Seth Weaver of Athens, Ohio holds a rattlesnake head in Thunder Bunny Tattoo. This is the head of the snake that bit him when he was 8 years old. Weaver was vacationing with his family and they stopped just across the Texas state line to take pictures. Here Weaver was bitten by the rattlesnake on his right wrist and was hospitalized. He has a rare mutation that causes remnants of the rattlesnake venom to cling to his red and white blood cells. He says the bite inspired him to get his first tattoo when he was 19 years old. The tattoo is a rattlesnake beginning on his right wrist where he was bitten and continues up his forearm.
Weaver uses his cigarette to light Robert Avalos’s cigarette outside of Thunder Bunny Tattoo. Weaver said Avalos is not only his co-worker, but also one of his best friends.
Weaver plays guitar in the music room in the house where he lives with three friends. The room also doubles as Weaver's bedroom. “I’ve been playing music, smoking cigarettes, and doing drugs since I was ten years old,” said Weaver.
Weaver embraces his boss, roommate, “dad”, and best friend, Alex Andrews, in Thunder Bunny Tattoo before Andrews leaves for the night. Andrews owns Thunder Bunny Tattoo and invited Weaver to be his apprentice earlier in the summer. “I’ve wanted to do tattoo stuff for a long while. Alex gave me that opportunity,” he said. Weaver has been living with Andrews since May. “I went out and mowed his grass and just kind of stayed there,” said Weaver. Andrews and Weaver met approximately ten years ago when Andrews joined Weaver’s band as the bass player.
Weaver hugs his mother, Sherry Weaver, goodbye as his father, Jerry Weaver, watches in his childhood home in Amesville, Ohio. Weaver says his relationship with his parents has always been strained. “I love my parents to death. When I was younger I didn’t get along with either of them that well. We get along for the most part now,” he said. He described his relationship with his parents as “off set”.
Weaver stores his cigarette on the end of one of the strings on his guitar.
Weaver grimaces as he tries to fix a picture frame for Kennedy Frisby, pictured behind. Frisby is a tattoo artist at Thunder Bunny Tattoo where Weaver is an apprentice to Alex Andrews. Weaver also lives with Frisby and Andrews. “Alex and Kennedy are kind of like my mom and dad. I call them mom and dad and they like it,” said Weaver.
Weaver leaves his childhood home after visiting his parents.