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Boy bands and tattoo love

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The members of London boy band Will and the People are still high from their last night performing in Phnom Penh two weeks ago.

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“Our last night in Cambodia was one of the best experiences of our lives,” they told 7Days yesterday. “We’ve been dining out on tales from the Cambodje! We totally fell in love with the people and the environment in Phnom Penh!”, they said from Australia where they are continuing their tour.

“Everyone loves the tattoos and the story of how they happened,” they said, referring to the impromptu after party that took place at RSD Tattoo Parlour on Street 130.

The shop opened its doors and refueled its ink guns for the five-member band, who showed up thrillingly drunk after a lively gig at The Latin Quarter.

Drummer Jamie Rendle, also known as “Django”, was first up. After 10 minutes scribbling designs on paper, the tattoo artist got to work on the inner part of his left forearm.

“It doesn’t hurt,” Rendle said, adding that that might be thanks to the stream of mojitos he had been drinking since the afternoon. “It feels tingly, like seriously intense pins and needles.”

Back-up guitarists and vocals Charlie Harman and James Keo were next. The design of each of their tattoos was inspired by their time in Cambodia, which they agreed, “was the most amazing experience and something you could only dream of happening”.

Keo who already had four tattoos wanted to add a fifth, insisting that it be written in Khmer. “I don’t care what it says, I just want it to be in Khmer. It is such beautiful writing. Actually, I think I want it to say ‘happiness’.”

From Australia, they said that as Keo walked through immigration control one of the guards pointed at his tattoo, beamed and called out “happiness”.

“P.S.”, they said, “the flight was brutal, so we went surfing on Bondi as soon as we landed, big love x.”

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