Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bad tattoos and pillows: Gavin James reveals the most unusual gifts he's received from fans

Gavin James
Gavin James
Gavin James during the Windmill Lane Sessions

Sean O'Grady

Gavin James has spoken of how some of his biggest fans have tattooed his lyrics on their bodies – but one girl got the wrong ones.

The Dubliner (25) has seen his star rise since the release of his first single, Say Hello, in 2012.

His debut album, Bitter Pill, was released this year, and one of his most passionate fans decided to get a tattoo of some of the words.

“There was one girl who got tattoos on her back. There’s one or two that have lyrics,” he told the Herald.

“This girl got a tattoo of one of the songs off the album but it was on YouTube before it was on the album.

“She got it and never showed me it and then I finished the album version and the lyric that’s on the album version is not what she has.

Gavin James during the Windmill Lane Sessions
Gavin James during the Windmill Lane Sessions

“She was devastated. I’m going to have to put the line in something else.”


Other fans have given Gavin some rather unusual presents.

“I got a pillow in America with my face on it, they knitted it, it was gas,” he said.

“It was kind of strange – I’m not going to sleep on a pillow that has a picture of my face on it.

“My parents thought it was funny. You get some cool stuff.”

Although he has fans in America and the UK, Gavin has no interest in moving to London.

“I moved to London for a little bit last year. I like it there and my sister lives there and I have mates over there,” he said.

“I love Dublin more, though. I’d rather live in Dublin. It’s less busy and it’s nice to come home.”

While he may have legions of followers who love his music, the singer’s friends in his younger days were not exactly supportive.

“Everybody told me I was terrible. I was terrible when I was younger,” he said.

“I did all the talent shows. I always came second or third or didn’t get placed at all.


“I used to do more rock stuff and then I joined a band and did the pubs for four years.”

Gavin’s lyrics can now also be seen on Heineken’s Star Series of bespoke bottle designs that celebrate the best in Irish arts and culture.

The limited edition bottle is on sale in selected venues.


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