In an interview with Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield, he talked about his tattoos.

Interviewer asked “so the cross tattoo just where your shirt opens, that is more a metal symbol than a religious symbol?”

James Hetfield says:

“Well I like symbolism. I’ve always loved symbolism. I came up with the damn logo, you know, that ninja star, I’ve always loved the association with things, and this represents a family. You know, I don’t know, there’s something about. I’ve always. You know if I wasn’t playing music I’d be doing, you know graphic design or something.

And I get to do both which is awesome, and so… Symbolism is pretty big for me, and the cross for me represents balance and connection with a higher power, and you know, it can mean many things for everybody else, but tattoo wise I have St. Michael, which to me, that’s pretty huge. Facing your demons and I love those stories. I love some of the religious stories because whether they are real or not they are awesome inspiring stories.”

You can watch the speech of James Hetfield about his tattoos.