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The new tattoo!

I almost forgot to post this!

Back in December, I got my fourth tattoo. I had been thinking about getting this one for years now, so when KB got me a free tattoo “coupon” for my birthday last September, I decided to cash it in while we were back in Milwaukee for Christmas.

Adam of Adambomb Tattoo Gallerie did the actual inking (he’s done my last three tattoos), but the artwork for the piece was done by my good friend Dwellephant.

The idea for the piece was simple: a line of handwritten text around my forearm that showcases the cities I’ve lived in.

Dwellephant got busy and sent me a few sketches:

New tattoo sketches by Dwellephant.

In the end, I opted for the continuous-line, script version (with a few tweaks).

From Milwaukee (MKE)…

MKE

…to Columbus (CBUS)…

CBUS

…to Los Angeles (LA)…

LA

…with space for more. We’ll see what ends up in that spot.

Already thinking about tattoo #5,

-Shady

…for recently getting his first (and possibly last) tattoo.

Normally I’d say that getting a tattoo at 18 years old is a terrible idea, but this tattoo has a special meaning behind it.

Our late grandfather, known lovingly by most as Hi-Guy, had the same (for the most part) tattoo of Flower from “Bambi” on his arm. Matthew’s tattoo is a nod to a man we all loved very much.

Great stuff, Matthew. He’d be proud of you… and then he’d make fun of you and call you a knob.

Next thing you know Matthew will be digging in dumpsters,

-Shady

Back in October 2003, “Tastes Like Chicken” ran a cover story called “IT’S A ‘MASK’ MASK!” The cover featured an illustration of a Rocky Dennis Halloween mask as drawn by Staff Member #716. You can check out the cover here.

A couple days ago I received this email from an old “TLC” reader:

I wanted to share this: I got the Rocky Dennis Halloween mask tattooed on my calf last night. Thanks for the inspiration!

– Rocky McCahan

This photo was attached:

Yesterday, he sent me a link to this video:

Rocky McCahan, you’re my inspiration.

“TLC” lives on,

-Shady

Old Poop!