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The history of American Tattoos: 1) Poor greasers and sailors and bikers and gang-bangers get tattoos. 2) “Edgy” fad spreads to various musical subcultures, mostly rockabilly and punk. 3) 1990s grunge era seduces even elitist college kids into getting inked. 4) Trickle-down tattoo economics means every single white-trash person now has several ugly tattoos on their fat legs (for gals) and necks (for the gents). 5) Every low-rent strip mall has a tattoo shop next to the payday loan place. 6) Arkansas tattoo parlor proudly aligns with right-wing jesus-freak racists. [Arkansas Times Blog]

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  • choinski

    You forgot porn stars. Seems every porn star has a tatoo up their (really, not figuratively) wazoo.

  • grendel

    I guess I feel a little better about being within 20 miles of the raccoon sign now…. No. No I don’t.

  • DustBowlBlues

    Why are the wingers hysterical? True hysteria. I’ve never seen a group go this crazy. You’d think they’d see the election of a Muslim terrorist as a sign that the Apocalypse is here and be celebrating the fact they’re all about to fly away in a rapture machine.

    Come on, wingers. Get into the action. This is like some lame left-behind book and you’re just not getting it. You are so going to be left behind with the sinners.

  • Mrs. K

    I so regret my 1990s seduction. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

  • BillyClubb

    So I suspect that this tattoo parlor would not be the best place to get a Barack Obama tattoo.

    Oh well, I wouldn’t be the first to get Obama’s likeness inked on me anyway.

  • itgetter

    Is this where Palin got her lips done?

  • Custerwolf

    Nice neighborhood. Home to the type of folks who consider themselves good parents because they won’t let their 12 year-old smoke at the dinner table in front of her kid.

  • Myrna the Minx

    I thank god everyday that numerous friends have failed to brow beat me into getting a tattoo.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Because my parents live in AR (who are probably the only 2 Arkies that voted for Barry), I’m not surprised by this racism. What I AM surprised at is that ALL the words are spelled correctly on the sign. Damn, that’s something.

  • JeffGoldblum

    We all went into this knowing that Barry O’Hussein was the Anti Christ. Have you seen the guy?

  • Sub_Standard

    These guys will inject freedom directly into your skin, along with Hepatitis.

  • expatinOz

    My cousin is a hip, lesbian tattoo artist and I think it’s safe to say that these Arkies shame her noble profession.

  • dogscantlookup

    I dun got a lizard tattoo in 1998 cuz I wanted to be a herpetologist and I liked lizards, now I’m unemployed

  • BillyClubb

    [re=160316]expatinOz[/re]: Being a lesbian is a profession?

  • Viva la Cynthia

    [re=160298]grendel[/re]: ditto, and now I regret my tattoos, too. i haz a sad.

  • slappypaddy

    Okay, cognitive dissonance time. D’ya think that maybe these tattoo hate-boys are unaware that somewhere in that vast, labyrinthine holy book of theirs (aka, The Bible, and I can’t pin the citation down right now because frankly my dears I don’t give that much of a shit), it says, “Thou shalt not get tattoos” (though not quite in those words)?

  • Crab1

    The only tattoo you can get at this parlor is an eagle with and American Flag,cept on Wednesdays when Jamiedeen’s parents watch her baby. She’ll draw you a facn bitchin’ naked lady riding a flying dragon.

  • wheelie

    That store is run by a bunch a friggin liars. They tattooed “Krauthammer 4 Eva” on my ass and it turns out after that there’s no such German metal band.

  • Crab1

    [re=160318]dogscantlookup[/re]: The moral: Never dream.

  • Upthruster

    While you finish my tramp-stamp, I’m gonna quote you some scripture…you betcha.

  • McCainsThirdNipple

    DO NOT STRUGGLE, YOUNG ONE! YOUR BLOOD SHALL REPLENISH ME! http://www.moltz.net/~john/blog/?p=1592

  • One Yield Regular

    [re=160300]DustBowlBlues[/re]: Exactly. No “Left Behind” readers left behind!

  • One Yield Regular

    Real nice guys there at Club Tattoo:


    Be sure to check out the merchandise, which includes “air fresheners” designed to look like handicapped parking placards.

    I’m sending THAT link to the American Association of People with Disabilities.

  • HuskyMescan

    There’s a lady at my gym that has a tattoo of a giant black crucifix on her lower back above her ass. It’s so confusing.
    I have one but it’s definitely Satanic which makes sense on me.

  • agitpropster

    The kind of place where you are overdressed if you have both ears.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Does that mean I’m cool again? And by again, I mean finally. No — no — probably not.

  • bluebrazos

    I can’t wait to get a tattoo of the anti-christ!

    PS I like my tattoo and don’t regret it at all. It took me almost 40 years to get it and it’s the only thing I’ve ever done that really horrified my mom.

  • Custerwolf

    Billy Club, eh? I suppose his kid’s name is Night Stick.

  • bluebrazos

    [re=160352]bluebrazos[/re]: That she knows about.

  • Fly-over Correspondent

    And if there’s any group who would recognize the anti-christ when they see him, it would be tattoo artists.

    PS — I managed to spend four years in the Navy without ever getting inked.

  • Scooter

    Wouldn’t it be cool if Obama won all 666 electoral votes?

  • bluebrazos

    [re=160364]Scooter[/re]: Ha ha. All 50 states, DC and the 128 electoral votes from all 9 circles of hell.

  • Winsome

    I got my first one in 1971 because Janis Joplin had one, but I hid it from my mother for 3 years. The second one is a matching one I got with my daughter when she turned 18.

  • shortsshortsshorts


  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Legend has it that Sarah Palin’s tramp stamp contains a map to the locations of the sacred jelly beans that will bring the second coming of Ronald Reagan.

  • bago

    Spank that ass and watch the nobama fly?

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=160352]bluebrazos[/re]: Y’know, after 40 or so, you’re supposed to be past all your mother issues.

    [re=160345]agitpropster[/re]: Winny win win.

  • thesycophant

    There is a tattoo-parlor-adjacent-to-a-payday-loan-store on both the East and West sides of the block my office building is on.

  • FreshCliches

    I’ll wager 10 Whore ♦s that ♣ Tattoo doesn’t ♥ the ♠.

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=160324]slappypaddy[/re]: I think it’s in the Old Testament because my friend’s dad is a rabbi and he said tatts are trafe. Do you know any tattooed Jewish people?

  • BillyT

    When these trash heap critters decided they’re hungry enough they WILL tattoo an Obama sign on me.

  • sadderbutnowiser

    [re=160437]Jukesgrrl[/re]: I worked in an office where one of the attorneys had, in the wake of the end of marriage #1, decided to move back to the home state and rediscover her connection to the Tribe of her people, which apparently required a lot of work to get several tats removed …

  • TGY

    They fear, groundlessly, that Obama will take away their chaps.

  • The Crazy Christian

    That would be SO great if Obama’s the Anti-Christ. It means the Lord’s coming back soon.

    Therefore, ALL Christians are called upon to vote for Barack Obama.

  • FreshCliches

    [re=160437]Jukesgrrl[/re]: When you’re subjected to a bris, dermal protection becomes a priority.

  • TGY

    [re=160450]The Crazy Christian[/re]: Yes, I always wondered about that. Of course, I believe all eschatology is a pile of ‘schat’.

  • the invisible woman

    OK, that’s it. Read my trembling lips: Somebody is going to die on election day, and it better not be my new president, Barack Jesus Christ Obama. (Somebody take Neilist’s guns.) The crucifixion of Barck Obama needs to wait, but if it doesn’t, I volunteer to be Mary in La Pieta. I’m not kidding. It’s going to be in the south, and it won’t be somebody getting hurt; it will be somebody dying. Let’s hope its just one of the Nazi meth labs exploding since that was bound to happen anyway, I mean they’ve got to fund this race war somehow.

  • Borat

    I really don’t get why conservative Jeebus freaks started to like tattoos. I’m not sure I follow how the socially rebellious became mainstream, but I’m sure Bush is to blame.

  • ahprahran

    I shouldn’t be surprised, but I thought it’d atleast be a little further south than Fayetteville, AR. But, granted, all Fayetteville really is is a college with a bunch of drunk kids

  • Uncle Al

    For some reason I’m not feeling my usual hate, except I hate to think what it must be like to grow up in a strip-mall-outhouse-mullety-bible-thumping-crummy-schools section of Arkansas…..

  • Bathroom Goblin

    Giraldo Rivera, but I dont really know him, he’s just a friend I met through the TeeVee.

  • Aurelio

    [re=160312]JeffGoldblum[/re]: Don’t you know anything? The anti-Christ is a Jew. Source. Does Barry look Jewish to you, Mr., uh, Goldblum?

  • srpen

    Well, duh, of course he’s the damn antichrist…! That’s why I’m voting for him! I’m so fed up with choosing the lesser of two evils!

  • slappypaddy

    [re=160462]the invisible woman[/re]: “OK, that’s it. Read my trembling lips:”

    I can’t see them, you’re invisible.

  • slappypaddy

    [re=160425]FreshCliches[/re]: Sweet. You get a whore diamond and a bonus can of Hobo Beans for that one. Hell, we’ll even throw in a set of Truk Nutz (I just had my truck fixed).

  • the invisible woman

    slappypaddy- yes but you can feel them trembling as I whisper in your ear: “Somebody is going to fucking die on election day.”

  • WonderWomyn

    [re=160337]One Yield Regular[/re]: Wow. Just wow.

  • regisgoat

    [re=160425]FreshCliches[/re]: Great one–

    From the website, the older guy who runs the joint describes his own field of endeavor, when not calling Obama the anti-christ:
    “He is currently learning to speak Spanish and enjoys working with our Hispanic clientele.” Tattooing the names of far-away villages on the shoulders of chicken-decapitating Tyson slaves, while endorsing the kind of politicians that’ll make their lives even more miserable than they are already. It’s a living,
    Anyway, despite this sign, tattoos remain as cool now as they have been for the past 3000 years. You just have to pick the right one. Put your girlfriend’s name or a Tasmanian Devil on your pelt and ten years later you’ll be paying for the Goldfinger style laser treatment 10 years later.

  • slappypaddy

    [re=160483]the invisible woman[/re]: Yea, sweet woman of wisdom and foresight, ’tis true, ’tis true, though we know not where, nor how, nor who.

  • arf

    Here’s the response a tattoo artist from Miami sent me after I made a comment on teh myspace about Obama NOT being a socialist. Enjoy:

    haa yeah okay you eat it all up if you want .I dont like any of them, either side but the lesser of two evils is as plain as day this time around. my family lived this shit once before. so please dont go telling me about “you up on this stuff” it doesnt take a scholar to know a shit sandwich when he sees it.. history is there for all to see a few years ago we in my home town tried to warn Venezuelans about Chavez, and now look what they got ..too late now . call me what you want I dont have much, but everything i have ive worked for i dont want anything taken from someone who has more than me because some ass clown in the W.H. decided it was the right thing to do. let those people who have money decide what they do with it KEEP GOV. OUT is all im saying .I respect you and your opinion and you should respect mine too…BTW isnt it funny how Hollywood backs this cockamamie and I dont see their movie Gaffers getting paid the same as the likes of Matt damon and Angelina ? Sorry but you support this im cool with that I wont ..have a great day..

    BTW, I like my tattoos and wouldn’t mind a couple more (maybe a leprechaun holding 2 beers, with the phrase “Irish handcuffs” under it).

  • Giant Robot

    [re=160474]Aurelio[/re]: LMAO…Joe Lieberman is the anti-christ. I’m updating his wiki page right now.

  • rocktonsammy

    I’m waiting for the celebrities to save the day, where are they?

  • ManchuCandidate

    I guess making money inking Tramp stamps that say “Insert Here” or “Limit Two Riders” on fat Hillbilly Skanks is okay in the eyes of Hillbilly Jeebus.

  • Birdcrash

    “All of our Artists and Piercers are State Certified and our Studio is regularly inspected by the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services.”

    Appealing to my inner liberal. How delicious.

  • iolanthe

    [re=160464]Borat[/re]: “I really don’t get why conservative Jeebus freaks started to like tattoos. I’m not sure I follow how the socially rebellious became mainstream”

    That’s easy. Because White Trash get every fashion fad last. Dead last. Twenty years late, sometimes. Think of it as fashion trickle-down.

    That’s how the mullet, the edgy glam-rock hairstyle of the early 70s (it’s true; check out the cover of Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs”) became the redneck go-to male hairstyle of the early 90s.

    And that’s why dumb kids in every redneck town in the country today dress like N.W.A. in the late 80s.

  • 3dollarbill

    [re=160425]FreshCliches[/re]: WIN

  • DanginMpls

    [re=160326]wheelie[/re]: There should definitely be a band named Krauthammer!

  • ella

    I only know one line of Foxworthy’s: If you know someone who financed a tatttoo, you just might be..

  • ivenson

    [re=160425]FreshCliches[/re]: Whore squares? I remember we used to play whoresquare back in fourth grade. I always lost.

  • Jay-C

    So wait, is Hussein Obama “THE” Anti-Christ, or is he just “anti Christ?” My undecided vote hinges on the distinction!

  • risqueclay

    My grandmother advised me regarding tatoos. “Honey, don’t draw on the upholstery.”