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Burn Baby Burn

Jasmine puts out a burning flag tat, and Tommy works on a tattoo that nearly cost his client his life.

male narrator: THERE'S NOTHINGWORSE THAN A BAD TATTOO.

- OH, MY GOD,THAT'S TERRIBLE.

- CAN YOU HELP ME?

narrator: WITH SHOPS POPPING UPIN EVERY TOWN IN AMERICA,

TERRIBLE TATTOOSHAVE BECOME AN EPIDEMIC.

- THIS THING'S GOTTA COME OFF.

narrator: NOW, THREE OFTHE COUNTRY'S BEST ARTISTS

HAVE JOINED FORCES TO OPENA SHOP THAT TACKLES

THE MOST DIFFICULTTATTOO SPECIALTY--COVER-UPS.

- DEAL WITH IT SOI DON'T HAVE TO, PLEASE!

- I'VE BEEN TATTOOINGFOR 17 YEARS.

I'M A PERFECTIONIST, BUT I LOVETHE CHALLENGE OF A COVER-UP.

- I'M A NATURAL-BORN TATTOOER,BUT COVER-UPS AREN'T EASY.

THAT'S WHY I LOVE WORKING WITHAND LEARNING FROM THE BEST.

- I'M AN INNOVATOR.

YOU BRING YOUR GNARLY,JACKED-UP TATTOOS,

AND I'LL TURN THEMINTO A PIECE OF ART.

narrator: NOW THEY'RETURNING DISASTER PIECES...

INTO MASTERPIECES.

- [cries]IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.

narrator: AS THEYTAKE ON THE WORST--

- HOW'D YOU GETTHIS THING, HUH?

- SIX BIKERS WALK IN.

narrator: AND HEARTHE CRAZIEST--

- YOU GOT TATTOOEDBY A BLIND WOMAN.

- YOU HAVE GLAUCOMA?- DAMN!

narrator: YOU WON'T BELIEVETHE STORIES BEHIND THESE...

TATTOO NIGHTMARES.

- HEY, TOMMY.- HOW YOU DOING?

- YO! WHAT'S UP, MY BOY?- HEY, WHAT'S UP, KID?

- WHAT'S GOING DOWN,JAMES BROWN?

- OH, WE'RE GONNA BURNTHE MIDNIGHT OIL AGAIN.

- I'M BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OILTODAY FOR REALS.

- ANY TIME YOU TATTOO, I KNOWIT'S GONNA BE A LATE NIGHT.

- HE DOES BACK PIECESIN ONE SHOT.

- YEAH, EXACTLY, MAN.

- I DO TATTOOS LIKE THIS.[laughs] IT STICKS OUT.

- I LOVE WATCHINGTHESE GUYS AT WORK, MAN.

JASMINE'S LINE WORK IS TIGHT,AND TOMMY'S SO PRECISE,

EVEN ON COVER-UPSIT AIN'T THAT BIG.

WE GOT DIFFERENT STYLESBUT IN THE END,

WE ALWAYS END UP KILLING IT.

- I GAVE UP ON YOU EVENGETTING OUT EVER EARLY.

[laughter]

- TODAY, I HAVE A CLIENTCOMING IN NAMED KEVIN.

HE SAYS HE'S GOT A TATTOOTHAT CAN GET HIS ASS KICKED

IF I DON'T COVER IT.

THIS CAN'T BE GOOD.

- YEAH, I'VE GOTTHIS REALLY BAD TATTOO

THAT I NEEDTO GET COVERED UP.

- CAN I SEE IT, SIR?

- IT'S A LITTLE EMBARRASSING,SO--I MEAN, YOU KNOW.

BUT, UH, HERE IT IS.

- UGH.- YEAH.

I'M ASHAMED OF THIS TATTOO.

I HAD NO IDEA WHATI WAS GETTING MYSELF INTO.

I LIVE IN A TOWN WHERE PRETTYMUCH EVERYBODY THAT I KNOW

HAS SOME AFFILIATIONWITH THE MILITARY.

I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THIS.- IT'S A BURNING FLAG. OKAY.

I CAN'T WAITTO HEAR HIS STORY.

THIS GUY DOESN'TEVEN LOOK LIKE

HE WOULD WALKINTO A TATTOO SHOP,

LET ALONE HAVE A BURNING FLAGON HIS ARM.

WE NEED TO COVER THIS THINGBEFORE THE DUDE

GETS HIS ASS KICKED.

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS

OF WHAT YOU KIND OFWANTED TO COVER IT?

- DEFINITELY, LIKE,MORE POSITIVE AND MORE, LIKE--

- MORE POSITIVETHAN A BURNING FLAG?

both: YEAH.

- I WAS THINKING MAYBE,LIKE, SOMETHING LIKE AN OWL

OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

- THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHINGWE CAN WORK WITH.

WITH KEVIN'S TATTOO,I HAVE A COUPLE OF OPTIONS.

I CAN USE THE OWLTO COVER THE TATTOO,

OR I CAN USETHE NIGHTTIME SKY.

I WANT THE OWLTO BE FLOATY AND AIRY,

SO I'M GONNA DROP THE OWL LOWAND THEN USE THE NIGHTTIME SCENE

WITH HEAVY, SATURATED BLUESTO COVER THE TATTOO.

- [whistling]

- MY CLIENT TODAY,GREG, THAT'S COMING DOWN,

HAS AN OLD TATTOO THAT HE GOTIN HIS WILDER PARTYING DAYS.

AND I GUESS IT'S REALLYBEEN BOTHERING HIM.

- HEY, MAN.- YEAH, WHAT YOU GOT GOING ON?

- MAN, I GOT THIS MISTAKEI HAD DONE.

- UH-HUH.- [laughs]

MAN, I WENT TO A TATTOO PARLORWITH SOME KID TO MAKE SURE

HE DIDN'T GETSOMETHING STUPID--

- AND THEN YOU GOTSOMETHING STUPID.

- AND I GOT THIS, MAN.- [laughs]

- I DID PRETTY MUCH THEDUMBEST THING YOU COULD EVER DO.

MY DECISION-MAKING PROCESSWAS SEVERELY FLAWED.

I COULD HAVE GOTTEN SHOT.

IT ENDED UP BEING, LIKE,SOME PYGMY DUCK ON A MULE

OR SOMETHING.

- OH, MY GOD,IT DOES LOOK LIKE A DUCK.

- [laughs]

- MAN, THAT IS THE WORSTDUCK- DONKEY COMBO TATTOO

THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN.

WHAT WERE YOU THINKINGOF DOING?

- I'M THINKING, LIKE, YOU KNOW,A LITTLE BIT OF BALANCE IN LIFE.

LIKE A YIN AND YANGKIND OF THING.

- OKAY.

- AND I'M A PISCES,SO I WAS THINKING SOME FISH

WITH SOME GREAT DESIGNS.

- THAT COULD WORK, MAN.

- I ALSO WANT TO GET--SOMEWHERE IN THE DESIGN

I WANT TO MIX-IN MY SOBER DAY--YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN SOBER

FOR ALMOST 13 YEARS.

- WELL, CONGRATULATIONSON BEING SOBER THAT LONG.

- THANKS, MAN.

THE WORST THING ABOUTTHIS TATTOO IS IT SYMBOLIZES

A TIME WHEREI WAS OUT OF CONTROL.

THINGS ALMOST GOT REALLY BAD.

THIS GUY PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD.I'M JUST SICK OF IT.

- WHY DON'T YOUCOME ON BACK, GREG.

- ALL RIGHT.

- GOT THIS GUY ERIC COMING INTODAY, MAN, AND I HEARD HE'S GOT

LIKE, THIS PRETTY SERIOUSLYBLACK TRIBAL PIECE.

SO I'M JUST NERVOUS TO SEEIF I'M GONNA EVEN BE ABLE

TO DO THIS THING, MAN.

- I'M LOOKING TOGET SOME, UH,

CRAP ON MY SHOULDER,UH, DEALT WITH.

- WHAT DO YOU MEAN "CRAP?"WHAT DO YOU GOT?

- I MEAN, 17 YEARS OLD,MAKING RASH DECISIONS

WHEN WOMEN ARE INVOLVED,RIGHT?

- YEAH, LET'S SEE WHATYOU GOT GOING ON, MAN.

- YOU READY TOGO BACK TO 1995?

- OH-HO!

JESUS, DUDE! THAT'S STRAIGHTFRICKIN' TRIBAL TOO, MAN.

- IS THIS, UH, SOMETHINGYOU MAY BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH?

- OH, MAN!

THERE'S NO WAYI CAN DO THIS TATTOO.

NOT ONLY IS IT '90s TRIBAL,BUT IT'S GOT BLOWN-OUT LINES.

IT'S TOO THICK.THE SKIN'S RAISED UP.

IT'S THE EPITOME OF THE WORST

KIND OF COVER-UPSTHAT YOU WANT TO GET.

LET'S GO HAVE A SEAT, MAN.- FOR SURE, MAN. FOR SURE.

- JESUS. LET'S SEE IF I CANHELP THIS GUY OUT.

THAT'S STRAIGHT '90sRIGHT THERE.

- YEAH, YEAH,WHERE DO I BEGIN?

I'M A MUSICIAN NOW.I'M IN A BAND.

I WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

IF I'M ONSTAGEAND I NEED TO PERFORM

IN A TANK TOP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLETAKING IT OFF,

AND I DON'T HAVEA '90s CLICHE TRIBAL.

I MEAN THIS ISCLICHE OF CLICHE.

- RIGHT.- YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

I FEEL LIKE A BOY BAND MEMBER

WITH THIS CRAPPYTRIBAL TATTOO ON MY ARM.

I'M TRYING TO BEA SERIOUS MUSICIAN, YOU KNOW?

- SO WHAT IDEAS DID YOUHAVE FOR THE TATTOO?

- I WAS THINKING--I WAS NAMED AFTER ERIK THE RED.

I'M SPELLED E-R-I-K.- OKAY.

- I WAS THINKING OF DOING,LIKE, A VIKING-TYPE SCENE.

- YOU KNOW WHAT, DUDE,LET'S JUST GO TO MY STATION.

AND HANG OUT FOR A MINUTE.- COOL.

- YOU KNOW, DRAW SOMETHING UPFOR YOU AND WHAT-NOT.

- COOL. COOL, COOL, COOL.

- MAN, I GOT MY WORKCUT OUT FOR ME.

ON THE OUTSIDE, I'M, LIKE,"YEAH, IT'S COOL, I GOT THIS."

BUT ON THE INSIDE,I'M, LIKE, "HOLY...

WHAT THE HELL DIDI JUST SAY YES TO?

DUDE, I GOTTA DO THISFRICKIN' TRIBAL PIECE, BRO.

I CAN'T [bleep]DO THAT THING, DOG.

I THINK I'M GONNASEND THIS GUY HOME, BRO.

- THIS IS A NEARLY IMPOSSIBLECOVER-UP RIGHT HERE, BRO.

- LIKE, SERIOUSLY, I WANTTO TELL HIM TO [bleep]

LASER IT, AND, LIKE--

- WHOA, WHOA,WHOA, WHOA. HOLD ON.

THIS COULD BE HAIR COMING DOWN--- OOH!

- A BRAID OR MAYBEPART OF THE BEARD.

- DON'T THEY HAVE BEARDS ANYWAY,LIKE, LONG BEARDS?

'CAUSE THEY'RE VIKINGS, RIGHT?- OH, YEAH.

- AND THEN THAT COULD BETHE EDGE OF YOUR HELMET I THINK.

- LET ME GO SKETCH SOMETHING UP,I THINK THAT'S GONNA WORK.

- GOOD LUCK ON THAT.

- TOMMY AND JASMINEGAVE ME SOME GREAT IDEAS.

BUT WORKING OUT THE DETAILSOF THIS COVER-UP

IS GONNA BE TOUGH.

WITH THIS TRIBAL RIGHT HERE,I CAN JUST USE THE BEARD

AND SHADE IT OUT WITH DETAILSAND FACE AND HAIR.

I'M GONNA USE A TRIBAL DESIGNAS A FOUNDATION

FOR THE HELMET AND BEARDOF THE VIKING.

'CAUSE IT'S THE ONLY WAYTO INCORPORATE

THIS GNARLY BLACK TRIBALINTO THE NEW TATTOO.

WHAT'S UP, BROTHER.- YO, YO.

- SO CHECK THIS OUT, MAN.- OH, WOW.

- RIGHT?- THAT'S BAD-ASS MAN.

- YEAH! MY MAN, DUDE.

- I AM DONE LOOKINGLIKE A BOY-BAND MEMBER.

TIME FOR THIS THING TO GO.

[hard rock music]

- DAMN, MAN! SO,LIKE, HOW DID YOU END UP

WITH THIS FRICKIN''90s TATTOO, MAN?

- OH, GOD. WHERE DO I BEGININ A STORY LIKE THIS?

TATTOOS, DRUNK, EQUALS,"I'M HOOKING UP TONIGHT."

- RIGHT.

- AND MAYBE THERE'SGONNA BE SOME BIKINIS.

- I LIKE THIS STORY SO FAR.

- THESE GIRLS WERE HOT.

- TRIPLE SEC! TRIPLE SEX!

[record scratches]- DID HE REALLY JUST SAY THAT?

- ALL RIGHT, BRO,YOU READY TO SEE THIS THING?

- LET'S SEE WHAT WE GOT THERE.- IT CAME OUT AWESOME, RIGHT?

- DUDE, I--OH, MAN.

- DAMN, MAN! SO, LIKE,HOW DID YOU END UP WITH THIS

FRICKIN' '90s TATTOO, MAN?

- GOD, WHERE DO I BEGININ A STORY LIKE THIS?

TATTOOS, DRUNK, EQUALS,"I'M HOOKING UP TONIGHT."

- RIGHT.

- AND MAYBE THERE'SGONNA BE SOME BIKINIS.

- I LIKE THIS STORY SO FAR.- I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.

I WAS GEEKY, YOU KNOW?I WAS A THEATER KID.

BUT JUST ALL I'MINTERESTED IN IS GIRLS,

YOU KNOW, IS FEMALES.

SO I HAVE THIS FRIEND OF MINETHAT'S IN THEATER,

AND SHE HAD A GROUP OF GIRLSTHAT, YOU KNOW,

WANTS TO, LIKE, YOU KNOW,KIND OF HANG OUT

AND WANTS US ALLTO GO DO SOMETHING.

AND, YOU KNOW,THEY WERE DOWN.

THESE GIRLS WERE HOT.OUT OF MY LEAGUE.

- OH, TRIPLE SEC! TRIPLE SEX![record scratches]

- OH!- DID HE REALLY JUST SAY THAT?

- YOU GOT BOOZE.- RIGHT.

- YOU JUST LOADED UP ON GAS.- RIGHT.

- YOU GOT THE CAR.- RIGHT.

- YOU GOT HOT CHICKS.- RIGHT.

- SO YOU'RE, LIKE, "I'MFOR SURE GETTING SOMETHING."

- WELL, I WAS HOPING FORSOME ACTION, THAT'S FOR SURE.

SO WE'RE WALKING ALONGAND THESE GIRLS JUST CAN'T STOP

TALKING ABOUT THESEFINE GUYS AT VENICE BEACH

AND HOW ALL THEIR TATTOOSARE JUST SO SEXY.

I WAS, LIKE, I GOTTADO SOMETHING TO GET THEIR FOCUS

BACK ON ME.

I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.I WAS, LIKE, "YOU KNOW WHAT?

"UH, EXCUSE ME, LADIES.

"BUT, UH, YOU KNOW,I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT

GETTING SOMEINK DONE MYSELF."

- AND THEY WERE,LIKE, "OH, MY GOD."

- YOU'LL BE, LIKE,A LITTLE LESS NERDY WITH IT.

- I PERKED UP LIKE I WASTHE COOLEST GUY IN THE WORLD.

SAW THE FIRST TATTOO SHOPAND JUST STRUTTED.

I GO UP TO THE BOARDAND I'M, LIKE, "NUMBER 254.

YUP, THAT'S KIND OF ROUND.THAT'S GOING RIGHT HERE.

SO WE SIT DOWNAND WE'RE DOING IT.

[screams]

AND I'M SITTING THERE ANDI'M JUST KIND OF WRAPPED UP

IN FEELING THAT PAINFOR THE FIRST TIME.

- ALL RIGHT, BIG MAN.ALL DONE.

- [grunting] HOWDOES IT LOOK, GUYS?

AND AT THAT POINT,I FELT MY PAGER GO OFF...

[pager beeping]AND THEN I GOT THE MESSAGE.

"WENT HOME."

- NO WAY, DUDE!

- I GOT USED FOR A RIDEAND A BOTTLE OF TRIPLE SEC

AND ALL I GOTWAS THIS STUPID TATTOO.

- OH, MY GOD, DOG!- DUDE.

- TRIBAL TATTOOFROM THE '90s, REALLY?

TO IMPRESS CHICKS, BRO?

POOR [bleep] DUDE, MAN.

- OKAY, SWEETHEART,I DREW OUT AN OWL FOR YOU.

- COOL.

THAT'S AWESOME.- DO YOU LIKE IT?

- I LOVE IT. THAT'S AWESOME.- GOOD. I'M GLAD.

BECAUSE I LOVE IT TOO.- YEAH!

- A BURNING FLAG ISA HORRIBLE IDEA FOR A TATTOO.

I HAVE TO GETTO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.

SO WHY THE HELL DID YOUGET A BURNING FLAG?

- I WASN'T REALLY MAKINGGOOD DECISIONS WHEN I WAS 19.

IT WAS MY FIRSTYEAR AWAY AT COLLEGE.

ME AND SOME FRIENDSWERE, LIKE, DRINKING BEERS,

SMOKING WEEDAND THAT KIND OF STUFF.

AND THERE WAS THIS RANDOM GUYNAMED SPIDER.

AND MY FRIEND WAS, LIKE,"OH, YEAH, SPIDER CAN ACTUALLY

GIVE GUYS TATTOOS."

- COOL, RIGHT?

- AND I WANT TO SHOW MY FRIENDSTHAT I'M, LIKE,

AS PUNK AS THEY ARE.

I'M, LIKE, "OKAY, WELL,

WHAT IF I GOT, LIKE,A BURNING FLAG?"

- "WHOA! THAT IDEA IS GREAT."- YOU'RE AN ANARCHIST.

- YEAH, SO I HAD ALLTHE SUPPORT OF MY FRIENDS.

WE GO UP TO THIS,LIKE, LITTLE TINY ATTIC.

I MEAN, HE JUST LITERALLY,LIKE, STARTED DRAWING,

LIKE, FREEHAND.

HE'S ALSO, LIKE,TAKING BONG HITS,

LIKE, WHILE HE'S DOINGTHE TATTOO.

- [laughs]- CHECK IT OUT.

- AND HONESTLY, LIKE,I THOUGHT IT WAS AWESOME.

- HIDING THE TATTOO--DID YOU COVER IT UP?

WERE YOU, LIKE--

- RIGHT AFTER I GOT IT,I WAS WALKING HOME ONE DAY

AND THIS HOMELESS GUYWAS, LIKE,

"DUDE, WHAT THE [bleep]?"

LISTEN, IF YOUWENT DOWN TO THE V.A.

AND SAW THE PEOPLEWHO'D COME HOME--

- GET HOME, MESSED UP, YEAH.- WHAT THEY'VE GIVEN UP.

- SO THAT WAS KIND OF,LIKE, A WAKE-UP CALL FOR YOU.

- YEAH.

THERE'S A LOT OF BAGGAGE THATCOMES WITH A TATTOO LIKE THAT.

- I CAN IMAGINE.- YOU KNOW?

I WANT TO TAKE MY KIDS,LIKE, TO THE BEACH OR WHATEVER

AND I DON'T WANTTO GET DIRTY LOOKS

OR HAVE THEM GET HASSLED.

- YEAH, WELL, DON'T WORRY,BECAUSE WHEN WE'RE FINISHED

IT'S GONNA BE A BRAND-NEW YOU.- ALL RIGHT, AWESOME.

- YEAH.

[tattoo needle buzzing]

- I GOT THIS CLIENT NAMED GREGTODAY, AND HE'S GOT A TATTOO

THAT REMINDS HIM OF SOMEBAD TIMES IN HIS LIFE

AND I WANT TO GET RIDOF THIS FOR HIM.

I'M GONNA USE HEAVY LINE WORKFOR THE GILLS OF THE FISH,

AND CAMOUFLAGE THE OUTLINEOF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN.

IT WILL GIVE THE PIECEA SENSE OF MOTION,

DRAWING YOUR EYE AWAYFROM THE TATTOO UNDERNEATH.

I REALLY HAVEA HARD DAY AHEAD OF ME

GETTING RIDOF THIS THING FOR HIM.

I DREW UP THIS IMAGE FOR YOUOF THESE TWO FISH

MAKING THE YIN-YANG SYMBOL.

- ALL RIGHT.

- THIS ONE WILL BE BLACK,THIS ONE WILL BE WHITE.

- SO WHEN YOU'RE SAYING,LIKE, WHITE, MY MIND INSTANTLY

GOES TO, LIKE, NO COLOR,LIKE, BLACK AND WHITE.

- NO! YOU'RE GONNAHAVE ALL COLOR IN THIS.

- OH, OKAY. GOOD.- YEAH, MAN. YEAH.

- THERE'S ALWAYS GONNABE SKEPTICISM

ON ANY TATTOO WORK I GETAFTER MY FIRST EXPERIENCE.

- YOU NEVER JUST COLORTHINGS WHITE, YOU KNOW?

- RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT.- EVEN THIS WHITE PAGE,

YOU BEND IT--YOU KNOW,

YOU HAVE A GREY SHADOWON IT.

- YEAH, AND THAT'S GONNA MAKESENSE WHEN IT'S, UH--

- OF COURSE, MAN.- ALL RIGHT.

WITH GREG, I KNEW THEREWAS A LACK OF TRUST

FOR TATTOO ARTISTSA LITTLE BIT.

I WANT GREG TO TRUST ME.I WANT TO WORK WITH HIM.

AND I JUST--I HAVETO GET IT DONE,

I HAVE TO BEA PROFESSIONAL.

[tattoo needle buzzing]- AND WE'RE OFF.

ONCE YOU GETTOTALLY SCREWED OVER,

IT'S REALLY HARD TO HANDYOURSELF COMPLETELY OVER

TO ANY ARTIST AGAIN.

BUT I AM SO READYTO GET RID OF THIS THING.

- WHY DON'T YOU EXPLAIN TO METHE STORY OVER HERE, DUDE?

- I REALLY WASN'T OFCLEAR MINDSET BACK THEN, MAN.

I ALMOST GOT MY BRAINSBLOWN OUT AND A BAD TATTOO.

- GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!

GO AHEAD, SHOOT ME!

- THIS IS ALLON A LUNCH BREAK.

- YEAH, THIS ISA LUNCH BREAK.

- I WANT YOU TO LOOKAT YOUR NEW MASTERPIECE.

- IT'S LIKE IT'S JUST--IT WAS--IT--OH, MY GOD.

- WHY DON'T YOU EXPLAIN TO METHE STORY OVER HERE, DUDE.

- I REALLY WASN'T OFCLEAR MINDSET BACK THEN, MAN.

I WAS DRINKING TOO MUCH.- OKAY.

- AND I'M WORKINGIN THIS LITTLE PLACE,

AND THERE WAS THISYOUNGER KID THERE, YOU KNOW,

AND HE JUST DECIDES,YOU KNOW, TODAY'S THE DAY.

- I'M GETTING A TATTOO.

- WELL, I HAD ALREADY HADA COUPLE OF BAD EXPERIENCES

WITH TATTOOS IN THE MILITARY,SO I SAID...

- MAN, I GOT YOUR BACK.

- DUDE! LET'S GO!- YEAH.

SO LUNCHTIME COMESAND WE START DRINKING.

WE ROLL UP ONTHIS LITTLE SHOP.

- I WAS THINKING SOMETHINGON MY NECK OR MAYBE ON MY FACE.

- AND I'M LOOKING AT SOME ARTAND ALMOST RIGHT AWAY,

I SEE THIS SILHOUETTE OF AN AMERICAN INDIAN ON A HORSE

WITH A SUNSET.

- LET'S DO IT!

- I JUST SAID "THE HELLWITH IT, MAN, I'LL GO FOR IT.

- "LET ME TAKE YOUTO THE TATTOO PARLOR

AND SHOW HIM WHAT TO DO."- RIGHT.

- OKAY.- LET ME IMPART

ALL MY WISDOMOF BAD TATTOOS ON YOU, RIGHT?

- ALL SET.- SO HE FINISHES.

AND I LOOK AT MY FRIENDAND MY FRIEND GIVES ME THIS

TILTED HEAD AND THEN HE JUSTSTARTS GOING, "OH, NO."

RIGHT?AND I JUST GET ANGRY.

- WHAT THE HELLDID YOU DO TO ME?

- NO, IT LOOKS GOOD, MAN.- I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

- NO, NO ONE GETSTHEIR MONEY BACK.

- I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

- SO I REACH ACROSSTHE COUNTER FOR THE DUDE.

HE PULLS HIS HANDFROM UNDER THE COUNTER.

DUDE, HE PUTS A .38 REVOLVERTO MY HEAD, MAN.

- GET THE [bleep]OUT OF HERE, DUDE!

- EASY!

- SO INSTEAD OF PUTTINGMY HANDS UP,

I JUST PUSHED AGAINST IT.

- GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!GO AHEAD, SHOOT ME!

- THIS IS ALLON A LUNCH BREAK.

- YEAH, THIS ISA LUNCH BREAK, RIGHT.

- WHAT WAS YOUR BUDDY DOING?

- SO HE PICKS ME RIGHT UP,

AND MY FEET ARE KICKING,MY ARMS.

AND THE GUY STILLHAS THE GUN POINTED AT US.

- WHAT THE HELLIS WRONG WITH YOU?

- SO YOU ALMOST DIEDWITH A BAD TATTOO.

- I ALMOST GOTMY BRAINS BLOWN OUT

AND A BAD TATTOO.

THAT WAS KIND OF MY NATUREBACK THEN, YOU KNOW?

I WAS WILD AND CRAZY, MAN,I WASN'T--

YOU KNOW, I WAS DRINKINGTOO MUCH BACK THEN.

- YEAH.

- AND THINGS WEREOUT OF CONTROL.

I DIDN'T PUT A LOTOF THOUGHT INTO STUFF.

- YEAH, I HEAR IT,I HEAR IT.

BUT NOW WE'LL DO THISBEAUTIFUL TATTOO FOR YOU.

YOU'LL NEVER HAVETO DEAL WITH IT AGAIN,

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

AND THEN WE MOVEFORWARD FROM HERE.

- THAT'S WHATI WANT TO HEAR, MAN.

- YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?20 YEARS GONE.

- YEAH, MAN.

[hard rock music]

- ALL RIGHT, BRO,YOU READY TO SEE THIS THING?

- I'M READY TO SEE IT, MAN.- GO STAND OVER THERE.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT,WE PART WAYS FOR A SPLIT SECOND

TO COOL OFF, OKAY?

I DON'T WANT YOUSCREAMING AT ME.

- I'M DYING TO SEE THIS THING.

I CAN'T WAITTO SEE MY NEW TATTOO.

I MEAN, SEVEN HOURSOF NEEDLES STICKING IN YOU.

I AM BEYOND READY.

OH, MAN. LET'S SEEWHAT WE GOT HERE.

OH, MY GOD.

OH, [bleep].

[laughs] DUDE, YOU [bleep]ROCK, MAN!

- [laughs]- HOLY [bleep].

- I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU, GREG.- I LOVE MY NEW TATTOO.

I CAN'T BELIEVE WHATHE DID WITH THE COLORS,

AND THE NEGATIVE SPACEWITH THE SKIN AS IT LOOPS AROUND

THE OUTSIDE IS SUCHAN ARTISTIC TOUCH.

AND THE WAY THE TOP FISHIS COMING RIGHT OUT AT YOU

WITH THE BACKGROUND,I NEVER THOUGHT THAT

YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO CREATETHAT KIND OF DEPTH

WITH A COVER-UP.

I MEAN, I FEEL LIKEI HIT THE TATTOO LOTTERY.

I CAN'T--UM, I DON'T GETSPEECHLESS TOO OFTEN, MAN--

- UH-HUH.- I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

- AND THEN I PUT YOUR SOBER DATEIN ROMAN NUMERALS,

RIDING RIGHT UP ON THE TOP THEREIN THE NEGATIVE.

- OH, MY GOD.

- THIS COVER-UPCAME OUT AWESOME.

THE DARK SHADINGAND THE LINE WORK

OF THE BLACK KOI FISH

WAS ABLE TO COVER THE MAJORITYOF THE ORIGINAL TATTOO.

- I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOWTHIS THING TO EVERYBODY, MAN.

- YEAH, MAN. MAYBE NOWYOU WON'T ROCK A FARMER'S TAN

ALL THE TIME, 'CAUSE NOWYOU CAN HAVE YOUR SHIRT OFF

AT PARTIES AND STUFF OF THATSORT, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

- THIS PIECE OF BODY ARTEXPRESSES EVERYTHING

THAT I'M WORKING EVERY DAYTO ACHIEVE, WHICH IS BALANCE.

THE YIN AND THE YANG OF LIFE.IT IS LIFE-CHANGING, ABSOLUTELY.

- I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOUTHIS THING, MAN.

- I NEED TO SEE THIS THING.

- YOU'RE DOING GREAT,BY THE WAY.

- THANKS.

- OKAY, I'M FINISHED.ARE YOU READY TO SEE IT?

- YEAH, I'M READY.

I CAN'T WAITTO SEE THIS TATTOO.

COVERING UP THISBURNING AMERICAN FLAG

ISN'T JUST COVERING UPA REALLY BAD PIECE OF ARTWORK,

IT'S COVERING UPTHE GUILT AND THE SHAME

THAT I'VE HADON MY ARM FOR 14 YEARS.

- SO I WANT YOUTO TURN AROUND RIGHT NOW

AND LOOK AT YOURNEW MASTERPIECE.

- ALL RIGHT.

OH, MY GOD.

THAT'S [bleep] AWESOME!

- THEY'LL NEVER BE ABLETO SEE THAT THING.

- WHOA.- GOTTA LOOK FOR IT.

- IT'S GREAT.

- [laughs] YOU'RE NOTGONNA BE ABLE TO FIND IT!

- YEAH, AND I NEVERWANT TO, EITHER.

THE FLAG IS GONE.

I MEAN, [bleep], YEAH,IT'S GONE!

I GOT THIS AWESOME OWL THAT--IT'S, LIKE, MY PERSONALITY.

IT'S, LIKE, IT'S ME.IT COMES THROUGH.

AND, YOU KNOW,I JUST LOVE IT.

I LOVE THE EYES.I LIKE HIS LITTLE TOES TOO.

- [giggles]- TALONS.

THAT IS BAD-ASS.- YEAH, IT IS BAD-ASS.

[laughs]

THE CONTRAST OF LIGHTS AND DARKSMAKES YOU LOOK DIRECTLY

AT THE OWL'S EYES.

THAT'S WHAT YOU'REGONNA FIRST STARE AT.

YOU'RE GONNA LOOKAT THE OWL'S EYES

AND THEN THE SCENERY'S BEAUTIFULBUT WHAT YOU DON'T REALIZE

IS THERE'S A BURNING FLAGUP BEHIND THE HEAD.

- IT'S TOTALLY,LIKE, A POSITIVE THING.

IT'S--LIKE, I CAN TAKE THE KIDSTO THE BEACH AND THE POOL.

I CAN CUT THE GRASS WITHOUT

HAVING TO WEARSLEEVES AND STUFF.

COVERING UP MY OLD TATTOOWITH THE BURNING FLAG

SHOWS RESPECTTOWARDS OUR COUNTRY

AND THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IT,

AND I'M REALLYLOOKING FORWARD

TO PROUDLY SHOWINGMY ARM NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.- NO PROBLEM.

- THANK YOU.

- KEVIN CAN KISSTHAT BURNING FLAG GOOD-BYE.

IT DOESN'T EVEN LOOK LIKE THEREWAS A FLAG UNDERNEATH THERE.

WHAT FLAG?I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.

[needle buzzing]

- YOU READY TO SEETHIS THING, HUH?

- I'M READY TO GO.DOES THAT MEAN I CAN GET UP NOW?

- OH, I'M DONE.

THAT WAS INTENSE.I DREW MY HEART OUT.

AND, UH, I JUSTHOPE HE LIKES IT.

ALL RIGHT, MAN.

- HOLY [bleep].

- RELAX YOUR ARM, MAN,SO YOU CAN SEE IT NATURALLY.

- ARE YOU FREAKINGKIDDING ME, MAN?

THAT IS RIDICULOUS.I'M SPEECHLESS, DUDE.

I'M STUTTERING AGAIN, DUDE.

I-I JUST DON'T KNOWWHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS.

- THAT'S AWESOME, MAN,THANK YOU.

- I CANNOT SEE ANY REMNANTSOF MY OLD TATTOO.

IT'S EVERYTHING THATI COULD HAVE WANTED.

IT'S GOT SO MUCH DETAIL IN IT,IT'S FLAWLESS.

I LOVE THIS THING,I'M TELLING YOU.

THE CHEEK, THE BEARD,THE HIGHLIGHTS IN THERE.

THE HORNS, LIKE--OH, MY GOD.

MAN, THIS TATTOOWAS A CLOSE ONE.

I ALMOST DIDN'TMAKE THIS COVER-UP.

BUT WHEN ALL'S SAID AND DONE,I KILLED IT.

THE DEEP SHADINGAROUND THE OLD TRIBAL,

WAS THE KEY TO MAKINGTHIS THING WORK.

ONCE I HAD THAT ALL INCORPORATEDINTO THE BEARD AND HELMET,

IT WAS ALL CRUISINGTO THE FINISH LINE AFTER THAT.

HEY, TOMMY, JASMINE.YOU GUYS WANNA SEE THIS THING?

- YEAH, LET'S CHECK THIS OUT.- THIS MASTERPIECE?

- EXCELLENT, DUDE.- ESPECIALLY THE HELMET.

- THAT WAS A GREAT IDEABY THE WAY, WITH THE HORNS--

DOING IT DARK ON THE BOTTOMLIKE THAT, WORKED OUT GREAT.

- AND IT'S NOT LIKE HE HADBULL-[bleep] ON HIS ARM,

HE HAD A [bleep] TRIBALON HIS ARM.

- DUDE, THAT THINGWAS GNARLY, MAN.

- YEAH.

I'M LEAVING HERE WITH A TATTOOTHAT I CAN SHOW TO PEOPLE

AND SOMETHING THAT'S GONNABOOST MY CONFIDENCE ONSTAGE.

AND JUST AS A PERSON.PERIOD.

I'M DONEWITH THE TRIBAL TATTOO.

- THANK YOUFOR COMING IN, MAN.

I DID NOT WANT TO DO THIS TATTOOWHEN I FIRST SAW IT.

YOU KNOW WHAT THOUGH, MAN?

THE END RESULT,I PULLED SOMETHING OFF

THAT I WAS REALLYSTRESSING ABOUT.

AND I'M STILL KIND OF,LIKE, "WOW, MAN, I DID IT."

YOU KNOW?SO...[exhales]

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