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Dragon Slayer

Gus covers a dragon tramp stamp, Tommy fixes a man's belly button tattoo, and Jasmine saves a Marine.

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.

- THING'S GOTTA COME OFF.

narrator: NOW THREEOF THE COUNTRY'S BEST ARTISTS

HAVE JOINED FORCESTO OPEN A SHOP

THAT TACKLES THE MOST DIFFICULTTATTOO SPECIALTY--COVER-UPS.

- DEAL WITH ITSO I DON'T HAVE TO, PLEASE!

- I'VE BEEN TATTOOINGFOR 17 YEARS.

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

- I'M A NATURAL-BORNTATTOOER,

BUT COVER-UPSAREN'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'RE TURNINGDISASTER PIECES

INTO MASTERPIECES.

- IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

narrator:AS THEY TAKE ON THE WORST...

- HOW'D YOU GETTHIS THING, HUH?

- SIX BIKERS WALK IN--

narrator:AND HEAR THE CRAZIEST...

- YOU GOT TATTOOEDBY A BLIND WOMAN.

- YOU HAVE GLAUCOMA?

- DAMN!

narrator: YOU WON'T BELIEVETHE STORIES

BEHIND THESE TATTOO NIGHTMARES.

- I'LL MAKE SOME COFFEE.- DO IT.

ARE THOSE RINGS ON THE POT,LIKE, THE GOODNESS?

- THAT'S HOW MANY YEARS OLDIT IS, LIKE TREES.

[laughter]- LIKE TREES.

BEING IN THE SHOPWITH GUS AND JASMINE IS AMAZING.

WE HAVE SO MUCH FUN IN THE SHOP,IT DOESN'T EVEN FEEL LIKE WORK.

WITH SO MUCH CREATIVITY, ITREALLY MAKES OUR SHOP STAND OUT.

THERE'S TEN RINGS,SO THIS POT OF COFFEE'S

GOTTA BE TWO WEEKS OLD.- [laughs]

- TODAY, I GOT A CLIENTNAMED MICHELLE COMING IN,

AND APPARENTLY SHE HASA COVER-UP OF A COVER-UP.

OH, MAN, THIS ALREADY SOUNDSLIKE A FREAKIN' NIGHTMARE.

HEY, WHAT'S UP?- HI.

HI, I'M HERE TO GET A TATTOOCOVERED UP.

- WHAT DO YOU GOT?

- I'VE GOTAN UGLY DRAGON TATTOO,

AND NOW IT'S RUININGMY SEX LIFE WITH MY HUSBAND.

- OH, MAN.- YEAH.

- DAMN,THAT [bleep] IS BLACK!

- IT WAS ACTUALLYMY HIGH-SCHOOL CRUSH'S NAME,

AND I GOT ANOTHER TATTOOTO COVER IT UP.

- I'M SORRY, YOU'RE GONNAHAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

- [laughs]- YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE NOT MAKING

THE RIGHT DECISIONS.[laughter]

THIS TATTOO IS BLACK, DUDE.

IT GOES ACROSSHER LOWER BACK TOO.

IT'S GONNA BESO HARD TO FIGURE OUT A WAY

TO KIND OFSPREAD THIS INK OUT

AND NOT MAKE IT LOOKLIKE A TRAMP STAMP.

ARE YOU GONNA COVER MINE'S UPIF I DO YOUR TATTOO?

- NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

- 'CAUSE YOU'RE, LIKE,ON A ROLL WITH THE COVER-UPS.

- [laughs]YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

IF I GET THIS COVERED UP,THIS IS GONNA CHANGE MY LIFE.

I'VE BEEN WAITING TEN YEARSTO GET MY TATTOO COVERED,

AND NOW IT'S RUININGMY SEX LIFE WITH MY HUSBAND.

- BUT WHAT DO YOU WANTTO COVER IT WITH?

- UM, FLOWERS,SOMETHING GIRLY-GIRLISH.

- I GOT THE SEX LIFE OFTHESE TWO RIDING ON MY TATTOO?

THAT'S A LOTOF FREAKIN' PRESSURE.

ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE GONNABE ABLE TO HANDLE IT?

IT'S GONNA BE KIND OF BIG.- I'M POSITIVE. I'M READY.

- MAYBE I'LL DO SOME, LIKE,STEMS OR SOMETHING. LIKE--

IN ORDER TO CREATE SOMETHINGTO COVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS,

YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH ITSOMEHOW.

IF THE DESIGNTHAT I AM DOING

IS CONCENTRATED AROUNDSUCH A SMALL, DARK AREA

LIKE THAT DRAGON,THE EYE'S GONNA BE

IMMEDIATELY ATTRACTEDTO THE DARK ZONE,

AND THE COVER-UP'SGONNA FAIL.

I'M GONNA PUT COLORSSTRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

TO DISTRACT THE EYE FROM LOOKINGAT THAT REALLY SORE SPOT,

SO THAT HOPEFULLY,IT'LL DRAW THE EYE UP

DIRECTLY INTO THE FLOWERSTHAT I DESIGN.

- TODAY I GOT THIS CLIENTCOMING DOWN NAMED RYAN.

I GUESSHE'S GOT THIS GIRLY TATTOO.

A DUDE WITH A GIRLY TATTOO--YOU KNOW THERE'S A CRAZY STORY

BEHIND THIS ONE.

- I GOT A LITTLE TRAMP STAMP.- [laughing] OH, OKAY.

- IT MAKES ME LOOK LIKE A BITCH,AND I'M READY FOR IT TO GO, MAN.

- LET ME SEEWHAT YOU HAVE.

- DON'T LAUGH, MAN.- I WON'T LAUGH.

- [laughs]- WOW, MAN.

[laughter]

- IT'S A MALE TRAMP STAMP.

- IN 17 YEARS OF TATTOOING,I HAVE SEEN SOME STRANGE STUFF.

THIS GUY'S GOTA BELLY-BUTTON TATTOO,

AND THE GUY IS, LIKE,A DUDE'S DUDE.

LIKE, WHY IN THE HELL DOESHE HAVE A BELLY-BUTTON TATTOO?

- I DON'T EVEN WANTTO TAKE MY SHIRT OFF ANYWHERE.

THE WORST THINGABOUT THIS TATTOO IS

I FEEL EMBARRASSEDIN FRONT OF MY FAMILY.

IT'S THE WORST THING I COULDPOSSIBLY HAVE ON MY BODY.

MY MOTHER DOESN'T LIKE TATTOOSWHATSOEVER.

- YOU HAD TO HIDE 'EM.- HATES 'EM, HATES 'EM,

MY MOTHER WOULDN'T TALK TO MEFOR A COUPLE WEEKS.

MY DAD LOOKS AT MEAND JUST SHAKES HIS HEAD.

MY BROTHER LAUGHS AT ME.I RUINED MYSELF. IT NEEDS TO GO.

- NOW, WHAT ARE YOUTHINKING OF GETTING, MAN?

- SOMETHINGTO SHOW STRENGTH, POWER.

- I FEEL LIKESOMETHING SYMMETRICAL

WOULD WORK REALLY WELL,YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?

- THAT WOULD--THAT WOULD BE PERFECT.

- COME ON BACK TO MY STATION.- ALL RIGHT, THANKS, MAN.

[door bells jingle]

- I HAVE A CLIENT, ROB,COMING DOWN TODAY.

ROB IS A MARINE,AND HE'S GOT A TATTOO,

AND I GUESS IT'S REALLY BEENUPSETTING HIM FOR A LONG TIME.

- I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY.

I'M HERETO GET A TATTOO FINISHED.

I'VE WAITED, LIKE, 26 YEARS.I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER.

- ALL RIGHT, LET ME--LET ME JUST TAKE A PEEK.

- SURE.

OORAH.[chuckles]

- HOLY [bleep].

ROB'S UNITED STATES MARINE CORPSTATTOO IS SLANTED AND BLOWN OUT.

MY DADDY'S A MARINE,

SO IT ALWAYS BOTHERS MEWHEN I SEE

AN ARMED FORCES TATTOODONE THAT BAD.

SO I NEED TO FIND OUTWHAT'S GOING ON.

COME SIT OVER HERE.- OKAY.

THIS TATTOO WASA TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHERS

THAT WERE BRUTALLY MURDEREDIN BEIRUT, LEBANON,

BUT IT WAS NEVER FINISHED.

NOW I'M READY TO PUT26 YEARS OF PAIN BEHIND ME

AND TURN IT INTO HONOR.

I HAD THIS TATTOO DONE SHORTLYAFTER I GOT OUT OF THE CORPS

AND HADMY HONORABLE DISCHARGE.

THE TATTOOWAS SUPPOSED TO BE A MEMORIAL.

UNFORTUNATELY,IT NEVER GOT FINISHED.

- LET ME SEE YOUR ARMFOR A SEC,

BECAUSE YOU SEE,IT'S SLOPING DOWN.

- IT IS, HUH?- NOT ONLY DOES ROB HAVE

A TECHNICALLY BAD TATTOOWITH SLANTED, BAD LETTERING,

BUT IT'S ALSO SOMETHING

THAT HE'S BEEN CARRYINGAROUND WITH HIM

THAT'S CAUSING HIMREAL EMOTIONAL PAIN.

YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THISHAS GOT TO BE BAD.

SO WHAT DO YOU WANT?- I'D LIKE TO GET, LIKE,

THE EAGLE, GLOBE, AND ANCHORFOR SURE.

I WANT TO TAKE THE MEMORYFROM MY MIND

AND PUT IT ON MY ARMAND PAY TRIBUTE.

- COME ON,LET'S GET STARTED.

THE HARDEST THINGABOUT THIS TATTOO

IS INCORPORATINGALL THE NEW ELEMENTS,

WHILE STILL KEEPING THENEW DESIGN BALANCED ON HIS ARM.

I GOTTA MAKE THISTHE BEST I POSSIBLY CAN.

THESE PEOPLE DIEFOR OUR COUNTRY.

THEY KEEP US SAFE.

THE STRATEGY FOR THIS TATTOO ISTO TRY TO ENHANCE THE LETTERING

WITH THE PASSIVE HIGHLIGHTSAND SHADOW,

AND THEN HOPEFULLYBUILD A NEW EAGLE,

GLOBE, AND ANCHOROFF OF THAT,

AND IF I CAN'T GET IT RIGHT,I'M NOT JUST LETTING ROB DOWN,

BUT ALSO THE MEMORYOF ALL THOSE FALLEN MARINES.

THE STAKES OF THIS TATTOOCOULDN'T BE ANY HIGHER.

- LET'S GET THIS READY.- [laughs]

- SO CHECK THIS OUT.

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.

- [squeals]IT'S SO PRETTY!

I CAN'T WAIT.IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

- NICE!

- I'M ABOUT TO GETMY TATTOO,

AND I'LL ADMIT,I'M A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS.

YOU KNOW, WHAT IF MY HUSBANDDOESN'T LIKE IT?

WHAT AM I GONNA DO?

- WELL, ALL RIGHT.

- [whines]

- HOW DID YOU END UP GETTINGA COVER-UP OF A COVER-UP, HUH?

TALK TO ME.- IT WAS, LIKE,

END OF MY SENIOR YEAR,

AND I WOULD DO ANYTHINGFOR THIS GUY.

SO I THOUGHT, "I'M GONNA GO GETA TATTOO OF HIS NAME,"

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?IT JUST RUINED MY LIFE.

- PSYCHO BITCH.

- THE NEXT DAY,THERE WAS ALREADY RUMORS.

- DID YOU GETA TATTOO OF MY NAME?

- YEAH, I DID.DON'T YOU LOVE IT?

- PSYCHO BITCH.

- 14 YEARS OF [bleep]COVERED UP.

- I'M BUGGIN' OUT, MAN,BUGGIN' OUT.

- YOU READY?

- HOLY SH--

- HOW DID YOU END UP GETTINGA COVER-UP OF A COVER-UP, HUH?

TALK TO ME.

- THERE WAS THIS BOYTHAT I LIKED IN SCHOOL.

IT WAS, LIKE,THE END OF MY SENIOR YEAR,

AND I LOST MY VIRGINITYTO THIS GUY.

- WAS HE YOUR BOYFRIEND OR--

- I WANTED HIMTO BE MY BOYFRIEND,

AND I THOUGHTHE WOULD LIKE ME MORE

IF I WENT OUT AND I GOTA TATTOO OF HIS NAME.

- SO THIS TATTOOWAS SUPPOSED TO, LIKE,

SEAL THE DEAL,LIKE A STAMP ON AN ENVELOPE.

- WELL, THE NEXT DAY, PEOPLEWERE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT ME.

THERE WAS ALREADY RUMORS.

- DID YOU GETA TATTOO OF MY NAME?

- YEAH, I DID, LOOK.

DON'T YOU LOVE IT?

- PSYCHO BITCH.

- HE NEVER TALKED TO MEAFTER THAT.

- DAMN!

- I WENT BACKTO THE TATTOO ARTIST,

AND I SAID TO HIM,

"I WANT TO GETTHIS STUPID NAME OFF ME.

"I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU COVER ITUP WITH--JUST COVER IT UP."

- WHAT ABOUT THAT DRAGON?

THAT'S THE ONLY ONETHAT'LL WORK.

- SO I SAID,"ALL RIGHT, FINE."

- [laughing]WHAT?

- I ENDED UPGETTING MARRIED TO, LIKE,

REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLYHANDSOME, GOOD-LOOKING GUY.

I LOVE MY HUSBAND.- NICE.

- THE ONLY THING IS,IT'S RUINING MY SEX LIFE

WITH MY HUSBAND.

I NOTICETHAT HE COVERS MY TATTOO.

I SAID, "NEXT TIME WE HAVE SEX,WHY DON'T YOU, LIKE,

"MOVE YOUR HANDS,LIKE, ON MY BOOBS

OR, LIKE,PULL MY HAIR?"

HE'S LIKE,"YOUR TATTOO IS JUST UGLY."

- DAMN!- YEAH.

- MAN, MICHELLE'SA GOOD-LOOKING GIRL,

AND IF A GIRL LIKE THATCAN'T GET LAID,

THAT'S A DEFINITETATTOO NIGHTMARE.

I'LL MAKE SUREYOUR OLD MAN'S HAPPY.

- THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

- ALL RIGHT, SWEETHEART.HERE, TAKE A PEEK AT THIS.

MY CLIENT TODAYHAS AN UNFINISHED USMC TATTOO

ON HIS ARMTHAT WE REALLY NEED TO FIX,

BECAUSE HE CAN'TWALK AROUND LIKE THAT,

ESPECIALLYIF HE'S A MARINE.

MAKE SUREEVERYTHING'S CORRECT.

- COOL.

WHEN WE WEAR THESE EMBLEMS,YOU GOTTA REMEMBER,

THERE'S A LEFT AND A RIGHT.

THE ANCHORS FACE INBOARD.

YOU HAVE TO REVERSE IT, OR I'MGONNA MAKE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE,

AND I WILL GET RAZZED ON THAT.- OH, THANK GOD YOU SAID THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

OH, MY GOD,THAT WAS CLOSE!

THE LAST THING I WANT TO DOIS MAKE ROB'S TATTOO WORSE.

MY HEART IS POUNDINGRIGHT NOW.

HE'S BEEN HURTINGFOR A LONG TIME,

AND IF THIS TATTOOIS JUST A LITTLE OFF,

HE'S GONNA BECARRYING THAT PAIN WITH HIM

FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

OKAY, SO IT'S FACINGTHE RIGHT WAY.

DO YOU LIKE THAT?

THAT LOOKS GOOD.

YEAH, I'M GOOD WITH THAT.- YEAH?

- I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS.

IT'S GOTTA JUST BE RIGHT.

I'M REALLY HOPING THAT WHENI GET THIS TATTOO PUT ON ME,

THAT I'LL HAVE SOME CLOSUREAT THE END OF THE DAY.

- LET'S GO.[tattoo needle buzzing]

MAN, I KNOW THAT ROB'S STORYIS GOING TO BE CRAZY.

I'M ALMOST NERVOUSTO HEAR IT.

ALL RIGHT,HERE WE GO.

SO HOW DID YOU END UP WITHTHIS JACKED-UP MEMORIAL TATTOO?

- WELL, I JOINEDTHE MARINE CORPS

WHEN I WAS17 YEARS OLD.

OUR MISSION WAS TO GO ANDRELIEVE THE MARINES IN BEIRUT.

AFTER BEING, LIKE,ON THE SHIP FOR ABOUT A MONTH,

THE SHIP JUSTCOMES TO A SUDDEN STOP.

[bleep] HIT THE FAN.

WE FIND OUTA COUPLE OF HUNDRED MARINES

HAVE BEEN KILLEDIN BEIRUT, LEBANON.

- OH, MY GOODNESS,THAT'S HORRIBLE.

- PRESIDENT REAGANSENT A MESSAGE TO THE SHIP--

"WE NEED TO ABORT THE MISSION,AND WE'RE NOT GOING IN."

IT JUST AFFECTED MEALL MY LIFE, YOU KNOW?

- I CAN IMAGINE.THAT'S NOT SOMETHING

YOU COULD JUST FORGET ABOUT,YOU KNOW?

- I WISH IT WAS USTHAN THE GUYS THAT WERE THERE,

BECAUSE THEY ALREADY WERE THEREFOR, LIKE, ALMOST A YEAR,

AND THEY NEEDED TO GET HOME.

- THIS PIECE ISN'TJUST SOME FLASH OFF THE WALL.

IT SYMBOLIZESSO MUCH MORE,

AND THAT MAKES THE STAKESSO MUCH HIGHER.

SO WHEN DID YOU GET--

WHEN EXACTLYDID YOU GET THE TATTOO, THEN?

- I GOT THE TATTOO WHENI WAS OUT OF THE CORPS ALREADY

BY GOING TO THIS ONE SHOP.

THE GUY SAYS,"CAN I HELP YOU?"

AND I TOLD HIM,"I WANT USMC,

"AND THEN I WANTTHE EAGLE, GLOBE, AND ANCHOR

AS A TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHERSTHAT HAVE FALLEN."

HE STARTSDOING THE TATTOO ON ME,

AND I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.HE WAS GOUGING ME.

- AH![inhales sharply]

AH, NO, NO, NO.STOP, STOP, STOP.

- HUH?- MAN, IT'S TOO MUCH.

- I TOLD HIMTHAT I WAS DONE,

AND HE SAID, "YOU WANT TOCOME BACK AND FINISH IT?"

AND I SAID, "SURE."

- AH, I'LL COME BACKNEXT WEEK.

- A WEEK LATER,I COME BACK TO FINISH MY TATTOO,

AND I FINDTHE SHOP BURNED DOWN.

- OH, MY GOODNESS,WHAT HAPPENED?

- YEAH, I WAS JUST SO ADAMANTAT FINDING THIS GUY.

[siren wailing]HE STARTED IT,

AND I WANTED HIMTO FINISH IT,

BUT I NEVER FOUND HIM--I GAVE UP.

- YOU ALL RIGHT?

- YOU KNOW, YOU JUST FEEL LIKE--MARINES AREN'T COWARDS, MAN.

- OH, JESUS.

- MY CLIENT RYANIS A TOUGH GUY

WITH A STRAIGHT-UP GIRLY SUNTATTOOED ON HIS BELLY BUTTON.

TO COVER IT UP,HE WANTS SOMETHING STRONG

THAT'S REALLYGONNA WORK WITH HIS BODY.

- OH, WHAT YOU DOING, MAN?

- HE'S GOT THISON HIM, BRO...

- OH.- AROUND HIS BELLY BUTTON.

- AROUND HIS BELLY BUTTON?

- YEAH.- DOES HE HAVE A PIERCING?

[laughter]- I'M GONNA SHOW HIM THIS.

[both laugh]

- YO, ALL SCARRED UP.

TO COVER A SCARRED TATTOOIS DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE,

BECAUSE IT'S HARDERTO GET INK INTO THE SCAR,

AND ALSO, THE SCAR RAISES UPAS YOU'RE WORKING ON IT.

- OH, SNAP.

- SO--BUT THIS IS REALLYWHAT I'LL DO FOR HIM.

- OH, THAT LOOKS GOOD,DUDE.

- WITH RYAN'S TATTOO,I'M GONNA DO A WARRIOR MASK,

USING SOME OFTHE EXISTING LINE WORK

TO RUN ACROSSTHE NOSE OF THE MASK.

I'M GONNA USE SOME OFTHE LINE WORK UNDER THE CHEEKS.

- TYPICALLY, I MAKE TATTOOSLOOK LIKE THEY KIND OF

FALL INTO THE BODY,AND THEY'RE APPROPRIATE.

THIS, I'M GONNA MAKE IT LOOKLIKE AN EMBLEM

OR A STICKER ON HIM.

ALL RIGHT, BRO, CAN I SEEYOUR STOMACH REAL QUICK?

I JUST WANT TO--THAT SHOULD FIT.

SO, UM,HOW DOES THAT LOOK?

- THAT IS EXACTLYWHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!

[laughter]

MAN, HOW DID YOUFIGURE IT OUT?

[laughter]

- I ACTUALLYDREW UP THIS FOR YOU, MAN.

- DUDE,THAT IS SWEET, DUDE.

- I FEEL LIKE,IT BEING VERY SYMMETRICAL,

IT'LL REALLYWORK WITH YOUR STOMACH,

WITH, YOU KNOW,WITH YOUR ABS AND ALL THAT.

- IT IS PHENOMENAL.- YOU DIG IT?

- HONEST TO GOD,I REALLY DO, MAN.

- AWESOME.- [bleep].

ALL RIGHT, LET ME JUSTMAKE A STENCIL,

AND WE'LL GET STARTED ON YOU.

- I THINK THE DRAWINGTHAT TOMMY SHOWED ME--

IT'S GONNA FITRIGHT ON MY BODY,

IT'S GONNALOOK GREAT THERE,

AND NOBODY'S GONNA BELAUGHING AT ME.

- IT'S ON.

HOW'D YOU GETTHIS THING?

LET'S HEAR THE STORY.- HAD A BADASS NIGHT.

HAD SOME GIRLS WITH ME,DRINKING ALL NIGHT.

"MIGHT AS WELL GET A TATTOO

AND MAKE MYSELFACTUALLY REALLY COOL."

- I WALK IN THE HOUSE.

- WHAT?LET ME SEE THAT.

OH, MY GOD!

- LOSING IT!LOSING IT!

- I AM A GROWN-ASS MAN.

- WITH A SUNSHINEON YOUR BELLY.

- STAND UP SLOWLY.

- I WON'T PEEK.- NO PEEKING,

NO PEEKING,NO PEEKING.

- I'LL KEEP MY EYES CLOSED.- NO PEEKING.

- OH!- OKAY.

- PEEK!

- OH, GOD.[sobs]

[tattoo needle buzzing]

- THERE'S DEFINITELYGOTTA BE A STORY BEHIND THIS.

- WHENEVER YOU HEARABOUT A STRAIGHT GUY

ACCIDENTALLYDECORATING HIS NAVEL,

YOU KNOW THERE'S GOTTA BEA GOOD STORY BEHIND THAT.

- I HAD A BADASS NIGHT.

HAD SOME GIRLS WITH ME,DRINKING ALL NIGHT.

- YOU'RE THE MAN, HUH?

- I WAS THE MAN AT THE TIME.I ENJOYED IT.

- [laughs]

- NEXT MORNING,I'M WALKING HOME,

AND I NOTICETHIS SHOP,

AND IT SAYS "TATTOO"IN ORANGE LETTERS ON THE SIDE.

- MM-HMM.- I'M LIKE, "HMM.

"I ALWAYS WANTED A TATTOO,AND I STILL GOT A BUZZ ON.

MIGHT AS WELL DO IT NOW."

I'M LOOKING AROUNDAT ALL THE THINGS ON THE WALL,

AND I SEE A SUN.

- YOU'RE TELLING ME,OUT OF THE THOUSANDS OF DESIGNS

HE HAD ON HIS WALLS--- THAT STRUCK MY FANCY.

AND I'M LIKE, "I'M NOT GONNAGET ANYTHING ON MY ARMS.

MY MOM WOULD SEETHAT ONE THERE."

SO I'M LIKE, "GIVE METHAT TATTOO ON MY BELLY BUTTON."

HE GOES, "YOU SURE?"

I'M LIKE, "DUDE, I'VE NEVER BEENSO SURE IN MY LIFE."

WELL, HE STARTSDRILLING ON ME.

FINALLY, HE'S LIKE,"WHAT DO YOU THINK, BRO?"

OH, [bleep], MAN.

- INSTANT REGRET?- INSTANT REGRET.

- CHEER UP.YOU GOT A SUN ON YOU.

THAT'S ALL FLAMINGAND EVERYTHING, BRO.

THERE YOU GO.

- HAD YOU EVENBEEN IN A TATTOO SHOP BEFORE?

- THIS WAS THE FIRST TIMEI WAS EVER IN A TATTOO SHOP.

- THIS ISYOUR FIRST TATTOO?

- THIS IS MY FIRST TATTOO.- OH, NO, DUDE.

- HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?NOW, HERE'S THE THING--

I LIVE WITH MY PARENTS.

AS SOON AS I OPEN THE DOOR...

- WHAT? LET ME SEE THAT.[gasps]

OH, MY GOD!- OH!

- STARTS CRYING, GOING,"OH, MY GOD! OH, MY GOD!

YOU DISGRACED YOURSELF!YOU DISGRACED YOUR BODY!"

SHE'S FREAKING OUT.- FULL-ON ITALIAN OPERA.

- LOSING IT, LOSING IT.

- I AM A GROWN-ASS MAN.

- WITH A SUNSHINEON YOUR BELLY!

- MY GIRLFRIENDHAD THAT TATTOO.

both: BE QUIET!

- MY MOTHER WOULDN'T TALK TO MEFOR TWO WEEKS.

SAID, "MY SON IS NO LONGERMY SON--HE'S MY DAUGHTER."

- OH!- [laughs]

- SO WE'RE ALMOST DONE.

THIS IS THE LAST THINGI NEED TO DO,

AND THEN YOU'RE DONE.

- [mumbling]ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.

- YOU'RE A [bleep] MARINE,SO I WANT TO HEAR IT.

- OORAH! HUH!- [laughs]

- GET SOME!

- WE ARE FINALLY FINISHED.ARE YOU READY TO SEE IT?

- I'M READY TO SEE IT.

I FEEL NERVOUS. ALL THOSE YEARSOF PAIN AND SUFFER,

AND HAVINGA INCOMPLETE TATTOO ON YOU.

- STAND UP SLOWLY.

- IT'S GOTTA BE UP TO PARFOR MARINE CORPS STANDARD.

- NO PEEKING. OH!- OKAY.

- PEEK!

- OH, MY GOD,I'M A [bleep] BADASS!

I'M SO EXCITED!

THIS IS THE BEST THINGI COULD EVER HAVE ON MY BODY.

I'M JUST SO OVERWHELMEDWITH JOY NOW IN MY HEART.

LIFE IS GONNA CHANGEWITH THIS CLOSURE.

IT'S JUST BEEN TOO LONG.ALL THOSE YEARS, YOU KNOW,

OF PAIN AND SUFFER, AND TODAY,I FEEL PROUD.

I FEEL PROUD LIKETHE WAY A MARINE SHOULD FEEL.

MARINE CORPS.OORAH!

- YOU KNOW WHAT? SOMETIMESWE DON'T NEED TO COVER STUFF UP.

- [whistles]- SOMETIMES WE CAN JUST

ENHANCE IT AND MAKE ITTO WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.

THE CRITICAL PARTTO MAKE THIS NEW TATTOO WORK

WAS TO ENHANCE THE LETTERINGTO MAKE IT FLOW.

ONCE I WAS ABLE TO BALANCETHE FOUNDATION OF THE LETTERING,

THEN I COULD BUILDTHE EAGLE, GLOBE,

AND ANCHORTO SHINE ON ITS OWN.

- I'VE NEVER FELT LIKE THISIN MY WHOLE LIFE.

I'M JUST SO HAPPY.

OH. OH, MAN.- YEAH, YOU DESERVE IT.

- OH, GOD! [sobs]- YOU ALL RIGHT?

- YEAH.

[sniffs]

[sobbing] [indistinct]HOLD IT INSIDE.

[sobs]

OH, MY GOODNESS!WOW!

- HIS REACTIONIS JUST PRICELESS.

IT MADE ME FEEL LIKEEVERYTHING I DID WAS WORTH IT,

AND I DID IT RIGHT.

- YES! [grunts]

- OH, MY GOD.

- FEW MORE MINUTES, ANDYOU'RE OUTTA HERE, ALL RIGHT?

- 14 YEARS OF [bleep]COVERED UP.

YOU'LL BE PROUD OF THIS,DUDE, FOR SURE.

- I CAN'T WAITTO SEE IT.

- I AM ABSOLUTELY PSYCHEDON RYAN'S COVER-UP.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW HIM,SO HE KNOWS

THAT 14 YEARS OF HAVINGTHIS AWFUL TATTOO IS OVER.

- LET ME CHECK THIS OUT.

- YOU READY?- OKAY.

OH, MY GOD.

HOLY [bleep]!DUDE, YOU ARE THE MAN.

THAT IS SICK, DUDE.HOLY [bleep].

- PSYCHED, BRO?

- OH, MY--YOU CAN'T EVENSEE WHERE IT WAS.

IT IS PHENOMENAL.

IT'S THE MOST AMAZING THINGI'VE EVER SEEN.

I MEAN, IT'S SO BRIGHT,SO VIVID,

SO PERFECT, SO SYMMETRICAL.IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

I CAME OUT WITH THE BEST TATTOOI COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.

- YOU BUGGIN'?

- I'M BUGGIN' OUT, MAN.BUGGIN' OUT.

- [laughs]- IT'S ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS

I'VE EVER SEEN, MAN.YOU ARE THE MAN.

- HEY, I KNEW THIS TATTOOWAS GONNA BE DIFFICULT.

SCARRING ABSOLUTELYPOSES PROBLEMS FOR A COVER-UP,

AND THICK, DARK LINES, THAT'STHE HARDEST THING TO COVER,

AND THEN THE FACT THAT THEY RIDERIGHT UP ON THE BELLY BUTTON

LIKE THAT, I HAVE TOWORK INTO HIS BELLY BUTTON,

SO THAT YOUR EYE DOESN'TFOCUS ON THE MIDDLE.

WHEN HE WAS SO HAPPY WITH ITAND SO ECSTATIC ABOUT IT,

IT JUST--IT'S AWESOME.

- I'M, LIKE,ON TOP OF THE WORLD RIGHT NOW.

THE FIRST PERSON I'M GONNA SHOWTHIS TATTOO IS MY MOTHER.

THERE'LL BE NO CRYING OR SIGNSOF THE HOLY CROSS THIS TIME.

NOBODY'S GONNA BELAUGHING AT MY STOMACH NOW.

- CHANGED MY LIFE,BROTHER.

- YES, KID!- SEE YOU, BRO.

- ALL RIGHT, GIRL,YOU'RE DONE.

- OH, MY GOD,I'M, LIKE, WET.

[laughs] SWEATY NOW.

- COME ON, GIRL.

AFTER 17 YEARSOF WAITING,

LET'S SEE HOW MUCHYOU LIKE THIS THING, HUH?

YOU SUREYOU WANT TO SEE THAT?

- I WANT TO SEE IT.HURRY UP! [laughs]

- WELL, LOOK AT IT THEN.JESUS! [indistinct]

- [gasps] OH, MY GOSH!IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!

- GOT A BEAUTIFUL BACKAGAIN, GIRL.

- I LOVE IT.

OH, MAN,THAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. [sobs]

- AW!

17 YEARS OF LIVING WITHTHAT BULL[bleep] IS GONE.

- I DIDN'T EXPECTTO GET SO EMOTIONAL.

IT WAS JUST--IT WAS CLOSURE FOR ME.

LIKE, ALL THOSE BAD MEMORIESAND EXPERIENCES

THAT I HAD IN MY SENIOR YEARARE GONE.

THEY'RE LEFT BEHIND,NO MORE.

NOW IS, LIKE, THE BEGINNINGOF THE REST OF MY LIFE.

IT JUST--I'M SO HAPPY.- AW!

YOUR COVER-UPIS RIGHT HERE.

- WELL, I CAN'T EVEN SEETHE COVER-UP.

- THAT'S RIGHT.

DOWNWARD STEMS AND LEAVESWORKED PERFECTLY

TO DISTRACT THE EYESFROM THE HORIZONTAL DRAGON,

SO BY BREAKING UPTHE BLACK OF THE DRAGON,

I WAS ABLETO PULL THE EYE UP

INTO THESE WHOLE NEW FLOWERSTHAT I CREATED ON TOP.

WHAT DO YOU THINKYOUR MAN'S GONNA THINK ABOUT IT?

- I'M A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS,YOU KNOW?

I STARTED THINKING,"GOSH, WHAT IF MY HUSBAND

DOESN'T LIKETHE TATTOO?"

- I'M HERETO PICK UP MICHELLE.

- GUS!- YO.

- MICHELLE'S HUSBAND'SHERE.

- I MEAN, WE GO HOMEAND WE HAVE SEX,

HE'S THE ONE THAT'S GONNA BELOOKING AT IT, YOU KNOW?

- DUDE, I HOPEHER HUSBAND LIKES IT.

- HOW YOU DOING?- HI, HOW ARE YOU?

- WELL, COME OVER HERE.YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT IT

FROM OVER HERE,MAN.

IF I COME UP SHORT, HER MANMAY NEVER HIT THAT THING AGAIN.

- WOW,THAT'S SOME GOOD WORK.

- YEAH?- YEAH.

- [laughs] HE LIKED IT!- YOU CAN MOVE YOUR HANDS,

LIKE, YOU KNOW?WE CAN HAVE SOME FUN TONIGHT.

- LET'S JUST SAYMICHELLE'S HUSBAND

IS GETTING SOME FLOWERS TONIGHT,COURTESY OF BIG JEEZY.

- OH!- I LOVE YOU.

- ALL RIGHT, THIS ISUNCOMFORTABLE. LET ME GET OUT--

[laughter]

- MY PANTIES ARE WET.

I JUST WANT TO GET HOMEAND JUST DO IT WITH MY MAN.

I FEEL MORE,LIKE, FEMININE.

- THAT'S COOL, MAN.- YEAH.

YES, DEFINITELYLOOKS COOL.

YOU CHANGED MY LIFE, LIKE,FOREVER NOW.

- YOU COULD TELLSHE WAS FULL OF JOY, MAN.

THAT--DUDE, THAT MADE MEFEEL GOOD. I LOVE IT.

THAT'S WHAT I DO, SAVE MARRIAGESBY COVERING UP TRAMP STAMPS,

ONE DAY AT A TIME.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TATTOO,DONE AT OUR SHOP.

10-69, WE'RE OUT.- OVER AND OUT.

- WE'RE OUT NOW.- [laughs]

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