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What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas when you permanently ink it on your flesh.
VegasChatter reader @YouStayClassyVegas sent us a picture of his tattoo that proves his devotion to our fair city. This isn’t just some tiny tribute, but rather it covers his entire upper arm area and his guns appear to be rather sizable.
Apparently, the husband and wife with Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign tats aren't the only ones with skin in this game. No sooner did we share their story then the inkwell floodgates opened.
Matt M. shared his Las Vegas sign tattoo (seen above) with us, too, while Gina N. showed off the flamin' triple 7s (shown below) she got after winning a $1,500 jackpot at the Riviera on her favorite slot machine.
The other week we asked, "How Do You Collect Vegas?" While we got tickled seeing all the different ways people collect Vegas -- souvenir cups, do not disturb signs, room keys, poker chips, matchbooks, etc. -- we had to do a special shout-out to this permanent collection in honor of Vegas -- his and her tattoos.
Reader Jennifer S.P. tells us:
My husband and I had these done for our 20th anniversary. We met, were married and had two of our three kids there. We have alot of history there for sure.
Not only did Jennifer fill us in on this intimate detail, but she sent photos! Jennifer has the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on her back (below) while her husband has it on his arm (above).
Cold Justice is still a couple weeks away (and not set in Las Vegas, anyway) while midnight Bounty Hunters are tough to catch regularly. One sports gambling show has debuted to a giant pan of dud while another is on its way. So, what's a Las Vegas reality TV freak to do? Look for more shows, that's what.
Luckily For better or worse, there's no shortage lately.
One guy from Pussykat Tattoo Parlor and his sidekick randomly travel around the city in search of... you guessed it... bad ink they can fix. These punk rock dudes are seemingly extremely lucky with a great eye in finding the world's absolute worst tattoos. They find one poor sap who tattooed a wedding proposal on his leg right before his sweet Nina was deported and never heard from again. Another put a monkey on his stomach using his belly button for a butthole. In a tat ripped from the
headlines movies, a woman with "NO REGERTS." Then we see a guy with a Patrick Swayze tat. On his ass. Dude. The winner so far, though, is a the bikini clad suntanner with Pamela Anderson's mug below a gigantic back scorpion and above her ass crack. The scorpion gets approved while Pam must go.
Did someone really think a Pam Anderson tramp stamp was a good idea? Worse yet, unless she paid five bucks at a fly-by-night Hep-C carnival, what artist let her walk out their door with that buttface of a tattoo? Yeah, we're skeptical that at least some of these jobs weren't quickly and badly inked in the offices of TV producers.
Even with our doubts on authenticity, Bad Ink earns a slightly positive entertainment value over replacement TV. Assuming the final fixes are real, there is some talent on display. At the very least, camera crews venture into some Vegas spots that haven't been widely filmed, namely lots of Artisan with some
coincidentally sister property Rumor and Peppermill thrown in. So, while we haven't set a DVR season pass, we've tuned in to watch a lot, lot worse.
Bad Ink airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on A&E. You can catch previously aired full episodes online. As for the validity of their punk rock status, that's at least real. You can watch clips of their band, The Vermin, shout out a song titled FU Too and playing in several venues around Vegas, including BB King's and the Double Down on YouTube.
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We didn't realize their was this much zeal for ink. Famed tattoo artist and industry advocate Mario Barth is expanding his empire. A lot. He's moving a 1,250-square-foot Starlight Tattoo studio into the Mirage. It'll be located in the retail area on the way to the pool, inside the former Impulse gift shop. Contractor records value this as a $368,000 remodel. Fancy. Mario has worked on a roster of tatted celebrity clients including Lenny Kravitz, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and bunches of pro sports stars.
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Considering your first or next tat? As we've documented before, ink inspirations comes in different strokes for different folks. If you haven't been flushed with royal inspiration, aren't flush with Laura Croft money, don't want Caesar to stay here or Bill's closure didn't strike the same chord as Sahara's did, downtown's Commonwealth wants to tickle your fancy with a tat idea.
Ok. So, really, there's not much more to say about this story other than to repeat -- some guy hit a Royal Flush at Fiesta Rancho and got a tat... of Fiesta Rancho!
Station Casinos, Fiesta's parent company, is so amazed that it can't even tell us how much the Royal Flush paid out quite just yet. We're pretty much in awe, too. We've often dreamt of what we would do with a big win, but getting a tattoo honoring the casino it happened in didn't make the first, second, or 15th page of our wish list.
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There's a lot to cover in Las Vegas and your faithful VegasChatter crew aim to bring all that's worth printing to the web on a daily basis. Except weekends when we're out collecting even more Vegas tales. We like to listen as much as we like to talk about Vegas so we always want to hear from you, our readers. Not because the site would otherwise be a black hole devoid of content but because VegasChatter readers have great stories to share! What should you share with us? We've got ideas for that.
No one ever forgets their first time. Once the pain and shame has healed, tell the world about that awesome f'ing time spent breaking your Vegas cherry.
Earlier today, Hollywood tattoo artist Jeffery Page tweeted a shot of an Instagram page of a, ok, we're not sure but, bottom line, he put EBC on blast for turning him away after he stopped by for some relief from the heat. (Note: while not calling them out specifically, Page did refer to the venue as a "pool party at the Wynn" so dot-to-dot-to-dot.) The reason for his denial? Page reports he was told "excessive tattoos":
What do you get when 30,000 bikers, biker chicks, motorcycle enthusiasts, locals, tourists, and tattoos converge on Fremont Street? Other than a supersized Friday night downtown, it's the annual Las Vegas BikeFest weekend.
The big boy rides motor onto Fremont Thursday to Sunday for a few days of bike envy, leather, bikinis, art and competitions. Come for the bikes, including the Artistry in Iron competition amongst the world's best custom bike builders, and stay for the World’s Strongest Biker event. We're picturing grainy ESPN coverage of a huge dude named Magnus pulling ten Harleys with his teeth.
The other month we were stunned to see that Chippendales was selling hand sanitizer but it's not the only beefcake show in town selling all sorts of random gear. This here's a snapshot of some of the wares for sale at the Thunder From Down Under show at Excalibur. Simma' down now!
Aside from the calendars and posters and DVDs, there are some other funny things to purchase to commemorate your night with nearly naked dancing men.
A $5.95 keychain could be a fun memento to pick up without going over budget and even the license plate frame at $9.95 would be funny, too. (But, only if it said this instead.) The mousepad ($8.95) would be a great gag gift for a coworker as would be an assortment of pens and playing cards. However, the cowboy hat ($24.95) might be a little too much.
If a friend's buying, we'll usually let them call the shots for just about anything - red versus white, Italian versus burgers, LOVE versus Fator. Wait. We wouldn't go that far. We also wouldn't go as far as @chasingkadie on Twitter who told @lauracroft83 that she would get a crappy tattoo if she'd pay for it. Oh, sorry. We meant a tattoo of a crapper. Yes, a toilet.
For reasons that surely warrant a story of its own, @lauracroft83 (yes, that Laura Croft) loves the porcelain shrine, at least according to @chasingkadie. So during a "night of drunken extremes," the twosome ended up at what Kadie thinks was Starborn Tattoo and it was there that the "shitty kitty" was born: