January 20, 2009

Supporters seek Obama tattoos in D.C.

Washington tattoo parlor owners said the influx of people to the capital for President Barack Obama's inauguration brought many requests for Obama tattoos.

Tattoo artists in the District said the most popular Obama-themed tattoos have been the 44th president's campaign logo, the word Hope, and the popular red and blue Obama poster designed by artist Shepard Fairey, CNN reported Tuesday.

T.J. Mohler, who works at Jinx Proof Tattoos, said he was among those to obtain commemorative ink in the form of an Obama image on his leg.

When I look back in 50 years, it will remind me of the time and how excited everyone is, Mohler said.

Matt Fatty Jessup, owner of Fatty's Custom Tattooz and Body Piercing, said his store is having an Obamathan promotion that offers customers free $60 Obama '08 logo tattoos with purchase of another tattoo worth at least $200.

A lot of people are feeling very inspired and taken by this moment in our nation's history. And for many people, they are in town for this historic event, they want something to remember it by, he said.