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NEW POST!

Posted in ANNOUNCEMENTS by misterroadtripper on December 16, 2010

The latest edition of my weekly column for vanishingtattoo.com just got posted! Here’s a sample. Click at the end, for more.

Kat Von Perfect

Bob Baxter’s

TATTOO CHRONICLES

WOULD YOU DO A REALITY SHOW?

That’s a good question. Hey, think about it. All you have to do is live your life in the usual manner: eat Cheerios for breakfast, kiss the baby, walk the dog and, if you are a tattoo artist, ink one of your favorite customers—all with a big, fat smile on your face. Hello, fame and fortune! Sure, a cameraman will be tracking your every move, but so what? For a pot of gold an episode, who wouldn’t? Lots of people. But, no matter how you slice and dice it, once those corporate lawyers get a hold of you, the whole well-intentioned project will end up like Albert Brook’s 1979 movie, Real Life, that’s why.

In case you missed it, Real Life was all about a carefully-selected family, headed by papa Charles Grodin, who literally came apart in front of the big, white video cameras perched on the heads of the ever-present crew members. It’s all fine and good to have your finest moments captured for all to see—telling your favorite joke, accepting a humanitarian award, tattooing Angelina Jolie—but what about the time you poked the tattoo needle into your thumb or the conversation you had with the waitress who brought you the well-done burger, when you asked for rare? What about the fine print? All this notoriety comes with a contract, in case you didn’t know. Rest assured, if those producer people are going to hand over their money for you to “act normal,” there’s strings attached. Miles and miles of ’em.

—Continued on vanishingtattoo.com.

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  1. Mel Noir said, on December 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Hi groovy dude! I just read your piece from Vanishing Tattoo today, just wanted to show some lovin’! It was great to see someone actually talk about those silly shows with some sense, haha!


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