January 20th, 2009
08:23 AM ET
13 years ago

D.C. tattoo parlors offer lasting inaugural memories

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/19/obama.body.art/art.obama.tattoo.cnn.jpg caption="Allie Tompkins, 19, gets her first tattoo at Fatty's Tattooz on Monday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sometimes, a T-shirt just doesn't cut it.

For those who want a more permanent way to showcase their support for Barack Obama, Washington's tattoo parlors are ready to help.

"There's nothing more memorable than a tattoo," said Matt Jessup, better known as "Fatty," the owner of Fatty's Custom Tattooz and Body Piercing.

His shop is celebrating what it has dubbed the "Obamathan," where customers can get a free "Obama '08" logo tattoo if they buy another tattoo worth $200. The Obama tattoo, Fatty says, is worth $70.

"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.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Bradford in Kentucky

    Uh, that's sort of permanent.... if he turns out to be a bad president that one might be hard to live with.

    January 20, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Pete, Fla.

    Better hope he turns out to be a good president.

    January 20, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. carol

    The tattoo companies will make a fortune today and beyond, good luck to them all.

    January 20, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. CJ

    This is getting creepy. If this isnt fanaticism, I dont know what is. Sounds like alot of people getting the mark of the beast

    January 20, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Danny

    Sorry.. but, seriously?

    January 20, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Scott L

    Dumb dumb dumb. When Obama is impeached there will be a rush for laser tattoo removal!!!!

    January 20, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Dont blame me

    She is going to regret that tattoo.

    January 20, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Benjamin K.

    As moses held up his hands so Obama should hold up his hands for the battles ahead.The whole world is very expectant!I will on my part(i call on like minded person around the world)do what those around moses did when his hands got tired.I will be on my Knees upholding Obama hands so the sun doesn't go down, until the battle is won.
    Benjamin k.

    January 20, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Darko

    They should hand out coupons for discount tatoo removals that expire in 4 years.

    January 20, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Anonymous

    yeah, because tattooing the president onto your body is a good idea.

    January 20, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. No more plates and buttons come Wednesday

    And when he fails miserably as a "leader", what will you have then geniuses.

    Wednesday you own it all, no more buttons, plates and scripted speeches writen by someone else while spoken with a "binkyprompter", you OWN it all.

    Will the media applaud him for the good and ignore or explain away the bad like they have mostly done for two years?

    Good luck Barack, prove us 48 percent wrong and I will be man enough to admit it IF you do.

    January 20, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Inflated rhetoric

    Tattos are "worth" anything. You can resell them. They cost $70 .... Let's stop misusing the English language.

    Overstating what things are has gotten our country in a world of hurt.

    Paris Hilton, George Bush, Brownie ... all individuals whose importance or capability has been OVERSTATED.

    January 20, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Steele Curtain

    Yea, nothing uglier than a tatoo as well.

    January 20, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Marshall

    Oh Please!

    January 20, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Joie

    I really like Obama, but ......ummmmm........no.

    January 20, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Exactly what I would expect from a nation of highly intelligent people.

    January 20, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Overhyped and Insane

    I'd like to have Obama's name tattooed on my butt. It's a historic day and I want to remember it for the rest of my life.

    January 20, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. gt

    i want the word historic tatoo, its only been used a million times

    January 20, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis you BAFOON

    Billy its 'D' Day your president will be taking his place in history. Not that it matters to you because you can't fix stupid.

    January 20, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Yousuf- NYC

    Ok...those who are getting presidential tattoos aren't very intelligent.

    Do you have to remind yourself of the historic moment with tatttoos? Barack Hussain Obama will not be our president for forever, at most for 8 years.

    ugh...isn't voting a privacy, as far as keeping it secret on who you vote for....? ugh you people drive me insane with stupidity.

    January 20, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. What!?!?!??!?!?

    Idiocy alive and well in DC!

    Fatty's gonna really rake in the money when people come to him to have the Obama tattoo covered up.

    January 20, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |