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'Tattoo Nightmares' screams ‘U-F-OH NO!!’ on Spike

Tommy Helm of Tattoo Nightmares
Tommy Helm of Tattoo Nightmares
"Photo courtesy of Spike, used with permission”

On Tuesday night's episode of "Tattoo Nightmares," Jasmine, Big Gus and Tommy, the tattoo doctors had their work cut out for them in this episode titled, “U-F-OH NO!!” With so many people sporting tattoos, and shops popping up all around the country, many people are walking around with some dreadful tattoos; some have nearly ruined peoples’ lives, but the re-enacted stories behind them are often more bizarre than the tattoos.

As the episode begins, Jasmine, Gus and Tommy a joking with each other, and the guys tell Jasmine she has a blonde streak in her hair, then state it is gray. A man named Jayi came in to see Jasmine because he wanted to impress his celebrity crush, but instead; he got crushed. When he held up his arm, the tattoo was so dark, scarred and ugly. It was supposed to be his favorite singer, Adina Howard, but it looked like a man. He is now a photographer and would like something camera related. Jasmine knows that he will always have the outline of a woman on his arm, but she will do her best to cover up the gross tattoo.

She asked how he got the tattoo, and he explained that he found a tattooer on the internet; first mistake. When he got it, Adina was playing in a club a few days later. He could not wait to show her; she texted him after the club date and asked him to send a picture of it, and he never heard from her again. Now the tattoo is a big joke to all his friends.

Big Gus waited for his client, named Mara, whose tattoo is labeling her a sex deviant. Her tattoo is the number 69, but it is supposed to be her astrology sign, not a sex act. She loves animals, especially frogs, and being a vet tech for a few years, would rather have that on her back, than this mark of shame.

She told him how she was raised by strict Catholic parents, and at 18 was moving out. Her father tore up her rental agreement, but she moved out anyway. Her boyfriend took her to a backyard party to celebrate her independence and there was a tattooer that just got out of jail. The rest was history. Now she can be proud of her cute frog and no longer have to hide from the world.

Tommy’s client Mike, wants a real tattoo shop for his next tattoo, as his last one was done in a space ship by a guy wearing a diaper. His tattoo is a throwback smiley face, with a nasty face and large tongue with a piercing through it. Now he is grown up; his drug past is behind him, and recently lost his mother. So he wants a monkey juggling three items; his mother’s birthstone, a musical note for his daughter who is studying music, and a rattle for the new baby they are expecting.

When he told the story, he was stoned on all kinds of drugs, first, he thought the tattooer was an alien, then he turned into a clown, and lastly, a baby. He really was out of his head that night. He has since cleaned up his act and loves being a husband and father, and will no longer be disgraced by this ugly tattoo.

Because of great artists like Tommy, Big Gus and Jasmine, these people are no longer prisoners of their "Tattoo Nightmares."