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Old 09-10-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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Time to fess up

Which one of you is this?



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Thomas ‘T.J.' Wells Jr., 20, Fort Wayne
Tattooed supporter of Obama sounds off


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama owns a piece of T.J. Wells’ heart.

And of his leg.

You may have heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but your political convictions on your calf?

That’s what Wells, a culinary arts student-to-be at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, has been doing since May 12, after the Illinois senator made a lasting impression on him during a May 4 speech at Headwaters Park.

On May 12, Wells went out and got a full-color portrait of Obama tattooed on the back of his right leg – a place that was chosen, he says, because he can cover it or show it off, depending on how he feels at the moment.

“It’s the first politician that I watched that I felt I could believe. Every politician seems so rehearsed and practiced that it’s not real. I watched him, and I saw the passion in his voice,” Wells says. “It was fun seeing a lot of younger people there, and there was a lot of energy.”

Wells got together with tattoo portraiture artist Ryan Hadley of Studio 13 in Fort Wayne to create the tattoo. Hadley used a campaign photo from a cover of Time magazine as a guide.

Wells, a tattoo virgin until his recent three hours under the needles, says he knew of Hadley’s skills because a friend, Cameron Green of Fort Wayne, had Hadley tattoo two portraits of Civil War generals for him.

“I’ve never seen anyone who could do full portraits like that,” Wells says.

Wells says he got the tattoo not only because Obama might become the history-making first black president of the United States but also because he wanted to commemorate the first time he has been able to vote in a presidential race.

He calls casting his vote for Obama in the primary “kind of exciting because there were people 35 and 40 years old, and they were voting for the first time, too.”

Wells says he’s never heard of anyone else getting an Obama tattoo. Hadley, 30, is proud enough of the one he did for Wells to feature it on his MySpace page.

As for the candidate himself, Obama came down strongly on the issue of tattoos during a campaign stop last week in Oregon.

He’s personally against them. Kinda.

“Uh, I cannot imagine any circumstances in which I would get a tattoo,” the candidate told a reporter from Portland’s alternative newspaper, the Willamette Week.

According to The Swamp, the reporter had asked: “If you had a tattoo, what would it be of and where would you put it?”

Obama then hedged, saying if he were at gunpoint, “then I suppose I’d have to have (my wife) Michelle’s name tattooed. Somewhere very discreet.”
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too bad Obama won't return the favor
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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Looks like Bill Cosby
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The dude with the tattoo looks like Sylar from Heroes.

Maybe his plan is to cut off the top of Obama's head and steal his superpowers. Scary.
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i don't know if i would've went with the purple tie, dark blue jacket and light blue shirt...or obama's head.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:44 PM   #5
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Another sign of the apocalypse.

"And no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark."

I'm kidding of coarse.

Or am I?
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Another sign of the apocalypse.

"And no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark."

I'm kidding of coarse.

Or am I?
I try to resist some of the annoying habits of my dad, but I can't help it, it's bugging me:

It's "of course"
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As for the guy in the article, if you're going to get a portrait of somebody in current events permanently tattooed onto your body, at least make sure it ends up looking like him.
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tyson's tattoo of chairman mao is far superior.
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I try to resist some of the annoying habits of my dad, but I can't help it, it's bugging me:

It's "of course"
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a horse is a horse...
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I try to resist some of the annoying habits of my dad, but I can't help it, it's bugging me:

It's "of course"
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Forgot all about that.

I feel like such a dance.

I mean dunce.
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^ hey, INDY, your sig -- what are you "protecting" "traditional" marriage from?
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^ hey, INDY, your sig -- what are you "protecting" "traditional" marriage from?

hey, ask martha, who's sig is



what "all" means.
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hey, ask martha who's sig is

i asked you.
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you should be asking INDY if that's his leg
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Too "non-traditional" for me. An anchor on the biceps is more my style.
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