If you like Bernie Sanders for president, either vote for him, or get a free tattoo of the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Sanders, the 75-year-old candidate for the Democratic nomination, is locked in with Hillary Clinton, and could perhaps use a (tattooed) leg up in the race. If so, head into Aartistic Inc. Tattoo in Montpelier, because why go for a bumper sticker when you can perpetually espouse Sanders – literally – in the flesh.
Reports USA Today on Feb. 5: “The outline of Sanders’ iconic unkempt hairdo and thick black-rimmed glasses has been tattooed on the arms, legs, necks and ribs of dozens of Vermont residents. Tattoo artist Jessica Andrew said she inked the image on eight people during the last two days alone. Artist Chad Fay said he had done at least 15 during the past week.”
There are those of course that say getting a free Bernie Sanders tattoo is, you know, insane. Individuals get inked up with the names of the love of their lives – and even then many of them flock back in for a redo or removal when the relationship sours. Getting a head shot outline of a potential presidential candidate – a tattoo that will undoubtedly be around longer than he will? A little nuts, yes?
Spencer Caldwell says the decision was a no-brainer. “If there’s any presidential candidate who has any chance at all of actually making a difference in this country, it’s definitively Bernie Sanders,” he said, while sitting in the tattoo chair. “I love it,” he said, looking down at the latest edition to his arm.
Supporters of Sanders have completely gobbled up the candidate’s catchphrase – “Feel the Bern” – and have taken the slogan to new and painful heights. A website called feelthebernchallenge.com asks people to “eat a hot pepper, or a teaspoon of hot sauce, or do some strenuous exercise” while championing why you are willing to feel the Bern in support of Bernie Sanders.
The race between Sanders and Clinton is tightening ahead of Tuesday’s primary vote in New Hampshire. Real Clear Politics has Sanders with a 13-point lead today over Clinton in the NH primary, but Clinton is trending up.
Adds the CS Monitor: “On Thursday, in the first head-to-head debate between Clinton and Sanders, the former secretary of state tried to systematically undermine the Vermont senator’s plans for a government-run health care system, his call for free college tuition and his foreign policy judgment. And she upbraided Sanders for his ‘artful smear’ of the high-dollar speaking fees she received from Wall Street banks and the implication she’s beholden to the financial firms as a result.
So would you feel the Bern and show your support on your sleeve – and your back, shoulder, arms or calves – and get a free Bernie Sanders tattoo?