By Brian Yauger
I bet you’re looking at that picture and wondering how I got here, with a tattoo of Danny DeVito as a Dorito on my thigh.
This whole thing started in 2016. I’d just watched one of Danny DeVito’s shows, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” for the first time on Netflix, a show I had been meaning to watch for a long time. I loved it. It’s a fantastic show if you’ve never seen it. I can’t recommend it enough.
In the midst of watching, I came across a picture of Danny DeVito Photoshopped on a stock image of a Dorito. Danny Dorito. I thought it was hilarious.
One night, late enough that most people are normally in bed, I posted that picture of Danny Dorito on Twitter with the caption, “300 retweets and I’ll get this tattooed on me.”
Yes. Just 300. I thought that it was late enough at night, only a few people would see it and then it would blow over. Everyone would forget about it.
I was kind of right.
After a day or so, only a couple people retweeted it, exactly what I expected. Then my notifications suddenly started blowing up. Conor Galvin, a writer from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” had found my tweet and the ensuing chaos unfolded. An hour after Galvin retweeted it, my original post reached 300 total retweets.
It’s a promise I had to own up to. Many would slink away from paying their dues, but I’m a man of my word. For better or worse.
I’d searched for a few months for a tattoo shop that would give me the best product for the best price. I decided on DNA Studios. Yes, that DNA Studios. This was when they were still located in Warren. Dennis Kirsch, now with The Tree House Tattoo Studio, was the artist behind the Dorito.
“Well to be honest, I didn’t think you were actually going to get it,” Kirsch said. “I was pretty stoked to see that someone wanted this kind of imagery. It was a very fun experience because I don’t get to do those kind of designs very often.”
Roy Schmidt, owner of DNA Studios, was in attendance for the whole thing.
“At first you seemed a bit hesitant, but the moment you showed us what you wanted, the entire shop was like, ‘This is so cool, it’ll be great.’ Obviously, you had concerns, being your first tattoo, and you’re throwing this massive thing on your thigh. You took to it, and the result is the coolest thing.”
Amber Slick, who is tattooing at The Tree House Tattoo Studio with Kirsch, was also in attendance for the incident.
“At first I thought it was a badly placed joke, but when I realized you were dead serious I was pretty humored about the whole thing,” Slick said. “I was surprised that you wanted such a large and involved piece for your first tattoo.”
Slick continued on to give her thoughts about the outcome of my little Dorito adventure.
I know what you’re probably thinking, “Why would his mom let him do something so stupid?” I’ll let her explain that.
“I thought you were crazy and stupid,” Pati Yauger, my mom, said. “I think tattoos should have a meaning, and I still don’t understand your meaning, but it’s your body and you were an adult so I couldn’t stop you even if I wanted, but I thought a tattoo on your leg where you could hide it wouldn’t hurt anybody.”
To this day, she still doesn’t know why I did it, but she’s cool with it so I won’t explain.
“I still laugh every time I see it,” my mom said. “I still can’t believe you did it. But if you like it, so be it.”
So, the lesson of the story isn’t what you think it is. It’s not that you shouldn’t post a retweet bet on Twitter with such a low bar. It’s not that you should run out and have Danny DeVito’s face permanently etched on your body. It’s that you shouldn’t be afraid to do something crazy while you’re young.
They say life is short, so I say have fun with it while your body still lets you.
I tried reaching out to Danny DeVito on Twitter to comment on this whole tale, but he’s too busy posting pictures of his feet.