Videogum Is Forever, At Least For DS3M

So, longtime Videogum reader and active commenter DS3M has gotten what as far as I know is the first ever Videogum-themed tattoo. Eek? Yay? I have a lot of feelings about this! On the one hand, it is obviously very flattering. On the other hand it makes me very very nervous. Tattoos are forever. Uh oh, you knew that, right DS3M? A girl in my high school ended up regretting a tattoo that she got on her shoulderblade, and I guess maybe she didn’t know that they were forever, but in order to try and recover from this tragedy, her mother paid for her to get a new tattoo to cover the old tattoo and it was just a big bunch of purple grapes. Hahhaha. That still makes me laugh. (And that is still a tattoo on her shoulderblade! Forever and ever!) I wonder where she got the concept? Probably from the bathroom mural at an Olive Garden. Anyway, you guys, let’s just please remember that Videogum is a fun blog but that it is just a blog, and that most likely it will be gone long before your tattoo rots off of your dead corpse. I’m not in any way trying to diminish what DS3M has chosen for himself, I’m just offering a brief word of warning to anyone who might think of following him down this path. It’s probably crazy how many of you there are who are planning on doing this without even thinking about it at all, so thank God I am here to talk to you about it. Phew. Anyway, I will turn it over to DS3M now, who has offered a very thoughtful backstory on his tattoo’s origin story:

A bit about the piece:
Designed by you guys; customized by me breddah, old school monster, @davidcxr.

I’ve been ds3m since I was 16, wanted my Tag on me since 05… The vgum version was a recent stroke of genius (idiocy). Been wanting it for weeks, had the shot at it when my tattoo artist friends were hanging out last night.

Didn’t even get charged! Just left a nice tip.

Its supposed to look a bit rough and under filled (like a real life sponge stamp). And it didn’t hurt, really. Its on my right leg, above the knee. A Decidedly Non Painful Spot, generally speaking.

I decided to hold off on the Gabe tramp stamp (barbed wire in a heart, surrounding your face)
Jkjkjk – that’s going on my left leg in my illuminati sleeve.

VGum has meant a lot to me the last couple of years. I almost died when my blood tried to kill me, and the site, the community, the twitteogummers and the facegummers all rallied to wish me well.

Ive been to Austin and New York – JUST For Monsters and Monster Events.

Ive helped coordinate a goofy fan page, a weird website, been a part of the follow up blogs and sideshows all over the interwebs.

I have helped a monster move!

Meetups, good people, pop culture and life discussions galore. I can honestly say I have made friends that (I believe) I will have for life.

Can’t say it enough – Thanks Gabe, and thanks videogum.

A Little Tattoo on my leg (Amidst all of my other pieces on my body) is the least I can do to show my love and support for the best Blog on the Interwebs.

And even though I “quit” all the time, I never do. It’s all in jest, all for the lulz, all for the fake exasperation and the jokes that can ensue.

I can’t quit you guys.

Richard (DS3M) Striano

We love you, too, DS3M. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t get rid of tattoos. (Alt: Tattoos forever, DS3M.)