By now, you’ve probably heard — even if you didn’t want to — of “The Dress.” The dress that started arguments on social media last week over whether it’s blue and black or white and gold. The one that had even political pundits tweeting their bafflement and disagreeing about something other than politics for a change.
Now, an Austin man has had “The Dress” — black and blue version — tattooed on his leg. Why? Because “It’s stupid,” he tells BuzzFeed. The Dress, that is, not the tattoo.
“I pretty much got it because, I mean, I keep up with all the social memes and hysteria and whatever, and this is the only one that I really couldn’t wrap my brain around,” Daniel Howland of Austin told BuzzFeed. “So I just decided to do it.”
Nick York, a 19-year-old tattoo artist who works with Howland in their Austin shop, did the tattoo for free, in about 20 minutes, BuzzFeed reports. Although the tattoo is of a blue and black dress, it is surround by the legend “White and Gold?”
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And then we noticed something — although York is based in Austin, he has an 817 number. Figuring that he has Fort Worth connections, we called him up.
“I have a lot of Fort Worth connections,” York said. “I used to work at Tattoo Ranch in the Stockyards.”
York said that Howland had asked him to do the tattoo in the afternoon shortly after #TheDress blew up on social media but York forgot about it till the evening when Howland reminded him. York said he drew up the outline and did the tattoo in about 20 minutes. “We literally did it while my girlfriend was on the way to pick me up,” York says. “And then, like the minute we posted it, people started sharing it [on social media].”
It’s certainly gotten attention: Among the outlets to report on it since BuzzFeed’s story are the New York Daily News and People.com. York says that it’s a joke tattoo, but that a lot of people didn’t get the joke. “With that being said,” he wrote on social media, “there is no need to belittle the person that got it or the tattoo itself. ... Just move on and let the people that actually understand and enjoy the humor of the tattoo enjoy it in peace.”
And by the way — even though Howland saw black and blue, York saw white and gold.