Backstage Blog: Bret's Tattoo
Posted: Mon 06/11/2012 12:00 AM
Tonight is my right arm's television debut. It's pretty exciting I have to say. I don’t know what type of roles my right arm may be up for in the future, but this kind of exposure will definitely do wonders for it's career.
You see, for every question, we added a picture to illustrate what the question is about. This practice has led to some incredibly embarrassing photos (embarrassing both to shoot and to see)...for example, Lauren holding Aaron’s bare foot about two inches from her open mouth...or Aaron sending a text while sitting on the commode (Aaron got roped into a lot of the weirder pictures).
The pictures appear in the screens on the wall behind the contestants...you may have to look for them or squint a little bit, but trust me...they’re there.
And there is no doubt that my right arm is the perfect choice for one of the pictures in tonight's episode.
In 2000, when I had just ended my run on the cruise ship, I briefly lived in Dallas. One night, I was telling some friends about an idea I had for a tattoo. The response was split precisely down the middle. Two thought it was the best tattoo idea they had ever heard...and two thought it was infinitely dumb. I, always being a peacemaker, decided they were both right and I headed downtown to get the best infinitely dumb tattoo of all time.
The tattoo artist wasn’t too keen on the idea. He agreed to put it on me, but he grumbled the whole time. Under his breath, he called me everything from a "smart-ass" to a "poser"...In either case, I can’t rightfully say he was wrong.To his credit, despite his objections, he did a fine job...and I'm just as happy with my silly tattoo as I was the night I got it. Having it makes me happy...and that really should be the whole point.So, tonight, look extra hard at those screens when Barry asks..."Is it normal to have a tattoo?"You may have to pause it, but you just might see my right arm...and my tattoo...which is simply a single word...And that word is..."Tattoo"Hey, at least no one’s ever gotten confused about what it is.Someday, I’m going to get a red circle around it and a red line through the word, as if it’s saying "No Tattoo"...that way, I'll have irony with me everywhere I go. But I digress...Tonight's contestants, Cory and Abby (a hilarious mismatch, who actually work together incredibly well) will try to figure out if tattoos are normal. You may not know the answer to that one, yet...but when you catch a glimpse of my arm photo and someone you’re watching with says "What kind of idiot would tattoo the word 'tattoo' on their arm?"...you'll know.