I am a man on a mission and I need your help. I want to be a reality TV star. Let me first give you some background as to why:
A few weeks ago I posted an article on Technorati (and this blog as well) about my affinity for the TLC reality show NY Ink, a show dealing with the drama of opening a tattoo studio in the SOHO district of New York City. A tattoo virgin myself, I loved not only the drama and beautiful artwork but also the real stories people told on why they got their particular tattoo.
Much to my surprise the article was Tweeted and linked to by Ami James himself, the star of the show, and owner of the Wooster Street Social Club where the show is filmed.
A few days ago, NY Ink was picked up for a second season and Mr. James again graciously Tweeted the link to my article but this time also included it as an entry on his own personal blog:
Having been inspired not only from the attention to my article but also from the show itself, I decided to make it my mission to try to get cast on the show for season two.
In addition to the article (with over 500 Facebook “likes” and almost as many Re-Tweets), I’ve also had the opportunity to make contact with several of the show’s stars via Twitter.
One caveat of getting on the show is that you will have to pay for your tattoo as a regular client. There are no “perks” for being there other than being on television and getting to tell your story. You pay as any normal customer would.
I’m told that the cost may run as high as five times the price of a tattoo at a typical studio but I am willing to pay the price.
So, without any further adieu, here are the reasons why I believe I’m the ideal candidate to be cast next season:
#1. I’m a tattoo virgin whose had mostly negative opinions about tattoos until I watched this show.
#2. I do have a good story to tell about my rock & roll days and dreams coming true.
#3. I am a huge fan of Megan Massacre’s artwork. And she’s from Pennsylvania too so that should count for bonus points.
#4. I have my own group on Facebook with the sole purpose of getting me on NY Ink.
#5. Megan Massacre (The Artist) knows I exist:
#6. Jessica Gahring (The Shop Manager) likes my taste in poetry and quotes:
#7. Robear (The Floor Manager) has “Favorited” one of my Tweets:
Ok, so those last three aren’t really reasons but they’re still pretty darn cool none-the-less.
Let’s be honest here folks. I don’t have the pipes to be the next American Idol. And there’s no way I’d survive a day in the African Safari outback on Survivor (especially without bacon and Count Chocula). But getting my first tattoo and becoming a bad ass on national TV?. Now that’s right up my alley and is SO rock and roll. Will it hurt? That I don’t know but I’m willing to risk it.
So what can you do? It’s easy. Join me on my quest for reality show immortality and help spread the word by signing up for the Facebook group “Get James Wood on New York Ink Next Season”
Who knows? Someday soon you just might see me getting needled by Megan Massacre! ~ And if so, I promise not to cry.