It’s been one week since Cleveland dishwasher Charles Ramsey was at home eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's scream and immediately began a viral transformation from unsuspecting neighbor to true-crime hero to backlash target to trend-story subject to bemused celebrity. And seven days later, his face is now permanently inked on the back of some dude's leg.
Rodney Rose, an artist at Cleveland shop 252 Tattoo, posted a Facebook message offering a free Charles Ramsey portrait. His friend, Stephen Munhollon, took him up on the gift, telling Cleveland's FOX affliliate:
“I think Rodney and I were caught up in the ridiculousness of it,” said Munhollon. “You could ask the question, did I want to get Charles Ramsey tattooed on my leg, and the obvious answer is no. The real question is, was I willing to get Charles Ramsey tattooed on my leg, and the answer was yes.”
Ah, the "ridiculousness" of a black man whose lively local-news interview about a rapist went viral. Sounds familiar. But please, sir, continue:
Munhollon said he’s gotten stopped several times already about the tattoo, and people have even requested to have their photos taken next to it.
“People even around here loved it because everyone knows who this guy is now,” said Rose. “I wasn’t sure if people would think it was Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley, but everyone knew right away it was Charles Ramsey.”
That is because your fellow Ohioans can distinguish the nuances of black faces, though if we got tattoos of you, people might think they were the Rasta Banana-Winning, Life Savings-Losing Guy, if you really want to reduce all humans to the point of flat, offensive similarity.
But hey, nice, sharable tattoo!
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