Michigan Man Gets "Pure Michigan" Tramp Stamp, Is Pure Michigan

By DJ Byrnes on August 26, 2014 at 10:25a
Pure Michigan Tramp Stamp

"Pure Michigan," is an advertising campaign used by the state of Michigan since 2006.

Today, however, it hit its crescendo. 

Buried in an MLIVE.com article about "Pure Michigan" being used as a theme of tattoos, you find the picture of the man above.

From the cut-off shirt to the well-marbled love-handles, this could be the most "Pure Michigan" thing I've seen since Michigan football got their teeth kicked down their throat by Kansas State in something called the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

At first I thought this guy was a victim of a lost bet or got tattooed while high on PCP. But then I realized... this man posed for this picture for a newspaper article. 

Pure Michigan, indeed.

Source: @TomOrr4

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MassiveAttack's picture

Looks more like a Photoshop job, than an actual tattoo.

The Ohio State University - "Haters love us!"

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1MechEng's picture

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

1.) Men should never have tramp stamps. That is cause for an immediate loss of your Man Card.

2.) It's a huge tattoo. Wonder how that's gonna look in 20 years.

2a.) The lasing process to remove that will no doubt be painful.

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M Man's picture

My goal in life is to get in on the ground floor of the tattoo removal business.  If anybody has a need for an enterprising Michigan lawyer to get started, let me know.

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sharks's picture

Im thinking of tattoos that disappear completely after a year, unless redrawn. I fail to believe our best and brightest can't formulate such an ink.

A man got to have a code...

MN Buckeye's picture

I was involved in a project related to this 10 years ago and would be happy to tell the story if interested. Here is a link to where it is today.


sharks's picture

Well, my billion dollar idea has already been thunk by someone else.

I'd be thrilled to hear about it MN. 

A man got to have a code...

Idaho Helga's picture

M Man I have said this for the last 10 years.  For whatever reason, tattoos became popular out here far earlier than in the Midwest.  I  have had many conversations with 20yr olds and I ask them if they have ever seen a good looking tattoo that's 20yrs old or more?  Well they haven't because they don't exist.  Call me an old fogey but these people with tons of "body art" are all going to regret it as their tats turn to muted hell blotches as they age.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Isn't that Kyle Kalis' sorry ass? Guess he has a little more time on his hands these days.

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M Man's picture

Let me get this straight.  The 11W guys are writing tattoo jokes?

Always good to read the actual story.  Behold:

Larry Albert, an artist at Gallery Fine Art & Tattoo Studio in Lansing said he does probably ten a week. He said he thinks it’s pride in the state that drives it, just like how New Orleans residents get tattoos of the Fleur de Lis.

Artist Micah Gunderson of the Sacred Tattoo Studio in Marquette isn’t from Michigan, but you could probably tell which state he is from by looking at him.

“I do have a Wisconsin one, yeah,” he said.

He said he tattoos themes like the state’s outline, outlines of just the U.P. and the Great Lakes.

“For this particular tattoo it’s a lot of maybe just young professionals. A lot of times even people that have moved away and are visiting and just want that little piece of the UP… to take with them,” Gunderson said.

Albert said he hadn’t noticed a particular demographic getting the Michigan tattoos.

Nate Graves of Splash of Color in East Lansing said the shop does probably one a week, and their customers are mainly college students.

Emphasis added.

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Killer nuts's picture

Saying "emphasis added" then not adding emphasis is pretty crafty M Man. Kind of like the old high school prank of putting 3 live cows in a high school and labelling them "1", "2", and "4".

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Actually there was emphasis added in the first and last sentences/paragraphs (since I couldn't embed, "in Lansing", "in East Lansing" - obvious digs by M Man - and "and their customers are mainly college students"), although not very distinctly...

Buckeyeneer's picture

Let me get this straight.  The 11W guys are writing tattoo jokes?

Well, M Man, acceptance is the last of the 5 stages.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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1MechEng's picture

Not sure the story makes the tattoo pictured above any better. It's just got so much wrong on so many levels.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Hell, I didn't write any tattoo jokes. The tattoo artist wrote the tattoo jokes.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Crumb's picture

One of those times I wish I could upvote the Staff.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

Hovenaut's picture

I was in two tattoo parlors, many moons ago.

Kicked out of one because I was too sauced, left the other because I wanted to keep my money and get sauced.

So an ink aficionado I am not.

But it would bother me to have the 'E' overlapping the 'M' with that tattoo (Which I would never get, ever. Not even if there was a fire)...anyone else?

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3GB's picture

Not gonna lie, I gagged a little when I read "well-marbled love-handles".  Well done, Mitten.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Maybe he is making commentary on what comes out of his rear is "pure Michigan".

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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bukyze's picture

I glossed over the headline, was focusing on the picture, and thought the picture was of a girl.  I can't even imagine what kind of guy would get a tramp stamp.  Actually, I can, but I choose not to.

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MAVBuck's picture

i guess the alternate was writing douche on his forehead.....

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BeatTTUN's picture

I dated a girl that was a TTUN fan, once .... once.

Johnny Dangerously reference on a Tuesday, all of your days just got better.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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cronimi's picture

What a fargin' icehole, getting a travel-slogan tramp stamp.... 

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IH8UOFM's picture

Wait a minute.....whaaaaa?

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Homey1970's picture

Reminded me of good ol' crack spackle

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Seattle Linga's picture

Very nice 1970 --- Hilarious 

original buckeye's picture

Wait a second--guys get tramp stamps?

That's Michigan for you, ladies and gentlemen. 

Rob Reese's picture

I don't know which is worse; the nausea and vomiting I now have, or the fact that my eyes are bleeding.

Alumni lounge attracts pretty people
GoBucks713's picture

Apparently in Michigan they give out muffin tops for every tramp stamp purchased.

-The Aristocrats!

45OH4IO's picture

Skin mistakes happen to compulsive young adults all over this great country of ours. I feel bad for them, no matter what their ink says or where the ink is.

But I have an idea for Dave Brandon's next Living Social deal: free Michigan "M" tattoos for all students who buy season tickets.