Jodie Marsh Tattoo Apprentice Tonight
Tonight is the UK premier of Jodie Marsh Tattoo Apprentice, which airs on DMAX at 9PM.
As a silly American not schooled in the ways of British reality TV tramps, my first question was Who the hell is Jodie Marsh? And as I do with all things in life, I consult my blog bible Wikipedia. Its entry on Jodie claims she is a "glamour model" and "media personality." Ok, so she's Tila Tequila or that Daisy of Love travesty -- all tattooed women whose only great achievement is furthering the tramp stamp stereotypes.
Even worse, Jodie is known for, let's just say, less than artful tattoos. She once lost a bet and had Bizarre magazine readers chose a tattoo for her (which you can see in this video). It was a sperm (or devil tail, can't tell) winding out of her butt crack. This press release also lists other gems in her "body art" collection:
Tattoos aren't the first thing you think of when Jodie Marsh's name comes up, but she has over 70 of them - from her first, the word 'cheekie' tattooed on her lower back, to an exact copy of the stilettos she wore as a lap dancer at Stringfellows - and the art of inking is her passion.
Yup, her passion.
My next question was, Why Louis Molloy would ruin the rep he's built for twenty years to be a part of something that makes a mockery of his art?
An argument could be made that the show seeks to present how difficult it is to learn to tattoo and that apprenticeships can be grueling. As seen in the clip above, an apprentice must do a variety of tasks in the shop, like sweeping the floors, before she can even touch a tattoo machine. And as expected, Jodie doesn't want to sweep. Cue the reality TV drama.
According to the press release, however, the end goal of the show is to have Jodie do her first tattoo and hopefully open up her own shop. Like all tattoo TV shows, the art is edited down so that, magically, a sleeve can be achieved in an hour and a tattooist is made overnight. It'll be a sad night tonight when it airs.
For those in the UK, if you sully yourself watching this, please let us know in the comments what you think.