John Marston Tattoo

Posted on April 1 2010, 11:45am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

When we unveiled the official cover art for Red Dead Redemption last week, we never expected it to end up etched on somebody's hide.

But Jeff Gross ("JeffThreat" on the fan site community) did exactly that.  Here is Jeff's account in his own words of how it came to be...

"Here is the story on how I came to the tattoo.

I heard about the game late 2008, i was interested... but mostly put it on the back shelf.  When they released the first trailer.. that's when it caught my real attention. Then it became a snowball effect.. all the videos they have released, gain my attention and love for the game.. all I could do is talk to my friends about it. The more I talked, the more excited I got.  Last week I was talking with some friends about my next tattoo on XBL, I said " I am considering getting the cover of RDR tattooed on me".

Everyone thought I was joking around, in my mind.. I was dead set.  This past Saturday, I called my tattoo artist (Josh Hazle of State of Mind Tattoos on Madeira Beach) to see when we could do this.  By chance he was at a tattoo convention and I rushed up there and 6 hours & $400 later... I got this amazing art work tattooed on my leg.  Well worth it.

There you go :). I really hope you guys like it, please let me know what everyone thinks of it."

You can see the finished creation above, which was done by Jeff's tattoo artist Josh Hazle of State of Mind Tattoos in Madeira Beach, Florida. 

It goes without saying that we are very impressed with Jeff's commitment to the cause!  Truly awesome...

  • MichaelScott69on June 16 2011, 8:38pmReplyFlag
    69th comment.
    • Sup_moneyon April 4 2010, 7:28pmReplyFlag
      Nice tattoo.
      • hjalmar000on April 3 2010, 10:08amReplyFlag
        thats a pretty good way as a commercial for Red Dead :)
        • JeffThreaton April 2 2010, 1:22pmReplyFlag
          @210255 :P that would be nice, hmm the game does come out 4 days after my birthday lol. But it bdoesnt matter to me.
          • m0sdef21on April 2 2010, 12:50pmReplyFlag
            r* this guy deserves a medal for commitment and at least a free copy of the game
            • Numero_47on April 2 2010, 9:48amReplyFlag
              Nice !
              • Ehud1977on April 2 2010, 2:14amReplyFlag
                Personally, I would have gone with Marston on a horse dragging a bounty through the drit with a rope around his neck, But whatever floats your boat Jeff
                • SirRoddickon April 2 2010, 12:28amReplyFlag
                  I've heard of popcorn in the face but this is ridiculous!
                  • pears009on April 2 2010, 12:28amReplyFlag
                    That being said, it is a well done tattoo. Looks just like the cover art...sorry for being critical. I just seems a little obsessive too me...
                    • pears009on April 2 2010, 12:23amReplyFlag
                      I don't know what is worse. Band Tattoo's (Blink-182 comes to mind...) or this...Taking obsession a little too far...Would this be in the mid-west by chance?
                      • stangbaby89on April 1 2010, 9:58pmReplyFlag
                        Hey Ash at a reputable tattoo parlor. Nice tat. Just noticed Marston has high cheek bones
                        • Phrostymatton April 1 2010, 9:02pmReplyFlag
                          You are a f**king boss, Jeff Gross.
                          • bringdlc2ps3on April 1 2010, 8:35pmReplyFlag
                            wow this game better b good;P
                            • ASH0458on April 1 2010, 7:59pmReplyFlag
                              hay i just found out if you murder some one in RDR the wanted level is in mony >1.175$ and people try to arrest you i think thats kick ass i wonder if you can pay that and they will let you go???
                              • ASH0458on April 1 2010, 7:46pmReplyFlag
                                wow amazing tato wher can i get that at??
                                • R0CK5T4R4LiF3on April 1 2010, 7:07pmReplyFlag
                                  hey jeff, f**** the haters! it looks awesome and i can see why u got it done :)

                                  lol when ur grandkids ask what it is they will be like THAT IS SO RETRO! XD
                                  • JaneMarstonon April 1 2010, 6:52pmReplyFlag
                                    I fail to see how his tattoo is a "tad bit gay". Can't people just say that they don't like something instead of using the phrase "that looks gay or that's so gay" to describe something negatively?

                                    Anyway I think it looks pretty cool myself.
                                    • Red_Dead_Madnesson April 1 2010, 6:37pmReplyFlag
                                      Man, thats a cool tat you got there, glad you`re showing so much love for this game, im considering doing this myself :D
                                      • shlomi52on April 1 2010, 6:01pmReplyFlag
                                        wow that's really sick the game isn't out yet... and you do that?
                                        "Hey Dad What's That Tattoo On You're Leg?"
                                        "A Tattoo Of A Game Son"

                                        "Hey Grandpa What's That Tattoo On You're Leg?"
                                        "A Tattoo Of An *Cough *Cough Old Game"

                                        by the way what if you hate the game when its released?
                                        • Vozoneon April 1 2010, 5:16pmReplyFlag
                                          tattoos aren't really my bag (i wouldn't get one) but i don't judge. It looks pretty cool, i'm sure you'll get some comments from non gamers but hey, they're too lame to understand.

                                          imagine if the game doesn't really live up to your expectations and you end up not liking it at all? not that i even think for a second this will be true... But i get it, shows good taste in gaming and confidence in R*, i'd have no problem in doing something like that if i were a tattoo guy.

                                          PS, great job done on behalf of the artist, he got it right on! Impressive!
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