While netizens are talking about the color of The Dress, whether it is black and blue or white and gold, a piercer from Texas is enjoying his newest tattoo – that he believes to be both “awesome” and “dumb.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed, 24-year-old Daniel Howland – who is already heavily tattooed – said he had some extra space on his leg, so he tattooed The Dress on his leg.
“I pretty much got it because, I mean, I keep up with all the social memes and hysteria and whatever, and this is the only one that I really couldn’t wrap my brain around. So I just decided to do it,” he said.
Howland sees the dress as blue and black, but briefly glimpsed it as white and gold after a couple of drinks.
Nick York, a 19-year-old tattoo artist who works with Howland in their Austin shop, did the piece for free. York sees the dress only as white and gold.
The tattoo which is definitely blue and black, took about 20 minutes for York to complete.
“It’s a joke. I didn’t know it was gonna freak people out,” York said.
He said he was offended that The Lad Bible called it “the worst tattoo you’ll see today,” saying that technically speaking, it was a quality tattoo.
“They should have put the dumbest or the stupidest, but not the worst,” York said.
“I have an awesome tattoo on my leg,” Howland said. “It’s just dumb.”
“I think it is a stupid tattoo,” York agreed. “That’s why it’s funny. Because it’s stupid.”
The Dress is a viral photo and meme which became popular on February 26. The meme originated from a washed-out photograph of a dress posted on the social networking services Facebook and Tumblr—disputing whether the dress pictured was blue and black, or white and gold.
The image had more than 10 million tweets which mentioned the dress, just on its first week.
Although it was confirmed that the dress was blue and black, the image prompted discussions surrounding the matter across various platforms, with users discussing their opinions on the colour and why they perceived the dress as being a certain colour, while others discussed the triviality of the dispute to begin with. Members of the fields of neuroscience and colour vision provided scientific commentary on the optical illusion.