Among other tattoo places having a Veteran’s Day special (Kings County and Morning Star included), Needlepoint, located on 304 Bleecker Street, was offering free deals on five different designs (the helmet on the movie poster from Full Metal Jacket, Robert DeNiro in The Deer Hunter, Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver, the Apocalypse Now logo and Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds) until one unlucky veteran started the trend of spewing blood at the touch of the needle.
Initially, tattoo artist Jemma Sadyste chalked it up to a dull needle, which she replaced immediately after permanently ruining Gulf War I veteran Chet Camo’s skin (in the back region). But when Sadyste attempted to give her best version of DeNiro as Travis Bickle to another Gulf War II veteran, George Bluth, who wanted his tattoo placed on his bicep, the same exact bloodshed occurred.
Sadyste closed up shop after these two incidents, not wanting to invoke harm on any other loyal United States soldiers. When asked what she thought the cause of the excessive bleeding was, Sadyste proffered, “Maybe veterans just drink too much to cope, and it fucks up their blood when I press on their skin.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio