He schedules Jake's appointment "next Friday at 2 PM," which is the date of Tension, May 5th, 1989. This could indicate he's the 50 Blessings member wearing a Tony Mask in that level, if so he is killed by Jacket, who blasts the door open with a shotgun, causing the entire room to explode.
Hard News Dialogue Edit
Tattoo Artist: Hi there! Welcome! What can I help you with?
Jake: I'd like to get a tattoo.
Tattoo Artist: Right... You got anything particular in mind?
Jake: I want Old Dixie... Right here, on my shoulder.
Tattoo Artist: OK, sure... Lemme see here... Right. How does next Friday 2 PM sound?
Jake: Friday? What do you mean? You can't do it now? It has to be today! Today's a special occasion. I'm celebrating!
Tattoo Artist: Sorry, boss! Can't help you! We're all booked for days.
Jake: Oh, is that so? What kind of business are you running here? You just lost yourself a customer, you Russian asshole!
Tattoo Artist: Whatever you say, boss...
[Jake returns to his car.]
- Tattoo Artist, along with Pizza Dude and Sweetheart, is a call back to and parody of Beard's outros in Hotline Miami. Tattoo Artist establishes Jake's aimless anti-Russian sentiments and responds to heavily valuing special occasions with bureaucratic scheduling.
- The fact that he's a booked up tattoo artist might foreshadow Gangs and Prisoners.
- His appearance and name is based on Tony Skate, an actual Tattoo artist.
- According to files from the leaked beta, the Photographer's cut talk sprite looks identical to the Tattoo Artist's facial sprite, abeit with the eyes shaded out, and with a helmet on. If Tension Tony was however the Tattoo Artist, this along with the Field Jacket Tension Tony wears would suggest that he would be a US Army Veteran, much like Jacket, however due to the Photographer never speaking, and the sprite not being used, the facial sprite is non-canon.