Whether you're a Bernie fan or not, this is guaranteed to make you smile.

It all started so innocently: an unassuming tattoo parlor, Copperhead Tattoo Parlor, an inquisitive BBQ restaurant, Owlbear Barbecue, and a simple request for the Bernie meme.

Enter tattoo artist, Sam Kuhn. According to The Denver Channel, Kuhn printed off the viral Bernie meme for the Denver, Colorado, restaurant to post on their door, and a few hours later, James McFaul—Owlbear Barbecue smoker, friend, and tattoo client—made his way to Kuhn's chair and left later that day with Bernie on his body. On his leg, to be exact.


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The Bernie meme made its debut on social media hours after the Inauguration on January 20, 2021, when a photo of Bernie Sanders socially distanced during the event, sitting with hands crossed with those now-famous Vermont repurposed sweater mittens, caught the attention of America. Really, the world. Social media blew up with Bernie appearing in photos sitting on the bench with Forrest Gump, on the couch with the Friends cast, and so many more skillfully photoshopped and clever images. Not to mention the overwhelm of Bernie merch!

As for the Bernie meme tattoo, we've not seen another of its kind ... yet. For the time being, it seems it's an original, much like Bernie Sanders himself.

And so concludes the story of how BBQ, body art, and the "Bern" managed to put a smile on our faces. How about yours? 

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