GREENSBORO, N.C. — Gay and out southerner Jason Hatfield wanted to show his “solidarity” with Caitlyn Jenner, so he had the June 1 Vanity Fair cover photo of her tattooed on his left forearm on June 9, WXII 12 said reporter Bill O’Neil in a news clip.
The station was invited to watch as Hatfield received the tattoo.
The NBC News affiliate shared that Hatfield told WXII 12 that he knew what it was like growing up as gay in the South and to pretend to be someone else. “Caitlyn Jenner’s been so brave…As an athlete and everything that was done before she came out, she was incredible. And now she’s a thousand times the role model a Kardashian is!,” he said.
Taking four hours to complete, the tattoo was Hatfield’s tribute to the transgender community and the larger LGBT community. Hatfield thanked them all for their bravery.
In 1978 Jenner was featured on a Wheaties cereal box as a “Breakfast of Champions” spokesperson.
Brandon Thurston was the Triad artist who crafted the tattoo on Hatfield.
Annie Leibovitz, a renowned photographer, handled the photo shoot where Jenner’s unveiling to the world as a woman was done through the “Call Me Caitlyn” photo spread. The tattoo made the news from coast to coast in newspapers and magazines and broadcast networks and affiliates.
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