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Hockey team’s ‘Regrettable Tattoo Night’ to include stars of ‘Bad Ink’ reality show

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Tattoo artist, painter, writer and musician Dirk Vermin owns Pussykat Tattoo at Maryland and Tropicana.

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One of the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey club’s most popular promotions returns Saturday with a new twist.

The fourth annual “Regrettable Tattoo Night” will be hosted by local tattoo cover-up kings Dirk Vermin and Rob Ruckus of the A&E reality show “Bad Ink.” And, after the 7 p.m. game against the Colorado Eagles at the Orleans Arena, there’s a free post-game concert by Great American Taxi.

The fan with the most regrettable tattoo as determined by the reality show duo will receive a certificate for a free tattoo at Vermin’s shop, PussyKat Tattoo Parlor, 4972 S. Maryland Parkway.

“I love tattoo night,” said Billy Johnson, the Wranglers’ president. “Some fun stories always happen out of this night.”

Last year, one fan had the Foot Locker logo tattooed on his arm but wanted it covered because he was fired by the retail chain days after getting the ink.

The reality show debuted last summer, bringing Vermin thousands of customers with hopes of covering a tattoo mistake. His shop receives more than 100 visitors daily, including some simply looking for an autograph.

It’s a big-time score for the minor league team to land the local celebrities for its annual promotion. Someone in the Wranglers front office saw Vermin on the cover of Las Vegas Weekly, triggering an idea to ask them to be part of the night. The Weekly is owned by Greenspun Media Group, which publishes the Sun.

Turns out Vermin was a Wranglers fan.

“Those games are exciting,” said Vermin, a Las Vegas native and Bonanza High graduate. “Hockey is one of those thing you don’t have to be a super, super fan. You just wait for a fight to break out.”

The team asks fans wanting to be part of the promotion to send a picture of their regrettable tattoo to [email protected], or via social media at @WranglersLV or through the LasVegasWranglers Facebook page. Include your name and phone number. The promotion will happen during the first intermission.

Great American Taxi is a traveling five-piece band that plays a combination of boogie, blue, bluegrass, nu-grass and honky-tonk.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or ray[email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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