So what is there to do in Oak Island, North Carolina early on a Saturday night (without getting arrested)? Let’s see, you could drive down and check out the big fat alligator that eats deer and lives under a bridge. Or you could pop in at “Sweepstakes” and try your luck at video poker. Or maybe you could go for a romantic (but chilly) stroll on the beach. Or you could stay in and Play Black Ops with friends. Or…. you could get some new tattoos!
That’s what Oak Island’s most infamous daughter Jenelle
Evans Rogers and her husband Courtland Rogers did last night, and they posted the results on Twitter this morning. Jenelle went with the combination of two visual elements we’ve seen elsewhere on her body with a floral skull design on her right forearm:
You might also notice that the tattoo includes a feather, which I HOPE is Jenelle making a humorous reference to her now infamous Ke$ha “That’s why I got all these feathers in my hair, for the concert” comment
Jenelle also posted the original inspiration for the piece along with the tweet, “now if course I didn’t have money for the actual detailing buttttt this is the pic that inspired me:”
She later responded to questions about the significance of the design by tweeting, “just a random design that I found very unique”
Courtland, on the other hand, wound up not getting a new tattoo, but instead added some color to an older tattoo of a rebel flag underneath the illusion of torn skin:
Of course there was a huge backlash over the rebel flag with people tweeting accusations of racism, to which Courtland responded by explaining, “I love black people !! This tatto was dedication to my grandma.” He later added, “So I gotta tattoo finished that was in dedication to my grandma she always told me if I was gonna do that to my body then I had to have that” and “That tattoo has no specific reasoning my grandma was alive when i started it and died before i got it colored in she picked it out not me !!”
Here is a before and after photo of Courtland’s rebel flag tattoo with and without the colors added:
Someone later asked Courtland if his grandmother was racist, to which he adamantly replied, “hell no !!! The flag don’t just mean racist !! It was her culture back then !!Of course there’s gonna be a hater”
Jenelle also got in on the discussion, responding to a commenter who pointed out that Courtland had to know the tattoo would get this sort of respone by tweeting, “I knowwww… We seen it coming lmfao but he had to get this colored in or u couldn’t tell what it was.” And she answered another tweeter’s question about what Courtland knew about the Civil War by writing, “his grandmother actually owned the very first railroads here in NC… He knows a lot. His grandmother asked him to get this tatt.”
Jenelle’s tattoo joins her every-expanding skin art collection that includes a large leopard on her right hip, a butterfly skull on her lower back, the letter “J” for Jace on her neck, a rose on her shoulder, and a massive cherry tree blowing in the wind on her back.
* Author’s Note – I realize Jenelle moves around quite a bit and probably doesn’t actually live in Oak Island any more, but As long as she’s still within a 30 mile radius then she will always be in Oak Island in my mind!
BONUS! Here’s Courtland’s infamous “Alnost Fanous” tattoo