While an online petition demands that Geoffrey Paschel be removed from TLC, Geoffrey may want to look into doing a little removing of his own.
Last week, Geoffrey shared with his followers an Instagram post teasing the story behind his strange nipple tattoos, which have made an appearance on his social media as well as the currently airing season of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.
Geoffrey said in his post that the particular tattoos are something he has regretted “from the very beginning” (go figure), and that they remain a source of joke material for his brothers to this day. Despite growing up “hardcore against tattoos of any kind,” Geoffrey said the nipple tats were the result of a trip to a tattoo convention with a friend of his and an attempt to seek “outside approval” for his own self-esteem.
He ended his story there, asking his followers to let him know if they wanted to know the rest.
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Ohhhhh, how to break the quarantine monotony: maybe some scrabble? Some card games? Binge watching 90 Day Fiancé? I propose the latter and a not-so-exciting explanation of my nipple tats…what better read could there be huh? . Don’t think that this is the first time I have had to explain myself. First off, my mom asked “what the hell were you thinking?” My brothers laughed at me and shook their head and STILL constantly make jokes. Many women I have come into contact with were astonished, not because of how cool they were, but due to me having the balls to do something so stupid. With that said, I will say, I have regretted it from the very beginning. . Well, I can’t tell this story without first saying that I grew up hard core AGAINST tattoos of any kind. It was practically instilled in me-only by my own doing. I had this mindset all the way up to the day I actually received the ink. My buddies wanted to go to a tattoo convention and I, for just the hell of it, thought I would tag along and poke fun. It was there that I saw in awe at how intricate these “artists” could draw on other people’s bodies with just a little vibrating needle. I mean these guys were good! . My buddies really seemed happy with what they got. I watched how others praised them for their decision. I wanted that admiration, that pat on the back, and to be told how “cool” it was. I was always weirdly seeking outside approval for my own self-esteem. So, I went back to the convention the next day and walked around again—purposely studying each artist. I wanted the best one to do my work; Yes, I accepted I was now going to get a tattoo. . I then went to artist after artist in the order of their expertise and attempted to get a tattoo. Each of them said they were booked and to try someone else. I didn’t even know what I wanted and planned on letting the artist help guide me. . I kept going. I asked, asked, asked, and asked…all said no. Dammit, I want this tattoo! I made it to an area where there were some guys sitting around, I inquired, “Hey, can I get a tattoo?”. He came back with a grin from ear-to-ear, put his cigarette out and exclaimed an excited “YES”. Want the rest? Let me know…
Surprisingly, some interested parties spoke up and Geoffrey went on to pick up his story the next day, warning everyone that it was “very anticlimactic” (and rightfully so).
Geoffrey said the unique design was essentially selected from an artist’s tattoo book, moments before the tattoo convention closed. While Geoffrey picked the tattoo, it was the artist’s suggestion to place the designs “around [his] tits.”
“I came home all excited and couldn’t wait to show them off,” he continued. “When the first opportunity arose, I showed my friends and they all laughed and asked what they were. I told them, ‘I don’t know, they just looked cool’ — they disagreed. It was then that I realized I was now the guy with some weird design around my tits, not the pat on the back like I envisioned.”
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I’m telling you the rest of this story sucks…It’s very anticlimactic. I couldn’t believe it…the time was here!! I sat down and he asked what I wanted…I said, “ummm, I don’t know” and followed up with “I was hoping you could help me”. He rolled his eyes and threw a picture book over to me. I went through the pages and came across this cool design. I was studying it and the guy says, “hey the convention is about to close”. I said, “ok, ok, I THINK I like this one”. He furrowed his eyes and said, “where would you want it?” I came back with, “well, I think maybe, umm” and he interrupted with “around your tits!”. This guy would know what was cool, right? Yeah, you know what, “I think it would look good around my nipples”. To which he smiled, lit up another cigarette, and tattooed this on my fricking chest. . I came home all excited and couldn’t wait to show them off. When the first opportunity arose, I showed my friends and they all laughed and asked what they were. I told them “I don’t know, they just looked cool”-they disagreed. It was then that I was now the guy with some weird design around my tits, not the pat on the back like I envisioned. . They have been called well, as we saw in my stories, everything from flames, a tribal piece, a child’s drawing, a snake, to a snack; I could go on forever, but you get the gist. When someone asked me what they were, my answer soon became: “a peacock’s eyebrows”—that’s my best answer. That’s it…nothing exciting to see here. It was yet another spontaneous moment in my life. That seems to be the personality trait I’ll always possess. I’ll take it. It has brought me where I am today and take me where I will be tomorrow-wherever that may be. . So, what are some things from YOUR past you wish you had done differently? . On a different note, anyone want to get quarantined with me? There won’t be any dull moments, I promise! For real though, make this a “growing” time—get to know who YOU are and what your purpose is. We all have one and many of us have forgotten this as we grow older; the monotonous toils of life take over. Don’t lose yourself. Love is always better than hate. . What would you like to know next?
Geoffrey said his nipple decorations have been called everything from flames to snakes, though he prefers to call them “peacock’s eyebrows.”
“ … that’s my best answer,” he said. “That’s it… nothing exciting to see here. It was yet another spontaneous moment in my life. That seems to be the personality trait I’ll always possess. I’ll take that. It has brought me where I am today and take me where I will be tomorrow — wherever that my be.”
Moral of the story: think before you ink… and then think even harder before applying to be on a reality TV show and going shirtless on-camera.