Blood drive victors needled about ink

Article published Jan 11, 2014
Blood drive victors needled about ink
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer
Three community leaders are slinging barbs over getting inked.

“One of us is bolder than the others,” Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive organizer Steve Costello said. “I won’t criticize those who want to get less ink, but I’m going all in.”

Costello joined fellow organizer Terry Jaye of WJJR and Mayor Christopher Louras in pledging to get a tattoo if the city broke the national record for pints of blood collected in a one-day blood drive. In previous years, they shaved their heads into Mohawks and spent six months growing beards after the city succeeded at lesser record attempts.

When the city blew the 1,938 record out of the water last month, collecting 2,350 pints, Costello had a graphic designer come up with designs for him incorporating the number of pints of blood collected, the Red Cross logo, a blood drop and scrollwork containing the words “Gift-of-Life Marathon.”

“I don’t want to explain it every time someone sees it,” he said.

Costello’s vision is of a good-size tattoo, on his right arm, just below the shoulder.

Louras was less ambitious in his plan.

“I know what I’m getting and it’s going to be small,” he said. “Humility and shame are not things I worry about. I’m going to get a red cross, with a blood drop attached to the red cross and the number 2,350, or whatever the number is.”

Louras said he had not decided where it would go.

“My wife gets to choose that — within reason,” he said.

Terry Jaye described the simplest design — a red cross with the number underneath, which he plans to get on his bicep or shoulder.

“I may change my mind when I get there,” he said. “I don’t want a lot of fancy scroll artwork or anything like that. I don’t want a girlie tattoo like Steve’s going to get — originally he wanted a butterfly with the Red Cross logo across his back. We had to talk him out of it.”

Whatever their final choices, the trio will have their moment of truth at noon Friday at Green Mountain Body Art in Killington.

“All three of us talked with everyone we knew who had tattoos,” Costello said. “It came highly recommended.”

Kidding aside, Jaye said while he has never gotten a tattoo before and intends never to get another, he will wear this one with pride.

“It’s kind of an honor,” he said. “It’s not just for us. It’s for everybody. If we go anywhere and anybody sees it, we’re going to be proud to say where we’re from. I’ll talk about it all day long.”