Did the heavily-tattooed Michelle McGee give tattooed women a bad name when the tale of her affair with Jesse James broke? Perhaps. It’s hard to find a site that hasn’t declared her a total sleaze. Granted, she slept with a married man, and her attitude seems pretty sour, but it was hard to ignore that some of the vitriol leveled at her had to do with all her tattoos. Unfortunately, although McGee denies it, a “W” and a “P” tattooed on the backs of her legs and various other stories suggest that she was involved in some way with or a fan of the White Power movement. Still, you can’t always judge a girl by her tattoos.
Frisky pal and tattoo blog Needles and Sins editrix Marisa Kakoulas, who we interviewed about her tattoos and other subjects, talked to the New York Post about the case of the inked mistress. While McGee may have given “in-your-face tattoos” a bad name temporarily, Kakoulas says, “it’s because of McGee that this type of discourse about the tattoo community is in the papers at all,” turning a negative into a positive. Read it!