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Dave Waugh: Over Qualified Loser (VIDEO)

By Dave Waugh
I hate reality TV. But ask anyone I know and they’ll claim I say I love it. I do hate it though… And reality TV has actually been around since the invention of the TV, we just finally gave it a name. Game shows have always been the most successful ones, and guess what, it’s been scripted since day one too. I complain, but don’t care really, I just love TV…

So why did I make an audition tape for one of the current reality shows I detest the most? I didn’t do it for my 15 minutes, I’ve already had that. Hell, I been on TV plenty of times. I was on the Bozo The Clown Show when I was a kid. After I got into tattooing as a job I’ve been on the local news a bunch. Tattooed live on the news. More than once made it to national news too, I shit you not. So why did I bother to try out for this? I did it for the same reason everyone else does: I wanted a payday…

Still do… plain and simple. But ah, well it seems I didn’t make it past the third cut. During my second on tape interview with the casting producer she basically told me I was “over qualified” but I had “personality” and she was going to submit me as both judge and contestant. I’ve never been told I was over qualified for ANYTHING my entire life! And as I figured it ruined it for me. I mean I would have been a good “ringer” like that other show had, or shit, I’ll be the worst loser you want me to be. I don’t care, I’ll do whatever you want for ratings. Just pay me to do it.

But alas, once again it was not in the cards for me. Too bad too, ’cause like I said I love TV and I have all sorts of dumb stuff I wanted to pitch to make some bad TV. I got 20-plus years of good tattoo stories that would have made damn bad TV. Stuff I know would make money, and that’s what we all want in the end anyways, right? But shhhh… I’ll tell you a secret: the real bonus for me would have been just making some TV… MY kind.

‘Cause I do love TV…

I would like to express my thanks to my fellow Frum the Hills band mate Bob Mellor for helping me get this together. After doing approximately 30 pages of paperwork, we only had two days to conceive, shoot and edit and upload this mess. Couldn’t have done it without his superb film skills. So he’s to blame…

Dave Waugh is a tattooer, soon to be reality TV star and blogger for Tattoo Artist Magazine. Dave can be found at Jinx Proof Tattoo in Washington D.C. and his blog http://davewaugh.wordpress.com/.

8 responses

  1. Wow…that video really IS waughSOME!

    (Hey…why is there a picture of Dave with a standee/cutout of Stan Lee??)

    August 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

  2. At least this was better than that shit on TV. Which I don’t watch… But hey at lest this was entertaining.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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