1997 AMA Fake Tattoo Stunt Comes Full Circle with “My Stupid Tattoo” Release

Legendary entertainer and singer Pat Boone, on the heels of his recent Country Jubilee 2LP/2CD album, has released a lighthearted single, “My Stupid Tattoo,” available now here. Written by Damon Leigh (lyrics) and David Siebels (music), also produced by Siebels, the song is a humorous ode to those who have come to regret their tattoos.

Boone comments on releasing the track, saying, “When ‘My Stupid Tattoo’ crossed my path, I jumped on it because every country performer should identify with it and see the humor behind it. I’m sure they wonder about getting an ‘eraser’ before their kids and grandkids ask why they got it.”

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In 1997, Boone made headlines with his LP, In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, a tongue-in-cheek collection of Heavy Metal covers arranged in a Big Band style by top arrangers in the business. Though charting at #125 on the Billboard 200 chart, it was perceived in an ironic tone, with hits including Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and songs by Judas Priest, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, and Ozzy Osbourne. Original artists Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, and others joined Boone on the record.

One of the most memorable moments associated with the album was Dick Clark’s idea for Boone to present the award for “Hard Rock/Heavy Metal” at the 1997 American Music Awards and dress as Alice Cooper. Boone embraced the idea and showed up dressed for the part; shirtless, sporting a leather vest, leather pants, sunglasses, numerous rings, and even a studded leather dog collar around his neck. Fake tattoos adorned his skin, completing the temporary transformation.

When I’m asked about those tattoos, I tell people I still have them – they’re at home in a drawer,” Boone jokes. “They’re decals. Removable.

Lyricist Damon Leigh comments on why he wrote “My Stupid Tattoo,” saying, “If you’re ever thinking about having a woman’s name tattooed on your body, think twice… unless, of course, her name is ‘Mom!’

Pat Boone is a legendary American singer, songwriter, actor, author, and television personality who rose to fame in the 1950s, after winning TV’s first national talent contest, with his smooth, wholesome style of music. He is also known for his starring roles in 28 movies, such as “April Love” and “State Fair,” and more recently, “The Mulligan,” in which Boone took home the Grace Award for Most Uplifting Performance In Movies at the Movieguide Awards in Hollywood. He also has roles in two films yet to be released: “Reagan: The Movie” and “An American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic,” in which he plays American statesman, Founding Father, and third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, based on the book by bestselling author and radio host Michael Medved.

Now celebrating the 70th anniversary of his career in show business, Boone has not slowed down – even planning his 90th birthday party for June 1 with his four daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He released his Country Jubilee 2LP/2CD album in September of 2023, which boasts 25 songs, five of which are Boone’s Top 100 Country recordings and includes Boone’s hit songs “Grits,” featuring Ray Stevens, The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, Deborah Allen, and Dean Miller, and a brand-new rendition of the classic duet and Billboard #1 hit, “You and I,” featuring the incomparable Crystal Gayle.

He is the weekly host of his own hit SiriusXM radio show, “The Pat Boone Hour,” and is continuing a book tour promoting “IF-The Eternal Choice We All Must Make” (his 28th).

For more information about Pat Boone, visit patboone.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, X, and YouTube.