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‘Tattoo Redo’: Syracuse native Jessimae Peluso hosts new Netflix show about body ink disasters

If you’ve ever seen (or gotten) a tattoo that says “NO RAGRETS,” you might want to binge-watch Netflix’s newest show.

Syracuse native Jessimae Peluso hosts “Tattoo Redo,” an all-new reality series featuring people with embarrassing body ink from a drunken night out, a lost bet, a relationship gone wrong, or a poorly researched internet source. Yes, they could go through the painful process of removing them, but Peluso offers a simpler solution.

“Behind every tragic tattoo, there’s always a ridiculous story,” Peluso says in the trailer. “Lucky for them, five of the most talented tattoo artists are standing by to give them a tattoo redo.”

The show brings in several pairs of people featuring one with a bad tattoo and their loved one who can’t stand looking it. Tattoo artists Miryam Lumpini, Twig Sparks, Tommy Montoya, Matt Beckerich and Rose Hardy will attempt to get creative with a coverup or modification of the original art, but — here’s the fun twist — the person bringing in someone with the botched ink gets to choose the new design.

“This might be a disaster,” Peluso admits.

In a phone interview with syracuse.com | The Post-Standard, Pelsuo said she considers some of her own tattoos to be “poor decisions.”

“I let really young people draw on me. You can just tell I’m a walking bad decision maker,” she said.

She has a huge back piece that she compared to Ben Affleck’s back tattoo of a giant phoenix rising. “That I would probably add a little to,” she said.

Peluso gave credit to the tattoo artists on the show, and noted how people with poor ink are more likely to try and get them fixed up than removed: “I think personally if you’re all for having a larger piece of art on your body and a larger tattoo, go ahead, but you better make sure the tattoo artist is good at large tattoos, and tattoos in general, to turn that trash into treasure.”

She wouldn’t give any spoilers about what bad tattoos we’ll see on the Netflix series, but said “one tramp stamp… shocked me to my core, especially because she was a mother.”

“You know I’m from Syracuse, a tramp stamp is practically your passport,” she joked, before referencing Jeff Foxworthy. “If you have a tramp stamp, you might be from Upstate New York.”

Peluso is a Henninger High School graduate who’s been performing as a standup comedian for more than a decade. She’s appeared on more than 25 TV shows, including “Funny or Die,” MTV’s “Girl Code,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly,” Comedy Central’s “Lights Out with David Spade,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” MTV2′s “Hip-Hop Squares,” and “The Tyra Banks Show.” She also hosts the “Sharp Tongue” podcast and has half a million followers combined on Twitter and Intagram.

“I love Syracuse, I come home as often as I can,” she said. “This city has such a huge place in my heart and I feel like there’s a revival going on. The arts and cultural scene is being revived.”

Peluso said “Tattoo Redo” took 2 to 3 years to become fully realized, and was shot with Covid-19 restrictions during the pandemic.

“It was tedious but it was so worth it,” she said. “It represents something a little more special to me, in how the show must go on.”

She thanked Netflix, the Best Production Company and the show’s executive producer Kevin Bartel for their support. She’s also encouraging fans to binge-watch the show and share their reactions or their own personal “tattoo redo” ideas on social media; if enough people show an interest, there’ll be a second season.

“Tattoo Redo” premieres Wednesday, July 28 on Netflix.

— to www.syracuse.com

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