Lori Capozzi has been a Bryan Adams fan for almost 40 years and can count on two hands the number of times she’s seen him in concert.
When the iconic rocker played at the South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton, about 62 kilometers south of Kelowna, B.C. From that main vantage point, he held a sign that read: “Brian, I want your autograph for my next tattoo.”
Even if it was a long shot, Capozzi hoped Adams would notice his mark and etch his signature on her skin.
About three-quarters of the way through the show, this actually happened.
The Canadian Music Hall of Famer invited Capozzi on stage and wrote his name in thick black felt on the back of his right shoulder. The next day, Capozzi visited a local tattoo artist, Corey Hounslow, and got the signature permanently inked.
“I think it looks exactly like his signature,” Capozzi told CBC’s Sarah Penton. Radio West.
“If you look at it, [Hounslow] nailed it. He did a really good job. I’m quite happy.”
WATCH |: A fan tells how he tattooed Bryan Adams’ autograph.
“I just froze”
When Capozzi was signing autographs before the concert, she says her husband told her that Adams wasn’t going to stop the show just to do his bidding. Capozzi was undaunted and had reason to be optimistic when Adams started walking around with his vast collection of hits.
“I could tell throughout the concert that he was looking at the sign,” he said. “He looked at it a few times because, like I said, I was in the front row.”
In the second half of the concert, there was a lull in the action and Adams began interacting with the crowd. Capozzi says he read everyone’s cues, starting at the back of the arena and moving toward the front.
Just then he reached her.
“He started reading it and I said, “Oh my God, that’s not going to happen,” Capozzi said. “I just froze. I didn’t know how to react. He basically said. “What do you think, Penticton?” And all began to rejoice, and he said: “I think I can do it.” And then he motioned for me to go up.”
Capozzi says he worried about what he was going to say when he took the stage. However, Adams started the conversation by asking if Capozzi was a tattoo artist.
“I said no, I just like tattoos. And then I said. “And I love you too Brian.” And he said thank you. And then I turned around and he signed my back.”
Capozzi says he then motioned for Adams to hug and got one.
He says thank you and walks backstage.
The autograph was fading
Capozzi says he started making phone calls when he got home, looking for a tattoo artist who could indelibly ink the signature. The next morning, she left a message for Hunslow and told him that she had wasted little time getting back to him.
Hounslow told the CBC that he’s gotten “many, many tattoos over the years, including one by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.”
In this case, says Hounslow, Adams’ autograph was already a little faded, so I had to work from the photo from the night before and the photo that was left on the skin to sort of put it all back together.
Hounslow says the job took about an hour.
Capozzi says her husband sent Adams a picture of the tattoo via social media.
He might get a chance to show her in person in the future.
“He’s been my all-time favorite artist and I’ll continue to see him again and again,” he said.
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