EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jon Gosselin's Dragon Tattoo Was His Girlfriend's Idea

Jun. 30 2010, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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Jon Gosselin’s already infamous dragon tattoo was the idea of his new girlfriend Ellen Ross, the tattoo artist who created it told in an exclusive interview.

And not only is the back-covering work of art certain to last for life, but he thinks their relationship might also go the distance.

Todd ‘Sharkbait’ Williams -- who went to high school with Ross in Pennsylvania and now works at Never Say Die Tattoo Parlor in Harrisburg, PA -- revealed that he became convinced that Jon and Ellen's relationship is for real when Ross recently introduced him to the  former reality TV star dad and asked him to sketch the giant dragon for his back.

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“I have known Ellen for several years,” Williams told “Ellen is a really good person and they really like one another – she is not the type of girl who would go out with him because he is famous.

“She genuinely likes the guy and he seems to really like her too.”

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Ellen talked to both Gosselin and Williams about them pairing up for Jon’s elaborate artwork, so he wasn’t surprised when the dad-of-eight came in with a Japanese style dragon design. After some tweaking and bouncing around of ideas, they came up with the final image that will be forever imprinted on Jon’s back.

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Gosselin saw the dragon as a sign of new beginning in his life, and he chose it after “doing a lot of soul searching,” previously reported.

“It was done over two sessions of around six and seven hours each. Jon had a very good threshold for pain,” Williams revealed to

“Despite what people may think of him, I found him to be a really friendly guy. He was always talking about his kids and where he has traveled to around the world - he was a very good client.”

Williams, 24, admits he was nervous about the final results of the tattoo because the intricate artistic details. Fortunately, Jon and his girlfriend were “really pleased” with the final results, which Williams promised him will remain unique.

He added: “Jon’s design is a ‘one-off’ there will not be anyone else walking around with it on their body.”

“It was strange to see the design being picked-up and used all over the Internet but at least a lot of people are getting to see my work now,” said Williams, who hopes to work on Jon again in the future.



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