The 2014 CMA Fest, which just wrapped up this week, is known for hosting country music fans from all over the nation...and while plenty of them are heart-and-soul enthusiasts of the genre, few are as dedicated as one fan, who has a literal leg up on the competition!
Robin Patrylo is a promoter and country music enthusiast -- she and her business partner Loretta Huff run RCP Promotions, a Nashville-based promotional management company that works with singers and songwriters -- and she's become known around Nashville for her legs, which have been inked with the autographs of several of her favorite artists: Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Thompson Square, to name just a few.
She told Ram Country that it all began back in 2010, when a friend dared Patrylo to get an autograph from Lady Antebellum at one of their fan club parties. The group wasn't signing anything at that particular gathering, so they figured it would take something big to score a signature.
Patrylo took the dare, went up and asked them to sign her leg, and informed the band she would be getting it inked later. Singer Hillary Scott clearly was impressed: She went ahead and signed "Lady A."
Patrylo didn't chicken out -- she made good on her promise and had Scott's Sharpie scrawl made permanent by a needle.
To her surprise, she then promptly found herself hooked on the idea of autographs as body art. Patrylo now has nine tats total, and her legs are starting to fill up! All of the signatures are rendered initially with a Sharpie, and Patrylo has had most of them immortalized at a parlor in downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway.
The artists who have been commemorated on Patrylo's gams are appreciative of the ultra-complimentary gesture. Jerrod Niemann Tweeted about it and added it to his Tunespeak app. Patrylo says Jake Owen has seen it, loves it, laughs about it and now tells everyone. Husband-wife duo Thompson Square has also seen their signature and sent their own photographer to take pictures of it.
In fact, it was a family member of Thompson Square who christened the limb as the “leg of fame.” Patrylo told us that the first time she went to the CMT Awards, she ended up having seats between Keifer Thompson's parents and Shauna Thompson’s mother and aunt – so that ink is the “most personal” to her.
Patrylo says the most painful creation was Chase Rice's signature. Although all of her tats are confined to her legs, "Chase is actually towards the back of my calf, so it's going into the back of my knee." Ouch.
The country superfan added three new tats to her collection last week during CMA Fest: Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann and Brantley Gilbert. She wouldn’t say what she plans to do when she runs out of room on her legs - but she did reveal who her “ultimate gets” are: George Strait and Willie Nelson.
When there’s a will, there’s a way! We’re betting their John Hancocks will eventually make that “Leg of Fame!”