DGO was walkin’ down Main Avenue by Doc Hathaway’s Café when we noticed Tyler Tomlinson leaning against the bricks listening to music. Yes, we know, his Misfits shirt is dashing, but an even bigger convo starter was his face tattoo. We stopped to say hi and here’s what we learned about him:
“I used to ride freight trains. It’s a thing train riders do, get different shit tattooed all over their face. It doesn’t really mean anything. I got it in Chicago. I passed through there for a week. I like it. Some people look at me funny, or something, but it doesn’t bother me.
“I was living in Dallas and ran into some train riders and I decided to leave my apartment and took off to something new. I started riding when I was 32. I was riding around everyone until I ended up getting in trouble. I got caught up in Breckenridge. I had my coat stolen from me so I broke into a store and stole some coats, and a top hat, and a pair of gloves. I got sent to [the correctional facility] Hilltop.
“I can’t get any more tattoos until I’m done there. I’ll start riding trains again, too.
“You shouldn’t be stuck. You can do pretty much anything you want. You don’t have to just go to work and do lame shit all the time. I thought that for a long time. But, really, if you wanna go somewhere, just go somewhere. This is America; you’re not going to starve to death. You can always come up with money and food. It’s no big deal.”
Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer