The Gist

Can Tattoos Still Be Edgy When So Many People Have Them?

Tattoos, Nickelback, and other topics in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.

In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Friday’s edition of The Gist, host Mike Pesca runs through the latest NOTBATs of the Twittersphere, with the help of his producer Chris Berube.

Why does Mike think Cirque du Soleil is the “highbrow” version of the band we love to hate, Nickelback? And to make another connection, what does Cirque du Soleil have to do with poutine?

Also, what does Mike think about the concept of tattoos—especially as you get older? Why should Bernie Sanders, for example, never get a tattoo? And is getting tattooed still considered an act of rebellion?

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