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Tattoo Man to appear on “Counting Cars”

Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones, an Oklahoma resident who sports dozens of Route 66-inspired tattoos on his body, will make an appearance Tuesday night in the History Channel’s “Counting Cars” reality series.

The 30-minute episode, titled “Get Your Kicks” (a common reference to the Mother Road), will air at 9 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

The show’s website described the episode as follows:

Danny takes on a Route 66-inspired Chevy for the famed highway’s biggest fan, and later teams up with his good buddy, American Restoration’s Rick Dale, on an unusual project for a customer.

It also will be aired at 1:01 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 5. So set those DVRs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the show, here’s a quick primer:

Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny “The Count” Koker bets with cars. Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Stars, this Sin City legend walks, talks and breathes classic American muscle cars. When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it—including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners. On the HISTORY series Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black. From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Danny and the crew of Count’s Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the average rides for now.

The show’s website will eventually post the episode online. But, for now, here’s a Web exclusive of footage of members of the crew getting inspiration from Route 66 in Kingman and Seligman in Arizona. You’ve recognize Historic Seligman Sundries in a bit of this footage:

I’d long lost count of the number of tattoos Jones claimed he had. Last I heard, it was heading fast toward the 100 count. More about Jones’ tattoos can be found here.

Jones also has an interesting backstory about his days in Vietnam and being a Hamburger Hill survivor. Sandi Wheaton detailed some of it during her Route 66 trip a few years ago.

UPDATE 2/5/2014: The full episode can be viewed online here.

(Image of Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones via Taylor Thorton via Flickr)

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