Saturday 22 October 2016

'Whose idea was this anyway?' - Today FM's Ian Dempsey shares photo of first tattoo after getting inked live on air

Sasha Brady

Published 27/09/2016 | 09:44

Ian Dempsey gets inked live on air as part of Today FM's Dare to Care campaign
Ian Dempsey gets inked live on air as part of Today FM's Dare to Care campaign

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey (55) finally got his first tattoo after being dared by thousands of listeners.

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Ian’s ink dare is part of Today FM's Dare to Care, the station's new charity fundraiser.

The breakfast broadcaster bravely accepted the challenge after being dared by his listeners.

On Tuesday morning he was tattooed live on air as the station invited tattoo artist Ross Nagle of Limerick's Allstar Ink in to the studio to complete the challenge.

A lifelong fan of David Bowie, the radio presenter got a black star tattooed on his arm as a tribute to the music icon whose last album was titled Black Star.

The breakfast presenter has no tattoos and at 55 years old, getting inked was not something he had considered. And as the reality set in, Ian took to Twitter to ask listeners "whose idea was this anyway?" but like a good sport he didn't back out and bravely went through with his challenge.

Oher Today FM presenters including Anton Savage, Dermot and Dave, Matt Cooper and Louise Duffy have all been forced to do a dare for charity.

Matt Cooper is preparing to write an original song and perform it in the Workman's Club on Wednesday night and Dermot and Dave ride the famous Cú Chulainn at Tayto Park.

Dave, who has a fear of rollerocoasters, tried to get out of the challenge by faking a headache.

"A sick tummy, a headache and a 'I just feel a bit weird'. Tried all three this morning but Tracy's having none of it. Tayto Park it is so," he joked on Twitter.

Listeners have also been challenged to take part in the Dare to Care campaign which aims to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Other listener dares to date include sky diving, adventure racing, mountain climbing and chest waxing! Today FM has created an ‘idea generator’ on for those looking for daring inspiration.

To sign up for your dare today, log on here.

To donate to Ian Dempsey and Today FM, click here.

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