“The dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.”
And one dedicated “Law & Order: SVU” superfan is a member of an elite squad known to us as “heroes.”
Bernard Johnson, a New Orleans-based “SVU” fanatic, is going viral for his epic lower back tattoo, one that any fan of the “Law & Order” universe will understand.
You don’t need to have seen every episode to get the genius behind this tat. But only a serious, USA marathon-watching, favorite episode-having devotee would understand the desire to permanently host creator and executive producer Dick Wolf’s famous credit on their lower back.
Not only is Wolf’s name awesome, but his credit appears after every episode of the original “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Law & Order: Trial By Jury,” “Law & Order: LA,” “Law & Order: UK,” and a gazillion other crime shows.
It is, in a word, iconic.
We have Gizmodo’s Sophie Kleeman to thank for bringing this DUN DUN-tastic moment into our lives. After she was sent a Snapchat of Johnson’s tramp stamp, Kleeman presented the image to the internet, and the internet delivered his identity faster than Stabler and Benson arriving on a crime scene.
Johnson told Kleeman in an interview that he was loving viral fame and had previously tweeted the tattoo to “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay.
“I want her to see it more than anything,” he said.
Well, unlike in an episode of “SVU,” there’s no twist ending here: Johnson finally got his wish. Hargitay not only thanked Johnson for expressing himself through body art, but revealed that his favorite episode, “911,” is one of her favorites, too.
There is no power like the power of the internet. And of “SVU.”