You never do know what’s gonna catch on lately, what with the world turning upside-down and all. Trump supporters took being Deplorable to heart; Hillary supporters reclaimed being Nasty Women; and now, Mitch McConnell’s latest phrase trying to demean fellow senator Elizabeth Warren has quickly moved from meme to body art.
Warren’s speech on the Senate floor might have been overlooked in this wild news cycle, but as with anything, trying to suppress something or someone will always have the opposite effect. The phrase has since then become an internet sensation, with memes popping up throughout every platform, showing famous women, historic and otherwise, persisting. Nora McIrney, an author based in Minneapolis, was among the many folks to be inspired by the upending of this phrase.
McIrney initially intended this tattoo outing to be a small, private gathering among friends, but when she published the event, it was public. Suddenly, a Flash event fundraiser was born, and Brass Knuckle was overwhelmed by eager clients, with proceeds going to Women Winning, a St. Paul-based organization geared towards “encouraging, promoting, supporting, and electing pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office.”