The TRUTH behind Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie's finger tattoos revealed
Tattoo artist Danny Nostrom from Venice, Florida has now opened up about his experience of interacting with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie last year, when they came to get inked. Nostrom said that the 22-year-old Gabby seemed to be a happy, bubbly, joyful person who was "super excited" about her upcoming road trip with fiance Brian Laundrie. A "beaming" Gabby got matching couple tattoos with Brian as well a few others smaller finger tattoos — symbols that eventually helped in identifying her body at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Nostrom's interaction with the couple happened on October 8, 2020, when they visited his studio for the tattoos. This was several months before they set out on their fateful cross-country road trip on July 2, 2021. At present, Petito's family is seeking justice for the tragic and unnatural murder of the travel vlogger while her fiance Brian Laundrie is on the run. There have been several reports about the toxic nature of Gabby and Brian's relationship, where the latter even physically assaulted his fiancee quite often. However, a year ago, Danny Nostrom did not get any negative vibes from the couple during their brief interaction for a couple of hours.
Speaking to DailyMail, Nostrom has revealed that Petito was "super excited" to get matching couple tattoos with Brian Laundrie. The duo got vine tattoos on their fingers, an idea they reportedly got from Pinterest. Gabby later posted a close-up photo of them holding hands, where their tattoos are clearly visible. While Gabby's vines were linear, Brian Laundrie's vine tattoo was in solid black.
Following Gabby's death, social media sleuths found the design saved on Brian's Pinterest account, weirdly within a board titled 'Things to burn off'. However, as per Nostrom's experience, there appeared to be no love lost between the young couple.
Gabby reportedly beamed about their planned cross-country road trip and shared how both of them were working hard at Publix to save for a van to live in. Both of them ironically revealed to Nostrom that they were huge fans of the true-crime documentary series 'Forensic Files'. In the meantime, Gabby sketched a tiny scorpion and a ghost on a skateboard on Brian Laundrie's consent form — the designs she later got tattooed on her fingers.
"'Gabby and Brian came in super excited about getting new tattoos. They had texted for an appointment and were referred by a friend. They knew exactly what they wanted. They said they wanted a couple of vines around each one of their fingers to represent them and their love and the fact they were planning this big trip together. They said they had been together two years," Nostrom recalled.
He continued, "I said, okay easy enough. And then she added a couple of other things she wanted - a ghost riding a skateboard, a little Pisces zodiac sign and a little scorpion on her other fingers. So we just whipped them together and got it taken care of."
"All they talked about was their relationship and how they planned on traveling. They were super excited, very eager about their trip. They didn't specify where they were going or when. They just said they were planning this trip to go live out of a van for a little while. I'm assuming it's the same trip that Gabby never returned from. I remember them saying they didn't even have the van yet, they were working in a Publix supermarket and saving up for it," Nostrom shared.
He saw that Laundrie only had one tattoo, a bizarre one with three mountain peaks and X-marks on them. "He was a little more standoffish, but we had a nice conversation anyway. He wasn't totally socially awkward or anything. He was just a little more quiet," he said about Brian. Meanwhile, he found Petito as someone with a "very happy" and "with a very bubbly personality". "She didn't seem like she was troubled at all, or anything out of the ordinary. She seemed happy to be in the shop, she seemed super, super friendly."