Rodney Rose, tattoo artist at 252 Tattoo, said he became a fan of Ramsey when the man became a hero for hearing a scream and kicking down a door that allowed kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight to escape, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday.
Ramsey became an online celebrity with a video of the man using colorful language to recall the events.
"He's kind of like that public figure in Cleveland right now, kind of the voice and face of it," Rose said. "He's such an expressive guy, I figured it'd make a great tattoo."
He said he announced on Facebook he would do a free tattoo of Ramsey's face to interested customers, and friend and fellow tattoo artist Stephen Munhollon took him up on the offer.
"I think Rodney and I were caught up in the ridiculousness of it," Munhollon said. "You could ask the question, did I want to get Charles Ramsey tattooed on my leg, and the obvious answer is no. The real question is, was I willing to get Charles Ramsey tattooed on my leg, and the answer was yes."
"In society, a lot of times people choose not to get involved in situations," he said. "I think what's really grabbed people in regards to Mr. Ramsey, is he's an average, everyday guy. He's an ordinary person, he was put in an extraordinary situation that he could have walked away from. But he chose to do something."