While Elite Pete does look a lot like a few Elites I know, the power they wield should never be underestimated. ┬áBy pissing off just one Elite, Red Spaghetti Tattoo ceased to exist. Thier phone stopped ringing, all their good reviews were instantly filtered, just as her threats suggested they would be. Doesn’t matter that she was drunk when she asked for a tattoo and the owner refused. That was enough to cost him his legacy business. He’s had to rebrand his business and virtually start from scratch. New phone number, everything!

So while this video may poke fun at some losers who will do anything for a digital badge, there’s a very real threat there too.