Michael Smith always packs a pistol, even asleep or showering or yelling at tree trimmers who wake him up.
And though it's only a tattoo, the inky realism of his gun on the gut prompted a Maine State Police SWAT team to surround the night-worker's home Tuesday morning for a few tense minutes.
"Obviously it was a misunderstanding and he didn't have a weapon, but we had to respond to the initial report as if he did," Maine State Police Trooper Scott Duff told the Morning Sentinel.
The tree trimmers "weren't 100% sure what he was saying, but he was yelling and they thought it could be some sort of a threat," Duff said.
"We take all precautions when we don't have the details," he added.