###Update - DISREGARED
Next time I will look more closely at the bike (I was going from faulty memory and a poor photo) before asking such a dumb question.
I am finally swapping out an adjustable stem (was a little long) with a shorter fixed length/pitch stem.
Is there a way to swap stems without having to remove the handlebar tape?
I wrapped the handlebar (nothing super pricey) only a couple months ago. (did the classic/std two loops around the brake hood)