Celebrities love to stick out, it’s why they go out and get famous in the first place: they have a desire to stand out in the crowd. However, for some celebrities it’s not enough to just be famous, they have to be famous and weird at the same time. That’s like trying to be the biggest elephant; you’re already bigger than the other animals, now you want to be the biggest of the big! Elephant talk aside, some celebrities like to get tattooed with some weird stuff; whether it’s because they want to be even more notable, or because they just feel like being strange. Take “Jackass” star and legendary stuntman Steve-O, who got his own autographed photo inked on his back as a stunt for one of his movies. The tattoo is actually really well done, but it’s still extremely weird and completely crazy. Tattooing a face on yourself might not be as weird as getting yourself a face tattoo though…Yup, Gucci Mane has an ice cream cone tattooed on his face in honor of his song “Icy”…that’s pretty much an act of insanity. He’s known for being a bit of a loose cannon, he’s been to jail multiple times, and a face tattoo is a classic sign of an impulsive person. He doesn’t seem to regret his facial ink though, and that’s awesome for him, because tattoos are forever, so are childhood loves of literature…Ryan Gosling (“Drive”) has the cover of the book “The Giving Tree” on his left shoulder and it’s a pretty strange tattoo with an explanation that’s…uhhhh…off. He says that he got the tattoo because his mom used to read the Shel Silverstein classic to him when he was a child, but that he thinks the book is messed up and he would never want to be the Giving Tree because the boy uses him up until he’s a stump. Speaking of “stump”, we’re stumped in regards to the reasoning behind this tattoo…Yup, that’s a really bad tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s face, and it’s on “On The Way Down” singer Ryan Cabrera’s leg. It was allegedly chosen by his friends after losing a bet, and it’s pretty terrible, and actually looks a lot more like Ryan Reynolds. Speaking of Ryan Reynolds…just kidding, he wouldn’t get a weird tattoo, but we all know that Miley Cyrus would…Okay, the tattoo is of her dog, who passed a way a while back, so we can’t argue with the sentiment, but the tattoo itself is a bit whacky looking. Maybe she could’ve just gotten a normal picture of the ole’ boy. Weird or not, we will never not like a dog-lover’s dog tribute. We don’t like ice cream lovers’ tributes though…“Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith has this ice cream cone inked on his leg, and we don’t like it…that’s really all that we have to say about that. Let’s do one more picture for a pallet cleanser…Celebrities even like to stick out when they already stick out, Lady Gaga’s showing off her unicorn tattoo in the above picture to prove it. At the end of the day we’re just having fun folks, and anything that someone, famous or not, wants to ink on their body is their business. It’s just our business to give them crap about it…especially that ice cream cone on Sam Smith, that thing really bothers us for some reason.
It’s been a celebrity tattoo removal kind of time around here folks. We recently told you about Adrienne Baillon’s decision to get her Rob Kardashian butt tattoo taken off with a new laser treatment, and now we’ve another female celebrity who wants nothing to do with having her exe’s name inked on her body. This time it’s a little more weird though, also this time it’s someone who probably didn’t instantly regret her body art; it’s Melanie Griffith. The “Automata” star recently divorced her husband of fifteen years, Antonio Banderas, and she’s decided that she no longer wants his name to be prominently displayed on her arm. We imagine that when she initially got the tattoo done, she thought it was a great idea, their marriage was strong for a really long time, but unfortunately she was wrong and now her symbol of love is a symbol of failure. We still didn’t get to the weird part though…Mel’s removal of her heart with “Antonio” in the center tattoo seems to be off to a good start, as the laser procedure has already made his name almost, if not totally, invisible. However, she’s decided that the best way to cover-up her laser site is with a bandage with her name on it…yeah, it says “Mel”. She’s got it positioned in such a way as if to replace his name with hers; we guess that this is some sort of “love yourself before you love others” type of statement, but since she’s not a teenager, it makes her look kind of crazy. It’s very possible that she’s leaving the rest of the heart and plans on getting her kids names or initials inside of it, but if she’s thinking about getting her own name put in there…she needs to reconsider. Getting your own name put on your body is always a suspect tattoo decision, but getting it inside of a heart? That’s just plain strange.Melanie Griffith is a really talented lady, and we’re really upset for her that her marriage didn’t work out. However, seeing as how she already has way too much plastic surgery, permanently scarring her body with a bad tattoo is not the way to cope with the big changes in her life. We understand having the laser removal, but she needs to be careful with her next step. We hope that she’s just having a momentary lapse into scorned woman territory, because she’s too mature and too much of a celebrity to be making avoidable mistake in her tattoo design. Be strong Mel, bad ink is never the answer!
Adrienne Bailon is one of those people who’s kind of so far removed from her original success that it’s become easy to forget exactly why she’s famous. We’re not saying that she’s not successful, because selling about 5 million albums and fronting two different successful music acts is pretty much the definition of success, but we’re pretty sure that there’s a lot of people who know her more for her work on “The Real”, as a red carpet reporter, and her relationship with Rob Kardashian than they do for her music career. Well luckily for her, she’s no longer with the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star, and now over half a decade after they broke up, she’s finally getting rid of some of the evidence. No, she’s not throwing out any bodies, and she’s not giving away any sort of jewelry, but she is getting her butt tattoo removed!
The couple originally began dating in 2007, and before breaking up in 2009 they decided to take things to the next level by having each other’s names inked on their bodies. Rob got “Adrienne E Bailon” put on his ribs, and to our knowledge he still has it. Adrienne went a little more hard and got “Robert A. Kardashian”…on her butt. Yup, she went for the ole’ name on da butt; never a great idea. After their breakup, Adrienne attempted to have the fairlly large piece removed multiple times, but nothing could do more than slightly fade it. We imagine that her skin type had something to do with it, but who cares, because she recently underwent a new treatment that zapped that bad boy right off her heiny! She invited the cameras from “Extra!” To come along as she went under the laser for her life changing removal. We know that having a tat that no one can see removed shouldn’t really be a huge deal for a millionaire, but anytime you can distance yourself from the Kardashians, it’s a victory.
To be honest, if we were Adrienne, we would’ve just left the tat and said that we really like lawyers from the 90s, but we’re all idiots. Anyhow, this whole situation is just another reminder that you shouldn’t get anyone’s name inked on you unless you’re already related…also that you shouldn’t date Kardashians, those people are trouble.
That guy seems nice…and terrifying. So fair readers, if you’re anything like our friend in the picture above, you may find yourself in jail someday. It may be for just a night, it may be for just a month, or it may be for a long enough time that you’re going to have to learn the ropes and know what to look out for as you spend life inside of a cell-block. One thing that might help is knowing which groups rock which tattoos. Like the guy above, he’s inked with a “14″ tattoo that represents the “14 Words” of white nationalist David Lane, an “88″ that represents an 88 word passage from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, and Norse interlocking triangles that represent dying in battle. These different tats add up to this guy being a Neo-Nazi ready to throw down for what he believes. So look out for this guy, and look out for these different tattoos in prison…The above ink represents “Surenos” (accent mark on the “n”) with the “Sur” and the letter “M” for Mexico with the number 13. They’re a Southern California gang with roots in the Mexican Mafia, so don’t mess with them. They might mess with these guys though… The Aryan Brotherhood like to get Shamrock tattoos and love to get “AB”s for “12″s to represent the first and second letters of the alphabet. They also like “666″ tattoos, but really, who doesn’t…Well, guys with “EWMN” tattoos on their knuckles don’t need to get the mark of the beast, because they’re ink stands for “Evil, Wicked, Mean, Nasty”. Speaking of nasty, check out this bad Larry…These two “m”s stand for Mexican Mafia, or La Eme. These guys are one of the most highly organized and powerful groups in the American prison system, and they will mess you up. These guys will also mess you up…Yup, that’s an MS-13 tattoo, and it represents Mara Salvatrucha, one of the most violent and ruthless gangs in the entire Western hemisphere. Members of this gang also often have intricate face ink, so if you see a ton of face tats, look the other way…just don’t look at these guys…The Nazi Lowriders sport these symbols, and these white supremacists are not to be messed with. Neither are the Nortenos (accent on the “n” again folks)…The sombrero on this tattoo shows their allegiance to the Nuestra Familia, the group that controls this powerful gang. This whole article is scaring us at this point, so let’s rap it up with something cute…or this terrifying this that you will often see on a white supremacist, that’s cool too.We hope that if you ever find yourself behind bars, you remember what you saw in this article and stay away from pretty much everyone. Tattoos, whether on a gang member or on a father of three, show dedication to an idea, and if that idea is something violent, inking it on yourself guarantees that you are serious business. Stay out of jail folks, it’s rough in there.
Celebrities love to get ink, that’s a fact, but sometimes they get it in slightly abnormal places, like Zac Efron here. The “Neighbors” star went out and got “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) tattooed on the side of his of his hand, which is a weird place for multiple reasons, not the least of which is how easy it is to wear off ink from that spot. He’s got nothing on Miley Cyrus though…The girl behind “Wrecking Ball” and the master of all that is bad twerking, the former Hannah Montana got “Rolling” and “$tone” inked on her feet. Why is this weird? Because she decided to get them put on the bottom of her hooves instead of the top…so the tattoos had zero chance of ever settling in for the long haul. Want to talk about “settling in for the long haul”? Mike Tyson knows all about that type of commitment, because he got the most committed of all tats…There it is folks, one of the most whacky of all the whacky tattoos in celebrity history. The former boxing world champion and star of “The Hangover” inked a nice looking tribal on his friggin’ eye socket a few years back because we guess he just wanted to show how committed her was to never having a desk job. Strangely enough, he actually wears the placement well. We’ll shut up about his ink choice now though, because we still fear him, and because Lily Allen says so…Lily Allen wants to us to “shhh…”, that’s why she inked it on her index finger. The ellipse at the end of it implies that she’s shushing for a really long time after the initial impact. She must really mean it, unlike K-Stew…“Twilight Saga” star Kristen Stewart got an infinity symbol inked on her wrist to represent her infinite feelings of…uhhhhh…something, but she got it so small that we doubt she really means it. Kesha means it though, just take a look.Okay so Kesha annoys us overall, but we got to respect her commitment and her message, way to show em’ who’s boss dollar sign lady! Speaking of being a boss…That’s a pretty out there tat for the “Amazing Spiderman 2″ star, but he’s Jamie Foxx, he can do whatever he wants. The “Horrible Bosses 2″ star has won an Academy Award and played Django, he can get as many crazy head tattoos as he wants. He’s a true king of Hollywood, so we respect his crown tattoo.Speaking of kings, Cara Delivingne has the King of the Jungle tattooed on her pointer finger, and it’s a really nice piece. Seriously, whoever did that bad boy was on point, because it looks like the lion is going to jump right off of her finger. She’s a weird girl, but she knows how to pick an artist, and she also must know how to pick her nose…in style. We’re finishing this list with Bryan Cranston, because he’s awesome. He had the logo for his all time great show “Breaking Bad” inked inside of his finger, and even though it’s a standard “I don’t want a real tattoo” tattoo, he did it to match his buddies from the show, and he placed it in a weird spot, so we’re cool with it. Is it the weirdest celebrity ink? No. Are any of these? No. But their placement is just a little bit strange to us, and we love making lists, so we hope you enjoyed it. See you next time you tattoo fiends!
Well it looks like Selena Gomez is all grown up… or at least her body of body art would point to that being the case. The “Come And Get It” (everyone in the office agreed that if we had a daughter who sung that song, we’d be really upset) singer recently added to her tattoo collection when she visited famed artist Bang Bang McCurdy’s shop in New York City and had some work done on her back. The new piece is in Arabic and says something to the effect of “Love Yourself First”, which most likely has something to do with her still getting over her storied relationship with pop prince and all around terrible person Justin Bieber. The two were so close, that at one point they were rumored to be getting matching ink, but just like their relationship, the idea went away. The new tat is her fourth, but all together she probably only has a couple of hours of work on her, if not less. Regardless, let’s take a look at her other ink…
Her first tattoo was the tiny little guy that you see above on her wrist. It’s a music note and…well…that’s really all there is to it. It’s a tiny music note and it looks like a tiny music note. It couldn’t have cost her more that a hundred bucks and probably took less than half an hour to do.
The “Behaving Badly” star followed that note up with a bigger piece (also done by Bang Bang) on the back of her neck. She got the Roman Numerals “LXXVI”, which translates into “76″. That’s the year her mother was born and Gomez is rightfully close to her supportive mama.
Her third tat was done in 2013 and is a bible verse going down her hip. It’s Philippians 4:13 reference, a bible quote which states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”. The actual piece says “God who strengthens me”. It’s a simple piece, but it sits well on her body and should stay nicely if she takes care of herself. Actually, all of her ink is “nice”, just none of it is impressive. She just “has some tattoos”, she’s not “tattooed”. If that makes sense to you, then you’re tattooed. If it doesn’t…well then you might be Selena Gomez, and we wish you the best of luck in your future inkings!
We must finally be getting old, because Ariana Grande is way more famous than we thought that she was. Really folks, did you know that she starred in not only “Victorious” but also “Sam & Cat”? No? Well if you’re a teenage girl, then you should have already been armed with that knowledge; if you’re not, then you know her as that girl who sings that song that you like. Grande is the voice behind “The Way” and “Problem”, those songs that are on the radio basically all of the time. The Nickelodeon channel product is a big deal these days, and like all young big deals these days, she’s got herself a few tattoos.
Her first piece of ink was the tiny heart (like her song “Tattooed Heart”) that she got on her toe back in April of 2012. She was in the process of recording her debut album “Yours Truly” and she got it to commemorate that time in her life. She had it done while she was sitting in the studio and it’s a very typical first tattoo for a young girl: tiny, simple, and not even shaded. It’s very much the kind of tatt that someone gets just to be able to say that they have ink. She followed that up two years later when she had Romeo Lacoste from the show “Best Ink”do some work on the back of her neck. No one really knows what it says for sure, but most people agree that it says “Mille Tendresse.” which is French for “a thousand tendernesses” (it’s from the movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”). Again, it’s very simple, but it’s a nice little message and looks cute on her. The same day that she got her neck done she also had a little piece put on her side to honor her grandfather. The simple piece is just the Italian word for “beautiful”, which is of course “Bellissima”.
Ariana Grande doesn’t have a ton of ink as of yet, but to be honest, we don’t see her getting too much more. A lot of times, when someone gets three tattoos in just a couple of years, they end up covered later in life. However, when the pieces are so tiny and simple, and when they’re on a someone who isn’t even mildly alternative, they’re almost never the start of an addiction. We’d be really surprised if we ended up writing too much more about this particular pop princess.
Let’s start things with some truth folks: No matter how tough, or deep, or angry you say you are, you’re not the first person to ever get a tattoo. No folks, despite what some angsty twenty-somethings will tell you, tattoos aren’t some new awesome thing that makes us different from the generations before us. They may be a little more acceptable now than they used to be, but people have been getting them for all sorts of reasons since about as far back as we’ve been able to trace life as a whole. For example: a corpse recovered from all the way back in the neolithic era was found to have preserved skin (it was recovered in a block of ice in 1991, right about the time every television show decided to feature frozen-caveman subplots), and on that skin were a few tattooed marks. The tats were apparently part of an old school acupuncture process, so they were used for healing rather than design, but that doesn’t make them”not tattoos”. The modern art of tattooing goes back to the Tahitian art of “Tatau”, and was brought into the “civilized” world by sailors who visited the island. That work, done with simple needles and hammers, evolved into what we have today with the advent of the double-coil tattoo gun in the late 1800s. It’s already evolved further, as ravers have been getting “invisible” black-light tattoos ( they get them for sho; they aren’t visible in daylight and show up glowing under black-lights) for years now, but where’s it all headed? Well, just like humanity, tattoos are still evolving folks, and just like us, they’re getting more and more tech savvy.
The future of tattoos, like the futures of us all, is one rooted in technological advancement. A few years back, Nokia patented a type of fero-magnetic ink that can be manipulated with magnetic fields. The ink reacts to cell signals and creates an effect where the tattooed feel their phones ringing through their skin. So yeah, that one is kind of useless for now, but other future tats are more helpful. For instance, the LED tattoos that are being developed with someday allow diabetics to get an on-the-body blood sugar reading, while “epidural electronic” technology will involve small electronics being “tattooed” into your skin and doing things like monitoring your heart or letting you know when you’re getting a sunburn. Basically, the important advancements in tattooing will be less tattoos, and more under-the-skin implants. There are other advancements in straight up body-art, but they mostly involve tats that move (like GIF images) and ink that shows up different on cell phone screens. These advancements are currently far too costly to go mainstream, so we expect medical tech tats to become popular long before traditional ink tattoos get replaced with fancy body cartoons.
Like all art and technology, tattoos are ever changing and always growing as a medium, but their beauty lies in their simplicity. In our humble opinions, even when the word “tattoo” starts to mean all sorts of different things in the future, there will still be plenty of people who just want to get regular old needlework done. However, one thing will change: new ink tech means that vegetable-based tats can be removed in as little as one laser session, and with almost no pain. So one thing will change: tats won’t be as permanent as they once were. Well, we guess tats won’t be forever anymore…but we still think that they’ll be around forever.
We’ve all heard the terms “Trainer to the stars” and “Accountant to the stars” and “(insert otherwise mundane profession) to the stars”; all of which prove that sometimes just doing stuff for celebrities can make you a celebrity yourself. This is especially true in the tattoo industry; where as sometimes stars don’t want anyone to know were they train or that they need the help of a financial planner, everyone loves to brag about who did their body art. Whether it’s via Twitter, during interviews, or with the ultra-cool (sarcasm alert) Instagram photo from inside the shop, everyone who you’ve ever heard of loves to show you how cool they are and how great their ink artist of choice is. We guess it’s like any other form of physical art in that you want to give the artist credit and show that you can afford the piece, but it’s still kind of annoying. However, there is a plus to all of this tattoo braggadocio: artists are getting paid these days. Who’s getting paid the best? Let’s find out! We’re going to try and stick to artists who we can get at least ballpark numbers on, so don’t be too upset if we leave out your favorite.
Artists like Mike Rubendall (from TLC’s “Tattoo Wars”), Bob Tyrell, Dave Tedder, Brandon Bond, and Stephanie Tamez all make awesome livings by charging in the $200 per hour range, having minimum session times, and by booking full schedules. However, the big moneymakers list starts with Kat Von D. The tabloid sensation and star of both “Miami Ink” and “LA Ink” has a shop minimum of $200/hr, so we have to figure that her hourly is up around at least the $300 range…which is exactly what Paul Booth charges per hour. Featured on CNN, CNBC, Discovery Channel, and TLC; Booth has worked on members of metal bands like Sepultura, Pantera, and Slipknot, giving them a taste of his dark and demon laden style. Famous clients are clearly the key to big bucks too, just ask New York based artist Bang Bang, who gets over $400/hr to ink stars like Rihanna and Justin Beiber. His work is good, but rumor has it that he’s not really worth the trip to the Bahamas that it costs you to have a medium sized piece done. In reality, is anyone worth that much cash? Don’t ask Anil Gupta, we already know his answer.
Charging a whopping $450/hr, Gupta has done work on celebrities like John McEnroe, Christian Slater, and Rosie O’Donnell. He’s know for his abstract work as well as his ability to perfectly copy works of art onto his clients’ bodies. He’s booked up six months in advance too, so you know that business is good. Not as good as Ami James though, as the “Miami Ink” and “NY Ink” star charges over $500 for just sixty minutes in the chair. His ownership of three shops (his third is Love Hate Social Club in London) and his clothing company DeVille has given him a personal net worth of over $5 million, so yeah…he’s doing well for himself. However, he’s cheap compared to Scott Campbell.
Tattooing only on weekend because his lucrative career in advertising design takes up his weekdays, Campbell has charged the likes of Marc Jacobs, Josh Hartnett, and Heath Ledger a thousand bucks for their first hour of work. Granted, he drops his price to “only” $200 for each additional hour, but that still gives him a pretty insane hourly rate, and most likely means that he’s living large when he’s not in the shop or in the office.
Once looked at as the dregs of society, tattoo artists are finally getting the recognition as true artists that they deserve, and with prices as high as these guys, they’re getting the cash they deserve. Of course, they won’t be getting that cash from us, we prefer to be inked in Thailand, where fifteen hours of work from a guy who has a masters degree in art and design will run you about $500. Yeah, America is overpriced…but we still love this place.
You can learn a lot from someone’s tattoos. You can look at someone’s ink and have some idea of where they’ve been, what they love, what they’ve done, and what they believe; you can basically tell a whole lot about their past and present. Sometimes though, you can even tell their future by looking at their ink, such is the case with Beyonce Knowles and her vanishing tattoo. So what does the future hold for the “Drunk In Love” singer and multiple Grammy winner (she’s won like…all of the Grammys)? Well if her tattoos are to be believed, either a divorce or a new career as a hand model.
A few years back, the former Destiny’s Child front-woman married rap megastar Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter), thus forming one of the celebrity world’s most famous and successful couples ever. To celebrate the nuptials, Bey went out and got herself a little tattoo on her finger of the Roman numeral “IV”. The very small piece of ink sat right on her ring finger and represented exactly what you would think: the number four. Both Jay-Z’s birthday and their anniversary fall on the 4th of the month, so the tiny tat was basically a big (little) “I love you” to her husband. A great gesture right? Well…it was a great gesture. “Was”, as in past-tense, as in “the tattoo isn’t their anymore”. Yes folks, if recent pictures of the power couple are to be believed, then the ring finger piece appears to have been lasered off at some point in the past year. So like I said before, she’s either decided that she doesn’t have enough money already and is embarking on a career as a hand model…or she’s not planning on being married to Jay anymore. After her sister Solange was recorded attacking her husband on an elevator, speculation ran rampant that the all-time great rapper had done something pretty bad to his bride, and perhaps whatever that was has lead to the dissolution of their marriage. Their “On The Run” tour is still going on as of this writing, and they’ve been photographed together seemingly still together. However, they might be pulling a Sonny and Cher, staying together for show just to make a little more money before they call it quits. We can’t really say, but we can pretty much guarantee that Beyonce has had her tattoo removed, and people tend to do things like that for a reason.