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Guy Goes Through A Lot Of Trouble To Look Like…The Red Skull?

red-skull-guySo this one is a little weird. Our buddies over at www.celebrityplasticsurgery.tv  report on fan surgeries all the time; this is a different idea than your standard “fan tattoo”. You see, when someone get’s a fan tattoo, it usually means that they’re having body art done in honor of someone they love; a fan surgery is usually when a fan undergoes plastic surgery in order to look more like their favorite famous face and/or body. Now this is a little weird in itself, and almost always goes way beyond the standard “I want Brooke Burke’s boobs” plastic surgery decision, but at least it’s done to look like a real person…most of the time.  Some people are fans of cartoons/comics though, and that’s when these things get a little dicey. This brings us to Venezuelan citizen Henry Damon, a man who has had both fan surgery and fan tattoos done in order to look more like…The Red Skull? Yeah, he had work done and had his skin tattooed in order to look like the Nazi bad guy from “Captain America”…red-skull-guy-plastic-surgeryBefore going under the knife and in front of the ink gun, Damon was actually a pretty normal, if not handsome looking man with a wife and kids…Comic Book Fan Has Nose Chopped Off to Look Like Villain Red SkuNow, according to  is plastic surgeon/tattoo artist (the articles I’m reading make me think that this dude hit up a one-stop shop), Damon is still perfectly normal, because he had to pass an unnamed battery of psychological tests before going through with his procedures. Did I mention that the guy who did all of this stuff to him is a med-school dropout who specializes in extreme body modification? Yes, I’m aware that that sounds like the character description for the killer from a B-movie, but that’s who the dude is. Here’s Henry after beginning his process of Red-Skull-ification…Comic Book Fan Has Nose Chopped Off to Look Like Villain Red SkuThat’s post forehead implants and eyeball tattooing, and pre-nose job; although, is it still a rhinoplasty is it’s a straight up removal?Comic Book Fan Has Nose Chopped Off to Look Like Villain Red SkuYup, he had his nose removed. After that, he went in front of the tattoo needle again to have his skin turned red and black to better resemble ole’ Skull-dawg. He’s still a work in progress, but here he is at a tattoo convention recently…red-skull-guy-afterI’m not sure exactly why he’s decided to drastically change himself into the image of a hate-mongering supervillian (especially when everyone around him swears he’s a good dude), but I can tell you this much: next time someone looks at my forearms and asks me if I’m worried how they’re going to look when I get old, I’m just going to show them this dude and they’ll probably never bother me again!

Drake+Ink = Drinks?

drake-face-tatYou can’t write an article about Drake’s tattoos without mentioning two things: he was the kid from Degrassi, and a fan once inked his name on her friggin’ forehead. That’s her in the picture above, and she always needs to be mentioned, because until the day the “Started From The Bottom” rapper tattoos “That Girl Who Tattooed My Name On Her Face” on his own forehead, no body art related to Drake will ever top her tat. So now that her permanent mark of fandom and his former life as a teen actor are out of the way, let’s talk about the ink that adorns the body of the popular hip-hop act…drake-416-tattooLet’s start with his dual hometown/favorite singer tribute, the “416” on his side. The ink not only represents the area code of his hometown of Toronto, Ontario Canada, it also is shaded so as to represent “116”, the birthday (January 16th) of late singer Aaliyah, whose work Drake is an admittedly huge fan of. She also appears on his back piece, but we’ll get to that a little later. The rib work is actually very well done, and has a nice little meaning to it, it huge too, unlike his arm work…drake-all-kinds-tattooNext up we have the little piece of ink that sits on the inside of his right arm, which was apparently his first. The tat says “All Kinds”, which seems to be short for “It takes all kinds.”, a cliched statement that Drake and his buddies apparently use pretty often. There’s nothing wrong with the ink, it’s just kind of small and makes us worry that Drake thinks he made that phrase up. Anyhow, back to the back…drake-back-tattooYup, that’s Drake’s back, which appears to have a portrait of Aaliyah (he intends to release an album with the deceased icon through the magic of music production at some point), a portrait of his mom, a portrait of his late uncle, a portrait of his grandma, a dove, and an owl that looks like the robot from the original “Clash Of The Titans”. It’s all nicely done work, and all of it means a lot to the “Best I Ever Had” singer, so we’re cool with his back piece(s)…well all of them except…drake-houston-star-tattooThat looks a lot more like the old Tommy Hilfiger logo than anything representing Houston (that’s what it’s supposed to be), but it takes all kinds, right?drake-tattoo-father-mugshotSpeaking of all kinds, Drake’s father has spent a good portion of the Canadian star’s life in and out of prison, so as a tribute to a man he has an admittedly strained relationship with, he has a mini-portrait of his dad’s mugshot on his arm. It’s actually a cool little piece and it’s always nice to see people bonding through ink, so we’re like it, we don’t like his most recent tattoo though…drake-emoji-tattooLook, we have no problem with the little blurb, we have a small problem with someone referring to themselves as “6 God” (that’s what the “6” represents), and we have a big problem with someone representing something as complex as their religious views with a friggin’ Emoji. Yeah, that’s what that is, and we don’t like it, but again, it takes all kinds…is that joke dead yet? Anyhow, Drake’s overall body of tattoo work is pretty solid, so we give him props for most of his art and the meanings behind it, but this last one makes us question his decision making process, so we wouldn’t be surprised is someday his face tattoo is the first thing we talk about when we reference him. Time will tell is he ever surpasses his fan’s face tat, but until then…it takes all kinds! Yeah! One more for the road!

J Woww And Roger Get Matching Ink

tattoo-J-woww-Roger-MatthewsSo Jwoww is still a thing we’re still talking about in 2014? Yeah? Okay cool, just making sure because I already laid out the pictures and did the “research” for this article, so it would be a shame if I found out now that we’re not talking about the cast of “Jersey Shore” anymore. With that said, let’s talk about Jenni Farley’s new ink, because unlike a lot of the decisions that we’ve seen her make over the years, this one seems to be a good one…at least in my eyes. tattoo-Jenni-Farley-Roger-MatthewsThe new tattoo that is adorning the reality stars upper back/shoulder blade is one of the best kind: a dedication to her child. The tattoo, which is the “Snooki & Jwoww” star’s daughter Meilani Alexandra’s name surrounding her foot prints is your standard baby dedication fare, but it’s definitely well done. The intention is obviously great too, as it commemorates the existence of someone who will always be important to her; this isn’t a “I Heart Wanda” kind of dedication that may be regretted someday, this is her first child! As the title of  the article suggests, the new ink is done to match the piece done on her future husband Roger Mathew’s ribs, and both pieces really do look nice. j-woww-tatThis isn’t the first tattoo for either Jenni or Roger, as both have gotten pretty extensive ink done in the past. Roger is basically covered, with two sleeves and a huge back piece, as well as the gun he has inked on his hip, while Jenni has a large cross on her shoulder and a big ole’ tiger on her hip. The tattooed couple seems to be staying in shape as they enter their thirties, so their ink should age pretty well and they will most likely continue to have tats done well into their futures. I love making fun of the cast of that horrid cesspool of a show, but this isn’t a time when I have that opportunity, because Jenni and Roger’s new ink id more than okay in my book, and I have nothing but congratulations for them on the birth of their baby girl!

Ellie Goulding Is Burning To Get More Ink

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Singer Ellie Goulding is known for singing about flashing lights, but her concert costumes have started to garner her attention for flashing skin, and that’s led to the crew here at Celebrity Tattoo Design noticing some of her ink. As of this publishing, the “Lights” and “Burn” hit-maker has five separate tattoos, but only four of them have been caught on camera. She doesn’t have anything particularly large or impressive as of yet, but none of her ink is what we’d consider “bad”, so we’re going to spend a little bit of time talking about her body of body art.

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Her largest tattoo is also her most recent, as she visited big time tattooist Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Social Club (Los Angeles, California) in early 2014 for the lotus that graces her ribcage. It’s a very well done piece, and it goes hand in hand with one of her previous pieces of ink. The older piece, done by Dr. Woo (also of the famous and expensive Shamrock Social Club) is the Tibetan mantra “Om mani padme hum”, which translates to “jewel in the lotus.”. The two pieces are a night compliment to each other, and it’s always nice to see some sort of continuity in a persons body art, even if just to show that their ink has meaning and wasn’t just done on a whim. Her other pieces aren’t lotus related, but she seems to have put at least a little thought into each of them.

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She has a “J” on her side, which we have never seen and aren’t really sure of the meaning of, but we suspect it might have something to do with one of the following: her middle name “Jane”, the word “Joy” (the title of one of her songs), or her ex-boyfriend Greg James. She also has an arrow done in white ink on her right index finger (we have no idea why she got this one, but we know that she had multiple designs drawn up for it, so it wasn’t spur of the moment), and a red triangle on her right wrist. The triangle was by her own account random, but since she sings about drawing them in her song “Wish I Stayed” and admits to having always drawn them as a child, we have to suspect that she has a thing for the shape. Overall, her tats aren’t particularly impressive, but they’re also not bad at all; they’re just hers. That’s all tats need to really be folks, so good job to Ellie Goulding. She’ll most likely be getting more ink in the future, so this isn’t the last you’ll be reading about her. Until then, we’ll keep watching her skin for you! ellie-goulding-tattoo-finger

Bieber Gets More Ink; Still A Child

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Justin Bieber is back at it again folks. No, not acting like a brat…wait, he did that too apparently, but we’re trying to focus on his new tattoo…wait, he acted like a big baby while getting one of his new tattoos? Okay, so we’re here today to talk about a few pieces of Justin Bieber tattoo news…none of them make us happy, as does nothing that the “Baby” singer does. The kid just isn’t good at being famous. Yes, he does a ton of charity stuff and that’s admirable, but so did Mother Teresa, and you don’t hear any stories about her peeing in mop buckets, or being crappy to service industry people, or trying to punch strangers in the face. Odds are pretty strong that he does most of his charity work because his public relations people and his agent (Scooter McBraun) tell him that it’s good for his image. Okay, let’s stop ranting for a moment and talk about the “news”…

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So we’ll start with the part where Bieber acted like a tool; it was after getting a tattoo, so it’s within our scope. Aparently, there’s tattoo artists (at least one that we know of) who won’t work with the Biebs anymore because he haggles over price after the artist is done. Yes folks, that’s right; he gets ink and then after it’s on him and the artist has already done work that can’t be taken back, he tries to get his work done cheaper. Thar’s scummy on so many levels that you could build an apartment building dedicated to it. He’s worse than the people who ask for refunds on bad food after they’ve eaten it! Our office was in an uproar when we heard this news, but we were completely underwhelmed when we saw his new tattoo. It’s of an eagle, and it’s well done, but it doesn’t really knock our socks off. We’re more interested in why he was wearing jeans in a bathtub while “recovering” from his ink. Maybe he wanted to get clean pants and wash his upper body at the same time, but he was probably just really into linoleum that day.

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The Game Tattoos And A Game Tattoo

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We’ve got a bit of a double header for you today folks; we’ve got a depressing-ish story and something awesome. Since they both involve “Game”, of the “the” and “a” varieties to be more specific, we’re going to present them to you in one convenient package! So which one do you want first? The kind of grim one right? No one ever says they want the good news first, if they do they’re probably a Communist or a hipster. So yeah, let’s talk about The Game’s new ink.

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The “Leave It or Love It” rapper recently sat in the parlor chair for over seven hours to get tattoos in honor of deceased rap icon Nate Dogg and slain teenager Trayvon Martin (we all know who he is; so please folks, this is a tattoo site, keep the social commentary to yourselves). His reasoning behind the Nate Dogg piece is pretty obvious; he’s a rapper and he’s paying tribute to one of the greats of his craft. The Trayvon tattoo is a bit more complicated, as explaining it would cause us to delve into the kind of commentary that we’re just not smart enough to take part in. However, it should be noted that The Game’s picture was used in a widely spread chain e-mail that was sent around during the George Zimmerman (the man who killed Martin) trial. It was incorrectly posted in the letter as a picture of “the real Trayvon Martin”, so he has a tenuous, albeit somewhat legitimate connection to the siituation. Both pieces were done on his left leg, and both were very well done. They were stenciled from photos of the two iconic individuals, and the artist (Roman Abrego) did a great job on both. So now that we talked about the tribute pieces, let’s discuss something a little more lighthearted…the” Konami Code”…in tattoo form!

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The little gem that you’ve no doubt already seen (we know that you scroll through all the pictures before reading the articles) is an ink representation of the famous code from the Nintendo version of “Contra”. The code was “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, Start” (you added “select” if there were two players), and it got you thirty lives in the notoriously hard game. The awesome piece belongs to a guy named Kevin Pacheco, and it’s one of the nerdiest and coolest tattoos we’ve ever seen!

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So in the end folks, this article proves that tattoos are there for the good times and the bad, but they’re there for life.

 

Josh Hutcherson – Anchor’s Away!

That’s some anchor tattoo Josh! Wow…that’s just a whole lot of nautical themed ink on the body of “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, and we’re not quite sure why. The pictures that we have show him on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, looking pretty ripped and doing some sort of scuba work or surfing…or just wearing a wet suit because he’s feeling frisky  Whatever reason he’s dressed like a seal, he still rocking a very serious anchor piece of his side; even co-star Jennifer Lawrence seems to be surprised by the mass of his ink. The Academy Award nominated actress doesn’t have any known ink of her own, but she doesn’t seem like the type to give Josh any guff about his choice of body art. However, Hutcherson himself seems to have mixed feelings about his life in ink.

The “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” star currently has three tattoos on his body. He has the aforementioned giant anchor with red tips on his side, a Libra symbol on his wrist, and a ship on his back; he planned on getting more, but now it seems like that idea has been taken off the table. In May of 2012, Hutcherson did an interview in which he stated that he loved body art and that he was going to get a whole lot more of it put on his body. Being only 19 at the time and having gotten his first work done when he was just 16, it seemed like the sky was the limit for his body as a canvas. However, weeks later he went on record as saying that he was going to cut it out with the ink until he was a more established star. Citing mega-star Angelina Jolie as his prime example of a star who waited until she was established to get crazy with the needle (that doesn’t sound good, but you know what we’re talking about), the “Red Dawn” actor said that he wasn’t going to give casting directors an excuse to excuse him from considerations.


So with all of that said, we can’t tell you what the future holds for Josh Hutcherson’s body art, but we can speculate. He’s a pretty talented kid, and he’s making a fortune off his work in the “Hunger Games”, so we expect that he’ll find himself not too worried about his career within a few years, and he’ll start getting inked up again. Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted!