You 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…Let’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…Next 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…Yup, 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…That 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?Speaking 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…Look, 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!
Lady Gaga is really good at sticking out. Whether it’s her classic meat-suit or the sorcerer’s gauntlet thingy that she’s wearing on her hand in the above photo, she’s always doing something to separate herself from the rest of the pack. With that said, it should come as no surprise that her recent tattoo (one of many) wasn’t the standard run-of-the-mill ink that most other pop starlets get. No, it wasn’t your classic Miley Cyrus “Look how rebellious I am” poem, or you Selena Gomez-esque “It’s a bird because I want to spend my whole life flying free, aren’t I interesting” piece; instead it’s a prison tattoo. No, not a picture of Folsum or Alcatraz (although now that we think about it, it’d be a great idea to get a picture like that inked on one of our arms and than when people ask about it respond “that’s my prison tat”), but instead a tattoo done in the classic style of prison inking. Well that’s a lie, we don’t think that it was done with a broken pen and a heroine needle, but it was instead done to resemble the kind of work that one would get during a stay at the never-leave hotel. Done while on a trip to Brazil, the piece says “RIO”, but the “I” is replaced with a crucifix; it’s based on a design that a fan made for her. It’s not terrible looking, and in fact it gets the point across about the whole prison thing, but we can’t help but not like it that much. We dig the idea of getting something that a fan made for her inked on her neck permanently (did we leave the neck part out before? It makes the whole thing a lot more “prisony”), but we can’t help but point out that LADY GAGA HAS NEVER BEEN TO PRISON! It’s not something you can really fake the funk on, and not something that people of high moral fiber are usually proud of. It’s different, we’ll give her that, but she’s kind of crossing a poser line with this one, and we don’t like it. Now if she got it done in a back alley by a guy named “Roach” with a broken printer cartridge and a safety pin, maybe we’d be impressed, but for now, we’re not fans of Gaga’s new Poker Face…neck…we tried to get that song in there, sorry.