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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kimye is at war! No, we’re not talking about a small 3rd world nation embroiled in civil war, we’re talking about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arguing with each other, which is way worse in a completely untrue sort of way. What are they fighting about? Well tattoos of course! Why else would we be talking about it folks? Come on, get with the program! Anyhow, pop culture’s prime power couple is reportedly having some turmoil over some ink that one of them wants and the other doesn’t. Reports state that Kanye approached his baby’s mother about getting a “K” on each of their wrists…because you know, it’s the first letter of both of their first names…very creative! Kim initially agreed to the point that Kanye lined up an appointment with his favorite tattoo artist, but when they got there she got cold feet. Kanye sees this as an an insult, and they’ve now been at odds about it for a bit. We’d like to think that a fight over a tattoo that neither person has, especially when you consider that one of the people doesn’t have any ink to begin with, wouldn’t last too long. However, celebrities are insane, and a break-up over a tattoo wouldn’t even be on the list of craziest things that one of them has ever done. This isn’t the first time the two have considered getting ink together, so maybe it’s a bigger issue than it seems. We’ll keep an eye on this situation folks, and if it leads to two people who have a baby (North West) breaking up, we’ll tell you all about the insanity.
Also, in other Kimye tattoo news, and in other insanity news for that matter: some borderline crazy (we’re being really nice with our use of the word “borderline”) Kanye West fan decided to show her feelings about the happy couple with a tattoo! The “Kimye Over” ink that sits on the back of a woman who legally changed her name to Kanyaresa West pretty much speaks for itself…in the same way that sending someone a teddy bear with the head cut off “speaks for itself”. She needs laser treatments and Kanye needs a restraining order!
If we had to named the least annoying females in the Kardashian-Jenner empire, we guess we’d have to go Kendall and Kylie Jenner. How many of you thought we were going to say Bruce? We thought we’d do it to, but we’re suckers for patriots and therefore will never truly smack talk an Olympic Hero. So anyhow, Bruce’s daughter bother us the least out of all the kids, as they’ve used their unwarranted fame as reality stars to launch modeling careers that they might’ve had anyway, and they don’t seem to be nearly as entitled and horrendously self centered as their older sisters. Granted, they do hang around Justin Bieber and Harry Styles and are therefore never going to be totally okay in our view, but they’re not so bad otherwise…they also have Bruce Jenner blood in them, so at any given moment they could spontaneously win a gold medal in some sport no one watches except when the Olympics are on and become heroes to us all. Also, they might someday be covered in tattoos, so we’ve gotta be cool with them.
So now you might ask: “What makes you think that they will someday be covered in ink?” Well folks, the fact that they’ve entered their “Ohhhh you’re such a good artist Karen, draw a tattoo on meeeee!!” stage makes us think that they might have some actual tattoos in their future. Just to clarify, we’re assuming that they have an artistic friend named Karen, and she really likes to do fake tattoos with a Sharpie marker on her friends. So Karen did some surprisingly solid work on the Jenner sisters, because Kylie was showing off a little gun design on her side recently, and Kendall was rocking a steer skull on her finger; both looked pretty real in pictures. The act of getting fake tattoos after the age of 18 is of course kind of stupid, since one can legally get a real piece of body art at that point in their life, but whatever, Kendall got something put on her body that we could see being sold at a rest stop in New Mexico (the kind that you see signs for all over the highway, so you get really excited for it, but when you get there all they sell is weird Navajo blankets and fireworks…we’re looking at you “South Of The Border”), so she gets weird point for that. Her little sister, while too young for a real tattoo, isn’t too young for dumb ideas and got a handgun on her ribs…because you know, she’s so street. Ugh, that’s terrible, but she’s a kid, so whatever. We’re looking forward to these two getting actual tattoos someday
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”…
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.