People get tattoos for a number of reasons: to commemorate someone or something special, to make a statement, to remind themselves of who they are, or as a consequence of a drunken night out with friends.
Whatever the motivation, tattoos always draw attention. Oh, and they're stuck with you forever, unless you opt for costly laser removal.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not against the law to think things through before you permanently brand them on your skin.
A portrait of your daughter on your arm (a la Eminem) = Gangsta. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln on your throat (a la Deshawn Stevenson) = Not very gangsta.
Here are four unique hip-hop tattoos that failed to yield the desired result.
4. Lil Wayne's Lip Tattoo
What's the point of getting a tattoo if you have to spread your grill to show it off? Worse still, removal is going to hurt like hell.
3. The Game's Butterfly Tattoo
At first glance, the tattoo on Game's face pays homage to his hood. Upon closer inspection, though, you'll notice that the "A" in "L.A." looks like it's wearing a Sombrero. It's not. That's the shade of an old butterfly tattoo, because nothing says "gangsta" like a butterfly on your cheek.
2. Crooked I's "Slaugter House" Tattoo
Slaughterhouse MC Crooked I wanted to demonstrate his loyalty to his group. Naturally, he decided to ink the group's name on his arm. Unfortunately, the tattoo artist misspelled "Slaughter," forcing Crooked I to go back and add a "House" tattoo next to the botched word. To be fair to the tattoo artist, "slaughter" is such a cumbersome word.
1. Gucci Mane's Ice Cream Tattoo
Gucci Mane recently checked out of a mental rehab center. To celebrate, he went straight to a tattoo shop and demanded a Technicolor, three-scoop ice cream tattoo.
With lightning bolts
On his face.
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Now you know you slipped up when your tattoo artist is second-guessing himself.
"I was hesitant like "Are you sure you want to put that much ink in that area?'" says Tattoo Guy Shane Willoughby of ATL's 10th Street Tattoo in an interview with Vibe. "He [Gucci] came straight to the counter and that's where he pointed...I won't tattoo anybody if they're [drunk] or high because I can't stand the smell of weed...[Gucci] seemed completely sober. He knew what he was doing."
Are you sure, Tattoo Guy? To us, it looks like Gucci went to a frat party and woke up in a tattoo parlor.