Celebrities seem to have all the money in the world. They live lavish lifestyles, buy fancy cars and houses and seem to always be jet setting halfway across the world. However, something just doesn’t seem to add up. Almost each time celebrities get a new tattoo, it is bad. Not only is the design highly questionable, but the work is also haphazard and of poor quality. We often see quickly fading work, bad placement, incomplete lines and even incorrect spelling.
First of all, there is a stark difference between ‘cool’ tattoos and good tattoos. Cool tattoos seem to be the ‘in thing’ with the celebs of this generation. These include face lettering (hem hem mumble rappers). Like it or not, celebrities set trends for their generation as a whole, and this on slew of what seems to be sloppy impulsive tattoos, is impacting the way this generation looks at tattoos. Kids these days seem to increasingly want tattoos they’ve seen flashing on Instagram or in movies. This ‘cool’ trend has gone so far that the tribal art on Mike Tyson’s face is probably more famous than the man himself.
Furthermore, the trend of entitled celebrities seems to be on the rise. These are the people who want to be given everything for free regardless of if they deserve it or not. They seem to be going on vacation for free, sponsored by a tourism company, restaurants pay them to come to eat their food and clothes and beauty products are sent to them in PR package after PR package. In this world, where celebrities have increasingly become the face of digital marketing campaigns, they often seem under the impression that they will receive art for free as well. However, good art takes time, energy, expertise, and talent. Celebrities might have a lot of money, but all the free gifts have made them extremely cheap and this seems to have become a major reason for them getting bad tattoos. They are willing to go to anyone as long as it is for free. For example, why does the rapper Birdman have tattoos all over his face and skull, and additionally why do they all look so smudgy? We’d expect them to at least touch -up on the existing ones.
Another trend that seems to be emerging amongst entitled celebrities is the inability to wait. They want exactly what they’ve asked for and they want it NOW. Good tattoo artists across the world always have waiting lists and it seems that celebrities do not want to be a part of them. There is no way a reputed artist would push away other commitments for a celebrity.
What’s more is that this bad-tattoo trend does not seem to be a phase. There are celebrities who have had bad tattoos covered up by more bad tattoos. Also, there are also many celebrities who seem to treat tattoos as a means to a temporary image more than art made to last a lifetime, devaluing the work on their bodies. Look at Indian celebrities such as Sanjay Dutt who has a poorly tattooed Shiva on him or Kangana Ranaut with the winged sword (?) on her neck, what are these pieces trying to signify?
On the flip-side, there is also some good news. There are some celebrities who seem to have taken out the time and had their teams do the research and make an appointment for good tattoos. These celebs, such as The Rock, also give credit where credit is due because they appreciate the work and the effort put into their ink. The hope is that these kinds of celebrities push some of the others into doing better for their bodies as well.