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No Judgment, But I’ll [Probably] Never Tattoo a Man’s Name On My Body

March 20th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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For the longest time, I was sure that I would be one of the few people of my generation to die without a tattoo. Nothing really seemed important enough to put on my body until death. Well eventually I, with a lot of help and convincing from my younger sister, who was working on her third tattoo, came up with a design that I could live with. Now, almost a year since I’ve had it, I understand why people can’t stop getting tatted up. It is something like an addiction. I know I’m trying to get another one. Whatever I get though, I can say with almost 98 percent certainty that I won’t be tattooing a man’s name, initials or likeness on my body.

I was having this discussion with a male friend one evening and he was like I’m sure you would if that man were your husband. Umm…first, I would never even consider doing that for a man who wasn’t my husband. But still my answer is no. Though I’m not anywhere near being married right now, I still can’t see it going down like that, for several reasons. Though I believe that my first marriage will be my last, you never know what could happen. I knew a woman who got her husband’s face tattooed somewhere on her side buttocks area, sure that their marriage would be one that lasted forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. And now I wonder what she’s going to do with that monstrosity of a tattoo she was so ready and willing to show everybody. Perhaps she can get somebody to turn it into an angry lion or something else that holds significance to her.

Even if my husband and I stay together, who’s to say, God forbid, that he won’t be in some type of fatal accident and then my next husband is going to be subjected to staring at my former’s initials, or even worse, face. It’s one thing to bring baggage into a relationship, it’s another to bring homeboy’s face into the bedroom. Unless your new man is trying to ménage with your old one, then it’s probably not a good look.

Still, all of that being considered, I say I wouldn’t tattoo a man’s face or initials on my body now; but love will have people doing some crazy things. There have been too many times when I’ve watched my girls or my family members do or say things for the sake of a relationship that I thought were outlandish. I would vow, sometimes silently and sometimes, rudely, out loud that I would never do or say such things. And then, I’d find myself in just the right situation and I’d become a hypocrite, doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t.

So who knows there might be some man’s initials in my future but I sincerely hope I don’t become this woman.

Who’s That Lady? Chris Has A New Breezy Tatted On His Neck

September 11th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Chris Brown is stumbling into Weezy/Lil Scrappy territory when it comes to the tattoos which are now virtually everywhere on his body except his face. TMZ peeped the new artwork Breezy has on one side of his neck which happens to be a woman’s face in the shape of a mask. And though to most people this just looks like a random silhouette of a woman, you know the rumors are already swirling about who this face may actually belong to: Rihanna.

Chris has been known to tat a lady’s face on him so you know it’s real. Remember the artwork of Karrueche Tran’s face on his arm? However when you compare the level of artsmanship on that tat, where you could actually make out Karrueche’s face, and this random sketch, it’s hard to imagine someone would recreate Rih Rih’s face like this. That could be just how Breezy likes it, which is what TMZ wants you to think with this side-by-side shot, but I just don’t see it. Neither do sources close to Chris who reportedly told the site “it’s a random woman.”


I’m more concerned with the fact that this tattoo looks poorly done and is so highly visible but it’s not my neck. What do you think of Chris’s new tattoo? In your opinion, does it look anything like Rihanna?

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Someone Please Call 911: Chad Tats Evelyn’s Name And Face On His Leg

September 5th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: NecoleBitchie

With someone as animated as Ochocino, it’s hard to tell when his antics are part of his normal over-the-top personality or a cry for help. Either way, when it comes to him getting a tattoo of Evelyn’s face and name on his leg, it is not a good look.

Source: USA Today


The saddest thing is that Chad got the tat this weekend, you know, after he headbutted Evelyn and got fired from the Miami Dolphins and lost his reality show and she filed for divorce. It seems Chad is as delusional about his marital status as Evelyn is about being the face of domestic violence because when his Twitter followers asked him why in the world would he would permanently ink the face of a woman who plans to divorce him on his body, he said:

Divorce? Child please… that’s my WIFE

I dont give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for…

Naturally, everyone decided ol’ boy has lost it, but according to him, he “never had it to begin with,” adding, “I march to the beat of my own drum, F public opinion…”

And as if professing his love for Evelyn on his body wasn’t enough, he also felt the need to do so in his Twitter bio which now reads:

Don’t follow me… I’m not perfect… I’m not a role model… I’m not into acting yet… Oh and i love all of that from the E to the N

I hope he doesn’t think that’s going to bring her back — not that it took much to get her in the first place.

We gone pray for this brotha.

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Is She Competing With Rihanna’s Tats? Karrueche Reveals An Interesting Leg Tattoo

August 29th, 2012 - By rjohnson
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Leg Tattoo

Source: Necole Bitchie


Chris Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran was spotted on the scene last night after leaving a dinner date with Christina Milian at the Supper Night Club.  She was showed off her amazing legs in a pair of Jimmy Choo open toe boots and an Ashley Paige romper, but it was her tattoo that was commanding all of the attention. Her ink work, which she obtained earlier in the year, features a slightly opened zipper that runs almost the length of her entire leg.

Read more: Necole 

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Mother Arrested for Letting 10-Year-Old Son Get a Tat

January 20th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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When Chuntera Napier’s 10-year-old son asked if he could get a tattoo honoring his brother who had been killed by a teen driver two years ago, the Georgia mother says she couldn’t tell him no. But now she may wish she had since authorities have charged her with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime as a result of the body art.

Chuntera doesn’t attempt to deny her part in the “crime.” She admits taking her son Gaquan to an artist in Smyrna where he received a tattoo featuring his brother’s name and his former basketball jersey number.

“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace.’ What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother?”

I always thought it was legal to tattoo a minor with consent from their legal guardian, but according to a 2010 law, “it shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except for a physician or osteopath…”

Chuntera says she was unaware of the law, and although she was bonded out of jail Wednesday, she’s still shocked that she had to face this predicament. As far as the tattoo artist, police say they want to speak with the person who allegedly applied the tattoo to 10-year-old Gaquan.

Police Chief Mike Wilkie said of the mother and son, “We hope they can find something that can sustain them through that loss, but this is not the way, and it is illegal, and it was something we were bound by the law to investigate and to prosecute.”

Do you think Chuntera was wrong to let her son get a tattoo (outside of not knowing it was illegal)? Do you agree with the law banning tattoos on minors?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Men: Just Say No to Lower Back Tats

December 20th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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If a lower back tattoo on a woman is a tramp stamp, what is it called when you see the same thing on a guy? How about a warning sign that he’d much rather date your brother than you?

Lower back tats got their name because women who have them are either always wearing skimpy clothes to show them off, or the body art is always “accidentally” peeking out of at the top of a pair of low-rise jeans or bikini bottoms. This little peek-a-boo tactic gives women an excuse to drop their bottoms even lower or lift up their tops when a man asks to see the tattoo.

Now picture this same thing happening with a man.  There is nothing even remotely swexy or straight about a man teasing us with a little crack peep show or lifting up his shirt in a strip tease motion just so you can see his lower back. If shirts are coming off—I want to see upper back, pecs, and biceps. And if a man has a shirt on that’s short enough to show some ink there, I don’t think you have to ask much else.

It doesn’t help that the go-to example of a man with a lower back tat gone bad is Shemar Moore. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a beautiful specimen of a man but his sexuality has been in question for about as long as lower back body art has been labeled a tramp stamp. You know who else has a man stamp? Ray J. ‘Nuff said.

The “v taper” at the bottom of the spine can be one of the best parts of a man’s body. For the sake of that hotness and heterosexuality, men need to keep this canvass bare.

What’s your take on male tramp stamps? Yay or nay?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Superstarred: Hollywood’s Tattoo Collection

September 11th, 2010 - By Khadija Allen
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What do these celebrity tattoos tell us? Are they symbols of art or branded missteps?


Tattoos used to be our best kept secrets. What was once a source of private knowledge to our parents is now an obsession in civil society. Body art has developed into a fashion statement: an open book of folktales and innuendos ingrained in pop culture which has desecrated the most unlikely sorts. What do Rihanna, Fantasia, and Angelina Jolie all have in common? They have opened a floodgate of questions as to whether their creations are symbols of art or public missteps. What do you think?

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Nothing Lasts Forever — Even Tattoos of Kelis

June 2nd, 2010 - By madamenoire
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By Jamel Asbury
It’s officially over for what used to be Hip-hop’s royal couple, Nas and Kelis. The rapper has decided to move on from his ex-wife by covering up the topless tattoo that he got in 2006. He replaced the tattoo on his arm with a lion’s face.