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Post Malone Face Tat Trend Ain't My Fault ... Blame the First Guy!

8/21/2018 12:10 AM PDT
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Post Malone just got a few more new tats on his mug, but says he isn't responsible for kids following suit and getting ink on their face ... although there is someone at fault.

We got the "Beerbongs & Bentleys" rapper Monday in NYC where he was explaining what goes into the decision to get tatted up on the kisser. Sounds like it's a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, usually on the heels of a ton of booze. Aren't the best decisions made that way? 

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We also ask if he thinks he's to blame for a bunch of kids getting face tattoos lately, but he's adamant he's not the one to pin this on. He says the first guy to do it has to take the fall.

The question ... who in the hell might that be? Here are some suspects ... you tell us. 

Zombie Boy Star of 'Born This Way' Music Vid Dead at 32

8/2/2018 5:01 PM PDT

5:15 PM PT -- Lady Gaga just responded to the sad news, calling the suicide of her friend "beyond devastating." She also urged anyone suffering from mental health issues to reach out to friends and family, adding ... "We must save each other."

Rick Genest -- better known as Zombie Boy due to the corpse tattoos covering his body -- has died from an apparent suicide ... according to reports.

The Canadian artist and fashion model was well known in the body art world for obvious reasons, but gained mainstream fame in 2011 when he appeared in Lady Gaga's music vid for "Born This Way."

This led to more high-profile fashion work on the runway, including helping relaunch Jay-Z's label Rocawear in Europe in 2012. He also modeled for magazines like GQ and Vanity Fair.

Zombie Boy held the Guinness World Record for most insect tattoos with 176, and another for most bone tattoos with 139. He had also reportedly been working on an album of original songs with ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs before he died.

According to Canada's iHeartRadio ... Montreal cops say Genest was found dead in his apartment from an apparent suicide.

He was 32.

Pete Davidson His Ariana Bunny Tattoo is Missing

7/30/2018 11:22 AM PDT

3:00 PM PT -- Sources close to the couple tell us there is no trouble in paradise. Davidson covered up the ink temporarily for a movie role.Pete Davidson appears to have wiped a symbol of his fiancee, Ariana Grande, off his body ... and now the question is ... why? 

The 'SNL' star was spotted Sunday in L.A. without Ariana by his side -- but, more importantly, WITHOUT his jet-black neck tattoo of her trademark black bunny mask.

Pete got the Ariana-inspired ink behind his ear early last month by tattoo artist London Reese, who posted a shot of his work on social media at the time. Now, you can still see traces of the tattoo ... but it definitely looks more faded than what it once was. 

He also got a thumb tat with Ariana's initials, but you can't tell here if he's still rockin' that.

Here's the thing ... Pete's in the middle of shooting a movie with Machine Gun Kelly right now, and it's quite possible that he simply had the tat covered with makeup for the job.

Pete and Ariana just recently got engaged, and he already reportedly covered up another forearm tat that was dedicated to his ex. 

Michael Jordan Bulls Fan Gets Epic 'Crying Jordan' Tat

7/27/2018 8:47 AM PDT
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The "Crying Jordan" meme will never die ... at least it won't for this dedicated Michael Jordan fan, who got an insanely realistic thigh tattoo of the viral pic!!

TMZ Sports spoke with the artist behind the work, Steve Butcher -- who's known for his unreal sports-themed tattoos --- who says the whole thing took about 10 hours to complete.

Butcher says the person is a MASSIVE Chicago Bulls fan ... and the dude is planning on getting the whole leg inked with Bulls tats.

You've probably seen Butcher's work before ... he worked on a dope Tupac piece for Matt Barnes back in June.

We're told the fan was totally thrilled with the finished product ... and we're assuming it had him crying tears of joy.

Paris Jackson Invisible Ink ... No Tats for Photo Shoot

7/17/2018 6:05 PM PDT

Paris Jackson didn't quite look like herself as she took a smoke break Tuesday -- turns out ... it's because she's hiding something.

Michael Jackson's daughter was spotted Tuesday stepping out of her hair and makeup trailer for a photo shoot in L.A., and it looks like she got a lot of extra makeup ... on her arms to cover up her tattoos.

As you can see, Paris usually flaunts her ink with pride, but for whatever reason ... tats were a no-go for this shoot. Looks like her chest art got the cover-up treatment, as well.

Despite going with a more classic look than she's used to, Jackson looked amazing in an off-the-shoulder red dress ... and still managed to show off some leg.

Johnny Depp Amber Heard Knuckle Tat Changes Again, From SCUM to SCAM

7/10/2018 8:59 AM PDT

Johnny Depp is throwing out all the rules on exes and tattoos, 'cause he's changed his Amber Heard-inspired knuckle ink yet again ... and added a dash of chaos.

Fellow Hollywood Vampires bandmember Tommy Henriksen posted a photo of Depp's infamous tat last week, showing the actor's changed his previously reworked SLIM-to-SCUM message to now read SCAM. He used the anarchy symbol for the 'A.' 

What's kinda creepy about it is, the tat is still fresh and the scarring makes the red ink seem like a scab. You'll recall ... Johnny already changed the OG tat -- which initially read SLIM (his old nickname for Amber) -- to SCUM in the wake of their divorce.

Anyway, it's clear Johnny's still willing to bleed over Amber -- and over his art too.

Ya gotta be committed to something to treat your body like a live, ever-changing Etch A Sketch.

Saints Star Alvin Kamara Big-Ass Tattoos Covering Both Legs Now!!

6/23/2018 12:05 AM PDT
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NFL defenders will at least have something nice to look at as Alvin Kamara runs by them next season ... 'cause the Saints star just finished up his second leg sleeve -- and it's sick.

AK had his whole right leg tatted a while ago, decked out with faces, a saber-tooth cat and tribal elements.

But the running back went under the needle again this week to get his left leg done ... and it's even more dope, with a warrior inside of a saber-tooth cat's mouth on his knee cap.

It doesn't seem to be an accident the new ink's face has a big-ass bull ring in its nose either ... 'cause Kamara's known around the NFL for the piercing.

Only question now is -- will all that ink on his legs slow him down in Year 2?!

Sean Payton sure hopes not.

Cavaliers vs. Warriors Who's rockin' the ink?!

6/8/2018 11:37 AM PDT
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Wanna play a game that's more competitive than the current NBA Finals??

Grab some buddies and take a guess at which Cavs or Warriors players are rockin' which tattoos!!

Who has a Michael Jordan jersey tatted on his abs? Who's got a red "It" balloon inked on his right arm? And which Finals MVP contender has his little baby tattooed on his left forearm?

Play with your friends ... and see if you can win more times than the Cavs did/will do against the Warriors.

Nick Young Massive Neck Tat ... 24 Hours Before Game 3

6/6/2018 10:53 AM PDT
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Nick Young is preppin' for Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the most Swaggy P way possible ... by getting a brand new Cupid tattoo on his neck!!

The Warriors had some downtime in Cleveland on Tuesday, so Young hit up one of LeBron James' favorite tattoo artists -- Jimmy Hayden of Focused Tattoo -- for a quick ink sesh.

Swaggy went with an image of Cupid on the right side of his neck ... adding to his ever-growing collection of body art. 

Swaggy and Warriors take the court against the Cavs on Wednesday night -- less than 24 hours after Nick got his work done.

Think a fresh neck tattoo can have an effect on his game? 

Pete Davidson It's Written in Ink ... I'm With Ariana Grande!!!

6/2/2018 11:46 AM PDT

Pete Davidson's already taking his relationship with Ariana Grande to the next level ... with some permanent ink.

The "Saturday Night Live" comedian got a tattoo on the side of his head -- right behind his ear -- of Ariana's legendary black bunny ears mask from her "Dangerous Woman" album cover ... it's kind of her unofficial logo.

Pete also got Grande's initials inked on his thumb.

As we reported ... the new couple's been sharing pics together on social media, including one of Pete hugging up on Ariana and kissing her on the cheek.

We're told tattoo artist London Reese from The Black Lantern in Dana Point, CA did the artwork for Davidson somewhere in L.A.

Both Ariana and Pete recently split with long-term partners, but it seems pretty evident -- they're happily moving on ... quickly.

Matt Barnes All Eyez On My Tupac Tattoo!

6/2/2018 12:20 AM PDT
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All eyez are on Matt Barnes' right hand ... 'cause the ex-NBA baller just got the most insane Tupac tattoo!!

The artwork is crazy real ... and the story of how Barnes got it is even more wild.

The former Laker -- who's tatted all over -- was lookin' for a 'Pac piece ... and after seeing a Kobe Bryant tattoo that artist Steve Butcher did ... he hit him up on social media and locked down an appointment.

The dopest realistic tattoo artist we've ever seen flew all the way to L.A. (he's from New Zealand) to ink Matt's hand ... and he says the ex-hooper couldn't have been cooler!

The tat took about five hours to complete -- and we're saying, job well done.

BTW ... Butcher says Matt was the first NBA player he's tatted ... but he probably won't be the last. DeAndre Jordan's already told him he's interested in getting a piece done as well!!

Eagles' Corey Clement I Wanna Be Like Mike ... So I Got Him Tatted on My Leg!!

5/4/2018 1:03 PM PDT
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Corey Clement is #30 on the field, but his new body art is all about #23 ... 'cause the Eagles star got a freakishly realistic tat of Michael Jordan on his leg!!

Clement clearly ain't afraid of the needle ... he got tats honoring his Super Bowl win just days after the game -- with an eagle on his forearm and 'SBLII' letters on his neck.

But it's just the beginning for the young RB ... 'cause the dude's following Odell Beckham's lead and getting his whole leg tatted with his favorite legends -- starting with His Airness!!

TMZ Sports spoke with CC's tattoo artist, Dan Czar ... who says he did a private 5-hour tat sesh at Clement's New Jersey home on Thursday.

BTW -- Czar's been blowing up in the sports world ... he's done work on stars like Johnny ManzielJihad Ward and Sidney Jones.

Czar says Corey wants to cover his leg with all his inspirations ... and reveals Jimi Hendrix will be the next addition to the sleeve.

Curt Schilling Gets Massive Jesus Tattoo ... and It's Kinda Cool

4/19/2018 6:34 AM PDT
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Challenge: Forget how you feel about Curt Schilling and judge this post purely on art. Good? 

The ex-MLB star-turned-political firebrand got a brand new tattoo -- Jesus on the cross -- and he's essentially sharing an arm with JC. 

The tat is inspired by Mark 15:33 -- "At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon."

But, the artist designed the tattoo to make it look like Jesus' left arm becomes one with Curt's arm -- and the illusion is actually pretty cool. 

Question -- does Curt have a better chance of getting into heaven or Cooperstown? 

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