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Rick James' Son We Gotta Talk, KD! New Tatt Could Mean New Lil B Curse

9/6/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Durant's giant tattoo shout-out to Rick James isn't sitting well ... with Rick James' son.

We got rapper/singer Taz James outside the Mondrian Hotel, and while he respects KD's homage ... Taz points out KD never made a call. As he put it, "You gotta get permission big boy!"

Seems like he's mostly joking, but the not-so-funny part is Taz keeps referring to his friend, "Brandon" ... aka Lil B... and his curse.

Watch ... Taz has a plan to make it all good again. 

Drake and Rihanna If A Kiss Don't Confirm It A Tattoo Will

9/1/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0901-drake-rihanna-happy-TMZ-01Drake and Rihanna are becoming more and more of a legit couple with every passing day -- Rihanna just sealed the deal by getting a tattoo for Drake ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us Rihanna got inked Wednesday night after Drake's concert in Miami with a little shark on her ankle.

Sources say the shark tat symbolizes Drake and RiRi's aquarium date earlier this month, where Aubrey took his new girl to see some fishies in Toronto. He bought her a stuffed shark doll that night, and now she's paying him back by showing some permanent love.

We're told the tat was done by celeb tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy and our source says Drake got some ink as well.

We hear Drake is super down with her shark tat ... obviously. 

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Ariana Grande I'm So Into Your New Tattoo

8/26/2016 12:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_mac_miller_ariana_grande_splashAriana Grande isn't licking donuts with her new bf Mac Miller, they're getting new tattoos.

The new couple got inked Thursday at the famed tattoo parlor Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip.

0826_arianas_tattoos_snapchatAriana got the letter "A" and the Venus symbol inked on her hands, and as for Mac's tat ... it's of the horizon, but there's still some room on his neck to get her name down the line.

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Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Reveal Cryptic Ink

8/18/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are playing mind games with us now.

Blac released a Snapchat vid Thursday revealing Rob's new neck tattoo. It appears to spell Anjila ... Blac's real name -- Angela -- in Arabic.

It's a guessing game, really ... cause it could also spell Aniyla ... reportedly their unborn baby's name.

We'll keep digging.

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Robert Griffin III I Got My New Chick ... TATTED ON MY ARM!

8/17/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0817-rg3-tattoo-getty-01Seems RG3 is ALL IN with his new girlfriend ... 'cause he got her name TATTOOED ON HIS ARM!! 

We're told the two hit up a tattoo parlor in Cleveland last month -- both got brand new ink on their forearms. 

Robert's tat reads ... GRETE SADEIKO

Boom. 

Grete is the 23-year-old Florida State track star who has apparently been dating the Browns QB for at least a month. 

By the way, Griffin is STILL MARRIED to his wife, the mother of his child ... though they are recently separated

As for Grete's tattoo -- hard to see what it says. Wonder if it's his name? 

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'Making a Murderer' Brendan Dassey's Family How About Tat?

8/16/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0815_brendan_dassey_tribute_tattoo_launchBrendan Dassey's family has a lot to celebrate ... but their timing is off, because his mom got a tattoo decrying his imprisonment 20 minutes before a judge ordered his release.

Brendan's mom, Barb, and a family friend got matching tattoos -- "Justice for Brendan" emblazoned on their thighs, minutes before the appeals court decision.

Funny enough ... Barb thinks the tattoo ended up a good luck charm of sorts and contributed to Brendan's sudden good fortune.

The kicker ... when Brendan gets out he says he'll get a matching tattoo.  

Maybe it should say, "Justice for myself."

Cody Garbrandt to Dominick Cruz: I'm Gonna Break Your Jaw ... And Your Tattoo Sucks!

8/15/2016 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC star Cody Garbrandt hates EVERYTHING about Dominick Cruz -- especially his tribal tattoo. 

Cody "No Love" has been trashing Cruz like crazy lately -- and Monday, he went in on Dom's upper back body art ... saying the champ's ink is corny and outdated. 

0815-dominick-cruz-tattoo-gettyThen comes the physical threat ... with Garbrandt promising to break Cruz's jaw after he disposes of Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202 this weekend. 

FYI, not all tribals are terrible ... right Mike Tyson's face?

'Bachelor in Paradise' Lace Morris It's All in the Wrist

8/9/2016 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0809-lace-morris-wrist-tattoo-SPLASH-01"Bachelor in Paradise" star Lace Morris is literally handing out clues about her relationship with co-star Grant Kemp.

We caught Lace showing off a "Grace" tattoo Monday night at LAX. The tattoo's reportedly a combination of Grant and Lace. TMZ broke the story ... Grant and Lace end up engaged on 'BiP.'

And clearly they're not hiding it.

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Kobe & Michael Jordan INSANE Athlete Tattoos From Elite Ink Artist

8/7/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0805_steve_butcher_tattoo_sports_launchIf you bleed Kobe Bryant ... or Michael Jordan ... or Mike Tyson ... or any sports legend, there's a tattoo artist in New Zealand who's become the go-to guy for hyper realistic tats of the biggest sports stars in the world.

His name is Steve Butcher ... and for the past 6 years he's been churning out some of the most detailed sports-centric tats we've ever seen.

"I'm just a huge sports fan especially NBA so I just want to do tattoos of what I'm interested in and it's rad because a lot of other people share the same interest so it makes for a fun tattoo for both of us!"

Butcher says the Kobe tat took him roughly 10 hours ... but if ya ask us, it's worth it for a lifetime of awesome arm ink.

MTV's 35th Birthday I Want My Free Tattoo!

8/2/2016 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0802-mtv-35th-birthday-free-tattoos-TMZ-01MTV just turned 35 and to celebrate the special occasion ... they gave out free ink for fans!

Anyone who wanted a free MTV tattoo could go to shops in L.A. and NYC, pick from a few different logos and get it tatted anywhere on their body. Some options included the vintage "Yo! MTV Raps" logo and the classic leopard print "MTV."

One fan, John Dillingham, told us it only took him about an hour to score his lifelong reminder of a better time. Y'know, when Music Television actually played music videos.

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Kylie Jenner My Ass Tattoo Is Crazy

7/27/2016 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-kylie-tattoo-instagram-03Kylie Jenner's new booty ink is insane -- at least if you're taking it literally. Kylie now has the words "before sanity" inked in red across her buttcheek ... TMZ has learned.

Our sources tell us Kylie got the urge to add some new meaning to an old tattoo Saturday, so she rang up celebrity tattoo artist Rafael Valdez. He added the word "before" in front of the "sanity" tattoo Kylie got last year.

Valdez gave Ky her first tattoo, a tiny red heart. He's also Tyga's personal tattoo artist and has inked everyone from Iggy Azalea to Johnny Manziel.

The tiny tat didn't come cheap ... Valdez charges $200/hour with a $600 minimum, according to his site.

It's unclear exactly what the meaning behind Kylie's behind tattoo is -- but considering the placement -- maybe it's a metaphor?

Travis Barker Doubles Down On Bet With TMZ Photog ... You Will Tat Your Face!

7/3/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Barker ain't backing off the bet he made with a TMZ photog over the big Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt fight at UFC 200 ... saying he's even picked out the spot where our poor bastard will have to get his tat.

To jog your memory ... we got Travis out a while ago and asked him who he thought would win the match up ... he said Hunt, our guy said Lesnar ... then the two men bet a new tattoo on it.

We got Barker out in NYC again ... and asked him where our guy would have to permanently mark himself if Hunt wins ... and his answer was pure Rock 'n' Roll.

Check out the clip.

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Johnny Depp Amber's SCUM to Me Now

7/2/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0705-johnny-depp-amber-heard-tattoos-sub-03Johnny Depp has gone from calling Amber Heard the love of his life to the scum of the earth ... all with a simple tattoo alteration. 

Depp inked his arm in Amber last year, shortly after they married. He inked the knuckles on his right hand, "SLIM" ... her nickname. 

In the last week or so, he changed the L to a C and the I to a U ... and you don't need to watch "Wheel of Fortune" to know it now spells SCUM.

It's not the first time Johnny's tattoos turned ugly. Back in the day, when he was dating Winona Ryder, he had a tat that read, "WinonaForever." When that relationship fizzled, he changed it to "WinoForever."

#DontGetTattoos.

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