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Kobe & Michael Jordan INSANE Athlete Tattoos From Elite Ink Artist

8/7/2016 12:40 AM PDT
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If 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
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MTV 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.

Kylie Jenner My Ass Tattoo Is Crazy

7/27/2016 11:41 AM PDT
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Kylie 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
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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.

Johnny Depp Amber's SCUM to Me Now

7/2/2016 1:00 AM PDT
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Johnny 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.

J.R. Smith Selling My Body Tatted Tees Making Huge $$

6/28/2016 9:52 AM PDT
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Tons of people want a body like J.R. Smith -- and now they can have it ... 'cause the NBA star is selling t-shirts of his tatted physique ... and making a TON of cash in the process. 

Smith's inked up physique dominated the Internet when he refused to put a shirt on following the NBA Finals -- and a Cleveland-based clothing company saw a huge chance to cash in on the topless attention.

We spoke with Tony Madalone of Fresh Brewed Tees who immediately commissioned replicas of Smith's upper body for shirts ... and he says they've already sold 1,000 units ($35 a pop) in less than 24 hours. 

What's interesting ... the company realized some of J.R.'s tats could be problematic because they're based off trademarked images ... such as Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo. 

So, in an effort to skirt the issue ... FBT altered some of the tats. Some of the changes -- they removed the name "Jordan" from a #23 jersey and modified the "Jumpman" logo. 

By the way, Obama famously told Smith to put a shirt on after the victory ... wonder if this counts? 

Travis Barker I Better Win This UFC 200 Bet! Or I'm Getting TMZ Ink

6/28/2016 7:16 AM PDT
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Suddenly, Travis Barker's got a lot riding on Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt -- if he doesn't pick the winner he's gonna pay off a bet with his body.

We got Travis in NYC and our camera guy offered him a wager on UFC 200's co-main event ... and the Blink 182 drummer simply couldn't refuse.

Check out the video to see who Travis is backing. He says he's actually willing to squeeze a TMZ tattoo onto his already-covered body, IF the wager goes south.

Although he has one small caveat. 

Johnny Manziel Tatted and Skinny ... at Vegas Pool Party

5/19/2016 11:29 AM PDT
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While RG3 is taking over the reins in Cleveland, ex-Browns QB Johnny Manziel was raging in Vegas this weekend -- looking skinnier and more tatted than ever. 

Check out these pics of Manziel at a Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand -- where witnesses say he partied and boozed for hours ... but that's not really surprising at this point.

You can see how much Manziel's appearance has changed since he was drafted -- back in 2014, his body was essentially inkless and more jacked.

Clearly, things have changed. 

Justin Bieber Cry Baby, Baby, Baby ... Oooh

5/9/2016 11:02 AM PDT

An emotional Justin Bieber appeared to be fighting back tears mid-song at his Philly tour stop.

The waterworks came on Saturday night while JB was performing "Purpose" ... which he says he wrote for the big man above.

So, educated guess ... his weeping is either based in religion or regret. Seriously, the guy just got a face tattoo -- y'know there's gotta be some regret.

MMA's Gabi Garcia Brazilian Boob Cover-up ... For New Tattoo

5/6/2016 3:04 PM PDT

MMA powerhouse Gabi Garcia got some new chest ink in Brazil -- but they wouldn't let go under the needle without covering up her lady parts first. 

Check out the video of Gabi's tat artist in action ... followed by the final product. 

FYI, Gabi's a fighting legend in Brazil -- she's a member of  the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Hall of Fame ... and she's racked up a 2-0 record in the Rizin Fighting Federation. 

She's also a protege of Anderson "Spider" Silva ... who says she hits like a ton of bricks. 

#Beast

Paralympic Swimming Legend Disqualified Over Olympic Rings Tattoo

5/3/2016 6:18 AM PDT
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A world record setting paralympic swimmer has been DISQUALIFIED from a race at the IPC European Championships ... all because he didn't cover up a tattoo of the Olympic rings on his chest. 

The swimmer is British legend Josef Craig -- who set the world record for the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. 

19-year-old Craig -- who has cerebral palsy -- was competing at the 100m freestyle at the IPC race in Portugal on Sunday (and WON his heat) ... but was disqualified immediately following the race. 

A spokesman for the event said the Olympic rings tat violated a "body advertising" ban -- "the athlete did not wear a cover and was therefore disqualified."

Craig's mother has told the media her son has since covered up the tat -- and plans to compete with tape covering up the Olympic rings. 

Iggy Azalea I Saved Nick Young From Tattoo Disaster

4/28/2016 6:18 AM PDT
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Well, this coulda been bad. 

Iggy Azalea says her fiance Nick Young was thiiiiis close to getting the words "Born Reble" tatted across his back ... until she stepped in and saved the day. 

Iggy explained the sitch ... 

"Guys, I wanna let you know. Nick cant spell and if it wasnt for the LOVE i have for him. He would have 'BORN REBLE' tatted across his back."

"I came in half way thru his tattoo and noticed "BORN REBEL" looked different to the way i remember it."

Question is ... you REALLY buyin' this??? Or is Nick offering himself up for some cheap public shaming as some sort of penance for the whole alleged cheating thing

Believabel?

Jamie Foxx I Keep My Glock Handy

4/15/2016 4:25 PM PDT

Jamie Foxx has some brand new high caliber ink -- a 9mm handgun -- which he flashed onstage with Reese Witherspoon.

Jamie's Glock handgun tattoo was on display during his appearance at a Stand Up To Cancer event ... but like he's done in the past -- it's a fake. He got it for his new movie "Baby Driver," which comes out next year.

Handguns or tribal head tatts -- like he got for "Horrible Bosses" -- neither's gonna look good at Thanksgiving dinner. Good thing they're temps.