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Paralympic Swimming Legend Disqualified Over Olympic Rings Tattoo

5/3/2016 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0503-jose-craig-twitter-01A 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 BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-nick-young-twitter-01Well, 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


Jamie Foxx I Keep My Glock Handy

4/15/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041516-jamie-foxx-gettyJamie 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.



Paris Jackson This Tatt's for You, Grandma

4/7/2016 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0407-paris-jackson-instagram-01Paris Jackson's gonna run out of skin if she keeps getting tattoos for family members -- but she reserved a special spot for granny, Katherine Jackson.

Paris got a blue flower with Mandarin Chinese lettering "Kaiselin" inked on her left wrist. She proudly announced the tatt was "for Grandma Katherine."

The new piece looks to be adjacent to the one she just got in honor of her father.

Paris is gonna have to draw a line with Jackson family tattoos at some point. She's in trouble if she gets to Jermajesty territory. 


Paris Jackson Family Fears New BF is Hardcore Racist

4/7/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

040616-michael-snoddy-instagram-03Paris Jackson is dating a racist ... at least that's what some members of her family fear.

Members of the Jackson brood tell us ... Michael Snoddy's arm tattoo proudly displaying the Confederate flag is highly offensive and ironic, since Paris' dad was black.

Snoddy, a drummer with the band Street Drum Corps, is a little out of step, as some Southern states are removing vestiges of Confederate symbols from public view.

Paris, who's been dating Snoddy for a few weeks, doesn't seem to mind, but her family thinks the fact that his tat was strategically placed for all to see is an omen about his feelings toward African Americans.

We spoke with Snoddy, who scoffed at the claims and said, "I wouldn't be dating a black girl if I were a racist."

That answer might not fly with the Jacksons, so we're guessing his other defense could be he's a fan of Pantera's album, "Cowboys From Hell." Notice the "CFH" on the tat. That group used the flag on its merchandising and posters, although some members have expressed regret.


Paris Jackson My Tat Confirms ... I Was My Dad's Queen

4/6/2016 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0406-paris-jackson-instagram-02Paris Jackson gifted herself on her 18th birthday with some fresh ink honoring her beloved dad Michael.

Paris emblazoned "Queen of My Heart" on her forearm, courtesy of tattoo artist Justin Lewis. He copied MJ's own words, in his own handwriting in a letter to Paris when she was just a little kid. 

Paris explained it this way ... "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart."


update_graphic_red_bar1:40 PM PT -- Paris' brother, Prince Jackson, also got some ink. It looks like he went with an Anubis -- the Egyptian god of the underworld.




Norman Reedus and Brent Hinds Matching BFF Tatts ... In Honor of Lemmy

3/22/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

032116-main-norman-reedus-brent-hinds-instagramIt doesn't get more metal than this ...

"The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus and Brent Hinds -- guitarist for metal band Mastodon -- solidified their BFF status by getting matching tattoos in honor of rock god, Lemmy Kilmister.

We're told Reedus and Hinds hit up Abracadabra Tattoo shop in New Orleans over the weekend for their Lemmy tattoo tribute.

Reedus got a little "Lemmy" ink on the right side of his chest. Hinds went for a small spade design on his arm with an "L" inside the shape -- a la Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" song.

032116-sub-norman-reedus-instagramThe guys were filming inside Abracadabra Tattoo for Reedus' upcoming AMC biker show that airs later this year.


Chase Chrisley I'm Trading My Bible Tat for a Range Rover!!!

3/17/2016 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chase Chrisley drives a hard bargain ... in fact, he'll be driving a Range Rover because of a horse trade he made with his dad over a gnarly Bible tattoo.

Todd Chrisley was none too pleased about his 19-year-old son's holy tat ... so to incentivize Chase, the "Chrisley Knows Best" star offered him a sweet ride. 

Chase told our photog at LAX Wednesday why he accepted the deal.


'The Bachelor' Lace Got Punk'd

3/8/2016 10:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0308-the-bachelor-tattoo-ABC-01It sure looked like an obsessed fan interrupted "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" episode Monday to show Lace a tattoo of her face on his stomach ... but the guy's actually just a joker.

Our 'Bachelor' spies say comedian and "Punk'd" producer Jamie Abrams faked both his emotions and his tattoo.

Abrams -- who went viral in 2013 for the "The Women of LA" YouTube video -- showed up at the taping and surprised Chris Harrison by standing up and professing his undying love for Lace Morris.

As for the look of fear on Lace's face ... we're told it's 100% real. Our source says no one from cast or crew were in on the prank, so she was understandably creeped out.

We reached out to both ABC and Abrams, but no comment.

Lady Gaga Tattoo Pact With Sexual Assault Survivors

3/4/2016 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304-main-lady-gaga-instagram-01Lady Gaga didn't leave Oscars with a statue, but instead left with something more powerful -- a permanent bond with the sexual assault survivors with whom she shared the stage.

Gaga and the 50 men and women who courageously stood next to her during her performance of "Til It Happens to You" ... all got matching tattoos after making a pact during rehearsals.

According to tattoo artist David Allen, who posted the pic of Gaga's new ink, the symbol stands for "solidarity for survivors of sexual assault." 



Stitches Celeb Tattoo Artist Rejects Rapper He's Full of Garbage!

2/28/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0226-stitches-face-tattoos-INSTAGRAM-01Stitches is so unpopular ... he can't even get tatted up.

Stitches got turned down flat by a celebrity tattoo artist in the O.C. The rapper, who famously got knocked out by Wack 100 during a beef with The Game, called Chapter X's Muddymoney for fresh ink that would link his "F*** a Job" tat to his Tupac ink, which sits atop his "cocaine" one.

Muddy -- who's tatted everyone from Flea to Dodgers star Matt Kemp -- tells us he doesn't want his art associated with "garbage work." Muddy adds Stitches style conflicts with the shop's family friendly, drug-free vibe.

As the saying goes, he couldn't get arrested in this town ... but in Stitches' case, he probably could.

Aaron Carter Gets Neck Tattoo ... Wants the Full Tyson

2/16/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0212-aaron-carter-neck-tat-instagram-01Aaron Carter's looking less tween idol and more "Sons of Anarchy" these days thanks to some fresh ink on his neck ... and that's just the start.

Carter went into Chapter X Tattoo in Orange, CA last week and got the word "love" and flames tatted across the left side of his neck. We're told it's a tribute to his upcoming album.

He dropped around $500 on the 3 hour session -- and there's way more to come. Sources close to the singer tell us he's been doing 10 hour sessions almost daily, attempting to ink his whole body.

And we're told the plan includes a face tatt. There ya have it -- from Disney to Mike Tyson in 16 short years.


Stitches Tattoo Removal Company Offers To Fix His Face

12/19/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1218-stitches-instagram-edit-03A tattoo removal company wants to put a smile on Stitches' face ... other than the permanent Joker-style one he already has.

TMZ has obtained a letter from LaserAway to Stitches -- the nation's leader in ink removal is offering to erase the rapper's face tats pro bono. Why? According to the letter, they feel badly ... the guy's had a rough couple of weeks.

LaserAway isn't being stingy either -- the gift is valued at $10k. Which seems like an accurate estimate since his mug is covered with an assault rifle, a spider and the phrase "F*** a Job".

We're unsure if he'll accept the gift ... but we do know he'll be able to handle the pain. He's used to his face stinging by now.


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