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Kid Ink

Allen Iverson Inspired My Tattoo Obsession

12/1/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112614_kid_ink_launchSuperstar rapper Kid Ink might not remember how many tattoos he has, but he tells TMZ Sports he remembers why he got them ... to be like NBA superstar Allen Iverson.

Ink was out in L.A. recently when we asked the "Main Chick" rapper which athlete has the best body art game of all time.

Watch the video -- Ink not only says A.I. is the best human canvas in the history of sports ... but also credits the guy for inspiring an entire generation of future tat-heads. 

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Nicki Minaj

Hard Evidence She's Single

10/20/2014 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If Nicki Minaj and her boyfriend are still together, then he's got a weird way of showing the love ... having 2 of his 3 Nicki tats covered up with new ink.

Check out the pics for yourself ... Safaree Samuels had some work done on his chest -- though it's unclear when -- and he clearly covered up Nicki's name/mug.

Not only that, but his forearm ink looks drastically faded as well.

Neither have commented on rumors of their breakup, but Nicki definitely hinted at one back in May when she tweeted "SINGLE N READY TO MINGLE." 

At the time, sources told us it was just a temporary argument and that the 2 were still together.

But healthy couples don't typically deface their better half's face, do they?

Man, love hurts.

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Nick Cannon

Debuts Confusing Cover-Up Tattoo

10/6/2014 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006_nick_cannon_launch_2_akm_gsiNick Cannon showed off his new cover-up tattoo Sunday in Studio City ... and it's perplexing.

Cannon hit up the gym ... and on the way out we finally caught a glimpse of his crucifixion back piece -- but what's above Jesus' head has others scratching theirs.

We got 3 guesses ...

1) An angel

2) Some kind of bird

3) a cherub

Got a better guess?  We'd love to hear it in the comments. So would Mariah Carey.

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Nick Cannon

I Finally Got Mariah

Off My Back!

10/3/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1003_nick_cannon_splash_tattoo4Nick Cannon will be divorcing Mariah Carey ... yet he's turned her into Jesus Christ.

Cannon was at Playhouse in Hollywood Thursday night to celebrate his birthday. As celebs are known to do, Nick took off his shirt at one point and revealed the massive new ink. 

It's hard to make out the details from the photo, but our Nick sources say the tattoo shows Jesus on the cross with angel wings coming off the end the cross. 

And in the smoke department ... Amber Rose was there.

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GUESS WHOSE

INK-REDIBLE HEAD

TATTOOS!

9/20/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0919_guess_whos_head_tattoo_launch2Forget tramp stamps and tribal bands… These stars weren't afraid to take their love of tattoos to a whole new level -- Can you guess which celebs tackled their obsession for ink head on?

'Tattoos After Dark' Star

Artist Sued For

Molly Wopping Good Samaritan

8/14/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Tattoos After Dark" star Asaru Mushavu put his mark on a woman's face -- in the form of a nasty bruise -- after he cold-cocked her for no reason outside of his tattoo parlor ... according to a new lawsuit.

Corey Fortenberry claims Mushavu attacked her last year while she was helping a drunk friend who was puking in front of "House of Ink" -- the Venice tattoo shop featured on the TV show.

According to the police report, Mushavu saw the woman throwing up, came out of the shop and yelled, "What the f*** are you doing? Who the f*** is going to clean that up?" ... and then pushed Fortenberry and punched her in the face.

Fortenberry claims Mushavu left a bruise that's still visible a year later. 

A rep for Mushavu tells TMZ ... it's a frivolous lawsuit and he expects it to be dismissed.

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Sydney Leathers

Gets Inked for Weinergate Anniversary

7/23/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Anthony Weiner scandal just climaxed in the most ridiculous of ways ... Sydney Leathers got a tattoo celebrating the 1st anniversary of her outing the former NY Congressman.

It's the number 23, which ... Sydney tells TMZ ... has a special meaning. It was the 23rd of July when she leaked the Weiner photos to the media ... changing her life and his forever.

Of course, that new life has been dedicated to porn. And now, as all porn stars eventually do, she's going back to college!

A degree in broadcasting you say, Syd? ... Genius.

Naturally, to pay for school she's signed a new 3 skin flick deal. 

So it seems the more things change, the more things stay the same.

I believe we can now officially close the book on "As the Leather Turns" for good.

You're welcome America.

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Travis Barker

My First Tat Burned Off in Plane Crash ...

But I'm Gonna Fix It

7/13/2014 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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071314_travis_barker_launchTravis Barker says he's finally gonna fix the tattoo on his leg that burned off in the 2008 plane crash that left 4 dead and Travis badly burned.

The Blink-182 drummer was talking tattoos on his way out of Brooklyn Projects in Los Angeles (confusing name, we know) ... and told us his plan for the area of burned off ink.

Travis has said in the past it was extremely painful to re-tattoo that part of his leg.

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For those who don't remember ... Barker and DJ AM were the only two survivors when a private jet blew a tire while taking off and crashed into an embankment. The plane burst into flames.

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Colin Kaepernick's Tattoo

27 Painful Hours

... With Celeb Ink Artist

7/9/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Colin Kaepernick's giant new tattoo took 27 long painful hours to complete -- over 3 days -- with one of the top celebrity tattoo artists in L.A. wielding the needle ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Colin recently had biblical imagery symbolizing "money is the root of all evil" tatted on his left torso.  Now, we've learned the guy who applied the tat is Carlos Torres of Timeline Gallery tattoo shop in L.A. ... an artist who's worked on huge stars like 50 Cent and Nas.

Torres tells TMZ Sports ... Colin initially reached out on Instagram to inquire about a session, after being referred through a friend.

"He sent me a drawing of his idea ... There was a lot going on so I simplified it.  Not every piece of art makes a great tattoo, so I refined it so it'd be a great tattoo. But Colin came up with the concept."

Torres explains ... "We did three sittings.  They were each eight, nine hours long.  The side of the ribs are a painful area, but Colin laid there like a rock."

Torres wouldn't tell us how much Colin paid for the art work, but says he usually runs around $250 per hour ... and he still has a few hours of work left before Colin's tat is complete.  So, figure CK's total bill will run upwards of $7,500.

Worth it ... especially when you just signed a $126 million contract.

Miley Cyrus

I Got a House Party Tattoo ...

For My Dead Dog

7/6/2014 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miley Cyrus Dog TattooMiley Cyrus will never forget her deceased dog ... because it's now emblazoned on her rib cage.

Miley inked the memoriam Saturday at a house party in Los Angeles. For some reason ... her good buddy Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips and another friend tatted the same design in honor of Floyd -- an Alaskan Klee Kai that died when he was only 2.

Floyd's death ... along with a bad reaction to antibiotics and hard partying ... led to Miley's meltdown earlier this year.

It looks like Floyd's mug is the centerpiece of the tat with the words, "with a little help from my fwends."

We'll always remember Floyd ... because we have to now.

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Dreamy McMug

Laser Company Offers

Free Tat Removal ... and Bail

6/24/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jeremy Meeks can't erase his criminal past ... but he can erase his gang-style tats with the help of a tattoo removal company that's offering him free laser treatments ... and cold, hard cash for his bail.

The honchos at LaserAway say they've been following Meeks' story ... and were touched by comments from his mom ... about how her son has been stereotyped by the ink on his body.

But the convicted felon should think twice before accepting the offer  ... as we reported, he's getting bites from modeling companies that like the body art ... because it's gangster-chic.
 
If he goes through with the removal ... the company says it will also pony up $20K toward his $900,000 bail.

The company may do better with Melanie Griffith.

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Melanie Griffith

I Found a Way to Get Antonio

Off My Body!

6/23/2014 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Melanie Griffith TattooMelanie Griffith has a problem ... she's divorcing the husband whose name is emblazoned on her arm and she wants it removed ... which takes time, so Melanie has now figured out a shortcut.

Antonio Banderas' soon-to-be ex-wife is sitting for photos right now in NYC.  She's doing a magazine spread showcasing her newly decorated Central Park West apartment.

Sources connected with the shoot tell TMZ ... Melanie has laid down the law -- Antonio MUST be Photoshopped out. 

Our sources say Melanie -- who used makeup to cover the tattoo last week -- plans on having it lasered off, but has yet to find the time.

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Melanie Griffith

Still Walking Around

With Antonio on Her Arm

6/11/2014 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Melanie Griffith Antonio Banderas TattooMelanie Griffith is still carrying Antonio Banderas in the form of a tattoo on her right arm ... and she flat out showed it off yesterday in Santa Monica.

As TMZ first reported, the "Working Girl" filed for divorce from Antonio after 18 years of marriage. Griffith wants custody of their daughter and spousal support.  

A referral to a good tattoo removal doc wouldn't hurt either.

However the divorce plays out, it's clearly going to take some time for Melanie to entirely erase Antonio from her life.

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