Rich Homie Quan got his Pablo Escobar tattoo out of respect for the late drug lord's business sense ... not because he happened to ruthlessly kill people while making his billions.
Quan set the record straight while hanging with celeb jeweler AD Killa Ink -- telling us the good Escobar did for Colombia outweighs the bad ... as in the countless casualties of his drug operation.
He points out Escobar pulled in $60 mil in ONE day, so he deserves props and a place on Quan's arm. Watch his full explanation. Ends justify the means?