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Kim Kardashian Freed Prisoner Says ... Job Offers Rolling in!!!

5/25/2019 1:00 AM PDT

One of the prisoners Kim Kardashian helped free is now in global demand ... job offers are pouring in everyday ... such is the power of the Princess of Prison Reform.

The freed inmate, Paul Algarin, tells TMZ ... he's been getting hit up by people all over the world -- from Nigeria, the UK and beyond -- who want to team up with him in some fashion. Among the offers -- modeling and work in a tattoo parlor.

Paul's also been approached to help with prison reform. He benefited immensely after writing a letter to Kim after learning about her prison reform work. To his surprise, she responded and he was freed April 19 ... after serving 7 years at Central Prison in North Carolina. 

As we reported ... Kim and Kanye West visited Paul and his family earlier this month in Charlotte. Kimye also brought a doctor to help start the face tattoo removal process so he can have a fresh start post-incarceration. Kim and Kanye are covering costs for the procedure.

Paul says the visit alone proved incredibly inspiring to one day get to Kim and Kanye's level.

Audrey Hepburn's Son Ariana Grande Imitating Mom for Givenchy ... I'd Fire Her Team!!!

5/11/2019 12:40 AM PDT

Ariana Grande as the spitting image of Audrey Hepburn for Givenchy has set off strong feelings from Audrey's son ... who applauds the tribute, but also thinks Ariana should fire her team.

Audrey's son, Sean, tells TMZ ... he's happy with the tribute to his late mother, but he's baffled that Ariana's team wasn't more creative to build something original. Sean says he'd fire her team if he could because all they did was make Ariana a look-alike.

As you know by now ... the French luxury fashion house tapped the "7 Rings" singer as the new face of its 2019 Fall and Winter campaign that'll be unveiled in July. Givenchy announced the news Friday with an Ariana video ... featuring her in a black dress super similar to the one Audrey wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Ariana's also posing kinda like Audrey did in the opening scene.

The double nod to Audrey didn't go unnoticed, and it's also no surprise given Ariana's obsession with the film. She has the movie's famous phrase "mille tendresse" (meaning a thousand tendernesses in French) tattooed on the back of her neck. It's Ariana's favorite movie ... and if you needed more evidence, the opening lyrics to "7 Rings" goes, "Yeah, breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles." 

Don't get it twisted ... Sean's down with the tribute because it's clear Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy will forever be synonymous because he says Audrey and designer Hubert Givenchy not only collaborated but built the brand together.

It's true ... Audrey's black dress in 'Breakfast' was designed by Givenchy ... as was the wardrobe she wore in "Sabrina," "Funny Face" and "Love in the Afternoon," among others.

That being said ... Sean thinks this was a complete missed opportunity by Ariana's team to build her own identity with the brand instead of stepping into Audrey's larger-than-life shoes.

Kim Kardashian Helping Ex-Con Get Fresh Start ... Tattoo Removal On Me!!!

5/8/2019 2:26 PM PDT

Kim Kardashian is making house calls to some of the inmates she's recently helped free -- as one of them in North Carolina just discovered -- and she's pitching in to get their lives back on track.

This is pretty incredible -- Azaria Algarin's twin brother, Paul, got out of Central Prison in North Carolina on April 19 after serving 7 years, but while he was locked up he asked for Kim's address so he could send her a letter because he'd heard of the prison reform work she's been doing.

Azaria says she thought her bro was being ridiculous and it was a pipe dream that Kim would even read his letter, let alone respond. Turns out she did ... with a personal visit to meet him and his family.

Kim and Kanye West flew to Charlotte Tuesday -- the day after attending NYC's Met Gala -- to meet Paul, Azaria and their mom. She also brought a doctor to discuss removing Paul's face tattoos so he can have a fresh start post-incarceration. Kim and Kanye are covering the cost for the procedure.

Azaria's floored by the gesture, saying ... "Never in a million years did I think Kim would write him back (or even read his letter), fly in right after the met gala (not to mention her 4th baby is due at any minute), invest in our family & laugh / relate to us over the smallest things."

Azaria tells TMZ the group had lunch at The Lights Juicery & Cafe, then went to MedSpa nearby for Paul's first lasering session to remove his facial ink.

She says ... "I’m so proud of my brother for taking steps in the right direction," and she's grateful for Kim's involvement in "such a special day that I will forever cherish."

As we've told you, Kim's more popular than ever with prisoners and their families thanks to helping 17 inmates gain freedom over the last 3 months.

Tekashi 6ix9ine All Over GF's Boob

5/7/2019 2:14 PM PDT

Tekashi69 might be locked up, but his girlfriend's still showing him love ... permanently.

The rapper and his GF, Jade, are going strong despite him currently being incarcerated for racketeering ... the proof's all over her chest, in the form of a brand new tattoo of 6ix9ine's mug.

Jade followed up her previous numerical "69" tattoo on her right shoulder with the massive ink homage to her boyfriend's face ... directly above her left breast.

She posted the pic with the caption, "Just got Chris brown tatted sh*t crazy." Our only reply to that would be ... um, what? That ain't Chris Brown!

Anyway, it's a very interesting placement, but judging by the look of the tattoo ... Tekashi's pretty stoked about it.

As we reported ... Jade was the first person to share a photo of Tekashi behind bars back in January, and he appeared to enjoy her company.

A lot's happened since then, though -- 6ix9ine and his former manager, Shotti, have pled guilty in their federal racketeering cases, but the rapper's awaiting the outcome of several other defendants tied to the case who are scheduled to go to trial this September.

Tekashi's hoping to get sprung from prison early and reunited with Jade on the outside soon, but on the downside ... he may be required to enter witness protection upon his release due to him being a snitch.

So, if Jade wants to go with him ... she might have to do something about her 69 tattoos.

BTW -- in case you forgot -- Jade is also one of the alleged victims in Cardi B's bartender beatdown case. No word if she's planning on any tattoos to commemorate that situation.

Steph Curry Dislocated Finger Looks Like a Lightning Bolt

5/1/2019 9:42 AM PDT
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Two things in this photo ...

1) Check out the pic of Steph Curry's gnarly dislocated finger from Tuesday night's playoff game against the Houston Rockets ... pretty sick, right?

2) Did you also know Steph Curry has a Hebrew tattoo on his left hand? 

Wanna know what it says? When read phonetically, it's pronounced "Curry."

As for the finger ... seems the Golden State Warriors training staff popped it back in and taped it up ... and of course, he went back to hitting shots like nothing was wrong. 

The Warriors ended up winning the game 115 to 109 ... with Curry dropping 20. 

Now, the Warriors are up in the series 2-0. 

Ezekiel Elliott Tattoo Of Myself ... On Myself!!!

4/22/2019 4:51 PM PDT
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Ezekiel Elliott will NEVER forget what he looked like when he dominated the NFL ... 'cause the Dallas Cowboys superstar got his own mug tatted on his leg!!!

The NFL's leading rusher just got the ink done this month ... and it's massive -- taking up nearly all of the outside of his (very muscular) calf.

The pic is a twist on a famous shot of a helmet-less Zeke ... with zombie eyes and a crown on top of his trademark afro.

Seems Zeke LOVES the artwork ... he put it on full display while hanging out with Von Miller and Erroll Spence at Miller's charity event this past weekend.

Of course, Zeke has some pretty unique ink all over his body -- there's an Ohio State logo on his shoulder, a portrait of his mom on his chest and even one of his dogs on his forearm.

Begs the question ... where's he gonna put the Dak Prescott one next?!?!

LaMelo Ball Gets Massive Chest Tattoo!!!

4/19/2019 9:15 AM PDT
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As one Ball brother tries his best to cover up his tattoos ... another is proudly putting his ink on display -- 'cause LaMelo Ball just got a MASSIVE chest piece done, and he seems to love it!!

Of course, Lonzo Ball famously covered his Triple Bs a couple weeks ago ... but TMZ Sports has learned the same artist that did Zo's cover-up put new ink on Melo last month too.

Tattoo artist Herchell Carrasco tells us the youngest Ball brother wanted wings and his jersey number on his chest ... and says the whole piece took about 4 hours to complete.

We're told there's still about an hour of work left to be done ... but seems Melo is stoked with the art -- 'cause he made sure it was poking through his tank during his workout Thursday!!

Tattoos have been a huge topic in the Ball family -- in addition to Zo covering up the BBBs with dice a couple weeks ago ... 'memba when LaVar Ball famously flipped out over LiAngelo Ball's ink on their Facebook reality show last year??

No word yet on how Papa Ball feels about Melo's new tat ... but one thing we know for sure -- Melo's got dibs on jersey #1 now for life!!!

LaVar Ball Big Baller Brand's Alive 'We Were Bit By a Snake'

3/29/2019 2:03 PM PDT
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Don't put a fork in the Big Baller Brand just yet ... LaVar Ball says the brand is NOT folding -- despite the fact Lonzo Ball just covered up his BBB tattoo. 

The Big Baller appeared on 98.5 KLUC in Vegas to promote his Big Baller Brand All-American Game, which he says is going on as planned this weekend. 

"The game is definitely still happening," LaVar says ... though he wouldn't say if his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo would be on hand for the event. 

The issue ... LaVar claims BBB co-founder Alan Foster stole $1.5 million from Lonzo -- and the Lakers star was so pissed, he covered up his BBB tattoo and is rumored to be considering a shoe deal with Nike

But, LaVar believes the BBB brand is still alive and well -- and vows to fix things after Foster's alleged thievery. 

"I'm not gonna let one roodypoo guy come in here and do something bad and then be like the brand's not good," Ball said. 

"The brand is good. It's just somebody did something bad to it ... We had a snake up in the thing, but you gotta understand this -- I'm a snake charmer. When you're a snake charmer, you're gonna get bit."

Ball said he treated Foster "like a family member" and feels incredibly betrayed -- saying, "Is it worth $1.5 million to leave a family?"

The big question now ... do LaVar's sons agree with him? Will they stick with the brand? Or is LaVar on his own? 

Drake Papa DOES Preach ... Can't Stop Bragging About Baby Boy!!!

3/15/2019 12:50 AM PDT

There's "God's Plan" and then there's Drake's plan ... telling everyone and their mother how much he adores his 1-year-old son, and the proof's in the baby pudding.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Drake and his baby mama, Sophie Brussaux, have a pretty remarkable relationship (ZERO drama) ... and the fact they can seamlessly co-parent has allowed him and his son, Adonis, to develop a super strong father-son relationship.

It's no wonder Drake just rolled out the red carpet for Sophie in Paris.

We're told Drake FaceTimes his son every day. He'd rather be with the baby, but Drizzy's touring schedule makes that extremely difficult.

Our sources say Drake regularly updates friends and family with pictures of his son. Even the screensaver on the rapper's phone, we're told, features Adonis. Showing him off is nothing new ... you'll recall the rapper recently got a tattoo of his son on his right forearm. 

As for Sophie ... we're told she couldn't be happier. Drake still sends private jets so they can fly to see him. Back home, our sources say Sophie's teaching Adonis multiple languages and exposing him to art. As you know ... Adonis is already Drake's little Picasso.

Keep fathering, Drake ... that's the new motto.

YNW Melly Murder Victim's Mom Speaks Out ... We Treated You Like Family!!!

3/13/2019 12:20 AM PDT

YNW Melly was super tight with the family of one of his alleged murder victims -- so much so, he has the guy's mother's name tattooed on his neck.

Jana Thompson tells TMZ ... her son, Anthony Williams, loved YNW and the other suspect, Cortlen Henry, like brothers. She says, "We opened up our homes & our hearts to them."

Anthony is one of 2 men YNW and Henry allegedly killed ... and Jana is, understandably, shell-shocked. She says the fact that they entered not guilty pleas "feels like another stab in the heart to myself & my family." 

Jana adds, "It’s inconceivable that these very people are the ones responsible for this horrifying murder. I will not stand idle and will fight vehemently for justice!”

YNW has a neck tattoo that reads "Jana" ... it's crystal clear in his mug shot. We're told it's a tribute to Mrs. Thompson and shows just how close he was to Anthony and his mother.

Jana says it's entirely possible she will file a civil suit against Melly and Henry. We're told she's hired the firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene to explore her options.

As we reported ... cops believe Melly and Henry killed Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., but hatched an elaborate scheme to make it seem like the murders were the result of a drive-by shooting pulled off by unknown assailants.

Cops say after Williams and Thomas were shot, YNW and Henry drove around with the dead bodies "for a period of time" before driving to the hospital.

Melly and Henry have each been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Pete Davidson What a Beast ... On His Arm

3/8/2019 7:35 AM PST

Pete Davidson's got some new ink -- no, it's not Kate Beckinsale's initials or a giant portrait of her "Underworld" character on his back ... but it's still pretty majestic.

The 'SNL' star has a forever friend on his forearm now, thanks to a giant tattoo of the legendary mythical beast -- the unicorn.

Pete's pal and Top Shelf Tattoos artist, Ryan Mullins, shared a couple photos earlier this week of the making of the body art ... which appears to be Davidson's biggest tat yet.

It's unclear if Pete will be adding a flash of color to his unicorn, but the black ink version looks pretty impressive as is.

Also unclear if the comedian's tattoo is simply his spirit animal, or it is a secret love message to his latest boo, Beckinsale, but if he's learned anything from his past ... probably not.

Cardi B Gets Lip Pierced ... For Just $25

2/13/2019 5:17 PM PST

Cardi B is proudly showing off a new piercing ... and the tattoo artist who gave it to her had no clue she was a huge celeb!!!

Luis Vega, the owner of City of Angels Tattoos, tells TMZ ... Cardi randomly walked into his shop Monday looking to get her lip pierced. Luis says he didn't know it was Cardi -- amazing, right -- until they started talking. 

It's funny ... Luis thought he recognized CB's face, and initially figured she was just a former client. After Cardi told him she was from New York, Luis told her she looked and sounded like Cardi ... and that's when light bulbs started going off. 

Luis slowly realized he was dealing with an A-lister, but his suspicions weren't confirmed until he poked his head outside and saw Cardi's entourage in a caravan of luxury cars.

As for the piercing ... we're told CB paid a whopping $25. What a steal!!!

Luis has been so inspired by Cardi's visit, he's honoring her the rest of the month with a special $20 piercing for anyone who comes through. 

Ariana Grande Offered Million Dollar Deal For Tattoo Laser Removal

2/2/2019 12:50 AM PST

Ariana Grande might actually have a solution to a seemingly permanent mistake on her hand -- an offer to get it wiped clean -- and make more than a million bucks in the process. 

Grande took tons of heat this week when people noticed some new Japanese ink on her palm. The tat was supposed to say "7 Rings" -- like her new single -- but, when translated, actually said, "Japanese style BBQ grill." Ariana tried to fix the tat by adding characters, but now the tattoo says, "Japanese BBQ finger."

All might not be lost for the "Thank U, Next" singer ... we've learned LaserAway -- a company that specializes in hair and tattoo removal -- sent Ariana a massive offer Friday.

Sources tell us the deal is worth $1.5 mil, minimum.

The deal requires that Ariana participate in one photo/video shoot at a LaserAway location, which will be used in social media, print and viral campaigns. They're also asking Ariana for one post per month for a whole year of LaserAway content. 

The offer letter -- signed by company president, Todd Heckmann -- concludes with, "Thank u, next tiny barbecue grill."

We spoke with Scooter Braun, who said, "I can't speak for Ariana as we have not received this letter, however, if they're willing to send me the offer, I'm sure I'd be happy to get a tattoo and then remove it real quick ... for $1.5 mil. Hopefully, we can make this deal before her album comes out next week -- shameless plug."

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