What the face!

TH­ESE celebs are lov­ing the tat­too trend – but have they taken it too far?

People (South Africa) - - Contents - BY EL BROIDE

WITH ev­ery day that passes tat­toos are seen as less taboo and more ex­pres­sive and artis­tic. It’s not uncom­mon for peo­ple to ink mas­sive ar­eas of their body with some­thing mean­ing­ful, some­thing artis­tic or sim­ply with some­thing they think looks cool. But while see­ing sleeves and leg tat­toos are a norm in to­day’s so­ci­ety, face tat­toos are still fairly rare to see ex­cept when it comes th­ese celebs, who have em­braced the craze.

Mike Tyson

AS one of the first celebri­ties to get a re­ally no­tice­able face tat­too a few years ago, Mike Tyson’s tribal ink­ing has made quite the state­ment. Mike has pre­vi­ously re­vealed that his tat­too is meant as a ‘war­rior sta­tus’. The star ad­mits that while many peo­ple crit­i­cised him for his choice to tat­too his face, it’s some­thing he doesn’t re­gret. “I love this tat­too,” he said in an in­ter­view back in 2015. “Over a mil­lion peo­ple got it now, so I did a good thing. This is good. This is good.” The boxer added, “You have to re­mem­ber, some­times, you can’t feel a tat­too. So some­times, you see one of th­ese guys with their whole thing [ges­tures to­wards face] and you look at him like, ‘Whoa, he’s kind of creepy.’ And then, he’s talk­ing to me like he’s com­fort­able, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I got one, too.’ That’s what hap­pens some­times. I’m be­ing judge­men­tal with a tat­too.”

Justin Bieber

THE lat­est celebrity to get inked on his face is pop star Justin Bieber – and it’s a ro­man­tic ges­ture to his wife(-tobe?) Hai­ley Bald­win. Justin’s tat­too artist, Bang Bang, re­veals that he got an in­cred­i­bly small tat­too just above his right eye­brow – but it’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to read. “They each got a tat­too,” Bang Bang said. “Justin’s tat­too is on his face, and I haven’t seen any pho­tos of it – so he’s do­ing a good job of [ly­ing] low ... It’s re­ally thin and del­i­cate. And [it’s] also not a tra­di­tional cou­ples’ tat­too ... I don’t want to give away what it is un­til press gets a hold of it.”

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