SOHH Whatcha Think: Are Face Tattoos The Worst Trend In Hip-Hop History? [Click Here & Speak]

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 12:15AM

Written by J. Bachelor

"You ain't ordinary bruh." - Rapper Yung LA, moments before being jumped over a beef stemming from an unauthorized face tattoo.

No, face tattoos ain't ordinary bruh. Hip-hop has always had its share of bad fads (backwards clothing, flesh-tight denim, incarceration) but no other trend in the history of this great culture has held as many negative long-term implications as the ill-advised face tattoo.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of]

In March, 50 Cent  spoke to VIBE Magazine about face ink's rise in popularity among rappers.

"To tattoo your face says that there's not a possibility that you can actually walk into a legitimate establishment without makeup covering your face every day," he tells VIBE. "That does not work. It creates a separation. It says, 'I'm an artist.' That's it. That's the statement you make when you go and tattoo your face."(VIBE)

Rick Ross (Question Of The Day)

50's nemisis, Rick Ross, recently added more ink to his face. Just another day in the life of the "G** D*mn Boss", I guess.

Fiddy has a point: Unlike an extra large white-t or gaudy jewelry, a fist-sized doodle planted on the side of your face is as distracting as it is permanent. There is life after rap, and there is no telling where it can lead; who knew that a petty thug named Detroit Red would one day become Malcolm X? It would have been hard to focus on his message with a triple-scoop of ice cream on his face. Even Uncle Luke ran for mayor.

Gucci Mane (Question Of The Day)

AYO Gucci: You ain't ordinary burr.

Suppose, like Master P, you decide to try out for one of those celebrity competition shows. Now you have to get your tat removed - which can often leave traces of what used to be there. Now you're "Dancing with the Scars".

Game (Question Of The Day) Game (Question Of The Day)

By far, Game has the most fascinating artwork. It almost seems alive: What began as a tiny mole on his face fertilized, cocooned and finally blossomed into an enchanting butterfly, which then did a T-2000 morph into the letters "LA". Currently there is a star behind those letters, but who's to say one day that star won't explode, causing a supernova all over  Game's face? Pause.

Trends tend to come in waves, and inevitably even the most outrageous styles become a thing of the past. But is it safe to say that face tattoos will go down in history as hip-hop's worst fashion statement of all time?

SOHH...Watcha Think?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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