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The 8 Most Tatted Up Rockers

Rock and tattoos have always gone hand in hand.

Mitch Lucker

Rock and tattoos have always gone hand in hand.

Like extreme drug abuse and Mötley Crüe, or misogyny and Hinder, tattooing has long been a staple of rock and roll. But while many of today's rockers have at least one piece of flesh inked up, some rock stars over the years have gone above and beyond to make sure every ounce of their being is tatted up. Here are some of the most tatted-up rock stars.

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The 7 Most Tatted Up Rappers

No, Post Malone is not on this list

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No, Post Malone is not on this list.

Post Malone is of course one of the most tatted-up musicians out right now, but he is also not a rapper. But similarly to rappers, Posty's tats are exclusive to him and are just as famous as the man behind them. Whether it be Gucci Mane's ice cream tattoo or the Game's LA Star, rappers have made some pretty gnarly tattoo choices over the years. Here are some of the most tatted-up rappers out right now.

Lil Skies

Lil Skies

When Lil Skies entered the scene back in 2016, he was easily one of the most tatted up rappers of that upcoming class. He has since upped the ante even further, covering his entire body and nearly his entire face in ink.

He got his first tattoo at 16 in honor of his friend who was hospitalized and deathly ill with meningitis. "Tomorrow is another day but it's not promised" was tattooed on his shoulder, and from there he just continued collecting ink. On his face, he has his mom's name, a gorgeous shaded rose, and some Japanese text, spelled backward, right under his eyelids. As of 2021, both sides of his face remain covered with too many tats to list at this point.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

The legendary emcee has collected some of the craziest ink over his long career. He's got veins crackling through his forehead. He's got blacklight lips and stars that glow in the dark tattooed on his neck and behind his ear. He's got stitches trailing down his left cheek, along with a handful of small tats that look like they were just doodled on, and that's just on his face.

Caskey

Caskey

Caskey

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The Cash Money signee was another rapper who was severely tatted up right at the jump. In fact, his first hit was fittingly titled "Tats on My Neck," which broke down how his mama hates his tattoos. These aren't poorly designed street tats either; Caskey sports some of the most impressive ink around across his body.

He's got a massive Native American figure across his stomach and chest and an equally large Buddhist monk covering his back, with coinciding skulls across his shoulders. This past year, he also shaved his head and got the top jaw of an animal skull added while the bottom half covers his jawline and chin. The tattoo was so daring that it spawned a whole article in Inked Mag.

"I saw this movie Apocalypto and in that movie, there's a warrior ruler who wears a detached animal raw around his chin," he said. "I thought that was the coolest thing ever and it would be cool to have jaws on my head that made it look like this entity is eating me."

Stitches

Stitches

Stitches

The tattoos carved across Miami rapper Stitches are more infamous than the emcee himself. Some may even argue that his ludicrous tattoos kickstarted his career. The stitched smile across his mouth, the cartoonish AK-47 across his right cheek, the stars on his ears, the "fuck a job" script across the side of his skull: It's altogether rather sinister. Recently, Stitches got an even more striking tattoo across his cheek: a gory tear that makes it look like his face is peeling off.

Boonk

Boonk Gang

Boonk Gang

The internet personality-turned-rapper is another ridiculous entertainer whose tattoos are as notorious as he is. Boonk, otherwise known as Boonk Gang, got his first tattoo of his mom's name when he was just 16. Across his face he has a sketched black heart on his cheek, a crown over his right eyebrow, and the handicap toilet sign right between his eyebrows, among other ridiculous tats.

Kid Ink

Kid Ink

Kid Ink

His name is Kid Ink for a reason. The LA-based rapper has some of the most impressive ink in rap, and he's spoken on it extensively. Some highlights include a cool Frankenstein tat across his left bicep, the Batman symbol under his left eyelid, and a lightning bolt under his right. But his chest and back are where his signature pieces lie. LA is engulfed in flames across his stomach, and a Pirate Elephant with two samurai swords envelops his back. However, his most famous piece is his dual chest piece portrait tat of his mother and grandfather on each pec.

Lil Peep

Lil Peep

Lil Peep

The late Lil Peep sported some of the most unique tattoos in hip-hop. The Cry Baby tattoo above his right eyebrow reminded him not to cry when he looks in the mirror. The "get cars" and "die young" tattoos inked atop his forehead are almost too on the nose now. He had Lisa Simpson freaking out on his neck and of course his signature anarchist symbol on his left cheek. All in all, Lil Peep's tats can never be replicated, as they were all totally unique to him.

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A Defense of Face Tattoos (and a Few Cautionary Tales)

Face tattoos are far from just SoundCloud trends.

Face tattoos have a pretty bad rap.

We love to make fun of them, laughing at the knowledge that there are people out there who are going to be stuck with a garish numerical figure on their foreheads or a phrase like "Always Tired" under their eyes for the rest of their lives.

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On the other hand, tattoos in general have always received harsh criticism. Though every millennial seems to have at least a few fine-line arm tattoos nowadays, all over the world and in many faiths, tattoos are sacrilegious, evidence of Satan's corrupting influence or its many iterations. Thus, tattoos have always been mechanisms of subversion and counterculture, whether as markers of membership in certain groups, or monikers of individuality, or signifiers of devotion to a certain kind of art or person. They've been ways of reclaiming or altering one's physical appearance, ways of taking ownership of a body that, all too often, capitalism and the media try to devour or force to align with some standard.

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Worst terrible awful tragic fan tattoos ink disasters—these act as a reminder to always think before you ink...oh, and get a decent tattoo artist who can spell

Worst terrible awful tragic fan tattoos ink failures galore!

Some people are truly incapable of abiding by the motto: Think before you ink.

They remain seemingly oblivious to the reality that a spur of the moment tattoo will be there FOREVER.

Well, unless you want to go through the painful, expensive and time consuming process of tattoo removal.

So, before you go and spend your hard earned cash on a tattoo, it's always a good idea to think good and hard about what you want.

And, nine times out of ten:

It's an even better idea to think even harder and longer if you're a fan and considering inking your body with a tribute to your idol.

For example:

When you're a teen Spice Girls fan, it may seem like an amazing idea to get Posh, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Scary tattooed over the whole of your back.

However, fast forward twenty years, and you're a father-of-four and, well, yeah, it's just plain scary…. without any of the spice….

Let's face it, often you grow out of, or move on from, your celeb idols—or, they do something terrible, and you find yourself with that giant Bill Cosby tattoo.

But look, if you really HAVE to get a celebrity inspired inking, please make sure you find a tattoo artist that isn't dyslexic.

Or, as one poor dude found out the hard way—you're going to have to live forever with Riahnna emblazoned across your chest.

And, that's likely more painful than having the tattoo done in the first place.

From grandma with the Twilight cast (really badly) inked all over her back, to truly creepy Michael Jackson tributes, to typos, to the just plain bizarre—these tattoos will truly make you think before you ink.

Or at least give you a really good laugh at others' expense.

Check out Popdust's gallery of the worst terrible awful tragic fan tattoos ink failures galore!

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104 year old man tattoo

103-year-old Jack Reynolds is a record breaking dare devil!

He's like the new David Blaine! Or the old David Blaine. Or whatever.

Never too old to ink 104 year old man tattoo

To commemorate turning 104, Jack has decided to get a tattoo, and in so doing, will become the oldest person in the history of the world to submit to the needle.

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It will be such a milestone, in fact, that it'll enter him into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The spry humdinger's first choice was to take his granddaughter's hover board for a hover, but when his family begged him not to, the rebel Reynolds opted for ink.

All for a good cause 104 year old man tattoo

Two years ago, Jack tempted fate (and cardiac arrest) by becoming the oldest person to complete the “Ice Bucket Challenge."

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In the meantime however, Jack has a dilemma. He's worried his arms are too scrawny to properly display the design of the tattoo, but noted the design will be even more difficult to see if it's on his ass.

The solution is obviously to beef up his arms through dumb bell work-outs.

Asked if he's nervous about getting the tattoo done, he replies, “I'm a big strong lad - and I've have plenty of needles in me in my time, in various places."

Young at heart 104 year old man tattoo

Jack's daughter Jayne, who says Guinness World Records have confirmed it would be a new record, describes her dad as very young at heart—and says he spends a good chunk of his time on Facebook.

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She told the Ilkeston Advertiser, “Dad wanted to do something to raise money for charity again and I suggested he have a tattoo which he agreed to. We all think it's great."

He's already raised over $2,200 for the Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare—a U.K. based charity that provides care to people with any life limiting illness, helping them live for every day.

“I really love using my age to help me with my fundraising and I'd love for people to help me support Ashgate Hospicecare – it's a great charity and very close to my heart," Jack explains.

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“I think the tattoo should be his date of birth, or his nickname – Jacko – on his back," Jayne suggests. “My dad's absolutely amazing and everyone loves him."

Secret to a long life 104 year old man tattoo

When asked for the secret to a long and happy life, Jack says, “Work hard, always smile, get plenty of fresh air and last but not least have a tot of Grouse whisky in your tea in the morning and a tot before bed."

We'll drink to that Jack!

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In the annals of rich white guys with grotesque back tattoos, Adam Levine and Ben Affleck are still ducking it out for first place.

Ben's tattoo is the older one, but it's back in the news this week, with both Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner admitting that they hate it.

Way to go, Jens! Ho's before Bro's, right ladies?

But as we share their dismay over Affleck's hideous full-color phoenix, let us not forget Adam Levine's new back mural.

Levine proudly unveiled his back on social media recently, noting that his tattoo has taken six months to complete.

Adam congratulates his back with a happy Woooo Hoooo!!!! But his followers are more critical, noting every flaw in symmetry and proportion.

While Ben is too characteristically secretive and grumpy to show off his back on social media, the Jens have both deemed it too colorful and just plain awful. That's good enough for me. But check it out. It doesn't help that he looks like an escaped mental patient here.

What drives a nice-looking actor or pop singer to deface his back in this manner?

Does he feel like a renegade? Does he wish to externalize his psychic pain? Does he like to pretend he's a pirate or Hell's Angel? Does he hate his mommy?

Should we just blame David Beckham?

Forgetting the psychological subtext, whose tattoo is the more tragic and unforgivable?

Weigh in below, Popdust critics!