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Words by Jiggy Jones

There are a number of ways to express one’s appreciation and love for one’s favorite artists or celebrity. Traditional methods for artists’ support include buying tickets to a concert and purchasing or streaming their music. It has now transitioned to something much more permanent. Tattoos that represent the artists have been a constant theme within hip-hop culture recently. One can recall a fan tattooing the name of OVO’s head honcho, Drake, on her forehead back in 2011. The More Life artist expressed interest in meeting the woman to understand her reasoning behind the tattoo, but denounced the tattoo artist for the actually doing the tattoo.

Singer-songwriter, Jhene Aiko, made news when she shared her new ink of the face of boyfriend, Big Sean, earlier this month. Aiko’s tattoo is an expression of the love and personal connection she shares with the Detroit rapper.

New York rapper, Dave East, posted a picture on Instagram of his face on the arm of a fan, on Wednesday, October 25. East showed much gratitude and was pleased to be the inspiration behind the tattoo. The individual feels very strongly about Dave East and his artistry.



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The faces of Hip-Hop artists are not the only tattoos going viral these days. Our 44th POTUS, Barack Obama, was the latest to get inked on someone’s arm. As you can see, Obama continues to be revered and missed throughout the country.

Tattoo of the night with @ashbash2626 #obama #fucktrump #blackgirlmagic #tattoos #girlswithtattoos

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However one chooses to show gratitude to his/her favorite artist is at his/her discretion. As far as tattoos, the ink is a display of aesthetic eye candy that many can enjoy; unless you have it draped across your forehead.