Their broken engagement was as painfully documented as it was committed to her skin, but Kat Von D is finally ridding herself off her ill-advised tattoo of Jesse James’ face.
And there must be something genuinely cathartic about watching the West Coast Choppers’ boss, who she says cheated on her with 19 women, being zapped by a laser… if only on her arm.
She had vowed to keep the inking despite ending her engagement to Sandra Bullock’s former husband, insisting that it still meant something to her.
But thankfully Kat tweeted on Friday: ‘AND SO IT BEGINS! First round of tattoo removal well underway! :)’
Since splitting from Jesse, 43, in 2011 after discovering he was cheating on her just like he did to Bullock, 48, Kat has since dated and split from DJ Deadmau5.
Kat wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Man, I sure was wrong.
‘But at least he made it a no-brainer to break that off. #lessonlearned. / Now, we can get all of the ‘I told you so’s’ outta the way … And move on.
She added: ‘Clarification: Deadmau5 and I are no longer together.’
Von D was so sure that she would be keeping the tattoo for eternity that she allowed herself to be filmed for her now cancelled show L.A. Ink, while having it done.
‘Years down the road when we’re all old and wrinkly we’ll be able to look at that tattoo and remember that time I surprised him,’ she gleefully told the camera.
Tellingly, in what is surely a foreshadowing of the days to come, James seemed taken aback by the gesture initially and utters ‘you’re crazy’ when his fiancee reveals the sketch on her left side.
The Austin-dwelling biker, who regained sole custody of his seven-year-old daughter Sunny by former girlfriend Janine Lindemulder last year, was seen awkwardly holding his Kat’s hand while her staff member Nikko Hurtado recreated the picture of him as a fifth grade child.
The father-of-three even took exception to the inclusion of a rainbow motif that featured on his childhood shirt, saying: ‘You could’ve left off the rainbow.’
He also squirmed as Von D and her team looked eagerly at him for a response and said: ‘I feel like I’m in court.’
Von D told him she had to include the rainbow as James emailed the picture to her with the title: ‘Rainbow dork,’ but he repeatedly called her ‘crazy.’
Kat admitted at the time: ‘He had a rough childhood, so to see what he’s become from there, it’s amazing. That’s why I wanted the picture of him as a child, to capture that certain innocence.’
To mark his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season, Mario Balotelli celebrated in a way only he could – by having the words of Genghis Khan inscribed on his torso.
The Manchester City striker, who has been desperately out of sorts for his club this season, will hope the new tattoo helps him rediscover his form.
‘I am the punishment of God,’ reads the artwork. ‘If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.’
The Italian ace recently added to his collection of inkings with a tattoo of a quote from the bloodthirsty Asian military leader.
Placed on the left side of Mario’s chest, the artwork reads: “I am the punishment of God.
“If you had not committed great sins/ God would not have sent/ A punishment like me upon you.
Mario seemed relaxed and happy as he received the tatt – thought to have been done last Saturday – posing for pictures and giving the thumbs-up.
Before his death in around 1227, Ghengis Khan’s Mongol Empire empire stretched from China in the east to parts of what is now Russia in the west.
As the quotation suggests, his conquests were accompanied by the large-scale massacre of civilians in countries his forces defeated.
Tattoos. Body art, a symbol of individuality and one’s belief in personal freedoms or a waste of perfectly good skin and an invitation for a total stranger to make a permanent spelling mistake on your body?
Mario Balotelli’s in the former camp, obviously, and has reportedly celebrated ending his Premier League goal drought on Wednesday by adding to his collection.
And, Mario being Mario, it’s not of the common or garden variety.
Instead, the Manchester City and Italy striker has had a – correctly spelled – quote etched into the left side of his chest that, presumably, is meant to be an intimidating message to the men trying to mark him.
The words read:
“I am the punishment of God.
If you had not committed great sins
God would not have sent
A punishment like me upon you.”
Chilling, we’re sure you’ll agree, though we’re not sure how centre-halves are meant to read it when it’s hidden under his City shirt.
The quote is not, as you may assume, from out-takes of Samuel L Jackson’s classic “The path of the righteous man…” monologue in Pulp Fiction.
No, the Daily Mail reports it came from Genghis Khan, the Mongol warlord who conquered China in the 13th century.
Pearl Harbor actress Jaime King has said her tattoos are souvenirs from her years of “teenage angst” and hates having to spend hours in makeup covering them up for film roles.
Jaime King regrets her tattoos only in the middle of the night. “There have been times where I had to get up at 3 o’clock in the morning because I had to be on set two hours extra so they could cover them,” she explains with a laugh.
“But that’s the only downside.” King—she of the “silky blond hair, the shining blue eyes, the perfectly imperfect teeth—has packed a whole lotta life into her 29 years.
Born in Omaha, NE, she started modeling at 14, got her first tattoo at 15, and, over the next several years, walked runways around the globe, graced countless magazine covers, became addicted to heroin, kicked the habit, and dated her share of bad boys (most notably Kid Rock).
She’s appeared in nearly 20 movies, including two with comic book legend Frank Miller: Sin City, in which she played twins Wendy and Goldie, and The Spirit, in which she appeared as Lorelei Rox.
If that weren’t enough to earn her a spot in the INKED Hall of Fame, the selfdescribed “comic book geek” appears next in the 3-D remake of the slasher flick My Bloody Valentine and in the Star Wars-themed comedy Fanboys (directed by her husband, Kyle Newman).
She’s calm and funny as she lounges in her Los Angeles home with her two Shiba Inu dogs, Peter and Wendy (named after the Peter Pan characters), and tells INKED about her career and her next tattoo.
I got my first one when I was really young—15. I got a fairy on the middle of my lower back. My girlfriend and I went and got them on St. Mark’s Place in New York. I’ve always loved tattoos.
I’ve always thought it was another great way for people to demonstrate their artistry. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved art.
So I thought, What’s the big deal? It’s just art on your skin. I told my dad that it was a fake tattoo when he saw it. He believed me at first. I leaned over and he saw it. I told him it was a stick-on tattoo because I was so afraid I was going to get into really big trouble.
When did he find out the truth?
About a month later. He saw it again and I was like, I’m not going to get away with this story again. He was pretty mad, but he got over it. Then I got another fairy on my back next to the other fairy, and that was a bigger piece.
That one I had done in Nebraska in Omaha, where I’m from. I’ve always been attracted to angels and fairies—anything mystical and magical. I love the idea that there are other things out there, other than what we see. Like something greater out there.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis sports a portrait of Chief Joseph on his left arm.
What the pro says: “It looks like the singer from Queensryche.” — Greg, Everlasting Tattoo.
The majority of Anthony’s tattoos are in black ink although the two inner arm ones are coloured; his tattoos are symmetrical in layout with balanced, but not completely identical, designs on either arm.
Many of the designs reflect aspects of his life most noticeably his North American heritage (on his maternal side).
Several of his tattoos were drawn by, Henky Penky (real name Henk Schiffmacher), a tattooist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, who is famous for his work on rock n’ roll icons.
There are various online interpretations as to the origin of the design. The most common views are that it is of an Inca/Aztec falcon but some people claim it is a Haida thunder bird.
Hank Schiffmacher began work on the tattoo in February 1988 while the Peppers where in Amsterdam on tour; it was completed over a course of 18 months when Anthony happened to be in the city.
Kiedis is a fan of tribal styled tattoos that emphasize on Borneon designs. His forearms consist of tribal tattoos too but it incorporate some Celtic linework and patterns.
He has the faces of two famous native American tribal leaders Sitting Bull and Chief Joseph from the 19th century on his upper arms.
This may relate to his appreciation to people who fight with courage against oppressing odds and inspire those around them as Kiedis often battled with drug addiction.
Chief Joseph takes up residency on the arm of the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis. Most of the ink Kiedis sports was largely inspired by his Native American background from tribal designs to a large back piece.
After some down time, Red Hot Chili Peppers returned in 2011 with their latest release ‘I’m With You,’ and the band is headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April as part of the 2012 induction class, celebrating their contributions to the genre over the last 3 decades.
Many people get tattoos to imprint on themselves the memories , events and significant people that make an impact on their lives. Red hot chilli peppers front, Anthony Kiedis wears artistic tattoos on his back, arms.
Reality star Audrina Patridge was recently spotted with new ink, including Asian ideograms on her arm and this tattoo on her neck.
What the pro says: “It’s a strawberry heart with a silly puddy snake. Don’t like it.” — Mike, Everlasting Tattoo.
A tattoo today is a style statement. It has become the fashion to get yourself inked to mark a significant event in your life, to pay a tribute to someone or something that is important to you, to reflect traits of your personality that you most identify with or to showcase your beliefs.
Reality star Audrina Patridge’s tattoos join those echelons of expression as even her tattoos are discussed more than her work on blogs across the world.
Many fans are inspired by them and constantly trawl web pages to find a clear enough image of her tattoos so they can get themselves inked the same way.
Audrina gave us a view of the famous tattoo on her neck as she hosted Epic Saturdays at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 24.
When you first look at Audrina’s tattoo, it appears to be a snake wrapping itself around an apple.
A closer look reveals that the apple is actually a hybrid of the fruit and a heart with four chambers. This is a unique design which has garnered interest from both tattoo fans and tattoo artists around the world.
The tattoo employs vibrant colors that pop and the size is large enough to draw attention to it. It leaves a vivid image in your mind and you won’t be forgetting how it looks for awhile.
Perhaps that is why her neck tattoo is more popular than her other tattoos. Her sister has the same one. The positioning of the tattoo is quite smart as she can simply leave her hair down to hide it when it does not complement her outfit.
Like all art, tattoos too are open to interpretation. The same symbols and images will have varied meanings in different parts of the world. Sometimes, an image can have multiple meanings in the very same culture.
The apple and snake seem to be quite obvious references to the Bible’s Adam and Eve story with the apple standing for temptation and the snake a depiction of the serpent in the garden of Eden who lured Eve to take a bite of the apple which caused God to ban Adam and Eve from Paradise.
But the heart which is a part of the apple is a tougher nut to crack.
When talking about her tattoo, Audrina only touched up on the serpent, saying that in many ancient cultures the snake represented both Gods and demons. She did not elaborate further so we’re left to come to our own conclusions.
We think the apple and heart combined indicate desire, maybe for life or things or knowledge or all of these. The serpent – since she specified that it stood for both good and bad – may be symbolic of how we as human beings harbor both good and evil within ourselves.
Our desires and our conscience usually dictate our actions, which is why even seemingly good people make bad choices and why bad people often do surprisingly good things. Audrina’s tatoo seems to be an accurate, honest representation of humanity.
Glamour model Katie Price had a crown with “Princess” for her daughter and “Pete” for now ex-hubby Peter Andre inked on her wrist.
But she recently ducked into a tattoo parlor while shopping in Ibiza and had “Pete” visibly crossed out.
What the pro says: “The whole idea [of visibly crossing someone’s name out] is really terrible.” — Dave, OneShot Tattoo.
We’re all supposed to be looking at her new swimwear range, but she doesn’t make it easy that Katie Price, does she?
Posing in a brightly coloured pink and purple one-piece with gold chain effect print, which managed to make Katie’s surgically enhanced boobs look like a pair of beach balls, she also revealed her new garter tattoo.
With as much enthusiasm as her monotone drone could manage she said she was “really excited!” to show it off and loves it.
The 33 year old said: “I am obsessed with underwear, with stockings and suspenders, and so even when that is all taken off, I’ve still got something quite sexy on.”
The new ink is on her right thigh and currently looks like quite a delicate outline of a lacy suspender garter.
Katie was quick to add that it wasn’t finished, but wouldn’t reveal if she was going to have it coloured in pink (her favourite colour), saying we’d have to wait and see.
She’s known for her barely-there outfits that leave little to the imagination and has often been seen in something racy that includes saucy suspenders.
But being a busy girl, Katie Price clearly decided that her numerous outfit changes were taking up too much time so she decided make things a little easier.
And permanently too, as she posted a photo today of the back of her thigh showing off her brand new garter tattoo.
She first hinted at the tattoo when she launched her new swimwear range a month ago but it was just an outline at that stage.
But today, Katie, 33, took to her Twitter page to flaunt her new completed inking to her followers.
And a woman who is clearly proud of her perky derriere, she got a friend to take a snap of the tattoo on her thigh as she also flashed her pink and orange lacy knickers too.