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December 12, 2011  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

The Now-Infamous Drake Forehead Tattoo

Every famous entertainer in the industry has their own set of fans. Whether they attend every event or buy every album, there are a good amount of them that are pretty loyal. But I’m sure everyone will agree no one is as loyal as the LA woman that tattooed Drake’s name on her forehead! After the release of Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, the fan went to an LA tattoo shop to show her dedication to the rapper. I guess she took Drake’s line, ‘Tat my name on you so I know it’s real’ a little too serious. Once news spread that the woman had Drake’s name tattooed on her forehead, everyone started wondering who was the idiot artist that actually did it. But once Vice Online sat down with tattoo artist, Kevin Campbell, they realized that the fan may have been more of an idiot than the artist. Check out some of the interview down below:

How did you react when she told you what she wanted done?

The funny thing is, I didn’t know who Drake was, I figured it was her hood or some shit, not some goofnugget R&B dude.

Did she talk about what it meant to her? Had she been planning for it for a long time or was she kind of just like, “put it on my forehead” and that’s it?

Yeah, she was really psyched about it. She had the shitty font all picked out on her iPhone ready to go and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead. She didn’t say a word about what it meant to her, some of the guys at the shop asked her, and she just kinda giggled at them. When I printed up the first image of the lettering, she wanted me to go bigger, so that it went pretty much from each side of her hairline to the other. I thought she shaved her eyebrows for the procedure, so when I put the stencil on the first time, it was right over her (missing) eyebrows, but she had me enlarge it a bit and push it up towards the hairline. But yeah, she acted as if she had planned it out for a while; though I’m not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead.

Wow. Do you feel sort of bad about it after the fact?

My whole deal with people wanting completely outrageous and potentially life ruining tattoos is this: I’ll ask them 3 times if they really think that it’s a good idea, I tell them what the potential consequences of getting a tattoo on their face might be, and after that, the bad decision is on them. I believe that people get the tattoos that they deserve. The shop where I worked prior to Will Rise was in the center of the Harbor City Crip neighborhood, so I’m not really a stranger to tattooing gang shit on faces, which is what I originally thought that this was. I guess I feel bad that this dumbass got the name of the softest motherfucker in hip-hop tattooed on her forehead. But what makes that any less valid of a tattoo to her? I lost a little sleep over it that first night, wondering if I wanted to be known as the asshole who tattooed “Drake” on some crackhead’s forehead. None of the face tattoos I had done prior to this got any publicity, so I was a little surprised that this one took off like it did. I’m still kinda debating whether or not I should send you guys the whole set of pictures, I don’t really want to paint the shop in a bad light but it is what it is. In the end, she paid me to do this to her, which really means she did this to herself…

I wonder what was going through her mind when she decided to do it.

Man, I wish I could get you in touch with her, I’m sure the story’s pretty intense. Sadly she didn’t leave a number on her consent form, just her name. But she is supposed to be coming back to finish the tattoo once it heals (she only had enough money for the outline) and I could probably talk to her then. She was on a pretty good one when she came in, and I think by the time I finished, she was coming down, because her attitude changed pretty drastically once the tattoo was finished.

 

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