In case you missed it: Aaron Carter has a brand-new face tattoo and the Internet has some thoughts on it…and so does the tattoo artist.
But let’s back up just a bit. On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, the “Fool’s Gold” singer took to Instagram to share multiple mirror selfies showing off the ink. Resembling Medusa from Greek mythology and including the word “love,” the new tat was reportedly inspired by Rihanna’s infamous 2013 British GQ cover and runs along one side of Carter’s face, including just under his eye.
No matter your feelings on Carter’s recent face tattoo, there’s no denying the thing is massive. But according to the tattoo artist in question, Herchell Carrasco, the singer-songwriter reportedly wanted to go even bigger.
Carrasco revealed to TMZ that the $5,000 tattoo session took place at Carter’s home on Friday, September 27th. He told the gossip site that Carter had only been smoking cigarettes and marijuana that day and appeared mentally stable, saying,
“Before I tattoo anyone, I take into consideration their mental state. In Aaron’s case, I assessed the situation and I genuinely felt he was in a good place mentally to get tattooed.”
The original plan was to add ink to Carter’s chest, but Carrasco explained that Carter called an audible and wanted his face done instead, and he eventually had to cut the pop star off. Carrasco claimed,
“[Carter] wanted to keep going and I had to stop him. I couldn’t cover his whole face in a tattoo. I just couldn’t.”
Fans of the former child star quickly took to the comments section to make their thoughts — and concerns — heard on the singer’s new ink.
One fan simply wrote,
“WTF happened to your face”
While another fan posted in the comments section,
“You’ll regret it later Aaron … I’m sorry. I supported everything. But this is [too] much 😩.”
In response, Carter wrote,
“My identity. Not yours.”
Fair enough. Luckily for the former hitmaker, the response wasn’t entirely negative, as one supporter commented:
“It really Looks good On you! Your much braver then me I’d be terrified lol.”
It should be noted that Carter has since set his Instagram account to private. However, he doesn’t seem to have any regrets about his latest ink. He later tweeted amid the social media frenzy surrounding his face tattoo,
“I understand people [have] a right to their opinions, but they really need to keep them to themselves. I’ve truly learned to love myself again. […] That’s why this is all happening. I’m not afraid of who I am.”
In other Aaron Carter news, it appears that the once adorable brotherly team of Nick and Aaron Carter are on the outs. While the Carter family unfortunately isn’t immune to its fair share of showbiz drama, it’s worth noting that the younger Carter bro’s face tattoo debuted amid a recent resurgence in his nasty — albeit ongoing — feud with brother Nick Carter.
In mid-September 2019, the Backstreet Boy older brother of Aaron took to Twitter to reveal:
“After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today. In light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confession that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family. We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.”
In response, Aaron unleashed a series of tweets in which he shared shocking claims about the sexual assault allegations multiple women previously made against Nick, and included the message:
“Take care. @nickcarter we’re done for life.”
Nick reportedly escalated his security measures in response to Aaron’s behavior. Despite all of this, Aaron Carter has claimed to be, quote, “doing just fine.” Around the time of his face tattoo reveal, the younger Carter tweeted out,
“I ask you to respect me & leave me alone. I already have to move and I don’t need to be under scrutiny with every decision I make. I will take the necessary precautions to protect myself, and when I move no one will know where I live! #MissingMyMom right now.”
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