It’s hard not to notice the newest trend popping up among young up and coming rappers- face tattoos. Despite tattoos becoming more socially acceptable, face tattoos are still incredibly taboo. That hasn’t stopped artists from getting them tough. Face tattoos aren’t anything new in the hip-hop world, but while the older rappers at least had reasons for getting them it seems like these young “SoundCloud” rappers are getting them for the hell of it. And they’re getting some bad ones. So here’s a ranking from your favourite tattoo shop of rapper’s face tattoos from okay to downright awful.
Known For: Popularizing the word “bling” and his tattooed baby picture
Key Facial Tattoos: He’s rumored to have over 200 tattoos, so it’s a little hard to pick an iconic one.
Known For: Popularizing and owning bad face tattoos
Key Facial Tattoos: His “Always Tired” ink under his eye and barbed wire at his hairline.
Known For: Being featured on a lot of singles.
Key Facial Tattoos: A dagger in the middle of his forehead.
Known For: Smoking a ton of weed
Key Facial Tattoos: “Bash” on his hairline in honor of his son, a marijuana leaf, and a few smaller black designs.
Known For: That “Soulja Boy” dance that everyone did in Middle School
Key Facial Tattoos: The Gucci logo on the middle of his head
Known For: Feuding with 50 Cent.
Key Facial Tattoos: A teardrop under his eye and a star with “LA” on his cheek.
Known For: His red dreads and wearing boxy-oversized clothes with Kanye West
Key Facial Tattoos: A number of small space themed ones (including a spaceship, UFO, and alien).
Known For: Founding Cash Money Records, which has produced a ton of rappers and hip-hop artists
Key Facial Tattoos: Birdman’s face and head are covered, and there are too many to count plus most are faded these days.
Known For: Claiming to sleep with a lot of other rapper’s girlfriends
Key Facial Tattoos: An ice cream cone on his cheek…one of the OG bad face tattoos.
Known For: Dating Miley Cyrus’ little sister and getting hospitalized for eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Key Facial Tattoos: “Xanarchy” as in Xanax Anarchy and a recent addition of paint/ink/blood (?) dripping from his eye.
Known For: Being a “SoundCloud rapper” and his bad tattoos.
Key Facial Tattoos: Anne Frank’s face plus a marijuana leaf, which he calls “Xan Frank”.
Known For: His rainbow braids and grill.
Key Facial Tattoos: The giant “69” on his face, not to mention a few other iterations of the number. Oh, and Jigsaw from the Saw franchise on his cheek.