BALTIMORE, MD –
Rapper Lil’ Baby addressed why he doesn’t have any tattoos. Apparently, he knew he would be working with businessmen in the future. He didn’t want them to categorize him as a “dope boy”.
“I never saw me being a rapper. A big-dog dope boy, that’s it,” Baby explained to XXL. “Not even just a dope boy. That’s why I ain’t got no tattoos, because I always knew I was going to run my money up, and I was going to have to go sit in front of some people to do something with my money. And I didn’t want them to look at me like a dope boy. I had to keep my appearance straight.”
“I literally said, ‘When I sit down in front of these white folks, I don’t want to have no tattoos.’ In a way, it’s still that today,” Baby said. “Because when I’m sitting in these meetings, I don’t have tattoos on my face. I know they’d have to think something if I’ve got tattoos on my face.”
Ink’d up and employed.
It’s one of my favorite shirts that I lost, somehow.
I used to wear a shirt that said “Tatted and Employed”. I wore it with pride because I have a mere 9 tattoos and 3 brands. Often times I would find myself in heated debates and conversations about tattoos. A lot of people in the generation ahead of me think that it has prevented from many opportunities in life but I disagree.
While judgement is inevitable I think that tattoos aren’t as big as an issue as we make it. My hieroglyphics tell my story and I enjoy seeing people look at them. Even if I didn’t have tattoos, I would be judged for something else. You’re judged for something else. We’re all judged for a lifestyle decision that we made because its something that we enjoy.
It happens. But, I don’t think that it can keep you out of certain rooms with certain people. This is his law and I can’t change his mind; nor do I want to. I just want to be careful with the rhetoric that people with tattoos and piercings won’t be afforded the same opportunities as our naked-skin friends.
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