• October 1, 2020

You Agree?: Lil’ Baby Doesn’t Have Tattoos To Avoid the “Dope Boy” Image

 You Agree?: Lil’ Baby  Doesn’t Have Tattoos To Avoid the “Dope Boy” Image


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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