The Aaron Carter Face Tattoo: All You Need to Know


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We don’t keep track of celebrity news that often; we prefer to focus on all things ink. But sometimes, the celebrity world and tattoo world collide. Just ask Aaron Carter!

For a hot minute, it seemed like all anyone could talk about was the Aaron Carter face tattoo. And that left the rest of us wondering what all of this was about.

That’s why we put together this handy guide. If you’re wondering who Carter is, why this is important, and what’s happening next, we’ve got you covered!

Who Is This Guy?


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In his early life, Aaron Carter lived in the shadow of his brother. That’s because his brother is Nick Carter, one of the members of The Backstreet Boys who later branched into solo albums and occasional acting gigs.

Aaron Carter tried to follow in his footsteps with mixed results. Aaron has had his own music and acting career, and his early albums (dating back to the late 1990s) were quite popular.

Subsequent years have been less kind. He has filed for bankruptcy, clashed with law enforcement, and entered into drug rehabilitation. It looked like things might be improving…until the face tattoo.

What Is This Tattoo?

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Let’s not mince words: this is an ugly tattoo. After you get done gawking at it, your first question is likely “what the hell am I looking at?”

As near as we can tell, the tattoo is of musical icon Rihanna. And not just any Rihanna image: the Aaron Carter face tattoo seems to be based on her British GQ cover photo that was shot by art legend Damian Hirst.

Carter later claimed it was inspired by Rihanna but not necessarily a likeness of her. Which is good because, as tattoo likenesses go, this isn’t great.

What’s the Big Deal?

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You might be thinking “a celebrity got an ugly tattoo. What’s the big deal?” The answer lies with some of Aaron’s other drama.

At the time of the tattoo, he was actually in the middle of a serious legal drama with his brother, Nick Carter, and his sister, Angel Carter. This goes beyond the standard “rap beef” because he has allegedly threatened to kill both his siblings and their families.

They now have a restraining order against him and he will be appearing in court as a result. In the middle of all of this, he suddenly gets an insane face tattoo of another musician.

There are other wrinkles to this drama. According to his tattoo artist, Aaron originally wanted the tattoo in the middle of his face. And the celebrity actually got multiple face tattoos before the artist called it quits because he couldn’t live with covering Aaron’s entire face in ink.

Taken altogether, this is a really bad look for Aaron Carter. And we’re not just talking about the tat.

The Aaron Carter Face Tattoo: What’s Next?

What will happen next with this drama involving siblings, court, and a whole lot of ink? The honest answer is that we’re not quite sure.

Carter has pledged to show up for court to contest the restraining orders against him. Whether this somehow leads to a family reconciliation or more fighting is anyone’s guess.

For further developments in the world of ink (and more of the world’s craziest tattoos), stay tuned to Tattooing 101!

Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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