”Someone said to me once, ‘When you see fans with Gaga tattoos, does it make you worry they’ll regret it one day?’” pop star Lady Gaga reminisced in this video while on-stage at one of her Spring 2011 shows. “And I said ‘No, I’m gonna bust my [expletive] the rest of my life to make sure you never regret it.”
Waldo, an avid Gaga fan and the subject of her conversation in the video, was ecstatic ”Right after the show when I went to see her, she actually signed my arm, which I got tattooed,” the young fan stated, showing off the fresh addition to his “Little Monster” adornment.
Tattoos immortalizing fandoms have been prevalent in pop culture for quite a few decades, but the Gaga fan community in particular is a current example of a fan’s object of affection directly encouraging ink (among a long list of examples, Exhibit B: the artist kissing a fan’s tattoo HERE and Exhibit C: fan Stephanie getting national recognition for her Gaga ink and fandom HERE). Heck, Gaga herself has a “Little Monsters” tattoo dedicated to her loyal fan community. However, there are some pop culture figures who wish those who idolized them maybe did not take their love to this extreme.
Very recently, a story made international headlines about a fan of pop/hip-hop singer Drake who had his name tattooed on her forehead. While Drake said via this article the gesture was “incredible”, he also stated that he’d want to meet the young lady so he could “understand what happened” and was none too happy with the artist who did the ink. “You should lose your job and should never do tattoos again!” Though the inker and rapper have made up (article), it did cause a great amount of controversy.
Fan tattoos for singers are not the only ones that exist and meet with shaky acceptance. There are also some questionable sports fan tattoos (AHEM, article here, with photos) and in a video from me, Fan-Culture‘s site runner Amanda, a Syfy “Ghost Hunters” fan shows the hosts/TAPS co-founders Jay and Grant her TAPS-centric tat, to which the guys react to around the 7 minute mark in this video (even though they did sign the tat for her).
From an exclusive interview with Josh Gates of another Syfy series “Destination Truth” (video here), the reality TV star and world explorer took on the subject of fan tattoos and if anyone had or planned on getting “DT” tattoos:
I think you should only tattoo something on yourself that is extremely meaningful to you in a personal way. That’s the thing about a tattoo is that it’s something you have to live with, it’s permanent, it’s part of you. If “Destination Truth” is that intrinsically meaningful to somebody, sure! … I think there’s a lot of things you can put on yourself that will speak to you, and putting a logo on you is a big decision.
A few months later though, Gates’ tune changed. Via an email to me, he says he’d want to talk anyone completely out of getting the show’s logo tattooed:
Seriously … I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get inked if that’s something that you’re really into – I just think it shouldn’t be a TV show (even if it is a great TV show)! That’s my two cents!
What is your take on it, readers? Do you think if a fan feels strongly enough about their fandom that they should get a tattoo commemorating that time period of their life, or do you think it’s a bad idea in the long run? Weigh in within the comments