Following Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic tirades, some ardent followers who went to great lengths to tattoo the Chicago-native rapper’s likeness on their bodies are now experiencing severe tattooers’ regret.
Ashley Smith, a 20-year-old musician from Cardiff, Wales, told The Post, “When I actually saw that he was making these comments about Jewish people, it was just gut-wrenching — this guy was supposed to be like one of my heroes, someone that I aspire to be like in making music and recording music.”
Cringed-out fans are looking to remove the all-too-obvious links to their former idol after witnessing Kanye’s downfall — the artist has been fired from significant business deals and collaborations with brands like Adidas and Vogue.
In June, Smith had the tattoo “Which / One,” which is taken from the cover art for his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.” The young guitarist at the time found inspiration in the West. Smith initially made fun of the need for “f-king laser removal” on TikTok, but ultimately chose to have it covered up with a simple bar of ink.
“Earlier today, I actually scheduled a tattoo consultation to cover it up,” he explained. “I couldn’t care less about the design; all I want is to get it off my body.”
Smith is far from alone in having regrets about their less-than-ideal tattoos.
“You know, I gotta say, I’m really starting to regret this tattoo [from] when I was 18,” TikToker @jerry182269 wrote, displaying his colourful Kanye West “808s & Heartbreak”-inspired bicep art.
“That aged horribly. I don’t agree with his current mindset or anything he says. He is an openly racist and disgusting man. “He’s anti-Semitic,” said another TikToker user, @virgobarbie666, who admitted to having several tattoos of West.
She, like Smith, was inspired by “old Kanye,” but she believes the artist has “lost a true fan” as a result of his recent behaviour.
“He’s disappointing so many people.” There were so many people who looked up to him. “He’s betraying everyone who ever truly supported him back then,” she added.