Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s marriage is officially over. Well, it’s not over over. They still need to work out who will get custody of their kids, how their properties will be divided, and, of course, where all of their money is going to end up. But recently, Cannon solidified the fact that they’re never, ever, ever getting back together by covering up the large “Mariah” tattoo that graced his back.
Other celebrities have done the same thing in the past, too. Like Cannon, some have done it after a bad breakup. But others have also done it simply to conceal of tatts that just didn’t look good anymore. Here are 9 celebs who have covered up embarrassing tattoos.
The Celebrity: Game
The Tattoo He Had: A butterfly on his face
Why He Covered It Up: Game got the butterfly to signify the “new life” that he had started once leaving G-Unit. But after everyone made fun of him, he decided to cover it up with a large Dodgers logo because he felt he was “the face of L.A.” at the time. But that didn’t last long, either, and before long, Game had a big red star over both of those tattoos. So the right side of his face has been under the needle a lot in the last decade.
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The Celebrity: Eve
The Tattoo She Had: The words “Sleazy’s Girl,” a reference to her ex-boyfriend Stevie J, on her arm
Why She Covered It Up: Eve and Stevie J didn’t last. So after they broke up, she covered up his nickname with a large flower. But she has mentioned that she doesn’t regret getting the original tattoo because it gives her new tattoo a good back story.
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The Celebrity: Nas
The Tattoo He Had: A topless shot of his ex-wife Kelis on his arm
Why He Covered It Up: One of the first things that Nas did when his marriage to Kelis ended was cover up the tattoo that he had of her. Without a plan in place, he blacked out her face. Eventually, he put a lion’s head over top of her, but it’s clear that he wanted that thing gone as quickly as possible.
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The Celebrity: Halle Berry
The Tattoo She Had: Her ex-husband David Justice’s name on her butt
Why She Covered It Up: The actress infamously made David Letterman blush by showing him her tattoo during a show back in the mid-1990s. But after she broke up with Justice, one of the first things that she did was cover up her tattoo.
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The Celebrity: Yung LA
The Tattoo He Had: A duck on his face
Why He Covered It Up: The Atlanta-based rapper got the duck tattoo because he thought that he was going to sign a deal with a record label called Duct Tape Ent. But after the label shut down the rumors about him signing with them, he had a large “LA” (just like Game’s tattoo!) put on his face to cover the duck.
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The Celebrity: Angelina Jolie
The Tattoo She Had: Her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s name on her arm
Why She Covered It Up: Jolie and Thornton broke up…but his name remained on her arm. That is, until she decided to cover it up with a tattoo that pays homage to the coordinates of where each of her children were born.
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The Celebrity: Kenyon Martin
The Tattoo He Had: Trina’s lips on his neck
Why He Covered It Up: K-Mart had arguably the most famous tattoo in the entire NBA for a long time. But after he broke up with Trina, he quickly covered up her lips with a crown and kept it moving.
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The Celebrity: Iggy Azalea
The Tattoo She Had: The words “Long, Live, A$VP” on her fingers for her ex-boyfriend A$AP Rocky
Why She Covered It Up: Iggy and A$AP broke up a couple years ago. And she altered the tattoo that she got for him in the simplest way possible: She put a big X through his name.
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The Celebrity: Lil Wayne
The Tattoo He Had: A teardrop underneath one of his eyes
Why He Covered It Up: At one point, Wayne actually had three teardrops on his face. But his mom came to him and asked him to get rid of one, so he did. Not that you even noticed because, well, it’s Lil Wayne and he’s covered up more tattoos with new tattoos than probably anyone on the planet.
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