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“Gucci Gucci” rapper Kreayshawn has over 40 tattoos. Many of her tattoos reference cartoons and food – sometimes at the same time, as show by her Mickey Mouse hamburger tattoo. Her left arm is covered in these colorful tattoos. “One arm is all kinda like all youthful tattoos and then maybe when I get older I’ll fill up the other arm with all these other deep meanings,” she says.
The Oakland, CA native, born Natassia Gail Zolot, started getting inked when she was very young. “I got my first tattoo when I was like 15, I got it on my neck and it’s an ice cream cone. After that first one, I got like six other ones in the same year and I never really stopped from there.”
Her tattoos are seemingly random, but commemorate the moment that she had them done. “For me tattoos have kind of formed themselves into like mini therapy sessions,” she says. “Like, you know, you’re having a hard time at a point in your life and you’re like ‘I’m just gonna get a tattoo.'” “My tattoos are stamps. I want to do something that ties them all together, because I get a $120 tattoo at a time. I would be going through a change or something big would happen and I’d get that moment where I’d say, I need a fucking tattoo! Shit is going down, so I need a tattoo! I’m addicted. Last time I counted I had 23 tattoos, so it’s almost like every year of my life has this moment where I get this tattoo. I look at them and can remember how I was feeling at the time. Like, the burger mouse just came from wanting to get a random tattoo. I was at the shop looking at a whole bunch of designs and I got to thinking: What would be the sickest-looking one? And I was like, Fuck it, let’s do it. It’s usually an emotional thing for me, and always super impulse. I have been thinking about more tattoos. I have the money now. There is definitely going to be a tattoo for this new experience—it is going to be large and sick.”
In September 2016, Kreayshawn got a tattoo on her chest of the Anima Sola, which is a Roman Catholic depiction of purgatory. It is a woman being engulfed by flames while her wrists are in chains.
“Baby doll @kreayshawn got her first chest piece like a boss!” wrote artist Soto Gangster on instagram.
Kreayshawn shared this photo in September 2016 of some of the stick and poke tattoos that she has done on her own leg just above the knee. Her simple designs included a planet, tragedy theater mask, the leaf logo from the Nintendo game “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” and a trio of balloons. “LOL Stick and pokes I been doing on myself! Someone get me a tattoo gun 😍🔫💉🤘🏽” she wrote. (more…)
Kreayshawn got this tattoo of a custom car with huge rims on her left forearm from artist Jus Ontask in March 2016. (more…)
Kreayshawn got this tattoo of the Pink Panther holding a spray can in memory of two graffiti artist friends who died around the same time. “@rukus_tattoo did this tattoo on my leg the other day. Got it for my painting bros who passed this month .#RIPAntonioRamos #RipAnemal” she wrote. Tattoo artist Rukus specializes in cartoon tattoos. (more…)
In February 2015 Kreayshawn got this a tattoo on her left calf of a pin-up girl version of Marge Simpson from The Simpsons done by artist Alex Strangler. A curvaceous Marge is wearing her underwear and looking over her shoulder taking a selfie on her phone. (more…)
Kreayshawn attended the Los Angeles Hello Kitty Con celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday in November 2014 and got this tattoo on her calf which is second Hello Kitty tattoo, the first being the sugar skull one on her arm. This version depicts Hello Kitty as a vampire with tiny fangs and bat wings.
Kreayshawn has a tattoo on her left calf of the character Calvin from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip peeing. This image is commonly used as a window decal on cars.
Kreayshawn has a tattoo on her throat of an eight ball from the game of pool, which is a symbol of luck.
Kreayshawn celebrated Mother’s Day in May 2014 by getting a tattoo of her son’s name “Desmond” on the side of her neck. It’s placed above the ice cream cone which was her first tattoo and is one of her favorites. She has another tattoo just behind her ear as well.
Kreayshawn has a diamond-shaped artwork tattoo on the side of her upper left thigh.
Inside her right elbow, Kreayshawn has a hamburger with Mickey Mouse inside. The original illustration is by artist Joshua Agerstrand. She says: “It’s Mickey Mouse in a cheeseburger. I like burgers, I like Disney characters, so why not put ’em together? Would you eat a burger with a rat inside? I wouldn’t, but it looks good.” (more…)
Kreayshawn has teardrops on both of her index fingers which show when she pretends to wipe tears from her eyes.
Kreayshawn got a tattoo on the back of her right hand in May 2012. It is a sexy alien girl at the beach smoking weed. This is one of Kreayshawn’s more elaborate tattoos and possibly the most bizarre. We know that Kreayshawn loves weed, but why a green alien taking her top off? And why a palm tree? There is certainly a story to it though, as Kreayshawn wrote on twitter “The tattoo is full of meaning if you think carefully.”
Kreayshawn has a telephone dialpad tattooed on her right hand, with 3 digits on each finger. WWD reports that she came up with the idea while she was “super high.” She tells them: “I was like, ‘I bet nobody has ever thought of that.’ There can’t be one person in this world who’s thought of that, so that night I went and got it.”
Kreayshawn has two knives on her right forearm. Her mother’s name “Elka” is written below her elbow. Elka Zolot was the guitarist of punk band The Trashwomen. She had Kreayshawn at a young age and raised her as a single mother.
Kreayshawn has a large piece on her left side of a girl and a cat. She says: “I need to complete this big old thing that I’ve got on my side, I’m trying to get it finished because I’ve only got the main outline of it now. It’s a lady holding a cat. I love cats, I just can’t help it!”
On Kreayshawn’s collarbone is a red bow. She tried to do this tattoo herself, but it was a bit of a disaster. She says: “I did the whole outline for the bow on my chest myself, and it was so fucked up because I was tattooing myself in the mirror. But I got it fixed so it looks a little bit normal.”
Kreayshawn has Sailor Moon on the outside of her arm. She says: “Sailor Moon means a lot to me, it represents my childhood.”
On Kreayshawn’s upper arm is a cartoon based on the Disney character Goofy, which is in memory of a deceased friend. She says: “Goofy is for my friend ‘Goofy’ who died. His name was Tommy, and I got the Goofy tattoo for him because he always kept it goofy.”
Kreayshawn has a tattoo on her right forearm of Daisy Duck holding a .22 caliber pistol.
Kreayshawn has a fried chicken drumstick with a bite out of it just above her elbow in her right arm sleeve.
Kreayshawn’s very first tattoo is the ice cream cone on the left side of her neck. She says: “I decided to get my first tattoo while at the tattoo shop when my sister was getting hers. I was like, They are tattooing 15-year-old kids–I’m down! It’s my favorite because it’s so old. It doesn’t look like any of my other tattoos because they are all so bright and vibrant and it’s weathered.” On the opposite side of her neck is a Mickey Mouse glove. She also has writing on the back of her neck, but I can’t decipher what it says.
Kreayshawn gave herself the heart tattoos on her ankle. She told Inked “I would always fuck around with the tattoo gun and give myself tattoos like the hearts around my ankle. I would love to be a tattoo artist someday but I feel like that would have to wait for now.”