Tattoos have become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon over the years, among public figures and regular people alike.
Some have done it for style purposes, to commemorate important events and celebrate loved ones, but some celebs have shunned getting tattooed completely.
Here are 9 stars who have refused to get inked, and their reasons against it:
Despite his ‘gangsta’ public image and lifestyle, American rapper T.I. does not have a single tattoo on his body.
The 41-year-old rapper has previously said that he is unwilling to get tattoos because it is such a heavy commitment for him.
“I haven’t found anything that I was willing to commit to for life on my body and also I am dearly afraid of needles,” said T.I. in an interview with iHeartRadio.
Not only does American reality TV star and socialite Kimberly Kardarshian not sport any ink, she also has a famous quote under her belt for anyone like her who refuses to get tattooed.
When asked by TV host Wendy Williams about her reluctance to ink in 2009, she replied: “Honey, would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?”
Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to get tattooed for the sole purpose of donating blood.
In a 2012 interview with the Italian news website Diretta, Ronaldo said: “I don’t have tattoos so that I can donate blood more often.”
People with tattoos can still donate blood, but the Red Cross requires that they only do it after at least four months of getting a tattoo.
American rapper Ice-T’s refusal to get tattoos is his form of ‘gangsta’, at least going by a tweet he sent out in 2015:
“Ice Fact: I have zero tattoos. Have never smoked weed or cigarettes. And don’t drink alcohol…. Now THAT’S Gangsta,” wrote Ice-T.
Rap newbie Lil Baby says he does not want to get tattoos because he does not want to be seen like ‘a thug’.
The 27-year-old told iHeartradio in 2020: “When I was younger I just decided I don’t want no tattoos, I know it might have something to do when I get older with my money and I don’t want to be like a thug.”
“Even though I was a thug, I don’t want people to look at me like I’m a thug. People with tattoos, to me you look like a thug.”
He, however, said that if he eventually ever gets one, it will have to be “real sentimental” to him.