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Earlier this week, Carter sent the internet into a tizzy with a massive, new face tattoo that appeared to be inspired by Rihanna's 2013 British GQ cover.
Shot by Damien Hirst, the original image sees Rih channeling the mythical Medusa, complete with a crown of writhing snakes and a large python-looking boy wrapped around her shoulders.
Needless to say, Carter's post kicked off a flurry of fan speculation, not to mention, the seal of approval from British GQ itself.
Aaron Carter debuts face tattoo which is seemingly inspired by Rihanna's 2013 British GQ cover. pic.twitter.com/2j2TQfzuez— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 29, 2019
Aaron Carter sold his guns so he could pay for a Rihanna tat on his face. Pretty cool, right? 😬 pic.twitter.com/2Y8dHXJcSI— Dave Ryan (@daveryankdwb) September 30, 2019
no one is talking about how aaron carter got THREE face tattoos overnight on instagram live today including a poorly executed rihanna portrait tattoo— 𝖆𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖉𝖆 (@l0botomy) September 28, 2019
I had to go look this up myself when I heard Aaron Carter got Rihanna tattooed ON HIS FACE.— Tiffeny Luvs MJ & 3T (@MJsLoveSlave) September 30, 2019
If I were her, I'd make him to go laser it off...NOW.
But that's not even the wildest part. Apparently, his tattoo artist, Herchell Carrasco, told British GQ that Carter "originally wanted the tattoo to be placed in the centre of his face" — though "Carrasco managed to convince him that a placement by the hairline would be a slightly more subtle approach."
That said, to quash any doubts, Carter eventually responded to people hating on the tattoo by tweeting that while it was "inspired" by Rih, it was "not meant to look like her." So at least that's settled. See his response for yourself, below.
It was inspired by Rhianna not meant to look like her. Relax. Lol https://t.co/90KyI8BLnV— Aaroncarter (@aaroncarter) October 2, 2019
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