American rapper, singer, and songwriter Lil Uzi Vert, born Symere Bysil Woods has implanted a $24 million dollar diamond on his forehead.
Lil Uzi Vert, known for his facial tattoos with likes of Lil Wayne, Post Malon, Lil Xan, and Wiz Khalifa amongst others.
In a bid to find out where the trend originated and why it has it overrun the Rap Entertainment Industry. So I looked up early tattoos online and got interesting facts.
The history of facial tattoos started as far back as the Roman era. Criminals and slaves had brands or tattoos on their faces for committing criminal offences or trying to run away.
The Ainu people of Northern Japan believed that tattooing a smile across the mouths of their women would keep evil spirits from processing them.
through their mouths. Facial tattoos also served to show the women had entered into maturity.
Take the time forward almost a thousand years later and the story is somewhat different.
Tattoos are worn as a way to show toughness, with gang members sporting them nearly covering their whole body.
A more bizarre reason I found online is, that tattoos are worn as a means to encourage the wearers to hustle hard to make it knowing no one will give them a normal job, what figures?
Facial tattoos began trending in the music industry around 2010 when rappers like Lil Wayne and Birdman made this a fast trending practice in the hip-hop/rap world.
Diamond or Death
Adding a $24 million dollars gem to his facial collection, will Lil Uzi Vert be sparking off a new trend?
At one point the rapper had said “If I don’t get it took out the right way, I could die …..” begging the question is it worth $24 million dollars to kill one’s self?