No one’s really in the right here. It’s a shame the internet has to subscribe to such stupidity. But at least it gives me something interesting to write about. It took me awhile to understand this beef. Actually no… It’s still taking me awhile. So the blogospheres are buzzing that Drake has another beef. When the hype should be around Take Care, the recently released studio-album from the hip-hop artist, the “Headlines” rapper has only found headlines exchanging shots with legendary lyricist Common over his recently-released album. Now he’s got Common firing off on a remix of a Rick Ross song he was originally on like it’s the whole thing with Ice Cube all over again. That’s one beef. Here’s the other.

Last week an image of a young woman in Los Angeles surfaced across the internets. The image showed the woman with shaved eyebrows and the word “DRAKE” tattooed in all caps across her forehead. The worst tattoo of all time, you say? Far from it, but it’s still got people buzzing not so much about the crazy woman but the artist that actually agreed to pull a stunt like that. Drake addressed the issue stating that he wants to meet the woman and talk to her. “I want to meet her and understand what happened,” said a flabbergasted Drake. “That’s cool, though. I feel you a 100 percent. That, to me, is like absolutely incredible.” I’m guessing he’ll probably bring her up on stage and sing “Find Your Love.” But his attitude toward the artist is completely different. (insert autotune here) Like Drizzy-stuffin-a-napkin-in-his-shirt-cause-he’s-moooobbiiiiin-liiiiiiiike-thaaaaaat. Sending shots out to the artist, Kevin Campbell, that he’s got a prooooobleeeeeem liiiiiike thaaaaaaat and that he’s gonna make someone around catch a bodyyyyyyy liiiiiike thaaaaaaaaaaat. (stop autotune.)

That’s the only time you’ll ever see me rock the autotune. Ever. Enjoy it while it lasted. Here’s what Drake actually said, ““The guy who tatted is a (expletive) –shole though, I will tell you that. I don’t (expletive) with that guy.(expletive) you to that tat artist by the way. And you should lose your job and should never do tattoos again and I don’t(expletive) with you. And if I ever see you, I’ma (expletive) you up.””


In response the tattoo artist defended his decision, albeit with some regret toward his actions. She was really psyched about it. She had the (expletive) font all picked out on her iPhone ready to go and was pretty adamant about putting it on her forehead. She didn’t say a word about what it meant to her,” Campbell recalled. “…She acted as if she had planned it out for a while; though I’m not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead.” But in the end it was still his needle doing the handiwork. Unsatisfied with the lack of an apology, Drake kept true to his word and visited Campbell’s tattoo shop. Drake stayed in the car while his main big security dude that rappers with established careers need came through and “sorted out” everything. Afterwhich Kevin Campbell told Vice, “I guess I feel bad that this dumbass got the name of the softest (expletive) in hip-hop tattooed on her forehead. But what makes that any less valid of a tattoo to her? I lost a little sleep over it that first night, wondering if I wanted to be known as the (expletive) who tattooed “DRAKE” on some crackhead’s forehead. None of the face tattoos I had done prior to this got any publicity, so I was a little surprised that this one took off like it did. I’m still kinda debating whether or not I should send you guys the whole set of pictures, I don’t really want to paint the shop in a bad light, but it is what it is. In the end, she paid me to do this to her, which really means she did this to herself.”

She did do this to herself. And Drake isn’t entirely in the right for applauding the woman’s madness, but this is a tattoo blog and while any publicity is good publicity in many cases, this can’t possibly help Mr. Campbell’s artistic reputation. Tattoo artists want to be remembered for awesomeness, works of art that shine on the skin and wave with pride before the world. Mr. Campbell had an opportunity to sit the girl down and talk in depth about alternatives or ways to make the tattoo a little more presentable at least. Yes it’s one thing when someone sits down with the artist and presents an unseeingly concept in a hideous font, but it’s your shop, your needles, and your tattoo equipment doing the job. If you’re going to get remembered and have your art mentioned, would you really want it over that?

A bad tattoo is a bad tattoo. Whether you’re doing a job or not, it’s your shop and it’s your art. Treat it with pride. Anyone can just stab a word in ugly-blocky text in ink across one’s forehead. But you’re a professional artist every piece is representation of your craft and the hard work you put into it to get there. Moves like this, with no effort or respect for the customer to try to do something artistic is just careless. And in the eyes of many in the tattoo industry something like this can bring you down from a master …to a scratcher. (insert autotune here) But that’s just something they know. They know… They know… They know…

You take your time to get the image down and do the same to make sure you have the right supplies. But be warned, not all IntenZe inks are created equal. In fact, some IntenZe inks aren’t IntenZe inks at all. Intenze inks excel at bringing the blues that burn though the skin in the same similarities shared by the almighty sky, oranges of brilliance reminiscent to Nickelodeon shows, and reds that bleed through the soul of the images we wear. Those who know tattoos wear them with pride. They send messages of our identities that go ways beyond words. They sacrifice their skin for space to share their symbolism. A tattoo isn’t just a painting, a bodily modification, or just a work of art. It’s a state of mind. It’s who we are. It’s what we wear with the promise and purpose of riding it out until the end. Most wear them with no regrets as a statement they can touch and run their fingers across and around to remind them of where they were and who they want to be. It’s not for attention or decoration. They’re adamant declarations. Some with deep meanings that go beyond the heart and mind of those who wear them, we like them, we love them, but most of all they make us feel alive.

From tattoo equipment, tattoo supplies, tattoo ink, all the way through the tattoo needles piercing through every pore. Tattoo isn’t a job, it’s a craft. And IntenZe ink reflects that. Through the on-point variety of colors designed and destined to bring out the best definition of the image presented, through signature sets and swatches hand-picked by the best in the business and so much more IntenZe ink delivers quality and quantity. And if you believe it’s a craft that burns with belief through the arms, legs, back, and whatever areas of the body you’re take your tattoo supplies and the tattoo supply store you hit up very seriously. You read and understand MSDS reports knowing exactly what’s in the ink you put in yourself and others. Many of those who take their supplies seriously, run a solid shop, and even operate as an Authorized IntenZe Dealer, will tell you and warn you about how many fake IntenZe inks exist. I call them PretenZe. And it’s definitely nothing to play.

Fake IntenZe inks not only lack the brilliance of IntenZe inks, but also contain products posing with a false MSDS. That means you have no idea what kind of chemicals, poisons or leads are being injected in you at a flurrying pace. Don’t fall for it. Don’t settle. It’s not only unsafe for your health, but not even as good and definitely not going to do the job you want your tattoo to do. So how do you spot a fake? How do you separate the real IntenZe from the PretenZe? I got you.

First off, keep bottles of the real stuff around. IntenZe has a new label on all their bottles, with clear descriptions for European Union compliance. Not only should you note the new label, but notice the shape of the handles, all of which have a distinct and consistent style. Though some authentic IntenZe bottles with the old label may still be around, a bottle carrying the old label should be your primary concern. Next, note the price. IntenZe is a high-quality ink, so it’s going to cost a little. A small bottle should run between $8-to-12 dollars. If you find a bottle that’s $1, run. Run away. Get your skin away from that stuff as soon as possible.

All IntenZe products have consistent colors that come out bright and brilliant when placed on a palette to get tagged, if a color doesn’t match the label, you have every reason to doubt. And if there’s no chance in hell that a bottle with a neon green substance can pass as lavender, it’s fake. Last but not least. ALL IntenZe products are made in the USA. So if it comes from China, it’s PretenZe. Run away and report the tattoo supplies provider as soon as possible.

In some ways it’s simple, some ways you’re going to need some attention to detail. Remember that you have a right to know what ink you’re putting on your body. And if there is any confusion or doubt about the authenticity of the product, do not hesitate to challenge it and ask for an MSDS report to which IntenZe has for every single product they make to put on anyone. Follow these rules keep your eyes open for what you’re putting in you, and you’ll always be a work of art.