Post Malone is a man of his word. In 2016, during an interview with GQ, he proudly announced that he was considering getting a sword tattoo on his face. Now, in 2020, Post Malone has delivered on that promise.
“Swords are fucking awesome, and I’ve been into them since I was a little kid,” he says during his latest appearance on GQ’s “Tattoo Tour” series. There were other motivations involved in the face tat: first and foremost, to annoy his mom, but also, to intrigue onlookers. “I feel like the face tattoos make me interesting to look at,” he says.
In case you’ve ever wondered how long it takes a pop star (who graces the cover of GQ Style’s Spring/Summer issue) to commit to a new tattoo, the answer, apparently, is two hours. Two hours is not a particularly lengthy period of time, and Post Malone concedes that not all of his tattoos have turned out perfectly. His first-ever tattoo, for instance, is of the Playboy bunny. It got scuffed up during the healing process thanks to an intense basketball game with Justin Bieber. Post has also been told that his neck tattoo, which is ostensibly a cow skull, actually resembles “an old man’s butt.” He doesn’t see that, though: “It’s all about perspective,” he notes.
Outside the face and neck region, Post Malone has plenty of body art, including of musicians like Lil Peep and Bob Dylan, plus a guy getting his face ripped off, and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. “It’s interesting to look back at the photos from when I had no tattoos,” he says. “It’s just bizarre to see. It becomes such a part of you that you don’t even notice.”