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Date: 2018-10-02

These 25 tattoo artists from 'Inked' – the digital magazine – have come together to discuss the face tattoo trend amongst SoundCloud rappers.

Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Peep, Lil Pump, Kat Von D, Wiz Khalifa and Post Malone all have face tattoo's and it looks like they have started a new age trend.

Malone has “Stay Away” in curly script on his forehead and the words “Always” and “Tired” below each eye, while Mr Bieber has a tiny, under-eye cross. Other artists with inked faces include 21 Savage (a knife on his forehead), Lil Xan (the words “xanarchy” and “candy,” the number “1996”), and Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was reportedly kidnapped and beaten last month (the number “69,” a red flower, the face of Jigsaw from the “Saw” movies).

Many of the hip-hop stars or aspiring rappers with face tattoos are so-called SoundCloud rappers – young, unknown artists who post their music on SoundCloud for free. A lot of kids are doing it to make themselves bigger on social media and now, it seems, for these young adults there's no turning back, there's no normal job after that.

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