Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but what if even that artist himself hates it? Kevin Paul, Ed Sheeran’s tattoo artist came out to admit that his most famous client has well…some really bad tats. To describe the 60+ colorful pieces on Sheeran’s skin, let’s just say that they are eclectic to say the least.
Some of Ed’s most noticeable designs include the Heinz ketchup logo, Pingu the cartoon penguin, a Lego head, a cup of tea, a goat, and two (2!) characters from the movie Shrek, Puss in Boots and the Gingerbread man. Lest we forget the massive lion on his chest as well.
Paul, who has credit for 40 of Sheeran’s tattoos was not afraid to say what the popstar has done for his legacy.
“Before I started working with celebs l was a multi award winning artist doing great work,” Paul said to Metro, “Then after doing Ed, mainly that client base dropped off and I was known for doing tacky little cartoon style tattoos for him and Harry Styles.”
Paul agrees with the trolls when he admits that Sheeran’s body art sucks but at the end of the day he realizes that they each tell a personal story meant for Sheeran himself.
“Yes, it does look stupid but it’s what they wanted,” said Paul, “It’s a personal memory and it means something to them.”
The tattoo drama started back in 2017 when Sheeran’s “Shape of You” video dropped and the 28-year-old bared his skin, revealing his less than aesthetically pleasing tattoos.
Paul probably came clean after one person tweeted “Ed Sheeran’s tattoo artist should be jailed for life for criminal negligence” which received 11.3K retweets and 85K likes.
Maybe not criminally punishable but those are some objectively rough looking tats.