A few weeks ago, a photo of a woman with the name of rap artist Drake tattooed across her forehead went viral. The reaction on the Internet was pretty much split between a), marveling at how stupid a person must be to get a "Drake" tattoo on their their forehead, and b) wondering why the fan chose "Drake" for the tattoo instead of "Jimmy Brooks," the name of the rapper's Degrassi: The Next Generation alter ago. Last Friday, Jimmy himself spoke out about the incident on a Los Angeles radio show, telling host Mando Fresko that while he considers the fan who requested the tattoo "incredible," the artist who complied was a "fucking asshole."
"I want to meet her and understand what happened," Drake said of the fan in the photograph (my guess is that the answer would be a combination of "extremely strong pot" and "a childhood without educational toys"). "That's cool though, I feel you 100%, that to me is absolutely incredible…the guy who tatted it is a fucking asshole though, I will tell you that. I don't fuck with that guy. Fuck you to that tat artist by the way. And you should lose your job and should never do tats again and I don't fuck with you. If I see you, I'm a fuck you up."
For his part, the artist in question, Kevin Campbell of the LA shop Will Rise, recently defended himself to Vice magazine, claiming that he was hesitant to ink the fan in the first place. "She acted as if she planned it out for a while, but I'm not really sure how much extended coherent thought could actually go into getting such a stupid tattoo on your forehead," Campbell said, adding that he assumed Drake was the name of "her hood or some shit, not some goofnugget R&B dude."
To which I would indignantly reply that while I'd agree that it's never a good idea to get a tattoo on your forehead, clearly, sir, you have not seen the episode where Jimmy gets a recording contract by free-styling at the eleventh grade talent show.