With the ever-increasing likelihood of World War 3, the state of California on fire and the Southeastern U.S. locked in a perpetual game of chicken with Mother Nature, folks can be forgiven for being a little numb. There’s very little that can generate a genuine, big reaction from people who have been fed nothing but bad news for what feels like eons. Then, you get an alert about Jhene Aiko…
The singer just got herself a new tattoo, and if you can look at it without screaming or recoiling, you’re much further along on the desensitization scale than us.
It’s Big Sean’s face. Big Sean who she’s been dating for a year (in the most favorable estimates). “Build a house up on that ass, that’s an ass-tate” Big Sean. And she got it tattooed on her arm.
The giant tribute piece to the very much still alive and very much not married to Jhene rapper came just days after the Trip singer’s divorce from Dot Da Genius was finalized. Sure, the urge to celebrate a new chapter with a tattoo is understandable, but did the shop not offer butterflies?
On Second Thought
Recently, Jhene Aiko did an interview with Complex to discuss the creation of her latest album, and she ended up explaining how she met Sean. According to Aiko, she met Sean long before they went public. Apparently, he helped her get through the rough period in her life following her brother’s death.
“He has been my friend throughout this whole thing. I actually met him around the time my brother was dying and he came to my brother’s funeral which was super sweet of him. It’s something I still deal with, searching for that relationship like a strong connection I had with my brother. The deepest bond a man and woman can have is the brother and sister relationship, I don’t think there is anything deeper than that. I feel like with Sean we were friends for so long before we started dating that we are friends before anything and it’s easy for me to separate our friendship from our relationship if that makes sense. And that’s the closest thing I’ve had to that type of connection since I lost my brother, and then there is the romantic part of it too.”
Aiko added that she seeks out people who remind her of her late brother and that Sean and her other collaborators frequently hit that mark.
“No I.D., he produced the song ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ and he is also a Cancer like my brother, and Brian from the Fisticuffs is also a Cancer, obviously me and Sean are together,” she said. “So I don’t just work with random people, we are all connected in some type of way and I’m always careful that it’s an organic, compatible type of collaboration.”
Given the deep and lasting friendship that the pair clearly have, the tattoo comes off in a much more favorable light than the typical relationship tattoo. You get the feeling that even if the pair part ways, they’ll still be important in each other’s lives.
Plus, all things considered, it’s an incredibly well-done portrait of the Detroit rapper.
See the Tattoo
Take a look at the tat up top. What do you think? Should Aiko have rushed into getting a tattoo so soon after her divorce? Would you ever get a significant other’s face tattooed on you?
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