Ryan Henry is ready to do better
Ryan Henry of Black Ink Crew apologized for the way he has acted on reality TV in a long mea culpa on social media. The tattoo artist said that he’s reflected his hometown of Chicago in a poor light and pledged to do better in the future.
Henry was inspired by an event that featured a few of his fellow Chicagoans. Over an image of Chance the Rapper and the Obamas coming together, Henry admitted that he hasn’t done right by his home.
“This went on today in my city,” he wrote on Twitter. “Makes me hate what I’m a part of representing my city like a coon on TV. Apologize 2 ppl of Chicago.”
He then posted that tweet to Instagram with a longer explanation of where he feels he went wrong and how he plans to change.
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The reality star begins by saying that he “owe[s] his city more” than he’s been giving. “My goals to interact with the youth, the homeless, the less fortunate, and the aspiring artists, I owe them/you all more,” he explained in the post.
I started 9mag with a goal of uplifting everyone around me selflessly. Watched it go to sh*t. I started a show with the intent to grow everyone I was around and stay united forever. That died. Took on a platform of BS to change views of my city to outsiders and do natives here justice, now it’s become coonery based on failure, lies and faults. Which I want no part of further underlying emasculating of myself and other black men LEADERS as weak, abusive, disrespectful, etc, outside of humanly mistakes.
The star wrapped up the post with an apology to his city and fans. Purposed doings with intent. So I apologize. And “I will do better,” he says. “My actions, my foundations, my time and energy donated Where it should be. This picture let’s me know I’m not doing enough for my ppl to not have even known about it let alone invited to it if I was on my sh*t. And I’m not. So here I come. Salute!”
It might take him a while to catch up to Chance ― who comes off like an even more civic-minded Mr. Rodgers who can rap ― but we’re rooting for Henry and hoping that he does enough to get on next year’s guest list.
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While Ryan’s message of positivity can be hard to believe given the way we’ve seen him act on VH1, we have to think it’s coming from a place of sincerity. Just check out his own bio on 9Mag’s website and you’ll see that Ryan clearly started his store with the community in mind.
The bio reads:
In 2011 Ryan was chosen by one of the world’s most recognizable black tattoo artists, Miya Bailey, to help educate the public on the history of black tattoo culture and show the highly skilled artists who are creating a new culture today. The film, Color Outside The Lines: A Tattoo Documentary, released in 2012 and Ryan was given another platform outside of social media to showcase his gift. The following year Ryan created 9MAG and has since held the title of the top tattoo artist in Chicago.
Here’s hoping Ryan can get back to that level of positivity!
Check out the post up top. What do you think? Can Ryan get back to this? Will he be able to and still keep Black Ink Crew going? Would people tune in for New Ryan? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.