Black Ink Crew isn’t the only show on VH1 that has a cast full of tattooed stars — if you look close enough, pretty much everyone on our network has some kind of body art. We had the pleasure of meeting with the casts of both Love And Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew today, and we thought we’d take some photos of Joe Budden, Tahiry Jose, Olivia Longott, and Rashidah Ali and their favorite tats, and then get some insight about the work from Ceaser and Dutchess, two of the tattoo artists at Black Ink in Harlem.
First of all, each tattoo has a story, as you’ll find out as you scroll through our images. You’ll see the tattoo that Joe Budden says is of Tahiry (which was news to her, although she does say “It’s probably me. He can’t live without me.”) And you’ll see the tattoo, written in Arabic, on Olivia’s arm, the meaning of which she refused to divulge. The cast of Black Ink Crew also weighs in on why lettering and hand tattoos are so big these days (all three of the Love And Hip Hop ladies we spoke to have one), and why Rihanna is the ultimate tattoo trendsetter when it comes to people copying her look.