For years, Post Malone seems to have treated his body like his own personal canvas, collecting one tattoo after another like pricey artwork. However, it turns out the inked images — especially those on his face — don’t have much to do with trends and cool aesthetics. As he revealed in a new interview, Post is actually self-conscious about his “ugly-ass” looks and uses the tattoos to cope.
“I’m a ugly-ass motherf*cker,” the Hollywood’s Bleeding artist admitted in a GQ cover story. “[The face tattoos do] maybe come from a place of insecurity, to where I don’t like how I look, so I’m going to put something cool on there so I can look at myself and say, ‘You look cool, kid,’ and have a modicum of self-confidence, when it comes to my appearance.”
The 24-year-old rapper currently has the words “always” and “tired” marked up underneath each eye, playing cards up by his hairline, and a knife by one of his ears. Most recently, Post got a bloody buzzsaw and a gauntlet added to his face.
Post Malone’s opinions of himself have long been a concern and are part of his daily struggle with mental health issues. “Middle school, I would cry myself to sleep every f*ckin’ day,” he told GQ. “High school, the same thing. I tried to drink some beers to get rid of that sh*t, but it just never goes away. And I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault; it has to do with something predisposed in you.”
It’s not all too serious for the “Circles” MC, though. As NME points out, during a 2018 interview at London’s Wireless Festival, Post Malone offered an alternate reason for his face tattoo spree: “Anything to piss my mom off,” he joked.
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