See Machine Gun Kelly’s Transformation After Covering His Tattoos With Solid Black Ink

Machine Gun Kelly revealed that he covered the tattoos on his chest and arms in pure black ink. See his dramatic new look.

By Leah Degrazia Feb 20, 2024 11:28 PMTags
Watch: Machine Gun Kelly Covers His Upper Body With Blackout Tattoo

Machine Gun Kelly gave us tickets to his latest tattoo transformation. 

The "my ex's best friend" rapper—whose real name is Colson Baker—debuted an extreme new look after covering up most of the tattoos on his chest and arms with pure black ink.

In a photo shared to his Instagram Feb. 20, MGK posed shirtless in black pants to show off the transformation, which features his usually colorful sleeve and chest tats filled in with black ink apart from a few stripes. Alongside the snapshot, the Taurus actor wrote, "For spiritual purposes only."

And while Machine Gun Kelly's torso still bears his original tattoos—including one that says "locals only" and another depicting a man with a sign that reads "I want change"—the change required a lot of work. In fact, the 33-year-old—who shares one daughter Casie Colson Baker, 14, with ex Emma Cannon—revealed in a Feb. 19 Instagram Story that the design required "44 needles."

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Ultimately, Machine Gun Kelly—who announced his engagement to Megan Fox in January 2022—was a pro throughout the whole process.

"Made some art with @machinegunkelly," the "bloody valentine" singer's tattoo artist R O X X wrote on Instagram. "Never met a tougher one."

Admitting it wasn't all smooth sailing, Machine Gun Kelly replied, "Thanks for the joy and the pain."

But not all of Machine Gun Kelly's tattoos have turned out exactly how he wanted. Back in 2022, the rapper admitted to having a bit of an ink misshap with his music collaborator Travis Barker after the pair got matching tattoos highlighting the original name of an album they made together. 

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"We were so hyped," Machine Gun Kelly explained during a March 2022 episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. "We had just done a song and we were like, 'There's a tattoo artist here. Let's just get the [album] name tattooed on us.'"

A few months later, MGK decided he wanted to rename the album Mainstream Sellout, but wasn't sure how to break the news, adding, "I couldn't bring myself to tell Travis because I knew he had the tattoo."

Luckily, the Blink-182 drummer found the whole situation "hilarious."

"He was just laughing," MGK remembered, "and I was like, 'Oh, this is a great moment.'"

Keep reading to see more stars who have showed off their impressive body ink. 

Elle King

On April 5, the "Ex's and Oh's" singer debuted a new tattoo, located on her rear, that paid tribute to some very important men in her life.

"I always said I'd get my baby daddys name tattooed on my butt…so I did," she wrote on Instagram. "I got 'brethren' for the men helping me raise my son. I love you guys so much, I wouldn't want to do life without yall."

Travis Barker

The Blink-182 drummer got a tattoo reading "Time Flies" in August 2023 after taking his 30th flight since surviving his 2008 plane crash.

Taylor Lautner & Tay Lautner

In March 2023, the Twilight actor and his wife got matching tattoos honoring their wedding date.

Jason Momoa

After shaving off some of his hair, the Aquaman star revealed a new head tattoo in Sept. 2022 that he said has been "20 years in the making."

Amanza Smith

The Selling Sunset star debuted a face tattoo, which reads "invincible" in script and sits beneath her jawline, in April 2022.

Shawn Mendes

The singer debuted a tattoo on the back of his neck in March 2022.

Maisie Williams

After filming Game of Thrones' final season, the actress added some symbolic ink to her tattoo collection in loving memory of her character, Arya Stark.

Emilia Clarke

Forever MOD! The Game Of Thrones star permanently inked a dragon tattoo on her wrist after wrapping the final season of the show.

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner

The former couple made their love a little more magical with matching Toy Story tattoos.

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