"They know what he did, but they don't know why he did it" 50 Cent - Funeral Music
As the dust continues to settle following the internet uproar over Gucci Mane's new face tattoo. The man who did the handiwork says you shouldn't expect to see him doing any more elaborate face tats.
Shane Willoughby of Atlanta's 10th Street Tattoo told Vibe that Gucci knew what he wanted and was determined to get it done.
"I was like 'Are you sure you want to put that much [ink] in that area? He came straight to the counter and that's where he pointed," Willoughby said "When he said he wanted to do the ice cream thing I said 'Well why don't we do it somewhere else?' But he was like I don't have anywhere else."
Some have suggested Gucci wasn't in his right mind when he got the work done. He was recently given a mental health evaluation as part of his probation violation case. Gucci has also been known to smoke a joint or two, but Willoughby said the rapper was 100% sober.
"I won't tattoo anybody if their [drunk] or high because I can't stand the smell of weed... [Gucci] seemed completely sober. He knew what he was doing." the tattoo artist insisted.
That he got a tattoo of an ice cream cone is not all that surprising when you really think about about it. The 1017 Brick Squad CEO has a diamond encrusted cone chain around his neck. And fans recognize his signature "Brrr" from his songs and mixtapes. Buy why the lightning bolts coming out of the top?
"He said 'I want something rock 'n roll.' There's nothing more rock 'n roll then lightening bolts," Willoughby explains. "I don't think I'll ever do [that] again... no matter how successful [the celebrity]." Willoughby says of the face art.
At the end of the day though, the tattoo artist says Gucci was very happy with the work, "He was stoked. Had no regrets... was jumping up and down. That's the way he rolls."
Gucci's spokesperson Kali Bowyer, told Rolling Stone the image is "a reminder to fans of how he chooses to live his life. Cool as ice. As in 'I'm so icy, I'll make ya say Brr.'