2 Chainz and T.R.U. Crew Break Down Their Tattoos | GQ

published on July 2, 2020

– Bro! I'll put some lotion on, though

Put some lotion on my calf right there

I mean I've got some
pretty colors in here,

and you can't even tell

[rhythmic music plays]

– What up, what up, 2 Chainz,
I'm with the TRU Crew,

TRU is an acronym
that means "The Real U,

The Real University"

It's about celebrating your
individualism over here

and being comfortable in your own skin

– Hot locked in

– Sleepy Row

– World

– I'm Skooly

[World] I haven't been
getting no tattoos lately

but I got a lot of them

My first tattoo was on my face

Then I started to go crazy
on the arms and the body

Right here too on the temple it hurt,

but them ribs

I don't even play with my body period

That [beep] hurts so I
stopped getting tattoos

[2 Chainz laughs]

All my tattoos mean something
every last one of them

Two W's Wally world that's my name

The horse shoe is a place in four seasons,

where we hang at, and
I was at a horse shoe

So I was like, gone slap
it on my face so I got it

on my face, I was like 16, 17

[music continues]

[Skooly] [I]Filled my legs up first

I was hiding from my dad,

my momma she cared but she didn't,

like care you know?

I got her name first you
know, her and my sister name

in dog tags first and
then I just went crazy

On the legs I had to get
their names first though

so they wouldn't say nothing

And my dad he knew

I know nobody told on
me, they probably did,

but he knew, he just
walked in the house one day

and just pulled my pants leg up so

After he knew and he wasn't tripping

I went body, full armor

the whole left-side

of my body you know
done, except for my back

[Interviewer]

What was the process of getting

a tattoo in 8th grade?

You have to be 18 right?

– -I plead the fifth

and I don't know nobody name

no artist name who did
the tattoos or nothing

I don't even know how it
happened but I got it

I'm kind of big on the
picture thing or just a visual

of something other than
just words I have like

hands, arms,

signs,

clock times, and stuff:

Bank of America sign This
my grandmother, my baby

Ashley Cade Smith She
died at 3 o'clock and I

put 3 o'clock with her
life-line included on there

She used to holler at him all the time

"You better leave that boy
alone, he can do whatever

he want goddamn do" Then
my partner Smokey got

killed off of some twitter bull [beep]

I put him on the side blue
chucks with the brick wall

They make me want to go in my face a lot

Every day I see them, both of my brothers,

I be wanting to

all three of my brothers
matter of fact I'm tripping

I be wanting to just go

crazy

[music continues]

[Int]

– Sleepy, when did you
get your first tattoo?

[Sleepy] 13, I got my
momma initial right here

I got my arm did in jail
I got it pick-poked with

a stapler

They pluck that [beep]
eight different times

so it was different times
where I was in there

you feel me?

Then I got my neck

I got me and little Rich on my neck

and my man G passed away

I got my face hit

Have this rose for my little sister

she passed

That right there, and I got
triple cross right there

triple cross kings mean a
lot, if you know you know

Right here bay bay child
the real one right here

'cause I'm the real one

Then I got zone six right here

'cause I was raised in the six

[music continues]

[Hot Locked In] My first tat same age 13

I went and got the A
right here at like 15

I went and got the little
draco [beep] right here

The first death I took in my life

then I'm 15 my partner
got hit with a stick

Some time in the future
I was going to put seven

bullets on there with his name

I started hitting my face up,

went and got the long live Maino that's

another one of my dead
partners I got the Richie

inside the rose 1942 another dead partner

I went and put the locked
in right here you feel me?

It's just us we locked in
and can't nothing break us

We locked in

I went and goddamn put
the Glock on me, I don't

know why I put the Glock,
I just put the Glock

'cause the Glock man

[chuckles]

But the birds see I got a eagle

Folks don't really know a
eagle fly above everything

can't nothing in the
animal kingdom that fly

can stop a eagle, a eagle
fly above everything

[eagle screech]

[Int]

– Would any of you say
you have any regrets in

terms of your tattoos?

[Sleepy] Hell yeah I got bay
bay child two times on me

I got [beep] on my hand and my head

[Skooly] I should've
waited to get my neck done

[Wally World] I was just
telling you about that rib

that [beep] hurt I regret
getting that [beep]

I was high for the tattoo
artist that [beep] hurt

I regret that tattoo

[Hot Locked In] I wish I
never would've never got this

[beep] so big

Man I had a sexy ah face man I be

wishing I can take these
hoes off put some make-up

on these [beep] and just get my face back

[2 Chainz] This South side my
favorite tattoo right here

It say everything in these
little letters this my

favorite one

It was around the time when everybody

was getting sleeves, I
said I was getting socks

So I got tattoo socks

It got like a little
genie came out of here

I was staying at these
apartments with the A/C

hanging out the window
Somebody came and granted

me my wish I recently had
a bad experience with one

of my tatties on my leg

I went into shock I was getting

a tattoo for eight hours
straight and I start

getting chills and everything

I threw up and everything
I think he was just

hitting the same spot for
to long, it was one of

those tattoos that I
was supposed to get in a

couple of days or a couple
of sessions and I told

him I didn't have a couple
of sessions I was ready

to do it and I think just
getting poked on for seven

eight hours straight
just freaked my body out

or something

The common denominator of
all of us is that we all

got them young

We didn't need any type
of permission to get them

we just kind of got them
But they all had some kind

of meaning associated to you

And then, it sounds like

we all got our mom too, to
try to take the heat off

that's kind of like the
thing you do first You get

your mom name so she can't get mad at it

[All] Mm-hmm

[Sleepy] Fact

[2 Chainz] She might try
to get mad when she see her

name She be like 'my baby love me'

I remember my momma playing
Spades and I was in the

back I wasn't supposed to,
they used to put me in the

back room, 'cause they
used to be doing a bunch of

stuff they ain't want me
to see But I heard her

telling folks, "My baby got
my name on him" and all that

So I was like I'm finna run up a

little bit

GQ tattoo we are the TRU crew

We all got some pain written on us

[Skooly] We inked up

– We all got scars that
we covered up with tattoos

you know what I'm saying?
And no face no case is

the name of our compilation
dropping February 7th

Where you will be able
to hear some of that pain

you know what I'm saying,
over some hard [beep]

beats

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