Post Malone Breaks Down His Tattoos Part 2 | GQ

published on July 2, 2020

– I might get a sword on my face,

like a Claymore, rock and roll


So I got the sword on my face

[hip hop music]

Swords are [beep] awesome and
I've always been into them

since a little kid

So, I figured what
better to make my mom mad

than a nice big Claymore on my face


[hip hop music]

I feel like the face tattoos
make me interesting to look at

So, where I might lack in handsomeness,

I make up for in intrigue at least

I think it looks dope

I think I look mean

Whenever I look in the
mirror, I look at myself,

and it's not even like
they're there, it's weird

And then, whenever I get
drunk and look at it,

it's like, "Whoa, I [beep]
have all these tattoos

"all over my face"

[hip hop music]

The stay away's inspired
by Peep's cry baby tattoo

I thought it was tough as [beep]

I picked one of my favorite Nirvana songs

and just put it on my face

I love playing blackjack,

so I was in Montreal and I was
like, "Let's get tattooed,"

and then I got a blackjack
on my face, for fun

It's usually a two hour
process of me saying,

"I wanna get a tattoo,"

and then coming around to
figuring out what I want

Chugging some nice cold
ones and getting after it

[hip hop music]

I have an accidental Marshmello tattoo

I was gonna do a smiley
face, but I was like,

"Oh okay, what if he had Xs for his eyes?"

And then, I looked in the
mirror and it's [beep]

Marshmello's helmet on my face [laughs]

[hip hop music]

Under my eyes it says, "Always tired,"

'cause I'm always tired

Always touring, always working,
not taking care of myself

the way that I need to

I figured it was just very
fitting for how I felt, so

This was the only face tattoo that hurt

I mean, these didn't really
hurt 'cause they're so fast,

but this one took awhile,

and it was like getting
poked on your eyeball

through your eyelid

That was the only one that
hurt on my face though

– [Producer] What's up
with the barbed wire

on your forehead?

– I don't know, I just
think barbed wire's cool,

and it was a cool idea to do it as a trim

I'm gonna regret it when I start balding

By then, hopefully I
can updo the whole head

Maybe next time we do this,

I'll have my whole head tattooed

[hip hop music]

I definitely got a lot
more since we spoke

I don't even remember what I had

whenever I first came to y'all

I can't even keep track anymore

It's all just kinda been a blur

[hip hop music]

The Playboy bunny was my first tattoo,

and I got that when recording "Stoney,"

and me and Justin were playing basketball

and he [beep] it up

It looks like it's molten hot magma

[hip hop music]

This was my first hand tattoo

It's a saint

He's lifting up his robe and
there's a skeleton coming out

I just thought it looked bitching

He was on the "Too Young"
cover too, the same guy

Does anybody know his name?

Any good Christians in the house? [laughs]

[hip hop music]

It's a cow skull

There's really nothing to it

I just think it would be
[beep] cool and then I do it,

but people zoom in real close

and they say it looks
like a old man's butt

I don't see it

It's all about perspective

– [Producer] Who did it?

– Kyle

I have a bunch of guys, Kyle, Ricky

I tattooed my friend, Kyle, the other day

A Philadelphia Eagles logo,
and it turned out pretty good

It's like my eighth tattoo that I've done

and they've never been on that scale,

but it turned out really,
really good I think

I tattooed my friend,
Bobby, a buncha times

I gave him a pizza

I just like tattooing my
friends if they'll let me,

and this newest work was my best work yet

[hip hop music]

I got Kurt, Peep, Bob,

and just a bunch of other
cool rock and roll-type stuff

[mellow R&B music]

I have this nice Texas
flag skull-type deal

I got the Motorhead logo here

This is a cool little
centurion-type elbow

[mellow R&B music]

This is a cool ass demon samurai skull

from Ganji from Japan

This is also from Ganji

This is a guy getting his face ripped off

This is a minute man

This is Sauron from "Lord of the Rings"

He's the coolest character

Have you seen him?

He's huge and he has a cool ass mace

What else do you want
from a villain, I guess?

But this one has to be finished

A lot of these too, I have to
finish, 'cause I can't sit

I'm a weakling and it hurts real bad

So, I just tap out and
say, "We'll do it later,"

but, I don't want to [laughs]

[hip hop music]

This is pretty cool

It's like a guy on a horse
stabbing a guy with a spear

This is me on a horse

I think we got a picture from a game

My friend, Kyle, he
just put my face on it,

and my friend, Ricky,
hooked me up and did it

I gotta add the face tattoos to my tattoo,

and so it's like tattoo inception

And if I get a tattoo
of my face on my face,

then it could go on forever

Just tiny, tiny, tiny

– [Producer] What's on your bicep?

– Oh, this bicep?

This one? [laughs]

This says, "Patient," 'cause
we were shooting a music video

for my song, "Patient"

It never came out, but
we wanted to get tattooed

in the video, so we got this tattooed

That hurt like a mother
[beep], surprisingly

I don't know why

This is Gallenson's logo

This is praying hands
with, you can't see it

My shirt's too tight

He's holding a Glock

Here, I have a big zombie Easter Jesus

Jesus is very handsome,

so I figured how could
we make him super metal?

And so we made him Easter Jesus

These are just drunk nights
and we're just [beep] it,

let's get after it

[hip hop music]

On my stomach, I have a big
come and take it Spartan stuff

and Master Shake from
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force"

That tattoo actually hurt a lot,

and it's dumb because it's a milkshake,

and it hurt the most

[hip hop music]

It's interesting to
look back at the photos

of whenever I had no tattoos,

and it's just bizarre to see

It becomes such a part of you
that you don't even notice,

but whenever you notice,
you're like, "Damn"

I don't think I have
any regrets tattoo-wise

It's all a time and a moment

If you wanna get something,
don't let your friends stop you

Don't be too drunk in making the decision

I suppose that's what it would be

Advice for the first base tattoo

is [beep] yeah, get after it

[upbeat music]

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