SNL’s Pete Davidson got a Hillary Clinton tattoo and she thanked him


How much do you admire your idol? I’d have to take a very long time trying to figure out who I admired enough to make their impression permanent in my life and especially on my being. One person who is not shy to wear his affection openly is Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson. As a gift to himself, Pete decided to honor his “hero” by getting an image of Hillary Clinton on his leg, which he posted to Instagram:

Hopefully this will stay up. Apparently, Davidson is known to purge his Instagram account on occasion. As you can see by his tag, the artist is Jon Mesa of No Idols Tattoo (the irony of the shop’s name only adds to the story). I don’t know, I can’t say I love this likeness. I know white ink fades but the necklace around her neck looks like she’s infected or frothing. And I really don’t like her expression, does she look coquettish to anyone else?

However, it is a lovely gesture. It’s a huge gesture, especially if your relationship is seemingly professional. But obviously it was an important gesture to Davidson and if he’s happy with it, then more power to him. It didn’t go unnoticed either. The post got hundreds of responses. One, however, stood out more than any other – a comment from none other than Ms. Clinton herself. Not only was it notable for being there, but it was also really funny:

Thanks, @petedavidson. This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years. But seriously, I’m honored. Merry Christmas my friend.

The other commenters kind of lost their minds after that. Davidson’s own reply was, “OMG WHAAAAAAAAT!!!!,” which is pretty much what I would say if I got a shout out from Hillary.

It’s been a big year for Davidson, not only was he a part of a huge award-winning season for SNL, he took time off to get sober, something that has left him “happy and healthy.” If he wants to mark this year in a big way like a tattoo of Hillary, then I say more power to him. He’s earned it.




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  1. Janet R says:

    What an adorable story!

  2. sa says:

    I think my favorite part about the tattoo is that it’s Clinton’s look from her speech in Beijing, the “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights” speech.

    I can’t say I really had any opinion about Pete Davidson before, but I kind of love that that’s the moment he chose to capture with his tattoo.

  3. Whoopsy Daisy says:

    Coming from a country where I thik liking a politician is phisically not pissible ( you’d probably get ill or something), this american adoration of politicians, any politicians is so strange. And ours are not any worse than yours.

  4. JosieH says:

    Ugh, idolatry of politicians is so pathetic.

  5. wheneight says:

    Cute. I just became a Pete Davidson fan after reading this!

  6. laulau says:

    I recently saw a piece where Pete was talking about having borderline personality disorder, a term I’d heard but didn’t know about until he talked about it. It sounds like an awful problem to deal with and I’m glad he’s gotten some help for it.

    • Patricia says:

      It’s wonderful that he’s seeking help. Many (the majority) of people with that disorder will not get help and will not admit anything is wrong. My mother has it and it’s incredibly rough. It’s left a terrible mark on all of our lives. At times I wonder if she is actually evil. But I have to remember that she has an illness, that I can’t fix it, that it’s not my fault, and that for her it will never get any better.

      So huge applause for Pete because the very nature of this disorder makes it hard to treat. He’s doing great.

  7. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    Is it weird that I find Pete Davidson four million times hotter than Colin Jost or Michael Che? He’s easily the most attractive male cast member for me. This tattoo just cemented it.

    • elimaeby says:

      OMG, thank you! I mean, you can’t have him; he’s MY future husband, but I’m glad I’m not the only one. I love all three, but Pete is particularly adorable.

  8. CharlieBouquet says:

    He seems so sweet and self deprecating. Very open about his addiction, really open on BPD. It’s always great for people with a platform to Chuck a turd at social stigma.
    I’m happy the MC is now a head writer!

  9. Chaine says:

    If I had asked for a Hillary Clinton tattoo and that was the result, I would immediately sue the tattoo artist.

  10. The New Classic says:

    I absolutely love Pete and want great things for him, but every time I see him I get this foreboding sense that tragedy is waiting for him. I don’t know why but it makes me so sad. As open as he is with his struggles and as candid as he is about his life, there really seems to be a sense of sadness that I see in him. I really hope that I’m wrong and that he lives a happy and fulfilled life. He really is a great talent to get in SNL as young as he did.

    • GeekLuva says:

      For someone so young he’s been through alot. His father passed away when he was 7. As a firefighter during 9/11 his dad was last seen running into a building to try & save others. Because of the grief he went through significant emotional battles, including at one point ripping all of his hair out of his own head. When he was 17/18 he was diagnosed with Crohn’s. And we all know about the BPD. So you’re not wrong Classic.. there is alot of sadness there.

      • The New Classic says:

        Yeah, knowing his back story definitely pulls my heartstrings too. I really wish good things for him, he’s overcome so much. I wish they would use him more on SNL as well. He’s hilarious!

    • Bridget says:

      His sobriety and work toward mental health still seem very, very fresh. There’s still a really brittle quality, like he’s just holding on my his fingernails. I really hope that he wins this battle.

  11. Shannon says:

    Cute story & I adore him on SNL

  12. Kimble says:

    It’s a super weird and creepy thing to do.

  13. BooRadley says:

    Very cute, very sweet. My only thing is I can’t believe that’s a picture of a leg oh my God the boy is maga!

  14. Isabeau says:

    It looks ridiculous. What a dumb thing to do.

  15. Ozogirl says:

    He’s so cute!

  16. Shannon says:

    I have a soft spot for him because he’s just as little older than my oldest son and totally reminds me of some of the kids (well, to me they’re kids LOL) he hangs out with. I know he’s had a rough time and just wish him the best. To accomplish this much at a pretty young age is very impressive. I’m glad Hillary gave him the shout-out, and her reply was funny :)