Pete Davidson’s tattoo artist warned him not to get a tattoo for Ariana Grande

For some people I would imagine that their tattoo artists are like therapists. I consider my hairdresser a kind of therapist in that I can tell him anything, he keeps it in confidence and gives me good advice. Plus I’ve seen him every three to four weeks for the past few years. Pete Davidson has a lot of ink and recently had to get a tattoo of his ex girlfriend, Cazzie David, covered up. He had Cazzie’s face on his arm replaced by a woodland scene. Mesa told him to stop getting tattoos for girlfriends and to not get any tattoos for Ariana until he was married. Pete didn’t listen and now has Ariana’s initials on his hand and a bunny ear hat for her behind his ear. We know that Mesa told Pete not to do this because Mesa talked to Page Six.

After splitting with the actress and daughter of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David, a totally smitten Davidson was ready to move on with one of the biggest pop stars in the world: Ariana Grande.

“So I did a huge coverup [adding a forest of trees] . . . After we were done, I told Pete, ‘Hey, dude, let’s just stop with the girlfriend tats until after [Grande’s] your wife,’” said Mesa. “Because relationships come and go, and Pete is a really young man. [But] I think that went in one ear and out the other.”

“They are just riding that magical wave of bliss together,” he said. “It’s obvious that Pete is super in love with Ariana.

[From Page Six]

Getting back to the “servicepeople as therapists” issue, when someone you trust and see every few weeks gives you advice, you take it seriously! My hairdresser has warned me against trendy haircuts and I’ve later appreciated it so much. He’s told me that a lot of women make rash decisions with their hair when they’re going through a breakup particularly, and that when they ask for a radical change he talks to them about it and usually tells them to reconsider. Tattoo artists are dealing with more permanent decisions by their clients and so they want to make sure there are no regrets. Pete just didn’t listen.

Oh and these two got matching tattoos a week ago because of course they did.

It’s Ariana’s birthday today, she’s all of 25 (Pete turns 25 in November), so of course Pete posted a message to her. I found this sweet I can’t help it.

Ariana also responded to a comment on social media that Pete was “flipping us off I’m dead” after Pete was seen giving the middle finger in paparazzi shots. It just sounded like the commenter thought it was funny but Ariana responded that Pete was flipping off “the paps… not U” and then she added “enough with the IG/Twitter war thing.” There’s probably a lot more going on that she’s reacting to, not just this throwaway comment. These two need to step away from social media a bit.

(Programming note: We’ll get the highlights but we’re not going to cover the near constant news about Pete and Ariana moving forward. They’re so demonstrative and open that it’s hard to keep up.)

Did this crazy coverup last night on my boy @petedavidson ESSKEETIT!!!

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These are photos of Pete and Ariana out yesterday in New York. She’s definitely a formula dresser.

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande are practically inseparable at this point!

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson leave their apartment heading to the Mandarin

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson head out for a private dinner this evening in NYC

Photos credit: Backgrid

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  1. Kimma1216 says:

    Ain’t love Grand(e) ☺️

    • CTgirl says:

      Is it just me or does the cover-up tat look like the opening credits of a Twilight movie? Serious tattoo fail.

  2. Aud says:

    I get the cover up tat, but once you see the original you can’t unsee it in the cover up. My point is that he still has to see his ex on his arm every day whether everyone else can see her or not. Some lessons need to be learned a few times I guess.

    • Léna says:

      True! At first sight, I was “Oh the cover up is good!” But then I saw your comment and scrolled up and it’s the only thing I could see!
      I wonder how it feels to just be the “next one” to be tattooed on your boyfriend’s body… Like it’s not even with one relationship! When will he learn haha

      • manda says:

        Ugh, I know a guy with an unflattering portrait of his wife (now ex-wife) on his arm. It’s just awful. I knew a girl who had a yin and yang tattoo that also sort of looked like the number 69, and she tried to have it removed, and it just looked like a 69/yin yang birthmark after that.

        When I was a teen and in my 20′s, I would wait forever to even take a photo with my new boyf, thinking even that would jinx it. Cannot imagine having an unpleasant memory surgically attached to my body

      • Aud says:

        It’s kind of creepy — like she’s lurking in the trees, lol.

    • Corrine says:

      Tbh I can’t see anything from the original in the cover up. I also really like the cover up. Very nice work by the artist.

    • Wren says:

      I actually really like the cover up. It’s miles better than what was there before, and yes you can see some of the old ink, but it just adds a bit of shadow to an already visually interesting scene.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    isn’t this common knowledge? A tattoo of your partner’s name is usually a death knell to the relationship…but hey…what do I know

    • TheRickestRick says:

      My boyfriend has my name tattooed on him. Incidentally. From long before we ever got together! He has quite a lot of tattoos, arms, stomach, chest, thighs and feet. One of his thigh pieces includes a hockey stick, and where the tattoo cuts off, it leaves my exact (shortened) name on his leg! We have a good laugh about that one.

  4. Mia4s says:

    You know…I was pretty dumb at 25. I own that, I admit it. But I’m pretty sure I wasn’t THIS dumb.

    Probably what I would want a young couple like this to think about before marriage was this: if I took away all your social media tomorrow and absolutely no one paid attention to your relationship, would you still be doing this? No reinforcement, no publicity, no attention positive or negative, just the two of you and nothing else. Would you still be doing this?

    I think we all know the answer to that.

  5. Jane says:

    Is it me or does he look totally wasted in most of those pictures?

    • Honey Bear says:

      Yep. They are riding high on some serious drugs. Looks like Molly.

    • minx says:

      He does. Also, this thing she has about preferring the left side of her face….she must tell him to always stay on her right? But if he does that, he’s always seeing the right side of her face which is the one she doesn’t like.

    • SequinedHeart says:

      I wondered the same. He always looks…. like he just woke up and is constantly hungover. and hasn’t showered in a few days.

  6. Beth says:

    Not all relationships last forever or end well, and seeing a regular photograph can hurt, so it’s common knowledge that getting something as permanent as a tattoo, especially so early might not be the best idea.

  7. Heat says:

    They also got matching cloud tattoos. I can’t wait to see the outcome of this relationship.

    • KBB says:

      I don’t know about the clouds, but the H2GKMO tattoo photo is of her hand and a girlfriend’s hand. He didn’t get that tattooed on him. He got something like “REBORN” on the same part of his hand when she and her friend got the honest to god knock me out thing.

  8. Ali says:

    What goes up, must come down.

  9. gatorbait says:

    My bestie is a tattoo artist and he will not tattoo significant other’s names on the bodies of his clients. He said it always ends in regret and a cover up. Also, half his business is covering up the names of former lovers and the shitty work people get by random ‘artists’ that they regret later.

    • Kitty says:

      He won’t do it at all? But that’s the business he’s in…makes more business if he’s doing cover ups too? Not every name tattoo ends in regret. I have my partners name, he has mine, now we didn’t do it after dating for a month, it was on our ten year anniversary of our first date, which was also after four years of being good friends.

      • gatorbait says:

        I mean, he’d probably do one for a married or long term couple. Every artist has their standards and limits and I guess that was one of his.

      • Sam the Pink says:

        They may not all end in regret, but that doesn’t make it smart. 10 year relationships go south too, ya know. My thought process is – why bother? Like, does it make the relationship stronger, better? Not really. I don’t get the idea behind it, in any sense. But I don’t believe partner’s names are ever really a smart move, because the odds of regret (even after a long time) are way too high. And yes, there are plenty of artists who simply refuse to do them – I’ve met a few of them.

      • Kitty says:

        @sam the pink. We both have lots of tattoos and thought it would be nice. I’d never regret it even if we did split(highly doubt we will). He’s my best friend, the father of my child and I’ve literally spent every day with him for almost our entire relationship(16 years, known him for 20), except when it started in high school.

        That’s just us though, my guess is that Pete and Ariana will regret all this is less than a year

      • KBB says:

        I think it depends on the person’s relationship to tattoos. Like Kitty said, she has a lot of tattoos so it’s not that big of a deal. It’s a lot different if you’ve got a dozen or more tattoos and one of them is your partner’s name than if you have one tattoo and it’s your partner’s name.

    • Wren says:

      Props to him. I’ve always thought (and told anyone who asked) that you should never get the name of anyone who you can add “ex” to their relationship to you. So no names of boyfriends, best friends, spouses, which could very well become your ex-bf, ex-bff, ex-husband, ex-wife.

      Tattoo artists, good tattoo artists, understand that every single piece they do is an advertisement of their work and act accordingly. I’ve known several who will no do certain work because they do not want to be associated with it. Sometimes it’s body parts, like no face or hand tattoos because those are often associated with gang activity, or no obscene tattoos, or no poor-looking artwork even if the client brings in a pictures and says “exactly like that”, or, like your friend, no significant other’s name tattoos.

  10. Ib says:

    Celebitchy where do you get your haircut? I live in the DC area and have been desperately looking for a good person for a year

    • CityGirl says:

      Try Jeremy at Celadon Spa – they are on F St., NW and he is AMAZINGLY talented. He cut my hair when I finally went for the big chop from waist length to short and he does beautiful color too. I found him by asking some woman (just out and about – didn’t know her) whose hair I loved and I haven’t looked back yet. But cheap he is not!

  11. slowsnow says:

    Oh my days, they are the definition of EXTRA.

  12. HelloSunshine says:

    I just really don’t understand this. I don’t understand trusting someone I’ve been dating a month enough to marry and put in the position to make major decisions with and for me. God forbid, something goes wrong medically.. he’s going to be the one making decisions and stuff or vice versa. It’s just crazy to me and I feel like saying they’re young isn’t an excuse. I got married at 25, but we had been together for four years at that point.

  13. Patricia says:

    That tattoo of Cazzie is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Horrible. He should have had it covered up as soon as it was finished!

    • WingKingdom says:

      I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It absolutely had to be covered up, regardless of relationship status, because it was just a really poorly done tattoo.

    • KBB says:

      Lol it was apparently a self-portrait she drew when she was a kid. He didn’t like take in a photo of her and end up with that, though that thought is cracking me up.

  14. Léna says:

    I’ve recently started getting tattooed (my poor Dad lol he probably thought my younger crazier sister would be the one going down this road) and I’d never, oh my, never could do a tattoo for someone except my sisters or my dad. But for now my tattoos are like therapy, helping me own my body again. And I love it.

  15. Peanutbuttr says:

    Wino Forever!

  16. ks says:

    I know this relationship is messy as hell but for some reason, I’m rooting for them!

    • minx says:

      I don’t mind them, they’re young and infatuated. As long as they don’t do something dumb like bring a baby into it, I’m fine with it.

  17. TIffany says:

    You know what you kids, keep it up. just some good old fashioned oversharing of relationship gossip. I’ll take it.

  18. paranormalgirl says:

    My favorite artist tries to steer clients away from “getting other people on their body”. Of course, he’s an example of “do as I say, not as I do.”

  19. kNY says:

    Does anyone think this will last? I feel like Pete Davidson is the only one who thinks it will. Like, the only one.

    • KBB says:

      Completely agree. He thinks they’re going to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. I don’t think Ariana plans on actually marrying him.

      She’s loving the attention (from him and everyone else) and publicity, but first depressive episode I’m betting she taps out.

  20. Nicegirl says:

    I wore T-shirt’s as dresses in elementary school in the 80s. It was the cool look. We didn’t get to wear super knee high boots though! AG is working it 80s style!!!

    Where are her stirrup pants? J/k.

  21. DiegoInSF says:

    My god, couldn’t he wear some concelear? He looks like he’s been punched with those dark circles. #concealerforeveryone

    • Wren says:

      Why should he? Why should anyone unless they themselves want to? Dark circles are a natural facial feature on some people and nobody should feel that they have to change that or cover it up.

    • pizza, pls says:

      dude does not sleep.

    • minx says:

      Could be genetic. My husband has that same feature and he doesn’t drink or do drugs. Unfortunately he passed that onto our daughter (not our son) and SHE wears concealer.

  22. HeyThere! says:

    I have zero tattoos so far in my 30’s. My husband has a random one from his 18th birthday but thankfully it still works and looks good. We want to get matching tattoos but not of our names or wedding…..but something with our kids. Like their birth dates. I’m down for it. It’s something I would never cover or regret.

  23. Lala says:

    I’ma be honest…when I met my mate…I was ready to marry him THAT NIGHT! Of course…I was 33 years old at the time…but the connection was that instantaneous and outrageous!!! We’re still doing good 18 years later…my only concern regarding this situation…is that they are both…SO YOUNG (seriously, they look and act like teens to me playing grownup)…and Babygirl is still dealing with that horrific tragedy…not to mention Pete’s issues which are not to be played with…Yet…I wish them well and hope that they make it…

    • KBB says:

      On top of his mental health issues, he is off the wagon after being sober for a while. There are a lot of things at play that probably didn’t apply to your relationship. They could last, but I think it’s unlikely. They are just too immature, and he’s got too much stuff that he needs to work out for himself.

    • CityGirl says:

      Lala I am with you 100%

  24. Snappyfish says:

    Is she wearing a LV Neverfill as a skirt? That is absolutely bag material. Young Love. It’s cute & seldom lasts. I don’t know why but I get an Addams family Lurch feel about him. Best wishes though. She earned my respect in the aftermath of the Manchester bombings

  25. RspbryChelly says:

    25 or 15???

  26. Kristen says:

    I have a question as someone who doesn’t follow AG. What’s with the cat ears?

    • waitwhat says:

      While we’re asking…what’s up with her always sticking out her tongue and sucking on lollipops? I find her “little girl” shtick unsettling.

  27. SJhere says:

    No idea about the cat/bunny ears either. The ears, the thigh high boots and the extra high fake ponytail seem to be her “look.” Why? I have no idea.

    He looks high as a kite in pics. I’m guessing both are on something.

    She must have serious $$ I’m certain she’s paying for everything in this quickie relationship.
    Maybe these 2 crazy kids could take a day or 2 off social media? Please?

  28. Lenn says:

    She should just get a pixie cut. It has basicLly the same effect, except minus the heavy ponytail. It would set her free!

  29. Lilith says:

    Ugh. This whole thing makes me want to vomit. I mean good luck to them but… it’s smacks of desperation and neediness.

  30. NΞΞNΔ ΖΞΞ says:

    I look at the pictures of them walking hand-in-hand and the word that comes to mind is… idiots.

  31. Medusa says:

    Doesn’t he have a borderline personality disorder? This jumping into things can turn ugly real fast. He now thinks she’s the most precious angel but it can turn to thinking she’s the worst c-word ever in a matter of seconds. I hope they both come out of this without too much damage.

  32. Levin says:

    I’m late on this, but this artist is a decent tattooer, and a low-quality human being. He’s actually the very embodiment of a f**kboy and has no business commenting to tabloids on other people’s relationships, even if correct (granted, I don’t closely follow Pete or Ariana). Tacky as hell on his part considering he’s done a ton of work on Pete and he probably thought he could trust him a little.