It's been tattoo artist VS Demi Lovato for the last few days. See, Demi wasn't exactly thrilled with a decision she made while she was struggling with addiction and had the 'mistake' fixed, turns out the creator of said error wasn't too thrilled with it.
The last 24-hours I've been trying to put the pieces together. I've had it confirmed by two people now, one via phone call and one via tweet, that the tattoo artist causing a ruckus for Demi Lovato in the news is from the Albany area (recently moved to the Carolinas.) With that being said, I've gone back to research where Demi would've been when said tattoo was needled in.
Because Demi has confirmed this story - though two separate situations have sort of been claimed - either she got the tattoo on her tour bus as she stated or Ashley McMullen, the tattoo artist, has said Demi "drank all the beer" and "peed all over our toilet seat," whichever could totally be true.
Here's the original "kiss print" and the now "rose in bloom" that has covered it up:
When looking back into where Demi may have been when this occurred, I initially thought 2011; Demi was 18, she's 22 now...doing the math, it works. HOWEVER, she was getting out of a rehab facility in January of 2011 meaning, she wasn't 'drinking all the beer' at any point in 2011 so this must've happened in 2010.
2010 was a troublesome year for Lovato while she was touring as a supporting act for the Jonas Brothers. She was forced to drop out of that tour early due to her issues that led her to rehab. But if still on the tour, which she was while the guys went from Wantagh, NY to Boston, MA with 4-days off in between (August 21-25, 2010) it is completely plausible, while a little out of the way, that the tour bus drove through the area locally, stopping along the way for the now "infamous vagina tattoo."
Here's an article regarding her dropping out of the tour HERE
So we're a famous area for the creation of the potato chip, being the home of The Brady Bunch's Ann B. Davis and now Demi Lovato's tattoo regret. You're welcome, Capital Region. Embrace it.
*UPDATE* And after all that, with some helpful listeners we've learned a bit more...
Yes, it is true, the tattoo artist is definitely from Saratoga Springs AND even had a feature on Ink Master back in 2014 going by the name Ashley Bennett :HERE
AND, where and when did Demi get the regretful tattoo? A listener has uncovered via an OceanUp article that it was at Warped Tour 2011 with 3 friends. This definitely makes sense as I've been told Ashley has tattoed at Warp Tour. Unfortunately, it also goes to show the struggles and how severe they've been for Demi as this was AFTER she was in rehab at the end of 2010. Glad to see she's come such a long way and become such a strong person throughout the last couple of years as she embraces her sobriety!
I love Demi Lovato. I love that she is herself, she hides nothing, she speaks how she feels and she's definitely done it this go around with a former tattoo artist. Here's the backstory, Demi was 18 years old, dealing with addiction, was drunk on her tour bus where a tattoo artist, Ashley McMullen was welcomed onto and then tattooed a pair of kissy lips onto said famous girl. Basically since that moment, Demi hasn't been happy with the tattoo and has said it reminds her of lady parts. Recently, she had it covered up and was super excited to share that news with her fans. Well, this is where the tattoo artist, 4 years later decides to step into the spotlight she really has only created for herself and bash Demi via, of all things, instagram.
"Cool post @ddlovato, thanks for getting the tattoo covered up I did for free that you specifically asked for. Not to mention you didn't even have the courtesy to offer me any money in the first place. You pissed all over our toilet seat and you made a fool of yourself. What a shame that people look up to you. The tattoo you covered it with kinda sucks too. #demilovato #scumbag #turd #claimstobesober #drankallthebeer #peepeetoiletseat #yousuck."
I mean, maybe a little bitter, maybe a little too harsh considering what the star has been through and publicly acknowledged, maybe something you could've typed to get out what you were feeling but didn't need to actually post? So many things. But, have no fear, Demi Lovato herself has written a letter just for her in response to the negativity.
"I wasn't going to acknowledge your bitter Instagram comments but since your side of the story has picked up some headlines, I would like to share my thoughts and send you a proper apology," she began, also admitting that she was "simply a drunken teenage girl.I apologize for making fun of your work.. But... if I were you, I wouldn't claim that one because it looked more like an open vagina (or even a b------- as my 8 year old little sister called it at the time.) I also wouldn't be admitting to the fact that you tattooed a very intoxicated 18 year old on a tour bus without the proper [judgment] that most legit tattoo artists have of saying 'Hmm... This underage kid is wasted, maybe I shouldn't permanently ink a hot pink kiss mark on this girl's wrist....? Oh well... F--- it, she's famous.' Perhaps you could've thought about all of this as a blessing that I forgot everything about you – that was until you outted yourself for the now internationally infamous 'vagina tattoo.' But you're right, I should give credit where credit is due, and you Ashley, surely deserve credit for this one."
Here, here, Ms Lovato! Here, here!
I find it a little weird that a sequel has awaited over a decade to be produced, but nonetheless I am excited to see what comes of Zoolander 2. The original Ben Stiller film wasn't a record breaking money-maker but after its release quickly became a cult classic film. So, now that Zoolander 2 is in production with an Early 2016 theatrical release, what can we expect? LOTS of cameos!
Olivia Munn, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen and none other than fashion-week fail-safes Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are all set to appear along with none other than, Justin Bieber.