In the past, most Africans were not fond of tattoos mostly because it was seen as a rebellious thing. But recently, everyone wants tattoos as much as Vybz Kartel and Lil Wayne. As incredible as it may seem, getting tattoos is definitely not a walk in the park because it is quite excruciating but yet people would subject their bodies to deliberate discomfort just to appear trendy. In the words of Gaza King, Vybz Kartel, “Tattoos sell-off, everybody has to look.” He encourages both old and young people to stamp their bodies with inked arts covering fields as varied as fire-breathing dragons, serpents, angels, demons, daggers, buxom females and portraits of their heroes. Several people stamp tattoos in quite doubtful spots on their bodies, leaving a great number of observers in a “wonderland”.
Kenyan celebrities are not left out in the tattoo craze either. They have joined in on the latest fashion. Many Kenyan celebrities have been seen with pictures of their mentors, families, lovers, etc on their arms. Some even used pictures of Mics to express their huge love for music while some others inked in words, what they feel or their best quotes ever. The list below represents top 8 Kenyan celebrities that have their tattoos boldly inked.
The first celeb on our list is Prezzo also referred to as CMB Prezzo (real name: Jackson Ngechu Makini). He first came into limelight internationally after appearing on the reality television competition series “Big Brother Africa (BBA),” in 2012. Though he had gained some popularity in Kenya prior to BBA, his appearance on the show brought him even more popularity and fans. Now, many young Kenyans have been highly motivated to get tattoos just like his or similar. The rapper and music producer boldly inked a number of pictures on his arm. More surprisingly, the bling master appeared on stage spotting his father’s image on his arm, expressing how much he loves his father. Prezzo loves tattoos to a fault, clearly one of the reasons he has tattoos nearly on every part of his body.
2. Abbas Kubbaf
The second celeb on our list who is crazily in love with tattoos is Abbas Kubbaf. He is a prolific hip-hop artist who was raised in the Kariobangi South, Nairobi. During his early days as a rapper, he was involved with the rap group K-South. Speaking of expressing the love for music, Abbas Kubbaf has inked his arms with an image of a microphone among other things, explicitly telling the world how much he loves music. The Kenyan flaunts his inks almost all the time and never hesitates to point at them when taking shots.
J’Mani is one of tattoo lovers who have transformed almost their entire bodies into pointed hollows of ink. His arms clearly represent a complete work of art as they are boldly inked with different images. It is no longer news that many young Kenyans admire J’Mani’s tattoos.
4. Dj Creme
This father of two lovely girls is one of the most popular DJs in Kenya and East Africa generally. Dj Creme (real name: Njuguna George) also has his tattoos boldly inked. The top billed DJ, MC and Entrepreneur stamped several pictures on his arms. To him, tattoos are a source of passion and a form of art. Although he didn’t go too far with his tattoos, he almost covered his left arm with ink.
5. Shaffie Weru
This good looking celebrity who is regarded as a “Play boy” almost went extreme with his tattoos. With his tattoos, it will be hard to imagine Shaffie as any other thing other than shallow, but the bubbly OAP (On Air Personality) happens to also be a father, MC and a business man. He has sharp-looking tattoos on both his arms which makes him stand out at clubs and high profile celebrity parties. The lad could be wearing his heart on his skin. However, his tattoos when understood in its entirety would prove so.
6. Kus Ma Of Camp Mulla
The lad is one of the many celebrities who don’t go easy on using their bodies as canvas. To him, a tattoo is a form of expression. The lad is trying out several tattoos as fame comes calling.
7. Victoria Kimani
The queen and first lady of Chocolate City, a music label in Nigeria have stolen hearts all over Africa and increasing her fan base beyond the African shores. Though her parents are from Kenya, she was born in the United States. She also grew up partly in Benin City, Nigeria where she sang in a choir doing backups. Ever since joining Chocolate City label, she has released club banging single with “Show” being one of the biggest songs she has released till date. As a celebrity, she also decided to get herself a tattoo of the map of Africa on her arm which she fancies so much as it rightly depicts her love for the continent.
The last but definitely not the least celeb on our list is Marya. She is the singer mostly remembered for her smashing song “chokozawhich,” which happens to be very popular as a club banger. Throughout her music career, she has notably collaborated with many talented artists to release quality songs. She also follows suit with her celebrity counterparts to get herself a vintage microphone-inspired tattoo to complement her looks.
Their tattoos are trendy, aren’t they? Let us know what you think about these celebrities and their tattoos in the comment section below.