In a year of tragedy, this one doesn’t really measure up, but it’s apparently rough news for many Pete Davidson fans.
Oh, Pete Davidson is fine. The “Saturday Night Live” star, however, is confounding some of his faithful followers with his decision to remove his tattoos – though he has not officially confirmed the news.
From Harry Potter to Ariana Grande, his ink runs the gamut. Particularly touching is an homage to his late father, a firefighter killed in the 9/11 attacks. The “8418” tattoo represents Scott Davidson’s badge number.
Among those (relatively) devastated Twitter devotees:
“Pete Davidson is apparently getting his tattoos all removed so if you see me crying tonight … mind your own business but that is why.”
“Learning that Pete Davidson is removing ALL his tattoos might give me the same feelings a divorce would give me.”
“No. Someone stop him.”
“I won’t stand for this.”
“This tweet is for Pete Davidson & him only … removing your neck tattoos ruined my life.”
The 27-year-old said he’s in the process of removing all of his ink for professional reasons, as revealed at a Q&A for his film “The King of Staten Island.”
Film critic Mike McGranaghan, who broke the news on Dec. 6, clarified, “No, it’s real. He even showed his hand, which is already done.
“He said it takes three to four hours in the makeup chair to cover them, so he figured ‘it would be easier to get them burned off.’”
Davidson, who had his breakout role in “Big Time Adolescence,” reportedly has tattoos numbering more than 100, so it figures to be a painful change as his film career beckons.
Upcoming roles include voice work in the animated “Marmaduke,” James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” and the war drama “The Things They Carried.”