May 2009: The latest episode of Celebrity Tattoo Couple comes to us courtesy of Los Angeles and the music industry this week. Hip-hop music producer Jermaine Dupri went under the needle, adding to his tattoo collection. The subject of his newest piece of ink is none other than the lady in his life, singer/dancer Janet Jackson.
The tattoo artist picked to do the honors was Arudima Studio's Jun Cha, who specializes in black and white portraiture. Cha commented on the new piece in his blog on May 18th, just two days after Janet's 43rd birthday. The couple has been involved since 2002 but have remained unmarried.
Dupri has several other tattoos including "So So Def," the name of his record company, inked across his back. Jun Cha commented that Dupri has work by some "legendary" tattoo artist and singled out Mike Mahoney for specific mention. The design he asked Cha to create on his right lower ribs was a black and white portrait of Janet Jackson... depicted as the Virgin Mary. The tattoo shows her with robes and her head draped, hands folded with three-quarters of her face clearly showing and it's a very accurate likeness.
Dupri even "twittered" to his fans as he got the tattoo. Apparently Janet walked in part way through the session and was surprised to see her likeness in progress. Only time will tell which lasts longer: the relationship or the tattoo.
Below, see more of Dupri's tattoos as he and rocker Travis Barker get inked!