as a tattoo artist, can you tell if Louis's E tattoo is fake or draw on or photo shopped or not?
I have lots and lots of messages about this tattoo, and this is all I’m going to say about it, so pease don’t ask for follow up. Thanks!
short answer: I don’t care enough to form a hypothesis on this but I lean towards it being real.
1. It looks real to me, and the pixelation around it in the zoomed photos suggesting it’s shopped means essentially nothing. Whenever I post pictures of tattoos I’ve done I push contrast, sharpness, and brightness so that the detail translates better. Just because there’s evidence it’s shopped doesn’t mean the tattoo itself isn’t real.
2. I realize it flat out disappears sometimes, which is weird, but still doesn’t convince me of anything. It could be a trick of the light, or distance, or get folded into the crinkle of his hand or something.
3. I LITERALLY DO NOT CARE if Louis has matching tattoos with Eleanor. I just don’t. It seems plausible and funny he might have done that. When you have as many tattoos as Louis or are a tattoo collector, it’s not weird at all to get meaningless tattoos or joke tattoos or anything else like that. For example, I very nearly got a matching tattoo with a man I met oNCE that said “booty6ever.” Like I still might. Who knows. If he and his Coachella posse got drunk and got each other’s initials tattooed it would literally change nothing for me. Even if he and E were like “we have this weird sort of friendship because we’ve been forced to spend hella time together and are sort of co workers so let’s immortalize it! cheers!” IT WOULD CHANGE NOTHING FOR ME. Matching tattoos can be a very big deal, (Harry and Louis Lmao) or they can be not a big deal at all. If this is a matching tattoo with E, it does not feel like a big deal to me. It could easily be for Ernest, I’ve seen people say that too, but even if it WAS for Eleanor I just…wouldn’t care. Tattoo culture has a lot of grey area and I think people outside of it place a lot more meaning and emphasis on the permanence of tattoos or the necessity for tattoos to have meaning than those of us who are deep into it.