Machine Gun Kelly Reveals the Truth Behind His Blackout Tattoo

Machine Gun Kelly, who recently revealed a blackout tattoo on his torso, shared how a "breakdown" led to his new body art.

By Sabba Rahbar Feb 22, 2024 8:43 PMTags
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Machine Gun Kelly is reflecting on a difficult chapter in his life.

The "maybe" singer, who recently debuted his new blackout tattoo, shared the story behind his ink in a lyric from his new track "Don't Let Me Go."

"Just like I wish they would understand me one time," the Grammy nominee—real name Colson Baker—rapped. "I had a breakdown and tatted my entire body except one line."

The 33-year-old originally shared the blackout tattoo on Instagram Feb. 20, writing, "for spiritual purposes only." He also noted in a Feb. 19 Instagram Story that the designed required "44 needles" to achieve and, as he wrote on his tattoo artist's post, it was full of "joy" and "pain."

In addition to the his breakdown, the lyrics in "Don't Let Me Go" also see MGK reflecting on fiancée Megan Fox's miscarriage.

"How can I live with the fact," he asks, "That my hand wasn't on her stomach when we lost the baby?"

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This would have been the first child for the couple, who got engaged in 2022. He shares daughter Casie Colson Baker, 14, with ex Emma Cannon, while Megan co-parents sons Noah, 10, Bodhi, 9, and Journey, 7, with ex-husband Brian Austin Green.

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Megan first opened up about her heartbreaking loss in her book of poetry, Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, published in November. In the collection of poems the 37-year-old wrote, "I want to hold your hand / hear your laugh," before concluding, "but now / I have to say / goodbye."

Two years ago, after performing "Twin Flame" at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, MGK addressed Megan's miscarriage, tweeting a dedication to the Jennifer's Body actress—who he referred to as his "wife"—and also added, "This is for our unborn child."

Machine Gun Kelly is not the first celebrity to debut a meaningful tattoo. Keep reading for more unique celebrity ink.

Elle King

On April 5, the "Ex's and Oh's" singer debuted a new tattoo, located on her rear, that paid tribute to some very important men in her life.

"I always said I'd get my baby daddys name tattooed on my butt…so I did," she wrote on Instagram. "I got 'brethren' for the men helping me raise my son. I love you guys so much, I wouldn't want to do life without yall."

Travis Barker

The Blink-182 drummer got a tattoo reading "Time Flies" in August 2023 after taking his 30th flight since surviving his 2008 plane crash.

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In March 2023, the Twilight actor and his wife got matching tattoos honoring their wedding date.

Jason Momoa

After shaving off some of his hair, the Aquaman star revealed a new head tattoo in Sept. 2022 that he said has been "20 years in the making."

Amanza Smith

The Selling Sunset star debuted a face tattoo, which reads "invincible" in script and sits beneath her jawline, in April 2022.

Shawn Mendes

The singer debuted a tattoo on the back of his neck in March 2022.

Maisie Williams

After filming Game of Thrones' final season, the actress added some symbolic ink to her tattoo collection in loving memory of her character, Arya Stark.

Emilia Clarke

Forever MOD! The Game Of Thrones star permanently inked a dragon tattoo on her wrist after wrapping the final season of the show.

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The former couple made their love a little more magical with matching Toy Story tattoos.

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