Before and After*

Even though he’s the Hipster du Jour, I can’t stand looking at Zombie Boy. Now that I see what he’d look like without his tattoos, I find him even more tragic.

He’s actually a cute guy! And he fucked himself all up.

If you think he’s a work of art, don’t fly off the handle: I’m reacting as a mother.

In any case, it’s a great marketing gimmick for Dermablend.

What’s your preference. Before or After?


*Update:   Here is the best possible version of Zombie Boy,   from a helpful reader, Danielle.   Now he needs to go away and leave us alone. I apologize for bringing him up in the first place.

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42 Responses to Before and After*

  1. Mel says:

    I think he looks cute with the make up, sexy with the tattoos.

  2. Heidi says:

    I am reeeeeeeeeealllly tired of tattoos now!

  3. Sam says:

    So you can’t tattoo nipples huh?

    Who knew?

    This type don’t float my boat but, he’s not hurting anyone else, so c’est la vie.


  4. Sista Coyote says:

    Yuck. He’s disgusting in both pictures. I don’t particularly care for the biohazard Nazi/Skinhead look. Next!

  5. Sheri says:

    As a mother, and if I had to choose, I would say the 2nd version looks better (is that “After”?). I really can’t look him in the eyes, though, with that bolt going through the bridge of his nose.

    Maybe that’s the point.

  6. Lara says:

    Back in my punk days, I probably would’ve made out with the tattooed version but he certainly wasn’t coming home to meet the parents. He’s a lovely boy without!

  7. Cricket9 says:

    I think the tattoo is a work of art, but I’d like to know what motivated him to use his body as a canvas. Amazing what you can do with a bucket of Dermablend!

  8. alicia says:

    When I see him, I think that he must be dumb as rocks and therefore got the tattoos because the only way he can make a living is to be a freak of nature.

    At least this man did it out of an unhealthy obsession with a football team:

  9. Andra says:

    I’d just like him to go away and live on a desert island somewhere and think about why he decided to become such a fucking idiot.

  10. MJ says:

    All I can think is “damn, it must be really expensive to get THAT many tattoos.”

  11. Cricket9 says:

    It IS really expensive – a bucket of money in big bills to get it and another of Dermablend to erase it. As for becoming a fucking idiot – that’s not the worst of it, just google “extreme body modifications” – warning: not for the faint of heart, hint: penis split in three, anyone?

  12. Cricket9 says:

    To find out what his mom is (allegedly) saying about his tattoos:

  13. Witch Moma says:

    He makes me think of friends who’ve gone overboard with wallpaper in their homes – they just couldn’t stop @ 1 or 2 rooms, and now it looks like hell. I like him better plain & then I could ink him up w/my Sharpies if I wanted. 😉

  14. ali says:

    I like him without and WITHOUT those stupid piercings.
    with a big ol thick ol head of curly brown hair.

  15. Marky says:

    Boring and tragic in both photos.

  16. patni says:

    I think he is adorable in both ways! if i was designing him for my own particular tastes i might do away with the facial stuff, but meh. he looks cute and interesting to me.

  17. patni says:

    Also dermablend must have gotten a whole hell of a lot better over the years, or else i call photo shop. I tried it in the past to cover up some of mine for auditions, and it never worked.

  18. patni says:

    by “past” i mean probably 20 years, so it probably has got better.

  19. Juri says:

    I think he needs someone to tell him to wear a shirt. Or to lift weights. Having a torso of a six-year-old girl is not a valid reason for putting it out for public display – unless he strives for a career in twink porn.

  20. Bevitron says:

    I thought pouty and petulant before I thought about the tats, then when they sunk in I thought, oh neat, Piranesi! Then when I realized that was wrong, I just found him (as someone previously remarked) boring. It might be interesting to speculate how that’s gonna look when he’s 65. I like the idea of anamorphic tattoos that are designed to fall into place when the skin stretches in old farthood. I wonder if there are such things?

  21. Bevitron says:

    Oh – I don’t care for the after (that’s the pink version?) either. Too doll-like and unformed for me, but I’m sure the makeup doesn’t help with that. I likes ’em a little craggy.

  22. Andra says:

    I saw a woman last week at a rather exclusive soiree, in her 60’s, and expensively dressed, lots of jewels and, all in all, a pretty classy and high-maintenance looking old broad.
    But, the weather was hot, clothing was minimal, a lot of her body was exposed, and her wrinkly arms and saggy, baggy old skin drooping off in heaps, and hideous fading 40 year-old tattoos, just looked totally passe and absolutely DUMB.
    Don’t do it, people.
    Just don’t do it.

  23. kate says:

    i’m kind of impressed that he’s so COMMITTED. but he’s obviously more attractive without the skeleton face. i’d be more proud to be the tattoo artist in this case, than the one with the tattoos.

  24. lisa says:

    Im a fan of tattoo’s i have a very small discrete one in a place that can be covered or shown if i desire, and it has personal meaning for me. But it seems to have gotten out of control these days, gone are the days where you get a couple and maybe think of filling in the blanks, these days for your 16th birthday children are asking their parents for a full sleeve, and by 25 probably have majority of their bodies covered. I maybe think these parents are hipsters and haven’t allowed their children to put posters of their walls for fear of messing up their paint. Because it’s a well know fact that the posters you have on your wall as a young adult aren’t the type of thing you want hanging around your whole life. Or they are the type that encourage their children to do whatever they want, but not explaining some of these things have consequences… like your boy here who just looks like a freak. Was that his intention? Does he always want to look like a freak? Perhaps he should have just hung a freaky picture on his bedroom wall and then been able to take it down when he was tired of it. like i did with my Duran Duran poster and strawberry shortcake doll.

  25. Kellie says:

    he is having his 15 minutes right now. I feel bad for him when it is over. It will be a come down from being a GaGa insider, to someone without a job, I fear.

  26. Sandra B says:

    I love piercings and tattoos on a man, but Zombie boy has a cute face and you can’t really tell that with all his ink. So that part’s a shame. What I want to know is how MUCH of that Dermablend stuff they had to use on him!

    Andra, I have seen women age gracefully with tattoos, but you have to be very careful about your selection. No band names or barbed wire or cartoon characters or anything that will look dated in 10 years.

  27. Ann says:

    I’m with Marky on this one.

  28. sonja says:

    I bet he some days he wishes he could just take it all off, change his suit, be the guy in photo # 2. That’s the thing – it’s such intricate artwork (there might be ghastly symbolism that I don’t get), but it’s so hard to see beyond. He looks like a living cartoon. At some point there was probably just no turning back.

  29. alittlelux says:

    after… if he took out the piercings and maybe cracked a smile? a smirk? blue steel? i actually like tattoos but his are just ridiculous.

  30. Danielle says:

    I have a soft spot for tattoos (yes, even extreme ones) and piercings (yes, even bridge piercings) so I guess I’m kind of into him either way. Funny enough, I don’t have any tattoos and I haven’t held onto any piercings. I just can’t commit to anything tattoo-wise, and facial piercings just don’t mesh well with my career plans. I do sometimes wonder about the type of employment people with extreme tattoos and highly visible piercings get into. Or rather, whether they go into the tattooing/piercing process with the conviction that they won’t want to, say, go to law school 5 years from now and be a litigator. Not to say you won’t be admitted into the bar with facial tattoos–but I can imagine it would be tough getting clients…or talking to juries (particularly if you wind up in a conservative state). Maybe I’m just indecisive, but I’m always intrigued by how people can be SO SURE that they don’t want to do something when they’re so young!

  31. Heidi says:

    Ha ha, perfect!

    I am also starting to think shaved heads are just the lazy way out. They really do prevent so many men from bad hair, but on the other hand they all look like an army of dicks.

    It’s so weird to see dads, teachers, bank execs, etc. in Copenhagen, remembering as I do how only skinheads and gay men used to sport the chrome dome. Proof of my aging, if ever there was one!

  32. liz says:

    I think he’s beautiful.

  33. Rachel Starrett says:

    If you were speaking “as a mother”, you must have been a very judgmental and closed-minded mother. It’s not nice to put others down for their choices. Tattoos are a personal preferance just like earrings, or clothing, or gaining weight (minus people with thyroid problems). It’s rude to judge others based on their looks. Maybe you’d really like him if you got to know him.

  34. k says:

    “don’t fly off the handle: I’m reacting as a mother.”

    oh man just shut up

  35. BabyBucks says:

    I have to say i do like him in both pictures. But with the tattoos he looks extremely hot. No idea why.
    People can have their opinions, its not hurting me. If it makes him happy, its not away from me.
    But i do hope people would consider doing things like that also because wanted it or not, it will make your life abit more difficult. Having a so called “normal job” and so on.. In this world people will always be judged by their looks. A cold fact. But if the person has considered all that then why not. I try my best not to judge anyone.
    Still as i said i think he is hot.

  36. LeaveHim says:

    I think he look’s fucking sexy tatted up! LEAVE HIM BE!!

  37. A says:

    I think he looking amazing both way . I think he great
    With the tattoos there apart of him . Can’t judge a book
    By its cover . . I love tattoos and love getting them

  38. lorraine says:

    I prefer it with tattoo
    very very lovely
    my dream

  39. Anne says:

    What a bunch of pretentious, judgemental douchebags on here!! Holy fuck you all need a punch in the face to bring you back down to planet earth where you can come to grips with the fact you all are plain boring mindless sheep, who can never venture outside the box for fear of not being like all the other equally boring people out there. I pity your children you’d probably disown them for having an opinion.

    By the way he is freaking smoking hot!!!

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