Cardi B Just Touched Up Her Peacock Tattoo and Got Some Dermal Piercings

Angela Trakoshis

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Cardi B is known for many things in the beauty world. Her long acrylic nails, her wildly impressive wig collection, and her detailed tattoos. In late May, she grew her collection of body art by revealing a new massive back tattoo. And now, Cardi has decided to touch up one of her older tattoos since its color was fading. While she was at it, she got a few new body piercings too.

Cardi chose to refresh the coloring on her peacock tattoo, arguably her most iconic piece of body art. The rapper shared a before and after of the piece on Instagram, adding that it's been 10 years since she first got her peacock tattooed on the side of her hip and thigh, so it was time for a refresh.

"So after ten years, I gave my peacock tattoo a makeover. This whole week I have been takin hours of pain getting tatted," she captioned the photo. The artist behind the needle is Jamie Schene, who was also responsible for the new back art Cardi just got.

In addition to just touching up the color of the art, Schene also added new details to enhance the peacock. He gave a new texture to the feathers, added more florals, and a beautiful, vibrant butterfly to the center. The tattoo artist also posted his work to his personal Instagram page where he wrote "I gave Cardi's peacock a makeover! Thanks for the trust. Your strength and determination are inspiring," he wrote. "Getting tattooed for 7 days in a row is no joke." Personally I could barely sit for 20 minutes to get my tattoo, so seven days honestly sound impossible.

The day after posting her tattoo refresh, Cardi posted the lived footage of her (painfully) getting new dermal piercings, bringing her piercing count to three total on her chest, one of which is a dollar sign-shaped stud encrusted with diamonds. She also re-pierced her lip, where she captioned the video "This bitch hurt 😩I forgot how it felt." Cardi held onto husband Offset's hand throughout the process as well.

While Cardi's tattoos and piercings look great, Bringing someone to your house to do some body mods in the midst of COVID-19 is definitely not recommended. However, if tattoo parlors are open in your state, there are precautions you can take to make the experience of getting new ink as safe as possible. According to Los Angeles-based physician Carolyn Kaloostian, if someone decides to get a tattoo at this time, all involved should wear a face covering and eye protection the entire time. Gloves should be disposed of and hands washed between each client — Something that's already standard practice for most tattooers. Not to mention, Kaloostian also says that artists and employees should minimize person-to-person contact by using contact-less payment and strategically using plexiglass partitions if possible. 

"As this is a truly historic time and many may wish to get a tattoo. But if this is non-urgent, we do recommend they be postponed. It would not be a good idea to bring clients to your home for various reasons nor attempt DIY tattooing," says Kaloostian.

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