Today in highly unexpected celebrity news: Pete Davidson has allegedly decided to ditch his massive ink collection. And yes, we're talking the entire lot, which up until recently, included over 100 tattoos.
The news was revealed not by Davidson himself but by film critic Mike McGranaghan, who shared the entertainer's decision on Twitter after a virtual event with the cast of The King of Staten Island. "Just attended a virtual Q&A with the Judd Apatow and the cast of THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND," McGranaghan tweeted earlier in December. "And here's a scoop: Pete Davidson is in the process of getting all his tattoos removed!"
Naturally, fans were shocked by the news, and some of them seem to be less than thrilled. For instance, one fan responded, "I won't stand for this," while another added, "No😭 someone stop him." Additionally, others responded with some skepticism, to which McGranaghan responded: "No, it's real. He even showed his hand, which is already done. He said it takes 3-4 hours in the makeup chair to cover them, so he figured 'it would be easier to get them burned off.'"
Speaking of getting them burned off... it's no secret that the tattoo removal process is a pretty painful one. In fact, earlier this month, Kelly Osbourne shared some up-close footage of herself undergoing the procedure, and she said it's "1000000000000 times worse" than getting tatted. Of course, everyone's pain tolerance is different, so if you're thinking of having a tattoo removed, don't let Osbourne's personal experience deter you.
For those who don't know, tattoo removal involves a laser that penetrates the skin and dissolves the ink underneath, which does sound pretty painful if you ask us. Paul Jarrod Frank, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure exactly how the process works, explaining that "a high-intensity light beam is targeted at the pigmentation, causing it to break apart, become absorbed into the body, and be excreted through the body's natural immune system."
Another aspect to note about the ink removal process is that it typically involves multiple lasering sessions to get fully rid of the ink, so Davidson is definitely in for a long ride if he is in fact having all of his 100+ tattoos removed. Of course, just like everyone else, we'll have to wait and see what Davidson ends up doing. In the meantime, we'll be here waiting for the comedian to officially confirm the news himself.
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Originally Appeared on Allure