Drake commemorates beating The Beatles’ record with new tattoo 

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo. Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top…

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo.

Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, with seven tracks from his 2018 album Scorpion.

In October, Drake secured 12 tracks on the Hot 100’s Top 10 in a calendar year, surpassing The Beatles’ record of 11, and this June, he passed the Fab Four to claim the second-most Hot 100 Top 10s ever, following Madonna.

The Canadian star has already marked the record-breaking feat in his music, and it appears he has now also celebrated the achievement in a more permanent way.

New pictures posted of Drake on social media showed him with new body art on his left forearm, and the rapper’s official fan account @WordOnRd shared images with the caption, “Drake has a tattoo of himself in front of The Beatles on his arm.”

The black and white tattoo is inspired by the band’s famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking in a line at a pedestrian crossing. In the tattoo, Drake has been added as a fifth figure, who is seen standing in front of The Beatles and waving at them.

The tattoo had a mixed response on social media, with some Drake fans finding the new ink funny, and others commenting, “I love Drake but that’s so tacky and cocky lmfao (laughing my f**king a*s off) it’s not that deep,” and “Drake tats are like a college students laptop with stickers all over (sic).”

Drake had previously celebrated beating The Beatles’ record in his rap on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad, which featured the lyrics: “I got more slaps than The Beatles.”

His other tattoos include homages to Aaliyah, Sade, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.

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Drake shows off giant new owl chest tattoo

Drake has showed off a giant new owl chest tattoo in a shirtless selfie.  The God’s Plan star is no stranger to body art and among his current collection of tattoos is an inking of a flower on his right shoulder, a portrait of singer Sade on his t…

Drake has showed off a giant new owl chest tattoo in a shirtless selfie.  

The God’s Plan star is no stranger to body art and among his current collection of tattoos is an inking of a flower on his right shoulder, a portrait of singer Sade on his torso, and a depiction of a lion on his left forearm.

Now, Drake has taken to his Instagram Stories to upload a mirror selfie in order to unveil the full owl design, which extends across his entire chest.

The Canadian rapper did not tag his tattoo artist in the snap, though he did later share a short video to his Instagram page showing him rapping along to a track from Smiley’s A Tape to Remember while standing in a swimming pool.

“Last week I had nothing…,” he captioned the clip, referring to a lyric in the song.

A number of fans took to social media to note that the tattoo looked pretty fresh, with one with follower writing on Twitter, “I didn’t know drake had an owl chest piece nice tho (sic),” while another added: “Dude drake I just want a clear view of the owl.”

While Drake is yet to share any other details about his brand new tattoo, an owl is perhaps an obvious choice considering that the bird is the symbol for OVO Sound, the Toronto-based label he founded alongside Oliver El-Khatib and Noah “40” Shebib in 2012.

Among Drake’s other tattoos is an etching of late star Aaliyah’s face on his back, a tribute to his friend Anthony “Fif” Soares, who was tragically killed in 2017, as well as a portrait of actor Denzel Washington in character as trumpet player Bleek Gilliam in Spike Lee’s 1990 movie Mo’ Better Blues. The tattoo was completed by artist Inal Bersekov, with the Oscar-winning actor praising the art during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in November 2017.

“Now you got me wondering where is that (on his body),” Denzel smiled. “That’s crazy. But I think he got some other people he admires.”

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Gucci and Dapper Dan unveil first collaboration

Gucci and Dapper Dan have unveiled their first collaborative line.The Italian fashion house, currently helmed by Alessandro Michele, and the Harlem-based couturier first announced a new Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule collection in 2017, continuing the part…

Gucci and Dapper Dan have unveiled their first collaborative line.

The Italian fashion house, currently helmed by Alessandro Michele, and the Harlem-based couturier first announced a new Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule collection in 2017, continuing the partnership the brands established after Gucci tapped Dan as the face of its fall/winter 2017 menswear campaign, and also helped him to reopen his famed Harlem atelier 25 years after Dan’s original store shuttered.

On Tuesday (17Jul18), the clothing line was officially released and is now available to purchase online and in select international Gucci flagship stores.

Large woven chains and abundant GG interlocking logos are key features of the collection, with the pieces taking inspiration from Dan’s 1980s heyday in which he grew famous for the pioneering streetwear looks worn by the likes of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike Tyson.

“Taking inspiration from archive imagery from the ’80s showing Dapper Dan’s custom pieces, the gallery of pictures shot in and around the streets of Harlem New York have a similar street aesthetic to the original photographs,” a Gucci representative shared in a statement, regarding the collection’s retro street lookbook. “Featuring young personalities from the neighbourhood together with models wearing the ready-to-wear and accessories of the Gucci-Dapper Dan collection, the lookbook pays homage to the celebrated designer’s heritage.”

Vintage silhouettes, metallics and velour are featured in many of the garments, as well as Gucci’s signature red and green striped motif.

The brand names are printed on sporty T-shirts, comfortable sweaters and even slides, while the iconic Gucci logo is displayed over baseball caps, backpacks, oversized jackets and sneakers.

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Dapper Dan’s memoir to be adapted for big screen

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen. The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike…

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike Tyson.

Day’s appropriation of luxury brand logos in his designs led to litigation in the ’90s, with the designer forced to work “underground” for private customers since closing his original store in 1992 but following a series of partnerships with Gucci, he has made a resurgence in the mainstream fashion arena.

The designer’s story has been chronicled in his book, to be released by Random House in 2019, with executives at Sony Pictures now confirming that they’ve obtained the rights to the story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the memoir will be adapted by Jerrod Carmichael, the comedian and writer who is perhaps best known for creating and playing the lead role in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom, The Carmichael Show.

The project has been described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age” story, though casting details and a potential release date have not yet been announced. Carmichael will produce the biopic alongside Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman, while Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre will produce for Sony.

Day, who is often photographed in tailored suits, has had a long history with Gucci, as in the 1980s, the fashion star garnered attention for using the brand’s logo in various outfits. However, the appropriation debate flared up last year when Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele was criticised by U.S. Olympic athlete Diane Dixon for including in his resort collection a jacket that copied a design Day had made her in 1989.

Since then, Michele has offered to work with Day, and included him in the Italian label’s fall/winter 2017 menswear campaign and backed his relaunched Harlem atelier on Lenox Avenue.

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