The Smoking Gun website has long been a fun website for finding celebrity mug shots, wacky police reports, interesting court pleadings and obnoxious riders and requirements for famous musicians. More recently TSG has been providing its readers with things like the weekly mugshot roundups featuring everything from ironic arrestee t-shirts, booked hotties, and some of the most screwed up individuals known to civilization.
Today’s Smoking Gun really delivers though, and in a tattoo-related way. Today’s Smoking Gun feature is a before and after picture of a man with some extreme facial tattoos. The first mugshot is from 2003. Michael Campbell of Colorado sports just a few face tats and a very dazed look in the early photo. His latest booking from just six weeks ago reveals a totally different look. Campbell’s entire face has been tattooed almost completely, with a particularly jarring expanse of black across his forehead, topped by a pentacle.
Other notable features of this incredible facial work is the Celtic knotwork running down the left and right sides of his face. While most of his original facial tattoos have been obscured, a doglike creature from the original photo remains on his chest. The tip of his nose has been tattooed black, with receding scale-like lines ascending towards the bridge of his nose. My personal favorite touch, however, is what appears to be a big polka-dotted bowtie tattooed across the front of his neck.
The article accompanying the photos is brief, but it notes that Campbell has spent a good deal of the years between his two mugshots in custody, so either he has found a very prolific jailhouse tattoo artist, or he is one dedicated man when he’s out of jail.
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The original Smoking Gun post can be found here.