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Pete Davidson’s Story About Getting His Tattoos Removed is Actually Pretty Funny

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Pete Davidson looks like a cross between a child and an old man. And you’d think that by that I would mean “normal adult” but I assure you I do not.

Part of the reason is that he is absolutely covered in tattoos to the extent that I’m surprised he’s been alive long enough to have that many of them done. Having that many tattoos might be fine if you’re a YouTube chef or a stand-up comic or a cast member on a sketch comedy show that’s been sailing by on nostalgia for two decades, but it’s not great if you’re an actor and you’d like roles other than drug dealer or drug user.

Pete is having a lot of his tattoos removed because it’s better than sitting in a make-up chair for three hours every morning having them covered up because you’re playing a character with a normal amount of tattoos.

Pete was actually pretty funny explaining the process to Seth Meyers on Late Night. Via The Hollywood Reporter.

“So before he goes to laser each tattoo, you hear him announce what the tattoo is to make sure if you want to keep it or not,” Davidson explained. “So I will be sitting there all high off the Pro-Nox [nitrous oxide] … and then all of a sudden I’ll hear, ‘Are we keeping the Stewie Griffin smoking a blunt?’ And I have to sit there and be like, ‘No, Dr. G.’”

Added Davidson, “If you’re going to get tattoos, just make sure you really, really want it — and aren’t on mushrooms.”

I haven’t been a huge fan of Davidson, but it occurred to me during this that pretty much everything I’ve seen him do is stuff that was written or approved by the writers at SNL, so of course it’s not going to be funny. Maybe I misjudged him.

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