"Tattoo Model" Facial Tattoos Buzz
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Photos via Vin Los' Instagram

Last week, Vice interviewed Vin Los, an aspiring Canadian model who, at the time of the article, worked at a supermarket but had hopes of being world famous via words permanently scrawled on his face -- words including "lick," "fame," and "scream my name," among other insightful commentary. And those tattoos have indeed gotten him some press, with articles in less-than-literary publications like Us Weekly and the Daily Mail, although Los notes in his Vice Q&A that he has yet to get a modeling contract.

While sarcasm is just too easy here, I am reminded of how, when Rick Genest aka "Zombie Boy" was first profiled online via BMEzine, many mocked the young Montreal punk for limiting his life options. Now, Zombie Boy makes more money than most of us, signing deals with Lady Gaga, Dermablend, and licensing his likeness on products from condoms to bath towels.

Los, also from Montreal, is seeking a similar path, and as Vice points out, has created "a budget version of that Zombie Boy video" in which he shows that his tattoos are real -- just as real as his passion to "embody pop culture."  The video, embedded below, can be found on YouTube here.

I think the real obstacle that Los will face is that his tattoos aren't artful like Zombie Boy's, and in fact, are crude in execution and content. That does not attract license deals. No bath towels for him!

So it is likely the fame will come but for limited point-and-laugh type press. Then again, like Zombie Boy, he may prove everyone wrong.

I recommend reading the Vice article, an excerpt of which is below, because it offers some interesting insight into one's drive towards pop culture fame.

VICE: How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
Vin Los: I was about 16 or 17 years old. I got the Le Coq Sportif logo. Then I got words tattooed on my arms, and that's when I decided I would never get another image or drawing tattooed. Drawings don't mean anything to me. It may sound like I have bad values or something, but my tattoos aren't just for me. I want to be an image for people to look at, something that has an impact. Everybody who sees me is bound to ask questions: "Why fame? What's his life like?"

So you like it when people look at you that way?
Yes. A puzzled stare is one that's gonna last. I want to create a myth, a mystery. A lot of people ask me if I'm scared I might regret it one day. If I was indecisive, I don't think I would write on my face.

How do you pick the words or expressions that go on your body?
It's very superficial. I'll go on YouTube and listen to all the big hits and I'll just take words from these songs. For example, "Top of the World" is from the song by The Cataracs, but it's also what I want. I want to rule the world. As for the city names, it's to show that we are all on the same level. Borders still exist but not to the same extent. Whether you're like, in Zurich or Sydney, I personify all of that. I want to embody pop culture. You could look at me in a hundred years from now and really get the idea of what pop culture was like in the early 2010s.

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