• Thu, Feb 27 - 11:53 am ET

Brilliant New Internet Meme Covers Kate Middleton And Other Classy Ladies In Tattoos

A new art project from Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall finally puts to bed the tired notion that tattoos ruin a person’s appearance.

The issue was top-of-mind today, because yesterday we fell victim to some rage-inducing clickbait in the form of an XO Jane article titled, “Unpopular Opinion: Tattoos Are Corny And Degrading.” But today we found Randall’s breathtaking photo project, “Shopped Tattoos,” and faced with his pictures few people could argue that tattoos are “degrading.”

For his project, Randall Photoshops tattoos onto celebrities to see what they would look like if they were slightly different people, and the results are amazing.

Randall says the project stems from a “slight obsession with seeing, out of pure curiosity, what some of my favorite iconic personalities would look like, perhaps  if they were in a parallel universe or took another path in life.

No one can look at Audrey Hepburn in tattoos and think that tattoos are inherently corny and degrading. Even covered in heavy ink, she still looks like a damn princess.

Even real princesses get the treatment:

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge look like a slightly prettier version of every hipster couple we know, and the result is amazing.

It’s too much to hope that Kate Middleton would ever actually dye her hair purple, but it is a shame because that color looks breathtaking on her.

River Phoenix looks so natural in his imaginary tattoos.

Winona Ryder still looks like a perfect 90s gelfling.

Check out more of Cheyenne Randall’s work on Instagram.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    this is AMAZING! Marilyn and audrey might be my faves.

  • Benita

    All this does is reaffirm that I do not find heavily tattooed people appealing. To each his own.

  • CrosslyStitched

    When I see a person covered in tattoos I always think about the effort it will take to keep those tattoos looking bright and sharp. Then I feel exhausted.

    • J_Doe5686

      Every couple of years you get it retouch. Easy but I only have two.

  • J_Doe5686

    I don’t like these pics. They all have the same tattoo style and there’s not much of a difference. Prince William would look cool with tattoos.

    • Crayzcheshire

      I was thinking the same! I love the idea and concept but hate that each pic features the same clip-art cut & paste tats… would have liked to see a variety of different styles on different people. And you can’t get a tattoo on the palm of your hand! sheesh.

    • J_Doe5686

      I know, right?! That’s the only reason why I don’t like the pictures.