clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Crucial Update

Drake's New Tattoo and the Definitive Ranking of Drizzy Ink

Drake's new tattoo
Drake's new tattoo
Skepta, Instagram

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Alleged future Mr. Graham-Williams and pioneer of OVO Sound just got a new tattoo. In an Instagram post by British Grime artist, Skepta, Drake's glo'd-up shoulder adorns the letters "bbk."

For the confused American reader, "BBK" stands for "Boy Better Know," a British Grime collective and label, featuring the likes of Skepta, JME, and Wiley. Drake has long admired the work of these iconic artists, going as far as thanking Skepta in the liner notes of his mixtape, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late.

Are OVO and BBK adopting the twin town concept for their respective labels? What we do know is Drake's new ink symbolizes more than musical collaboration, it's a cross-cultural rap brotherhood. He's branded for eternity, or at least until he gets it removed.

Though not as tattooed as some of his musical peers, Drake's relationship with body art has been long and complicated, demonstrating some signs of strength and weakness. His tattoos embody the many personas of Drake that have infatuated us mere mortals over the years.

Here is a ranking of the ink gracing Drizzy's body, from soft puppy dog to Views From the Six:

13. 'H' Star

November 18th H Town

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

Gracing the Papi's other shoulder is an ode to somewhere other than the six, can you believe it?! This allegiance to Houston is kinda bland, and is nowhere near crazy enough to be an interesting celebrity tattoo.

12. All Kinds

Photo: Pop Star Tats

Drake likes all kinds of women and all kinds of toppings on his pizza. A benevolent Drake is a soft Drake.

11. CN Tower

Photo: Pop Star Tats

If anything, tourist traps really embody the spirit of a city. Drake is coincidentally a tourist trap no matter his location, and who really likes those?

10. XO20 Songbird

Photo: Pop Star Tats

Paying homage to his friend and fellow modishly sullen musician, The Weeknd, this songbird lies on Drake's back, where all important tatts go. Very sentimental indeed.

9. Eye of Horus

Photo: Word on Road

There's a reason Drake is on the up and up, that Eye of Horus — which was an excuse to cover up a previous iteration of a CN Tower — has protected him from all those hurting his feelings.

8. OVO Owl

Photo: nomorefreerandy

OVO is an institution, and it better be marked on its founder for life. Ride or die attitudes make for a hardness that's soft in reality.

7. 416

Photo: Yahoo

In case he ever forgets his phone number, Drake has his area code inscribed on his chest. It's a big commitment to something he might end up changing in the future.

6. BBK

More than music. OVO BBK family for Life.

A photo posted by SKEPTA (@skeptagram) on

Pledging your allegiance to someone else on your body is a big, soft step. But the sheer concept of BBK is hard, so that evens things out a bit.

5. Everything happens for a reason, sweet thing.

Message.

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

This sickly text is so quintessentially Drake, it hurts. Why is it hard? The dude goes out in public with that.

4. Prayer Hands Emoji

@champagnepapi good times, thanks for the visit #jimjoe6 #wordsofwisdom #shamrocksocialclub

A photo posted by dr_woo_ssc (@dr_woo_ssc) on

The prayer hands emoji is hard a/f.

3. Aaliyah

Photo: Hip Hop Vibe

Drake's obsession with the late 90s R&B starlet knows no bounds. Whichever woman he decides to make his life partner has to live with the fact that she will always be number 3 in Drake's life, after his mother and Aaliyah.

2. Family Portrait

Photo: Pop Star Tats

Okay, now this has a lot of sentimental value for our Papi, but it's left his back looking like those reproductions of celebrity pencil sketches you see in tourist shops. Unfortunate.

1. His Father's Mugshot

@dr_woo_ssc mini portrait of my father

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

Now, THIS is the kind of celebrity absurdity you should look for when analysing tattoos. Dennis Graham's cartoonishly smug smirk forever has a place on Aubrey's body, reminding us never to mess around with him.