Demi's terrible “vagina tattoo” sparks spat with artist

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APDemi Lovato attends unite4:good and Variety's 2nd annual unite4:humanity at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday

Hell hath no fury like a tattoo artist scorned. Especially if that scorn involves the hashtags “#RIPvaginatattoo” and “#kidsdontdodrugs.”

Singer Demi Lovato sparked an ugly online spat this month by posting a picture of a new rose tattoo on her arm. The spat was almost as ugly as the tattoo the rose was covering up: misshapen lips with an uncanny resemblance to the works of Georgia O'Keeffe, hence Lovato's use of aforementioned hashtags.

“Thanks for getting the tattoo covered up I did for free that you specifically asked for,” tattoo artist Ashley McMullen tweeted afterward. She accused the former child star of being drunk and urinating on a toilet seat during the session, adding, “The tattoo you covered it with kinda sucks too.”

At first Lovato, 22, took the high road by responding with a string of emoticons absolutely incomprehensible to anyone born before the Clinton administration. On Thursday, though, she lashed out on Twitter.

Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with substance abuse, criticized McMullen for “admitting to the fact that you tattooed a very intoxicated 18 year old on a tour bus without the proper judgement that most legit tattoo artists have.”

Lovato concluded with another string of icons that was presumably quite devastating.


A powerful earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 5,000 on Saturday is causing some rumbles in Hollywood.

Warner Bros. almost postponed the May 29 release date for “San Andreas,” a disaster flick in which a massive temblor pummels San Francisco and Los Angeles, before deciding this week to tweak the marketing campaign instead.

“We will continue to evaluate our worldwide marketing campaign to ensure that we are sensitive to those affected by this tragic event,” a studio spokesman told Variety.

“San Andreas,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Carla Gugino, shot scenes in San Francisco in July, including at AT&T Park and Fisherman's Wharf.


The murder trial against hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has been scheduled to begin July 7. … Britney Spears has canceled two shows after twisting her ankle during a performance in Las Vegas on Wednesday.


Actor Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is 33. … Director Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) is 46. … Country singer Tim McGraw is 48. … Actress Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) is 69. … Singer Judy Collins is 76.

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