Rap legend Tupac Shakur got his iconic “Thug Life” tattoo at this Houston shop

Rare | 9/13/2017 | Gerald Hanks
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One of the most iconic tattoos in the history of popular music was the handiwork of a long-time Houston tattoo artist. The legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur went under the needle at Dagos Tattoo in Houston in December 1992, and walked out with his trademark “THUG LIFE” ink etched into the skin of his abdomen.

A Shakur fan site deciphered the meanings of many of the late rapper’s tattoos. For instance, the famous “THUG LIFE” artwork does not just reflect his attitude, it also stands as an acronym: ‘The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody’. The “I” in “LIFE” is shaped like a bullet, a reflection on the violence the rapper encountered during his youth in Baltimore.

Shakur - Customer - Dennis - Dago - Coelho

Shakur was a frequent customer of Dennis “Dago” Coelho, the owner and lead artist of the Houston shop. Coelho and Shakur...
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