Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin, a couple who had been married for 25 years and together even longer separated recently when only a few months ago, Stallone had claimed publicly that if his wife ever left him, it would be “mass suicide”. However, life had other plans in store for the husband and things became irreconcilable between the couple, leading to Flavin filing for divorce.
Amidst all the drama that is pervading Stallone’s life, the fact that the tattoo of his wife’s face on his shoulder has now been covered by that of a dog caught attention suddenly and people started playing guessing games as to the reasons behind such a seemingly spiteful act. However, none other than the tattoo artist himself has taken it upon himself to clear the air.
The plan precedes the divorce filing
Mike DeVries, the man behind Stallone’s tattoos, and other celebs like Donnie Wahlberg, Travis Barker, and Chris Daughtry too, talked to PEOPLE and revealed that the Rocky actor had been thinking and discussing changing the Jennifer Flavin tattoo for some time now, much before Flavin filed for divorce.
Flavin’s face has now been covered by a tribute to Stallone’s late dog, Butkus. But this happened before the divorce filing. DeVries said,
“I already knew that he wanted to do something, because last year he emailed me, called me, and we discussed talking about making Jennifer Flavin into [Wonder Woman].”
According to what DeVries said to PEOPLE, Stallone is “one of those guys who just knows what he wants.”
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How Sylvester Stallone wanted his wife to shine bright on his shoulder
“He wanted the colors brighter. ‘Brighter, brighter. We got to get these colors brighter’… We decided on a specific image. And usually when you pick the image, you don’t want to veer too far away from it … So I remember getting done, I got the hair done. I’m starting to work on the face now. And I’m starting to work up. I get the chin, and I’m working on the lips, and I get the lips pretty much done.”
“He is like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on a second. [I] want you to do the lips like this.’ And he gets out different magazine covers. And he is like, ‘Make it like this.’ “
DeVries claims to have left a happy customer in Stallone, who was satisfied with the result he got. The artist claims that the covered-up tattoo “looks good”, however, he said he didn’t hear back from Stallone when he said, “I was basically telling him, ‘Hey, if you need the dog fixed up or anymore, I’m here for you.’ “
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Dog’s tattoo – not an act of revenge
Stallone had also talked to TMZ regarding the tattoo, on how in a mistrial to freshen it up, it got ruined and therefore he decided to instead cover it with Butkus.
The rumor that Flavin left Stallone over a disagreement when he got a Rottweiler, was also addressed by the actor.
“We did not end the relationship on such a trivial argument. We just went in different directions. I have the highest respect for Jennifer. I will always love her. She’s an amazing woman. She’s the nicest human being I’ve ever met.”
The rumor-mongering about Sylvester Stallone’s tattoo thus comes to an end establishing that it was not an impulsive act to make a petty gesture against his wife but a well-thought-out plan that just happened the coincide with his divorce.
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