Kate Moss' New Tattoos Send Bloggers Into A Frenzy
WRITER Stephanie Eng
Supermodel Kate Moss' supposed "million dollar tattoos" from the late artist Lucian Freud, have been a hot topic this week. However, it's unclear whether she paid anything for them at all.
As a young man in the Navy, Freud gave sailors rough tattoos using ink and a scalpel. He offered his services to Moss after she expressed interest in his early tattoos.
"I said I liked birds," said Moss, "and he replied, 'I've done birds. I've got it in my book.' And he pointed down at a painting of a chicken upside down in a bucket. And I said, "No, I'm not having that."
Fortunately, the artist was willing to compromise. Freud, whose nude painting of Moss sold at a 2002 auction for $3.9 million, tattooed small two swallows on either side of Moss' spine.
"I mean, it's an original Freud," Moss said, referring to her tattoos. "I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million?"
Moss didn't disclose the exact price she paid for the tattoos, but many sources are basing their million dollar claims on the cost of the painting. Celebrities are notorious for getting freebies, so who knows? The supermodel doesn't seem too attached to them, either.
"If it all goes horribly wrong, I could probably get a skin graft and sell it!"
Maybe Moss plans to make a few million dollars, rather than spending them.