If you love KJ Apa, then you probably know that the guy is totally obsessed with tattoos. Yep, the Riverdale star has been racking up a full-on collection of ink designs, and it does not look like he is slowing down any time soon.
In fact, he once admitted that if wasn’t for his job, his body would be fully covered already. “If I wasn’t acting, I’d have tattoos everywhere. I’m so jealous of Justin Bieber. I would have them all over my neck. And I want a sleeve. I just can’t do it though. I have to get these covered every day,” he told GQ Australia in 2018.
“I’m addicted to them — I love tattoos. I love the art of them, and I love the experience of getting them,” the actor also said in an interview with People. “I’m straight in there. I don’t think about it, otherwise, when you think about it you might end up changing your mind.”
Of course, Archie Andrews isn’t covered in ink designs quite like KJ, so how do they stay covered for the show? Head of the Riverdale makeup department Juliana Vit spilled all the tea to Refinery29 about making sure the star’s real-life tats aren’t visible.
“He has four tattoos now. He actually sent me a video after getting his newest tattoo on his arm. I thought, ‘Oh dear,’ because he’s always shirtless,” she shared at the time. “To cover them, we first use a coral cream from a Skin Illustrator palette to cancel out the darkness in the black ink, then we go in with another palette that’s thick, dries really fast, and doesn’t smudge. It takes about 40 minutes to finish him, face and body, for shirtless scenes. It is a bit of a process, but we did a good job covering them, as you’ll see.”
So yeah, it’s clear that his body arts are definitely a big part of KJ’s life. But wait, what do they all mean? Are there any special stories behind them? What does each one look like and where it located? We’ve got you guys covered! We went ahead and made you a complete guide to the star’s ink designs. Scroll through our gallery to see them all and find out the meaning behind each one.
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