Just as it’s impossible to picture Joe Exotic without his mullet, it’s similar impossible to picture Post Malone without his trademark facial tattoos.
But thanks to rapper Riff Raff, the world can now catch a glimpse of a pre-tat Malone after a throwback video emerged on instagram.
The clip, from 2016, is only brief, but shows a younger looking Malone sporting significantly less ink.
“STAYiNG AT HOME GOT ME FiNDiNG ViDEOS OF POST MALONE ON MY OLD BAT PHONE” reads the caption on Riff Raff’s video, in which a young Malone quickly appears.
The grills and cornrows are clearly still present, but it still feels weird seeing Malone much more fresh faced. The rapper has previously revealed in an interview with GQ that he only got himself inked as he felt he was “an ugly motherf**ker.”
“I’m an ugly-ass mother f*****. It does maybe come from a place of insecurity, to where I don’t like how I look, so I’m going to put something cool on there so I can look at myself and say, ‘You look cool, kid’, and have a modicum of self-confidence, when it comes to my appearance.”
The tats have since become his trademark to the point there are special instagram filters dedicated to them, as well as countless fans around the world sporting similar facial decoration.