According to tattoo artist Mike DeVries, Sylvester Stallone wanted to conceal his inked tribute to his wife Jennifer Flavin long before the couple broke up.
The Golden Globe winner made headlines in August for adding a portrait of dog ‘Rocky’ Butkus to that of Flavin on his bicep, just a day before news broke that Stallone’s spouse had requested the divorce.
“I already knew he wanted to do something, because last year he emailed me, called me and we talked about making Jennifer Flavin a [Wonder Woman]“Tattoo artist Mike DeVries told People.
DeVries tattooed Flavin’s face on Stallone, 76, in 2007 – a process that took 25 hours.
Calling Stallone “one of those guys who just knows what he wants,” DeVries recalled the actor asking for “brighter” colors mid-run and showing him several magazine covers as a source of inspiration. inspiration at the time.
DeVries told the ‘Creed’ star that Wonder Woman wouldn’t “work” as a cover-up because of her tiara – “Everything [Flavin’s] the hair would shine through,” he said — and Stallone, who is currently filming “Tulsa King” in Oklahoma City, eventually tapped local artist Zach Perez for the canine cover-up.
“Best day of my tattoo career!!” Perez wrote on Instagram on Aug. 16, two days after Flavin’s birthday. “Thank you for trusting me with your tattoo today @officialslystallone.”
Since being inked, the ‘Expendables’ star has responded to his ex-wife Flavin’s divorce petition, denying her claims that he “engaged in dissipation, exhaustion and/or intentional waste of marital property, which has had a negative economic impact on the matrimonial estate”. ”
The Hollywood legend also denied claims that their 25-year marriage ended because of his dog (no, not Butkus) after rumors emerged that they had fought over a new Rottweiler named Dwight. Flavin apparently didn’t want a pet, while Stallone wanted one for “protection”.
The action star told TMZ, “We didn’t end the relationship over such a trivial argument,” but admitted they disagreed on “how to take care of the dog.”