Chris Simmons, the former rapper whose name appeared on a $2.5 million tattoo of the late rapper and actress Mary Lambert, is now an artist in the Cleveland area, according to his Instagram account.
Simmons, known for his tattoos of the pop-culture icons Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Mary Lambert and Tupac Shakur, tweeted Tuesday that he has been “creating and painting all over the city” in an effort to create a mural of the iconic singer.
“I want to give back and I want to show everyone that the work that I’ve been doing is worth the effort, and I know it will be appreciated,” Simmons tweeted.
“It will take a lot of hard work to keep this up.
The only way is if you support me.
If you have tattoos and want to see them, please let me know.
The only way I can keep this going is if I get a lot more support.
I can’t afford it.
So I’m going to keep doing it and hopefully someday, the work will be worth it.”
Simmins, who had been working in the tattoo industry as an artist since 2010, told Axios that his work has been featured on many local television shows and that he plans to take the mural to Cleveland’s downtown.
This is my first time doing something in Cleveland,” Simmons said.
Alyssa Bortnick contributed to this report.