After teasing it on social media last month, Lil Uzi Vert finally revealed images of his new body modification— a 24 million dollar diamond implanted into his forehead. The rapper tweeted that the natural pink diamond is “10 almost 11” carats and that he’s been paying for it since 2017. While the diamond is getting a lot of comparisons to Marvel’s Vision, it’s more likely to be inspired by Naruto. Specifically, the character Tsunade’s “Strength of a Hundred Seal”, which is a purple/pink diamond-shaped seal on her forehead that looks similar to the rapper’s new jewel.
Lil Uzi Vert has made no secret of his love for the iconic Japanese anime. In April last year, he dropped a track “Sasuke,” named after Naruto’s rival, and he also used various images of Tsunade as his Instagram icon. As for how one implants a diamond into their skin, it’s actually not complicated. Called dermal implants, the process is a type of piercing where instead of stabbing through two bits of skin, the piercer removes a small section of skin and then implants an anchor in its place which then can hold a jewel. Healing can take some time, usually up to 12 weeks and there’s a possibility that your body can reject the implant.
There is also a risk of scarring when removed, and more frighteningly, a chance that the implant can migrate from its original position. It might sound strange, but dermal implants are pretty common and are offered at most tattoo studios. In fact, they’ve gone so mainstream that “finger dermals” have become a micro-trend in the wedding industry, with couples opting for the implants in lieu of traditional engagement rings. Lil Uzi Vert isn’t the only celebrity to have gotten an implant either, Cardi B got chest implants last June.
Written By: Majid Alhusseini