Is Elijah Daniel's "Phag" Tattoo Fake? We Examine The Evidence

14 March 2018, 11:22

Elijah Daniel&squot;s "Phag" Tattoo
Elijah Daniel's "Phag" Tattoo. Picture: Instagram

By Josh Lee

We've got the receipts for your consideration.

We were all pretty speechless when Elijah Daniel got the word "Phag" tattooed onto his forehead back in November 2017, but is everything really as it seems? After a phew suspect Instagram posts, it appears that Elijah's ink is far more changeable than you'd expect from a permanent tattoo. Some have gone as far as to suggest that Elijah's "Phag" tattoo is, in fact, a fake that he is covertly reapplying.

While the idea of writing the word "Phag" on your forehead, only to wash it off and reapply when needed, seems almost as ridiculous as actually getting it tattooed permanently, the evidence is compelling to say the least. Take a look at the snaps below and see what you think.

1. The original Phag "tattoo"

Elijah Daniel&squot;s "Phag" Tattoo
Elijah Daniel's "Phag" Tattoo. Picture: Instagram

The earliest available photo of Elijah's controversial tat, here you can see how the "P" is spacious with a slightly elongated curve, while the top of the "G" is also curved. Hold those details in mind as we head to exhibit two.

2. Different angle, or new tattoo?

Elijah Daniel&squot;s "Phag" Tattoo
Elijah Daniel's "Phag" Tattoo. Picture: Instagram

Just a month after getting the tattoo, it appears to be changing. Below you can that the curve of the "P" is more squished than photo number one, and the curve on the top of the "G" seems to have straightened out. It's a little suspicious, but these differences could be put down to a difference in angle and also the natural changes that happen to tattoos after you get one done.

The jury is still out at the point. However, exhibit three might just tip the scales towards fakery.

3. A whole new tattoo?

Elijah Daniel&squot;s "Phag" Tattoo
Elijah Daniel's "Phag" Tattoo. Picture: Instagram

In this photo, uploaded to Elijah's Instagram account in February, the tattoo looks completely different. While the shape of the "P" which is now very squashed together, could be explained by Elijah's slight frown in the photo, the "G" in this photo is unrecognisable from the first. The "H" and "A" also appear to be in completely different handwriting than they were in exhibit one. Now, you could argue that perhaps Elijah got the Tattoo retouched, but considering that the handwriting quality appears to have worsened over time, it seems unlikely that this was the job of a professional tattoo artist.

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