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When last we heard from DJ and author Moby (born Richard Melville Hall), he’d canceled a book tour following the negative reception of his second memoir, in which he claimed to have dated Natalie Portman (which she disputed) and to have drunkenly touched Donald Trump with his penis back in 2001. Responding to the collective “yikes!” that greeted these revelations, Moby eventually apologized, saying, “I’m going to go away for awhile [sic].”
Now the famously bald and spectacled musician—who was almost a household name thanks to a string of dance hits in the ’90s and early 2000s—is back. Not only is he back, but he’s sporting a new, boldly-chosen tattoo. As he revealed on Instagram, his lower neck now bears the all-caps proclamation, “VEGAN FOR LIFE.”
On the one hand, Moby’s dedication as an animal-rights activist is well known. As he shares in the image’s caption, the 54 year-old has been a vegan for almost 32 years. “Working for animal rights and animal liberation is my life’s work,” Moby wrote.
On the other hand, well, it’s a neck tattoo—anyone second-guessing Moby’s decision-making process is probably less concerned about the sentiment and more about the aesthetics. Is this a good neck tattoo, stretching for three lines of black ink from just under his chin to nearly the collarbone? “[G]etting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet,” Moby writes, presumably gambling that he’s not going to wake up one day and not be vegan. Surely that is a safe bet, but it leaves the rest of us wondering: did the stakes have to be a neck tattoo?