Sylvester Stallone Gets Second Tattoo of Estranged Wife Jennifer Flavin Covered With a Leopard
Sylvester Stallone has had to do some creative thinking over the past couple of months to erase any trace of his estranged wife Jennifer Flavin from his extensive collection of tattoos.
The actor got a second tattoo to cover up a portrait of his ex after they filed for divorce in August following 25 years of marriage. Stallone went back to Oklahoma City tattoo artist Zach Perez to get this one done as well, camouflaging a portrait he had of Flavin’s eyes on his left arm with the head of a leopard. Perez shared the process in a video posted to his Instagram on Monday, writing, “Round 2!!! Here’s the other arm I covered up and reworked the existing horse. It’s an honor to know he can select anyone but he likes my work enough to come back and do another project! I’ll post the 1st session of the dog cover up soon! As always thanks for the trust.”
A couple of days before the couple officially announced their split, the Rocky star first paid a visit to Perez to get a tattoo of his estranged wife’s face on this right bicep covered up with a new tattoo of a bullmastiff, Butkus, the dog from the boxing film franchise. A representative for the actor denied it had anything to do with their split at the time, explaining that he simply “intended to refresh the tattoo image of his wife, Jennifer, however, the results were unsatisfactory and, unfortunately, unfixable.” Sly, himself, also later told TMZ that although he did cover up Flavin’s face on his arm, he still has a big tattoo of her across his back. A fact which, given the current direction his body art is going in, sounds like a third trip to see Perez is in store.
Initial reports as to why Stallone and Flavin ended their marriage after all these years suggested that it had to do with a disagreement over the couple’s new pet Rottweiler, Dwight. While admitting that they did have issues over how to care for the dog due to their bicoastal lifestyle and the fact that he was often away shooting new projects, Stallone assured TMZ that they “did not end the relationship on such a trivial argument.” He added, “We just went in different directions. I have the highest respect for Jennifer. I will always love her. She’s an amazing woman. She’s the nicest human being I’ve ever met.”
In an exclusive statement to People in August, Flavin said, “I’m sad to announce that after 25 years of marriage, I have filed for divorce from my husband, Sylvester Stallone. While we will no longer be married, I will always cherish the more-than-30-year relationship that we shared, and I know we are both committed to our beautiful daughters. I ask for privacy for our family as we amicably move forward.”