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Jelly Roll Regrets 96% Of His Tattoos: ‘It’s Embarrassing!’

11 July 2023 | 10:39 am | Mallory Arbour

“I can’t believe I did this to be honest – did I make a mistake?”

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Jelly Roll has admitted that he regrets 96% of the tattoos he has.

During a recent interview with Audacy Check In with Jason Bailey, Jelly Roll said, “Oh, [I regret] 96% of ’em. I’ve got more tattoo regrets than, ’Oh, I’m glad I got this.’

“How you think when you’re 16 years old and how you think when you’re 36 are so dramatically far apart from each other. It’s embarrassing… I’ve got a Gerber baby smoking a joint on my arm. I don’t know who authorised this in my life, or who was around me at this moment, but I hate them.”

While tattoos are a big part of Jelly Roll’s image, so too is his signature mullet, which he recently cut. “I can’t believe I did this to be honest – did I make a mistake?” he captioned.

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Jelly Roll’s unvarnished and inspiring documentary premiered on Hulu on May 30. Jelly Roll: Save Me features interviews with Jelly Roll’s wife Bunnie XO and music executives, fan testimonials, B roll footage and family photos.

“[The documentary] is the most intimate, personal thing I could have showed the world,” he shared in a press release surrounding the film. “It’s my daughter, my wife, my real life, my struggles, my mother, my family… They were with me for hours and hours, thousands of hours.”

Born and raised Jason DeFord in Nashville’s Antioch neighbourhood, it was rap and hip-hop that called to him as a child growing up. His deeply personal lyrics and music blends old-school rap, classic rock, country and soul that is therapeutic, raw and tackles the heaviness in life. Since 2010, the genre-bending singer-songwriter has released an impressive number of albums, EPs and projects and seen him collaborate with the likes of Lil WyteStruggle JenningsRyan Upchurch and more.

2020 saw a paradigm shift (which is a word he uses frequently with good reason) in Jelly Roll’s career. He credits the release of Save Me from his Self Medicated album as the point in his career where he started to actually sing, while 2021’s Ballads of the Broken saw Son of a Sinner hit the hard rock and alternative songs chart and was most added song on country radio at its debut at the same time.

His latest album, Whitsitt Chapel features co-writes with HARDY, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Brantley Gilbert, who also sings on Behind Bars along with Struggle Jennings. It also includes the Lainey Wilson duet version of Save Me, as well as a duet with Yelawolf.


Keep up to date with Jelly Roll on his Facebook page here.