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Grace Dent: Dappy's new hashtag tattoo is unlikely to get him trending

From a distance the tattoo looks like a squashed bluebottle

Tiny, shouty pop-star and ex-Celebrity Big Brother contestant Dappy has a new tattoo. It’s on his face - his cheek, to be exact. It’s the Twitter symbol # - or “hashtag”, as the digitally-minded among us say. Dappy’s reasoning for this was faultless. “The reason I got a # Tatted on my FACE was simply 2 make sure IT stays trending 4 ever.”

Again, I’ll translate for the less social media-aware. This keyboard symbol allows Twitter users to find each other more rapidly, and sometimes leads to subjects become trending topics. Dappy has had one tattooed on to his face so that whenever anyone points at it he can make the weak joke that “his face is a trending topic”.

It’s not a very good joke, or a very deep message, and from a distance the tattoo looks like a squashed bluebottle. On Twitter, it failed to become a trending topic. Tattoo in haste, repent at leisure.

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