Chris Zylka meant no shade when choosing a giant gorilla to cover up a tattoo he had as a tribute for ex-fiancée Paris Hilton.
“It has to do with philosophy,” makeup artist Katrina Despotovich, who works on Zylka’s show “Dare Me,” told Page Six Style Wednesday. “He explained that it’s a peaceful animal. He loves gorillas. They’re just his favorite.”
While on set, Despotovich said she and Zylka, 34, would often talk about their tattoos, and the actor mentioned that he wanted to get the word “Paris” — written in the Disney font — removed from his forearm before shooting wrapped.
“It was just time,” Despotovich told us. “They’re not together.”
Aside from removing a reminder of his split, Despotovich said that the tattoo was also a nuisance while filming, since it did not go along with his character’s aesthetic and it’s “really noticeable to have a Paris Hilton tattoo.”
According to the Toronto-based makeup artist, tattoo artists have the legal right to sign off on whether their work can be featured onscreen. Despotovich said the artist of the “Paris” tat did not give approval for use on “Dare Me,” and so “wardrobe usually covered it.”
When Zylka expressed interest in a permanent cover-up, Despotovich shared that her boyfriend Winson Tsai was a tattoo artist in the area and could help. The actor then chose to not only cover up his “Paris” tribute, but also a lion head and quote that read “I’m worse at what I do best” featured on the same arm.
“The gorilla fit his whole forearm so it was perfect,” Despotovich said.
Zylka arrived at Chronic Ink in Markham, Ontario, Sunday at around noon to get his stencil done. The actual tattooing process took six hours, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“It was fun, super chill atmosphere,” Despotovich said, adding that the group listened to a mix of EDM, hip-hop and rap while at the shop. “They were just having a blast. I know that kind of tattoo on your arm is painful and Chris had no issues. He never budged.”
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