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Tattoo Artist Is Suing Tekashi 6ix9ine For Allegedly Stealing His Name

Oop! Roommates, a Brooklyn tattoo artist has filed a lawsuit against Tekashi 6ix9ine for allegedly stealing his name and putting a distasteful twist on the reasoning behind the name. According to Daily Mail, the artist, Takashi Matsuba, filed the suit yesterday in the Manhattan Supreme Court over statements 6ix9ine made in two separate documentaries which aired on Hulu and Showtime.

The Hulu documentary, which aired in March, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, broke down how he chose his stage name. He explained, “There was this tattoo artist named Takashi from our neighborhood. And he was this heroin addict. He did heroin to create. He did it to get himself in his little world.”

The ‘ZaZa’ rapper continued saying, “He did it to be himself. And that’s where I got the name Tekashi from. And that’s who I am. I’m Tekashi 6ix9ine, and I built my whole fu***ng world.” Takashi has denied all claims that 6ix9ine has made against him in the lawsuit. Especially him being addicted to heroin. In fact, he claims that he never talked to 6ix9ine at all. In the Hulu documentary, the narrator mentions that Takashi’s former roommate helped to influence 6ix9ine’s newfound persona at the time. The narrator says, “Peter’s roommate, a Japanese tattoo artist named Takashi, would inspire Danny’s new persona, Tekashi 6ix9ine.”

In the lawsuit, Takashi does confirm that Peter was his former roommate at one point but is standing ten toes down that he was not familiar with 6ix9ine. Additionally, Takashi says that 6ix9ine’s statements regarding him were defamatory and jeopardized his business for several reasons. With accusations of him using heroin, he feels that it can cause people to look at him negatively. Not to mention “tattooing requires the use of needles, and heroin is connected in the public’s mind with hypodermic needles,” the suit states.

6ix9ine hasn’t commented on the lawsuit, but we’ll keep y’all updated if he does!

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