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Why Is 50 Cent Removing His Tattoos?

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50 Cent is erasing some of his past – literally.

The rapper – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – has begun removing most of his tattoos. Turns out, that ink is causing a problem as he turns his focus to acting, with roles in the upcoming drama Twelve, costarring Chace Crawford, and the football flick Things Fall Apart, due out next year.

“It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up,” 50 Cent says about his decision, which he calls “an ongoing process.”

Still, don’t expect him to rid himself of all the ink. His arms may be tattoo free, but 50’s vowed to keep a tattoo on his back.

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