They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. And if that’s true, then Gwen Stefani’s sons are definitely huge Blake Shelton fans. Not surprising given the amount of family time Shelton has spent with them. But it’s too bad that in their quest for similarity, they picked a most unfortunate aspect to emulate.
Copy Cats of Deer Tracks
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) April 2, 2017
Spending time with Stefani‘s three sons, Kingston (10), Zuma (8), and Apollo (3) has become a regular thing for Shelton. And it’s clear that the boys adore him. So much so that the three decided to copy Shelton’s tattoo armband of deer tracks surrounded by barbed wire. They put their arms together for Stefani to snap a photo and post it to Twitter.
Ironically, Shelton doesn’t actually like his tattoo. He fully admits that it didn’t turn out like he thought, with the deer tracks resembling something more like ladybugs. In a 2013 interview with Access Hollywood, he admitted that he tattooed under the influence.
“I can’t blame it on the tattoo guy, because I had been drinking on this occasion,” the “I’ll Name the Dogs” singer said. “I drew him this deer track and he just went to the copier and made a copy and slapped it on there, and that’s what I drew.”
Six months later, he added the barbed wire, but to little effect. In another interview, he was honest about how awful he thinks it really is. “To this moment, people still come up to me and say, ‘Man, ladybugs … that’s cool. What does that mean to you?’” Shelton said. “I probably have the crappiest tattoo — not only in country music, but maybe the world.”
But clearly Stefani’s sons are fans– and he is certainly a fan of theirs.
It’s an Instinct
“For a long time, it was awkward trying to figure out what my place is and in their mind too,” Shelton remarked. “The best part for me, selfishly, is discovering a part of myself that I guess I never really knew was in there. It’s definitely an instinct that kind of kicks in.”
He said that their energy can be overwhelming and that “there’s days where you go, ‘Oh my God, when does school start?’” he joked.
Maybe all that family time will translate into an official family. Stepfather Shelton, perhaps?