The King of Staten Island is quite insightful but did Pete Davidson tattoo a kid? Let’s explore some of the film’s truths and fabrications.

One of the year’s most anticipated films has arrived and a number of Judd Apatow fans are declaring The King of Staten Island his most mature effort yet.

The director has given us the likes of Trainwreck, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, This Is 40, Knocked Up and we’re glad to see he’s still a comedy master.

However, many will argue that this is just as much Pete Davidson’s film, if not more so.

The film is semi-autobiographical of the 26-year-old comedian and multi-talent, centring on the character of aspiring tattoo artist Scott Carlin as he struggles to get his life together.

It’s both hilarious and emotionally resonant but we’re here to focus on a certain scene in which Scott gives a nine-year-old kid a tattoo…

still from “The King of Staten Island” trailer, Apatow Productions et al.

Did Pete Davidson tattoo a kid?

  • No, there is no reason to believe Pete Davidson gave a kid a tattoo, for one very important reason.

In the film, Pete’s character has ambitions of becoming a tattoo artist and can be seen tattooing friends in a number of scenes. However, Pete himself didn’t actually aspire to be a tattoo artist.

Slate highlights that he has instead spent much of the last decade working to build his comedy career.

So, despite Pete’s overt love of getting tattoos, his hopes of becoming one are very much fabricated and define Scott’s character, rather than Pete’s own life.

Additionally, it’s referenced that Scott’s first tattoo was of Kermit the Frog smoking a joint. This isn’t true of Pete, who as far as anyone knows, doesn’t have such a tattoo.

On the other hand, there are some truths laced throughout the film…

The King of Staten Island – Official Trailer

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Contrasting Pete and Scott in The King of Staten Island

Pete’s real father – Scott Davidson – did in fact die in the line of duty as a fireman, and yes, Pete was 7-years-old at the time.

Although, Scott actually died at the World Trade Center on Sept 11, not in a hotel fire like the character of Stan Carlin in the film. His real mum, Margie, was also a school nurse and his sister was called Casey, not Claire.

As for his friendship circle, weed, video games and hanging out paints a rather accurate picture; we can’t say for sure about the pharmacy idea! In terms of the drugs, he has spoken out about addiction in the past and this isn’t something which is explored so significantly in Scott’s story.

Moving on, Pete’s struggles with depression are very much apparent in Scott’s character and, as Slate notes, as a teenager, he has admitted to closing his eyes while driving, as seen in the film’s exposition.

Throughout, Pete was also able to incorporate his real-life love of Kid Cudi through the soundtrack. His passion couldn’t be clearer and he even revealed in a 2016 interview: “He saved my life… I would’ve killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi.”

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Does he have Instagram?

No, Pete Davidson does not have Instagram.

He has had it in the past but has been known to delete it and then return. Page Six wrote that he returned in May 2020 to help promote the film, but if this is the case his account is hidden or no longer active.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of fan accounts.

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