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Frankie Ballard Dishes on Shorter Hair, Tattoos and New Image

“I’m into American traditional styling of tattoos . . . pirate tattoos and things like that right now,” he notes.

photo by Sam Erickson/Sony Music Nashville

These days, Frankie Ballard is sporting an updated new look. When he first hit the music scene, the country cutie had longer, shaggy hair and arms clear of any markings.

Nowadays, Ballard is rocking multiple tats on both arms and a shorter hairstyle, but rest assured, nothing about his new look was planned.

“I had what is generally considered long hair for more than 10 years,” Frankie explains to Country Weekly. “I just woke up one morning and looked in the mirror and said, ‘I need a haircut!’ I enjoy it. It’s much easier to deal with! I like it! I like it short.”

However, that too could soon change. “It’s currently growing as we speak, so you never know what could happen,” he says, laughing. “My image is not planned out or mapped out by a group of marketing people. I just do what I feel. I try to do that onstage, too, while I’m performing. It’s always worked OK for me. What you see is what I’m feeling at the moment.”

And as far as the fresh ink that he had done a few months back? He also digs it. But Momma? Not so much!

“I’m into American traditional styling of tattoos . . . pirate tattoos and things like that right now,” Frankie notes. “That’s the style of my tattoos. I think my mom wants me to quit, but I don’t know if I will!”

Fans can check out Frankie’s new look on the road this fall as he continues to open for Rodney Atkins’ More Hits for Your Money Tour.

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