Albany Mayor Featured Prominently in Adam Levine's New Tat

By Dodie Fingerton

Published February 28th, 2016

Adam Levine's new back tattoo featuring Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

ALBANY — When Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine revealed his epic new back tattoo via Instagram on Monday, Capital Region politicos were shocked to discover a familiar face staring back at them: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

“That's definitely her, right?” asked Councilman Jed Plunked, 8th Ward.

New York State Senator Neil Breslin had a similar reaction: “She's a handsome lady with very distinct features. I think that's her.”

Levine confirmed the central figure was indeed Sheehan in a tweet on Tuesday.

“This baby was 6 months in the making,” The Voice co-host wrote. “Props to Albany's lovely mayor @KathySheehan. You go girl!”

Levine's giant tat — which spans his entire back— features a fierce-looking Sheehan as a winged mermaid cradling a huge skull. The design was completed by San Rafael, California, tattoo artist Durge Wheatburn.

“Adam has spent millions trying to look manly,” said Wheatburn. “He's a little guy with a meticulously groomed beard, so it hasn't been easy. But I think the new tat really helps... though I'm still not sure who the chick is.”

Betty White, a spokeswoman for Sheehan, said the mayor was “totally stoked” when she learned she had been immortalized on the tiny little pop star's hairless torso.

“Of course she was surprised,” said White. “She's never met Adam, but she's a big fan. As a lover of all things Adirondack-chic, Kathy respects his lumber-sexual lifestyle and the commitment he's made to pretending to look rugged.”

While Levine has yet to explain the meaning behind his tat-sterpiece, some think the choice to portray Albany's top dog as a watery nymph is a bit odd.

“Mermaids are conventionally depicted as stunning fish-women with long flowing hair,” said Professor Rusty Grim, a noted art historian at SUNY New Paltz. “They are sometimes equated with the sirens of Greek mythology, who would lure soon-to-be-shipwrecked sailors into nearby rocks with their beauty. Not sure why Adam Levine would see Kathy Sheehan in that light, though. Artist-types, right? Who can explain them.”

This, of course, isn't the first time an Albany mayor's likeness has appeared etched into the skin of a celebrity. In 1998, Selma Hayek shocked the world when she inked then-mayor Jerry Jennings' handsome mug onto her inner thigh.

“Chalk this up to another weird, celebrity trend,” said Bernie Duplow, editor of Tit for Tat Magazine. “A-listers and their fascination with tattoos of Albany Mayors. I don't think I'll ever fully understand it.”


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