THE KZN man who painted DJ Tira’s face on his body says he’s been cyberbullied, but he’s not shaken.

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Nhlonipho Mdletshe (27) from uMhlabuyalingana, KZN, shocked music fans when they saw his tattoo of Tira’s face on his left side of the chest on social media.

Nhlonipho opened up about his love for Tira’s music.

Speaking to Daily Sun, he said doing the tattoo did not mean he was mentally unstable.

“I’m not mad. Those backlashing me don’t know why I did this. Tira is my inspiration. He has helped a lot of artists with their careers. I’m talking about Joocy, Dladla Mshunqisi, Tipcee and many more who are now well-known. He’s selfless, and I think he’s not appreciated enough, hence I decided on this tattoo – it’s my way of appreciating him. When I look at it, I get inspired. It encourages me to help the poor,” said Nhlonipho.

He said that his girlfriend did not have a problem with the tattoo.

“She understood that I love music and Tira. She didn’t even demand to also have her tattoo on my body. She understood why I decided to do what I did, and she was very supportive when social media bashed me.”

He said that he had asked Tira to have a meeting with him.

“Meeting Tira will be my biggest achievement. When I spoke to him, he was nice and told me he’d get back to me. I hope he will get the time to meet with me. I can’t reveal why. But as much as I love music, I’m not planning to launch any career related to it. I’m not a musician – I’m just a fan who loves Tira and is inspired by him through helping people without expecting anything in return,” he added.

DJ Tira confirmed to Daily Sun that he would be meeting with Nhlonipho.

“Yes, I will meet him,” he said without elaborating on his thoughts about the matter.