A few years ago on VH1’s Black Ink Crew, cast member Jakeita “Sky” Days found out that her real name is actually Jo Keita. The revelation inspired the rest of the tattoo shop employees to divulge the monikers they were given at birth.
Sky, for one, still seemed a bit confused. “I don’t even know my f–king name like that. You know I just found it out!” she quipped. “I learned it trying to get a passport … Alright, I’m Jakeita Days.”
While a few stars seemed almost embarrassed to share their true identity — “The world knows me as Puma, but my real name is Paul Robinson. I know!” — others couldn’t care less. “I don’t have anything to hide,” Walt said. “It’s Walter Miller, that’s it.” As for Puma’s wife Quani, her name is actually Shaquana Robinson.
Some of these VH1 celebs boast lengthier monikers. Sassy, for instance, is Ashley Nicole Bermudez — “And yes, I’m half Puerto Rican,” she added — while Donna Lombardi is Taylor Monet Pinkney.
And Dutchess shared, “My mother named me Cristana Lavielle Lattimore.” Her co-star Ceasar was quick to joke, “So the accent just dropped? She turned French for a second?” The sassy southern belle replied, “It is French! I can’t help my mother’s Creole!”
But Ceaser wasn’t as keen to share his with the class. “Damn, it’s probably [been] 10 years since someone called me by my first name,” he admitted. “Y’all know me as Ceaser, but my real name is David Emanuel. Oh, that sounded white.”
Teddy was reluctant to give up the name on his ID, too: “I hate saying my name,” he said. “First name Teddy, last name Ruks. It’s Teddy Ruks, real name Shariff Homer.”
And we’re not sure how O’S–t got his nickname, but he shared, “My real government name is Richard Duncan aka Dick Duncan aka Big Dick Duncan.” Who would’ve thought?!
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