Celebrity Tattoos: The best and the worst
Tattoos — once part of a sub-culture populated by men and women with serious macho credentials — has become so mainstream that even my grandmother has one now (which I will not post pictures off for obvious reasons). A big reason is probably the media and how more and more celebrities are starting to look like they are key members of the Midnight Boys Bike Club. When it comes to celebrity tattoos Angelina Jolie might have the most photographed tattoos of them all, but check out these other celebrity tattoos for a few star shocks and surprises!
Scarlet Johansson’s Tattoos
When we first noticed the tattoo on Scarlet Johansson’s arm, we thought it was kinda cute how Scarlett still gets a sticker after a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately, it’s actually a real tattoo that just happens to look like something you’d find in a 6-year-old’s birthday party goodie bag.
Hayden Panettiere’s tattoo
The immortal cheerleader from the series Heroes also has a tattoo, which is supposed to read “vivere senza rimpianti,” Italian for “live without regrets.” Unfortunately, it’s got an extra letter in it. How ironic is that? Getting tattoos in foreign languages that make you look sophisticated is cool and all, but at least check the spelling, GEEZ…
In 2007, Rihanna got a Sanskrit prayer inked going down her hip. The tattoo was supposed to translate to “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”, a quote from the Sanatana Dharma. Unfortunately, the tattoo was misspelled and translated to “long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness” instead, which seems like a pretty serious translation error. I guess it’s best not to rely on Google translate for these sort of permanent things.
In September 2012, Rihanna got one of her most bizarre tattoos yet, as a tribute to her late grandmother. Alongside the picture of her new ink, she tweeted:
“Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations – #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart.”
This is one of Rihanna’s most visible and famous tattoos. It was started by a tattoo artist in L.A, then finished in New York by her favourite tattoo artist – Bang Bang. The stars match former boyfriend Chris Brown’s trio of stars behind his ear.
Kimberly Stewart’s Tattoo
Kimberly must be really close to her dad Rod Stewart to be getting “Daddy’s Little Girl” tattooed right above her private parts. I’m sorry Kimberley, but that makes us all very uncomfortable…
Cheryl Cole’s tattoos
Voted by Sun as the celebrity who ruined her body the most, what do you think?
Beyonce had a tattoo of a preying mantis on her left hip but she had that removed by laser surgery. She currently has a tattoo on her ring finger that matches her husbands of the roman numeral for ‘four’ which symbolizes the day they were married. All together now… “AWWWWWWWWW.”
Megan Fox’s Tattoos
Shakespeare said ‘We will all laugh at gilded butterflies’ but what did this mean? It means you must laugh at something that is by nature beautiful but has been ‘beautified’ in order to be something that it is not. In its exaggerated beautification it destroys (by being weighed down – gilded) the essence of what it was intended to be (its true colors and true self) and intended to do (fly).
Whoopi Goldberg’s Tattoo
American comedienne, actress and television personality Whoopi Goldberg also has a number of surprising tats, including floral designs on the right side of her chest and the bird Woodstock from the Peanuts gang on the left side of her chest.
Britney Spear’s Tattoos
Britney Spear’s matching dice tattoo with former rapper/dance/ model Kevin Federline is perfectly symbolic of their relationship.
Poor Britney is also a repeat tattoo mistake offender. First she got a tattoo of a Chinese symbol on her hip that was supposed to say “mysterious.” Sadly, it did not say mysterious at all… Guess what it did say? “Strange.” It didn’t end there though. Next she had “God” tattooed in Hebrew on her neck. BUT IT WAS MISSPELLED. It’s a good thing that God’s love is unconditional else she would have been struck down by lighting instantly!
Nicki Minaj’s Tattoo
Nicki keeps it nice and simple as this tattoo is Nicki Minaj’s first and only. Written in Chinese, the tattoo means “God is always with you” in English.
Melanie Griffith’s tattoo
In 2000, Griffith had her husband’s first name tattooed on her right shoulder. Luckily, she is one of the few celebrities in Hollywood who doesn’t have to bear the burden of hiding a crossed-out tattoo of a former lover’s name. That’s right folks, this is what true love looks like! Ok, all together now… “AWWWWWWWWW.”
Jessica Alba’s tattoos
To me personally, Jessica Alba is the least expected person on this list for having a tattoo. Maybe I am just a naive fool but I always imagined she had a fairy protecting her from evil.
Turns out I was totally wrong though…
And yes, America’s sweetheart also has a bum bow…
Johnny Depp’s Tattoos
Johnny Depp has at least 13 tattoos, including this “Jack” with a sparrow for his son. That’s pretty cool. But lets face it, anything Johnny Depp does is cool.
Justin Bieber’s Tattoo
Yup, that’s right even Justin Bieber has a tattoo now. Sure, we had to spot it through a microscope but I guess his mom would kill him if he got anything bigger than that.
Mike Tyson’s tattoo
Ok, we seen plenty of tattoo fails but the title for worst tattoo mistake has to be Mike Tyson’s FACE tattoo. Poor Mike. He bit a dude’s ear off in a boxing match and all went downhill from there. There really isn’t much more I can say, is there? Well, at least he owns a pet tiger. That’s gotta help, right? No, honestly it probably doesn’t.
Lil’ Wayne’s tattoos
One of the most popular musician in the world, for better or worse, is Lil Wayne. The grammy award winning rapper is one of the only artists that can still move millions of units, and he does so by apparently saying the first thing that’s on his mind when a microphone is in front of him. He also has a ton of tattoos. Honestly, there is no point trying to count them all. Just like it’s utterly futile to try and figure out what they mean. If you’re familiar with his lyrics then you should know: the man is either an incomprehensible genius or just batshit crazy.
David Beckham’s Tattoos
David Beckham has several tattoos all over his body and says that he expresses his feelings through tattoos…
They include the names of his sons on his back and this angel on his back.
Marc Jacob’s Tattoo
Yes, fashion designer and creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton really does have a Spongebob SquarePants on his right bicep… Obviously this raises a lot of questions like: Why, how and why?! But it’s simple really. “I just think the colors of that particular cartoon are really beautiful and really sophisticated and interesting,” Jacobs told NY Magazine of the unique ink.
Jamie Fox’s Tattoo
Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx got the design on his head to celebrate his 40th birthday. We didn’t quite know how to respond to this one so we asked a very famous tattoo artist. His response: “Wow. That’s one of the stupidest tattoos I’ve seen.” — Bob, Tattoo Bob
For more tattoos, check out: Over 40 3D Tattoos That Will Boggle Your Mind and The Most Insane Tattoo Fails
Posted by Ron Rombouts
Sources: Daily Mirror, Huffinton Post