Tattoos are a great way to express yourself. However, speaking to many tattoo artists, you hear that many people seem to forget that the tattoo will remain on your body well into old age. While tattoos have been frowned and considered in the West to be crass for many years, things have definitely been changing. It seems that it has now become a lot more mainstream. It might have to do with the celebrity culture or modern fashion, but whatever the reason is tattoos are everywhere these days. And who better to look to for tattoo inspiration other than celebrities.
Sure, some of them have gone a little crazy and have tattooed every inch of their bodies, but most celebrities have amazing tattoos that you have just got to check out. Some are personal, dedicated to a friend or family member that has passed on, others are meant to inspire and help get through hard times, and there are those that are just plain old fun.
We have collected some of the nicest tattoos alongside some of the craziest and wackiest ones to give you the spectrum of what has been inked on our favorite celebrities’ bodies. Without giving away the juicy details, we’ve got you covered for all things cute to crazy. You will have to find out for yourselves which of your favorite celebrities look awesome and which ones you would never want to copy, and who made the tragic mistake of tattooing themselves with their now former partner’s name, only to begin removal process from their bodies. Not the friendliest reminder that you want to see every morning when you wake up…
You have got to see some of these epic tattoos to believe it. We have collected the best of the best tattoos and even dished out stories behind why they got them. Some celebrities tattoos are small and dainty, while others have dozens. These tattoos are so epic you have to check it out for yourselves. They range from tiny little flowers to massive tribal symbols across the back of their heads. Check out the pictures of these tattoos of the most famous people on earth, and maybe feel a little better in the process, either because of the beautiful and inspiring works of art they’ve added to their bodies, or out of sheer laughter from the ridiculous tattoos they actually believed would stand the test of time. Celebrities, they’re inked like us!
The one and only gorgeous Megan Fox who starred in Transformers alongside Shia LaBeouf has a tattoo that will most definitely surprise you. She has quite a few of them, actually, including one of Marilyn Monroe’s face on her inner forearm. But the surprising quote on her back was taken from William Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. It reads “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies,” in old English script. She did this to ground herself and not get wrapped up in the superficiality of Hollywood.
The adorable Drew Barrymore is not only an actress but a model, director, author of her own autobiography, as well as a producer. This talented actress has starred in our favorite romantic comedies from 50 First Dates to Never Been Kissed. Drew actually has a total of nine tattoos! She had a rough childhood with stints in rehab for alcoholism and use of other substances. The word “BREATHE” is stenciled on her left forearm to help her remain level-headed and calm.
Penélope Cruz is a stunning Spanish actress and model who has been in ads and on the big screen since she was only 15 years old. This award-winning actress has starred in many films and has modeled for Ralph Lauren and Mango. Out a total of three tattoos, the one on her ankle is the most curious. It simply says “883” and all we know is that her lucky numbers are 8 and 3. She has said about her own tattoo “It’s not the different things that have been said. I don’t think anyone cares. It’s my own tattoo.”
Hilary Duff started out as a childhood star on the Disney Channel television show Lizzie McGuire. She quickly rose to fame to become a famous singer, songwriter, and movie star who sold a total of 15 million records. What is her not-so-secret tattoo? On her right foot is the words “Let it be.” If that’s not your favorite idea then don’t worry because she has 12 other tattoos to copy from, in case you’re looking for some inspiration.
Shawn Medes is the amazing singer and songwriter that we love to bop our heads to while driving in our cars with the windows down. “Treat You Better” and “Stitches” are just a few of his top hits that we all know and love. This celebrity has quite a few tattoos including an adorable baby elephant on the side of his middle finger. He also recently got a swallow tattooed on his hand and apparently we will be seeing more new tattoos soon.
With a net worth of $300 million, Victoria Beckham is a woman to be reckoned with. Once Posh Spice of the Spice girls, she is now a fashion designer, businesswoman, model, and mother. She has served as the ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana and now has her own fashion collection, which won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011. She got her tattoo on the anniversary of her marriage to soccer star David Beckham. The tattoo written in Hebrew translates to “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”
Jamie Foxx is a multi-award-winning actor, producer, singer, and songwriter. Some of his best credits include Dreamgirls (we could stop here), Ray, Django Unchained, Annie, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His Grammy Award-winning music includes four albums that all reached the top ten on the US Billboard charts Top 2000. His massive tribal tattoo wraps around the back of his head, which was his 40th birthday present to himself back in 2007.
Kaley Cuoco (the coverup)
Another addition for this Big Bang Theory star, only this time it’s a bit of a cover-up operation. When she married Ryan Sweeting back in 2013, she decided to celebrate their love with a tattoo of Roman numerals, marking the date, in between her shoulder blades. However, when the pair filed for divorce in 2015, it was back to the tattoo parlor for Kaley! She covered the significant date with a pretty moth instead. She said there was no real significance to the new design, just that it covered the old one.
The famous and gorgeous Scarlett Johansson has starred in so many amazing movies we don’t even know where to begin. Some of her most famous films include Lost in Translation, Her, and The Prestige. She is a brand ambassador for SodaStream, Mango, and has modeled for Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. Joining her budding tattoo collection of a sunrise, and lamb, seen here, is a bracelet tattoo on her right wrist that reads “I Heart NY,” where she grew up. The tattoo has been seen on her since 2012.
The one and only singer, songwriter, and actress Hanna Montana, uh, we mean Miley Cyrus has her fair share of tattoos. This black stenciled tattoo is of her dog Mary Jan. She also has another dog immortalized on her body, Emu, which is placed on her other arm. Her other tattoos include the words “just breathe” and “Love yer brain”. She has a total of 31 tattoos including a watermelon and an eye on her fingers!
The incredible rapper and singer Drake has an interesting tattoo on his right arm, to say the least. According to the tabloid TMZ he has been trying to keep it under wraps for some time now. This musician clearly emulates other people because he has quite of few people’s faces tattooed on his body, including the rapper Lil Wayne. He also has multiple tats of portraits, including one of that the singer Sade even of actor Denzel Washington.
The model and singer Hailey Baldwin (and daughter of the famous actor Stephen Baldwin) has a tattoo of two arrows marks on her pinky finger. She actually got the tattoo at a party where a celebrity tattoo artist was doing tattoos for the guests. It clearly wasn’t too big of a deal because she has a total of 17 dainty tattoos on her body, including biblical references to a broken heart, which she matched with her friend, supermodel Kendall Jenner.
The incredible Zoe Saldana, who has starred in both the new Star Wars films, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, has a cute little tattoo on her foot. The tattoo is written in Arabic “I want to ask her”. She has a few other tattoos including another star on her foot and on her wrist as well as another on her ribcage that is written in Persian. The Persian writing is not clear, giving this celebrity an air of mystery.
The actress and model Cara Delevingne has quite a few interesting tattoos. With a total of 27 tattoos on her body, we aren’t sure which one to focus on. Her first tattoo was only in 2013 with a the face of a lion on her finger, and her tattoos have been getting bigger ever since. One such example is the pair of eyes she had inked on the back of her neck, which looks like they’re following you around the room, kind of like the Mona Lisa, but creepier.
Nick and Joe Jonas
The famous Jonas brothers have a duo act. They two brothers decided to get matching tattoos on their biceps. We wonder how their older brother, Kevin Jonas, and little brother Frankie feel about this. The matching tattoos are thin long arrows pointing at each other. They got it in 2016 right before the MTV VMAs. Both brothers have other tattoos of their own including Nick’s tattoo that symbolizes that “God is greater than the highs and lows.”
Lady Gaga has many tattoos but the one on her arm might just be the most interesting. Written in German (and tattooed in Japan) it translates to, “Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?” She did this to remind herself that she needs to write songs as much as she needs to breathe.
Supermodel Kate Moss has not only been on the cover of many magazines and advertisements but she is also a contributing fashion editor to British Vogue. There is even an 18-carat gold statue of her in a British museum! This trendsetter has an anchor on her arm, which has been copied by many stars including Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus.
The High School Musical Star Vanessa Hudgens is all grown up. She has starred in adult films and in Broadway musicals. She even played the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live as well as playing the lead role of Gigi in the 2015 production of the eponymous musical. She has a total of two tattoos, one of them being a colorful butterfly on her neck, and the other being dual om symbols ॐ on both of her hands.
Popstar sensation Ariana Grande has a total of eight tattoos. This young singer who started out as Disney Star has mostly small cute tattoos including a heart on her second toe on her foot and the word “Bellisima” on her ribcage. The “Bellisima” was for her grandmother because her grandmother called her beautiful her whole life. She also has a small moon under her ear and the word “honeymoon” on the inside of her middle finger to remember her Honeymoon Tour.
The singer and actress Demi Levado had twenty tattoos in total inked onto her skin. Most of them are sayings and words to keep her strong after tough battles with rehab and a hard time growing up in the spotlight. This tattoo, however, is honestly just cute! This picture of a smiley face tattooed on her pinky finger was posted on Instagram with the explanation given, “Cause life’s too short not to tattoo your pinky”.
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige not only an unbelievable singer with 13 albums under her belt but each one of those albums has received multi-platinum status worldwide. She has her own perfume and stars in movies as well. She has been inked five times but the most interesting one would definitely be on her right arm. She tattooed her own name “MARY J. BLIGE” in a capital gothic font, maybe in case she would get star struck and forget her own name?
This multi Olympic medal winner is truly an inspiration. She has gone to the Olympics twice and won gold medals both times. She is one of the best female gymnasts in the world and she tattooed herself to remember the Olympics with the iconic Olympic rings on her arm to commemorate. She has a total of four Olympic golds so it’s no wonder that she wants to remember a highlight of her life, standing on that coveted Olympic podium.
While most tattoos are graceful and some people like to keep them in hidden places, it seems that men have the trend to make them a bit more obvious. Unlike Jamie Fox who tattooed the back of his head, rapper Gucci Mane decided to tattoos the front of his face. He has an in ice cream cone complete with three scoops of ice cream (go hard or go home) on his cheek from his eyebrow past his lips. When asked why he did that to himself, he said, “I’m so icy, I’ll make ya say Brr.”
Katy Perry is the fun-loving singer that we all know and love. Her upbeat music can always get us on the dance floor and is also just great music to jam to while driving with the windows down. She has a total of eight tattoos on her body! Her first tattoo which she got when she was 18 says “Jesus” on her wrist showing her roots. She says about the tattoo “It’s like ‘remember, you came from this, and you can always go back to it.’”
Eva Longoria does it all, she is a businesswoman, director, producer, activist, and of course, an incredible actress. She models for big names, stars in great movies, and graces our screens on our favorite television shows (we’re talking about Desperate Housewives if that wasn’t clear). Her tattoo on her neck that says “nine” isn’t for the show she starred in Brooklyn Nine Nine but rather for her ex-husband’s basketball jersey number 9 for the San Antonio Spurs. Now that the two split she is trying to get the tattoo removed.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is the incredible singer and songwriter who can also produce music and model in her spare time. Her most famous song is “Summertime Sadness” and she has received multiple Grammy Awards for her work. What kind of words has she inked herself with? On her right hand it says “trust no one” as well as “die young” on the same hand on her ring finger. However, her left hand has the “paradise” written on it. Make what of you will with the dichotomy of phrases.
Lea Michele has a voice of an angel and starred in everyone’s favorite drama series Glee. She has many awards for her work on multiple Broadway productions and movies. She has two published books as well as two albums. What can’t this woman do? She has a whopping total of 14 tattoos on her body however they are all pretty small and cute ones. On her right foot,she has a few beautiful butterflies. Her most emotional tattoo, however, says “If you say so,” which is the last words her late boyfriend Cory Monteith said to her before he died of substance abuse.
Heidi Klum is a woman of many talents: she is a fashion designer, model, businesswoman, actress, author, television producer, singer, and television personality. She was a Victoria Secret Angel for 12 years and took the second place on the Forbes’ list of the “World’s Top-Earning Models.” What’s her tattoo? It is her ex-husband’s name “Seal” tattooed on her arm with a star for each of her kids including each kid’s initial inside of the star. Now that they’ve split it is rumored that she is undergoing the process of removing his name.
Kaley Cuoco (tattoo #2)
Our favorite television star Kaley Cuoco is known for playing Penny on the hit comedy show The Big Bang Theory as well as Bridget Hennessy on the old favorite, 8 Simple Rules. Her most secretive tattoo sits on her ribcage and is rarely ever spotted in public. Her husband was the one who posted this photo on his Instagram page, showing it off! It is one of her four tattoos and as it’s still unclear what it is of, this one remains a mystery!
Rumors have been flying about Dolly Parton’s tattoos and she recently responded to them in an interview “People said the other day that the reason you wear sleeves is that you have snake tattoos all over you, and I said, ‘No, I don’t,’ I do have a few little tattoos, but they were mostly done to cover scars because I’m so fair.” She admits to having a few tattoos hidden away, however, “They’re mostly for my husband,” she said. The star is married to Carl Thomas Dean.
The insanely gorgeous model Bella Hadid only has two known tattoos. Which makes sense because it just adds work for the makeup artist who will probably have to cover them up for her photo shoots. She has a tiny rose on the back of her arm close to her right elbow in black and white as well as tiny angel wings on her ankle. There are two rumors why she has the wings, she has never admitted it but it could either refer to her Victoria Secret Angel wings or her mother who she calls “Angel”.