Did you know that 59 % of women have tattoos compared to 41 % of men in America? Included in the population, of course, are celebrities. We’ve all seen some bad tattoos, but today we want to celebrate the better tattoos that mark the bodies of our favorite actors, actresses, models, and singers.
Sure, there are celebs that share images of their new tats (intimate or not) right away on social media. But then there are the lesser known tattoos that we don’t see in their public appearances. There’s also sometimes a deep meaning behind the ink. Let’s have a look into the body art of Hollywood stars.
Megan Fox – Gilded Butterflies
On Megan Fox’s right shoulder blade, you’ll see her tattoo written in a medieval gothic font that is a famous Shakespearean quote: “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies.” The line came from one of his plays, King Lear.
The 32-year-old actress made her film debut in Holiday in the Sun, the 2001 movie with the then-popular Olsen twins. But she’s best known for her roles in the Transformers movies.
Selena Gomez – Honoring Her Sister
Selena Gomez has a lowercase cursive “g” underneath her left ear, which is tasteful not just for its small size and placement, it has a sweet meaning.
She got the “g” to honor her younger sister, Gracie. What a cute idea. She obviously loves her very much.
We just love the next tattoo. See who it’s on!
Lily Collins – Her Tattoo Represents Her Name
When Lily was on a trip to South Korea in 2016, she got a tattoo of a nude woman sitting on a lily pad. Apparently, it’s meant to represent her name. Makes sense!
Lily’s first screen role was at the age of two, believe it or not, in the BBC series Growing Pains, in 1992. But you probably recognize her from The Blind Side.
Cara Delevingne – Inked Out Supermodel
This supermodel is another A-list celeb known for her collection of tattoos. It’s tough to show all her body ink, but here you’ll see both her wrist art as well as her elephant tattoo.
Cara likes animals. Besides her elephant, she also has Delevingne also has a lion on her pointer finger, a white dove, and a wasp.
The next celeb is also fully inked!
Demi Lovato – She Has More than 30!
Demi Lovato has more than 30 tattoos on her body. We just love her latest addition: a smiley face on her pinky. Why? Because “life’s too short not to tattoo your pinky,” she wrote on Instagram.
For those who may not be familiar with Demi, she’s a singer, songwriter, and actress. You must have heard her most famous song may just be “Sorry Not Sorry.”
Drew Barrymore – A Lifetime Note on Her Arm
Drew Barrymore got a tiny wrist tattoo reading “Olive and Frankie.” She wanted to honor her two daughters. She posted on Instagram: “Getting a great little lifetime note on my arm.”
No introduction is needed for Drew Barrymore. But we will tell you that she is currently filming a movie called The Stand-In, expected to come out this year.
Ellie Goulding – Rib Cage Ink
The singer/songwriter added a rib-cage tattoo after performing at Coachella, featuring some art inspiration that she brought to Dr. Woo – a tattoo artist known for tatting up many stars.
You probably have heard her famous hits “On My Mind,” “Burn,” and “Love Me Like You Do.”
Have you seen the son of David and Victoria Beckham? He’s got some nice tattoos too.
Justin Bieber – Baby Boy Ink
Bieber has too many tattoos to count. Well, rumor has it that he has 56, but it’s not confirmed. The artist is literally covered in ink.
The 24-year-old just got married to Hailey Baldwin, or shall we say, Hailey Bieber. The model and the singer just got hitched a matter of weeks ago.
Next – even Hermione has tats!
Emma Watson – Time’s Up
At the Oscars 2018 Vanity Fair party, everyone was talking about her mini bangs. But we’re more interested in her “Time’s Up” tattoo.
The only thing is it’s grammatically incorrect, as it’s missing an apostrophe! We really hope she goes to get the tiny little dash added to her otherwise classy tattoo.
Jessica Alba – This Was After a Bad Breakup
Alba revealed to Stephen Colbert on his show that she got the tattoo after a bad breakup. She chose to get a Sanskrit character that symbolizes a lotus.
Although she still got recent ink, she regrets her earlier tattoos from her 20s. As she stated, ‘I’m not into them now the way that I was. Understand that tattoos are forever.’
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Rihanna – No Shortage of Body Ink
The singer and beauty mogul has quite a few tattoos on her body. Aside from the magical trail of open and shaded stars winding down her neck to her upper back, she also has this neck tattoo.
Her neck tat says “Rebelle Fleur,” which translates to “rebel flower.”
Lea Michelle – Tiny Little Tattoos
The actress from TV’s Glee has a bunch of tiny tats, but this miniature musical note and the steaming coffee are the cutest. The miniature coffee cup on the inside of her finger has a personal meaning for Lea. She did it in honor of her grandmother who passed away.
“She wasn’t your typical grandma. She gave me my first cup of coffee when I was eight years old,” Michele wrote on Instagram. “She said something inappropriate to every boyfriend I’ve ever had. She never made a pie or knit me a sweater. But she was my grandma, and I loved her…more than anything.”
Ariel Winter – Modern Family’s Bookworm is No Nerd!
Ariel Winter has an impressive rib cage tattoo of the initials of her five nieces and nephew: “Their initials are on my ribcage, on the side where my heart is,” she wrote on Instagram.
“They are my inspiration and my reason for living. Love these babies more than anything and proud to have their initials forever on my body.” How sweet!
Bella Thorne – Less is More
We just love Bella Thorne’s mini ink on her right shoulder. This is a perfect example of when less is more.
Bella is a model, actress, singer, and music video director. She became famous after starring on Disney’s series Shake it Up.
Ariana Grande – In Memory of the Manchester Tragedy
Ariana Grande got a bee tattooed behind her ear to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attacks which happened at her concert.
She chose the bee because it’s a symbol for Manchester and is included in the city’s coat of arms.
Speaking of bees, next is another bee tattoo.
Rita Ora – Dancing Above Her Elbow
She’s got 25 on her so far, but one of the classiest has to be the ballerina tattoo on her right arm.
The British singer and actress hit serious fame after she sang on DJ Fresh’s 2012 single “Hot Right Now.”
When it comes to the next celebrity, tattoos are the first thing many people think of.
David Beckham – No Stranger to Body Ink
The soccer star is no stranger to tattoo salons, and he has as many tattoos on his body as years on the clock. You can say he’s addicted to tattoos.
Most of his tattoos are a tribute to his wife and kids. The star is always trying to find ways to honor his adorable family, and we love him for it!
Victoria Beckham – Posh Style
Posh Spice Victoria Beckham isn’t shy about getting tattoos. Well, she couldn’t be with a husband such as hers who is literally covered in them!
As you can see, she has hubby’s initials tattooed on her left wrist, and on her back is a quote from Song of Solomon in Hebrew. Beautiful placement if you ask us!
Scarlett Johansson – Lucky Her
While the two tattoos seen here are quite different in terms of style, she wears them well. On the left, and also on her left arm, is a colorful sunrise.
And then on her right wrist, she has a bracelet tattoo with a charm dangling off which says “I [heart] New York.” Not seen here is a horseshoe with the words “Lucky You” tattooed on her ribcage.
The next blonde starlet has a sweet little tattoo on her shoulder.
Ryan Gosling – Designed His Own
Loverboy Ryan Gosling admitted that he likes tattoos that don’t look good. A quirky thing to say for a quirky guy!
“I like when they look bad, but no one will do bad tattoos, so I did one myself,” he said. “That’s why it’s bad. I’m waiting to get old — I think old guys with tattoos look good.”
Katy Perry – Hello Kitty
The famous pop star must really love Hello Kitty because she got the face tattooed on her finger! But she has other tattoos as well.
She has a few ankle tattoos, including a rainbow triangle, a peppermint, a strawberry, and a couple other mini ones.
The next Game of Thrones star has a classy little tattoo.
Evan Rachel Wood – Inspired by Pink Floyd
The Westworld actress got her tattoo because she was inspired by Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” Her back tattoo reads, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
She said how the song has great significance for her and will play at her funeral one day. Morbid but honest!
Carey Mulligan – A Tattoo and a Role in a Movie
Carey Mulligan believes the teeny seagull tattoo on her wrist helped her get a role in the Steve McQueen flick Shame. During the audition, she mentioned that she was contemplating whether to get a seagull tattoo as a reminder of the character Nina, who she played in a stage performance of The Seagull.
McQueen was a big fan of her idea, and she ended up getting both the tattoo and the role. Lucky girl!
The next tattoo was designed by one of the Beatles!
Johnny Depp – Lucky Number 3
Johnny has a very simple and strategically placed number three tattoo on his left hand. The “3” tattoo is symbolic to him personally.
He connects with the number three as he has an infatuation with triangles, the trinity and him finding the number somehow “magical.” He used the example of how “two people become three.”
Next up, another action star with an interesting tattoo.
Chris Hemsworth – Acronyms of Love
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, famous for playing Thor, shares matching tattoos with his wife Elsa Pataky.
The tattoos read ‘C, E, I, T and S,’ which are acronyms for ‘Chris,’ ‘Elsa’ and their children ‘India,’ ‘Tristan’ and ‘Sasha,’ with wife Elsa Pataky.
Jared Leto – Full of Air
Jared Leto, the actor/singer, apparently has many tattooed shapes and symbols on his body.
Seen in this photo of him performing, are two triangle tattoos which represent the Alchemy symbol for air, on each of his elbows.
Next, another rock star!
Adam Levine – In Memory of 9/11
Maroon 5 star Adam Levine is another one of many rock stars who showers their body with tattoos. And one of the most appreciated and respected are the cherry blossoms. He got it in remembrance of the lives lost from 9/11.
The cherry blossoms and doves are inked on his left arm. Just knowing about the meaning of this one makes us love him even more.
Kesha – Pop Singer
Kesha, the pop singer, has a tattoo on her left middle finger knuckle. It’s a moon, and it goes with her other tattoo which she got of the planet Saturn.
Apparently, the moon tattoo represents being a “child of the moon.” Call it what you will, we think it’s cute.
The Cast of Pretty Little Liars
The girls from the series Pretty Little Liars decided to celebrate the end of a season and sisterhood with matching tattoos.
Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish, and Sasha Pieterse got their characters’ first initials inked on their fingers.