Tattoos really divide opinion, with strong feelings on each side. Some people love them, and some people hate them.
To the first set of people, they’re the ultimate form of self expression, having something meaningful etched into your skin for a life time. Great pleasure can be taken in finding or creating the best, most elegant design possible.
But others think they’re tacky and unnecessary. That they will put off any employer from giving you a job and that they won’t age well with the rest of you.
Whatever you think, whether or not tattoos are for you, you must admit that there are some beautiful designs out there.
They really suit the folks who love them, and it shows! Take a look at some of these stars and their marks!
1. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano is best known for in role as Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed, and also for her collection of tattoos.
She’s known to be religiously devoted, as proven by the rosary that tattooed on her right shoulder. She also has the Buddhist symbol “hum” tattooed on her neck, a mantra which means ‘wisdom’.
2. Christina Ricci
Casper child star Christina Ricci has several tattoos all over her body, including these designs on her back.
One of her less well known tats however is the swallow that she sports on her right breast. She doesn’t show it off much for obvious reasons, but it’s clearly visible in some photos of the Sleepy Hollow actress.
See? You can see her bird tat peeking out here! Pretty unusual!
3. David Beckham
Former soccer player David Beckham famously has tattoos all over his body, including two complete sleeve designs as well as tattoos on his neck and back.
His pop star wife Victoria is also well-known for her back tattoos which trail down her spine. It’s a design in Hebrew lettering that she actually shares with her husband, while his design is on his left arm. It translates to “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, who grazes among lilies”.
Those aren’t the only matching tattoos in the Beckham family! David and son Brooklyn got matching tattoos for Brooklyn’s 18th birthday!
4. Megan Fox
Megan Fox is well known in Hollywood for her tattoos, which unusually include lettering and verses more than artistic designs.
Her famous shoulder tattoo which says, ‘We will all laugh at gilded butterflies’. She made worldwide news when she decided that Shakespeare wasn’t quite good enough, so altered one of the lines in his plays for this tattoo!
Her biggest tattoo is on her side, that reads “There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart” and is a poem she wrote herself. Other designs on her body include tribal artwork and a portrait of Marilyn Monroe on her arm, which she recently had removed.
5. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Apart from those amazing muscles, his gymnastic eyebrows and of course his magnetic personality, The Rock’s tattoos may just be the most recognizable thing about him.
But even though that’s a pretty impressive spread across his shoulder, arm and chest, Dwayne Johnson in fact only has two tattoos! The design shown above reflects his Samoan heritage, while the tattoo on his right arm is of a bull.
He recently got the old version of his bull representing his star sign of Taurus with a newer, scarier version!
6. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba’s rose tattoo on her left arm is subtle and classy, but also looks pretty badass!
She used to have a flower and a ladybug design which she had removed from the back of her neck, but still has the Sanskrit word for ‘lotus’ on her wrist and a bow tattooed on her lower back from a long time ago.
7. Nicole Richie
The daughter of music star Lionel Richie and sister in law of Cameron Diaz is a fashion designer, author and actress, but was made famous by starring in a reality television series.
She has several tattoos all over her body, from her neck and down her back in particular, many with religious significance.
Her most religious is the rosary design around her left ankle.
8. Britney Spears
Only the most devoted of Britney fans would be able to tell you that she has tattoos, never mind what or where they are!
In fact her first tattoo was a fairy, but she also has a flowered vine on her right foot. The Hebrew letters that Britney has tattooed on the back of her neck were actually inspired by Madonna.
9. Kat Von D.
Kat Von D began her career as skilled tattoo artist in America after being born in Mexico to parents of Argentinian, German, Italian and Spanish descent.
She also holds the Guinness World Record of giving the most tattoos in 24 hours and is herself covered in tattoos. She starred in her own reality series LA Ink and now has a line of cosmetics.
10. Angelia Jolie
One of the most famously tattooed stars in Hollywood has to be Angelina Jolie, who is just as well known for her acting as her looks, diplomatic work and personal life as well as her distinctive tattoos.
The first tattoo she got was the Japanese Kanji symbol for death, and the large design on the left side of her back is a Buddhist prayer. Her body art is even famous enough to be incorporated into her characters, like when she played the role of Fox in 2008’s Wanted.
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