There are dozens of big and colourful personalities in Hollywood, and this inevitably means that there are plenty of celebrities with some pretty wild ink. Tattoos are no longer something unique or striking in today’s day and age, but there are certainly some individual tattoos which will evoke quite a strong reaction. This is particularly true for musicians, actors, athletes and other celebrities, as unlike the majority of us they do not have to worry about controversial or visible ink which is known as a “career killer.” This is not too much of a problem in some places of work, but I’m not sure how an interviewer would feel if Mike Tyson arrived looking for a job with his rather alarming face tattoo.
There are all kinds of weird and crazy tattoos in Hollywood. Some of these will be a reflection of their journey to stardom, some relate to their family whilst some allude to faith, but a lot of them seem little more than a drunken accident. They could be humorous, intriguing, shocking, disgusting and plenty of them are just terrible designs. In many cases these weird tattoos become a part of the celebrity’s personality, and this is particularly true when they are in places that are difficult to cover up.
Tattoos are fascinating and give us an insight into a person’s character and history. Hollywood is where you will find dozens of heavily inked individuals, and some of these are shocking designs.
Here are 20 of the weirdest celebrity tattoos.
20. Marc Jacobs
South Park fans will appreciate fashion designer Marc Jacobs‘ tattoos, and they may recognise him instead as “Muscleman Marc.” Jacobs has tattoos of twi of Cartman’s famous stuffed toys, Clyde Frog and Rumpertumpskin, a weird choice of ink but certainly quite entertaining. Upon hearing this, the South Park creators added “Muscleman Marc” to Cartman’s toy collection, which is a Marc Jacobs doll complete with tattoos of the stuffed toys. Fittingly, Jacobs has since got Muscleman Marc (with tattoos) tattooed on his arm to add to his collection.
19. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp made the classic gamble of getting a partner’s name tattooed on his body, but once their relationship came to an end he decided to get a bit creative instead of simply ignoring it or paying to have the entire thing painfully erased. Fortunately for Depp, it was Winona Ryder who was his partner (fiancée at the time), and this allowed him to make a clever alteration to the “Winona Forever” ink on his shoulder. Depp had a simple alteration to the tattoo so that it displays another of his loves. It now reads “Wino Forever”. Cheers to that, Johnny.
18. Jesse Hughes
The Eagles of Death Metal frontman is heavily tattooed, but the one he is proudest of is a pigeon excreting on his arm. As the story goes, The Eagles of Death Metal were supporting for Guns n’ Roses, but Axl Rose was not impressed, kicked them off the tour and asked the crowd if they liked “The Pigeons of Sh*t Metal.” Hughes consequently got a tattoo of a pigeon excreting on his arm, with a banner quoting Axl’s new name for the band. According to Hughes it is “like having Hitler write you a letter that says, ‘You suck.’ It was awesome.”
17. Louis Tomlinson
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson was so chuffed with one of his lines in the band’s “Little Things” hit, that he decided to get some ink to commemorate the lyric. It is inspired by the line “You can’t go to bed without a cup of tea,” and Tomlinson got, you guessed it, a cup of tea tattooed on himself. Profound. In addition to being a bizarre choice for a tattoo, it also looks like it was drawn by a child and is not the greatest design. Many people get lyrics or lyric-inspired tattoos on themselves, but this must be the first lyric that has resulted in a hot beverage tattoo.
16. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling may be a man that exudes style, but some of his tattoos suggest otherwise. If you catch a glimpse of his arms you will notice he has some rather bizarre scrawls, most of which look like they were done by a child. The reason for this is that he has done these tattoos himself, but despite the odd results he does not seem to be bothered by his strange tattoos. The most notable one is supposed to be a monsters hand dropping a bloody heart, but as he confesses it looks more like a cactus. Perhaps a trip to a professional tattoo artist next time, Ryan.
15. Cara Delevingne
English fashion model, singer and actress Cara Delevingne has one of her loves tattooed on the bottom of her right foot, but it is not her partner or a family member. Instead, it is bacon. Not even a picture of bacon or a pig, just the text “BACON…” She had already showed her love for the meat several times on social media, and she justified her decision for the odd tattoo by stating “the tattoo was inspired by my love for bacon, obviously. I think of bacon every five seconds. It’s the meatiness. I love the salt. Bacon is love to me. Bacon will always love me back. It’s unconditional.” I think she makes a good point.
14. Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole’s huge rose tattoo, which covers the lower half of her back, bum and upper thighs, isn’t the most subtle of tattoos, nor was it the cheapest. The striking piece apparently cost about the same as a small car according to the singer, and it also took 55 hours to complete. The ink happens to cover up a few other tattoos she had, which is why she perhaps went for such a large and colourful design. In a poll last year, her tattoo was voted the worst celebrity body art. It isn’t going to look any better with age either.
13. Kelly Osbourne
It should not come as too much of a surprise to see Kelly Osbourne’s name on this list, as she has made plenty of decisions that have left people scratching their heads over the years. She could even be included a few times on this list as she has a number of weird tattoos, but the most shocking is the word “Stories…” which is tattooed on the shaved side of her head. What is particularly odd about this tattoo is that the word is on a completely shaved section, but there is still hair around the area. Another face tattoo failure. Fortunately for Kelly, this is an easy one to cover up as she can simply grow her hair to conceal it.
The only redeeming thing about getting tattoos on the inside of your lip is that they are always concealed unless you want someone to see them. This also makes it a bizarre place to get a tattoo, and particularly if you opt for one such as Ke$ha‘s. The popular artist has “Suck It!” tattooed on the inside of her bottom lip, and has described it as a response to haters. This is just one of many strange tattoos that she has, including a cat face on her toe, a simple smiley face on her foot, the word “fun” on the side of her foot, and “Yeah!” tattooed on the inside of her right foot.
11. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried seems like a sweet and innocent girl, but her choice of tattoo suggests otherwise. On her foot she was the word “Minge”, which is British slang for a lady’s private parts. The actress was fully aware of the word’s meaning, and she has stated that it is her nickname in England after she heard Colin Firth using the word on the set of Mamma Mia! A slightly odd choice to have tattooed on your foot, but she claims it makes her laugh each time she looks at it. That Colin Firth is a bad influence.
10. Brad Pitt
Initially you may think there is some profound meaning or message to Brad Pitt’s tattoo on the lower half of his back, but as it turns out, there isn’t. It appears to be a series of squiggly lines, and wife Angelina Jolie confirmed this. She drew the design/series of lines on his back whilst they were bored, and he was so impressed with the piece that he got it permanently tattooed. If anyone else in the world were to get a doodle which is little more than a series of lines permanently etched on their skin they would be mocked, but this is Brad Pitt we are talking about.
9. Jackson Rathbone
The classic story is for someone to get a tattoo of their partner’s name, or sometimes even their face, after a night out, but this is not Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone’s style. He would get one of his loves tattooed on his body, but instead of a person he opted for a huge Heinz Ketchup bottle on his lower leg. Rathbone is able to laugh it off and tells the story of his love for ketchup and how his dad would say “do you want a little hamburger with that ketchup?” Let’s hope Rathbone’s love for ketchup never fades like so many people with tattoos of ex-partners branded on their body. I imagine he and Cara Delevingne would get on well.
The former N-Dubz rapper has done some rather absurd things in his time which have earned him quite a reputation, but this bizarre face tattoo will take some beating. The 27-year-old has a cringe inducing # on his face, but it’s ok because he explained his reasoning for his decision (via his beloved Twitter of course) – “By the way, the reason I got a # Tatted on my FACE was simply 2 make sure IT stays trending 4 ever.” #dappybynamedappybynature
Steve-O has dozens of weird tattoos, but this is the point with him and it is in line with his eccentric character. The Jackass star’s most notable tattoo is the enormous self portrait he has on his back, with the text “Yeah Dude, I Rock!” followed by his signature scrawled underneath. Many people get portraits of their partner or family members tattooed on their body, but Steve-O took this to the next level with a fantastic portrait of himself with 2 thumbs up. This is one that only he could pull off, and certainly not one to try at home.
6. Rhod Gilbert
You know that when a comedian like Rhod Gilbert gets a tattoo to prove “how pointless tattoos are” it is going to be something to behold. The Welshman did not disappoint, as the result was a flaming Battenberg cake tattooed on his shoulder. This rather ridiculous tattoo resulted in a tour for Gilbert, which is aptly titled “The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo.” I think it is safe to say that no one else in the world has a tattoo quite like this one, but it is one which is likely to make you feel hungry when you look at it.
5. Marquis Daniels
Daniels may not be one of the most famous players in the NBA, but he is hard to not include on this list due to his shocking and disturbing tattoo. His ink is also difficult to cover up on his forearm, making it an even more questionable piece. The tattoo is of a character with a shotgun in its mouth, and he is pulling the trigger with his toe. There is then blood spraying out the back of his head with the text “only the strong survive” behind this rather graphic image. Daniels now has to see this horrible image each time he looks at his arm, and it is also on show for kids and everyone else to see too.
4. Jamie Foxx
As this list demonstrates, head tattoos are pretty weird. Why someone would want to get a tattoo in such a place is beyond me (not to mention how painful it must be), yet still many people continue to get it done. Actor Jamie Foxx can be added to the list, and this immediately caused many people to question the much loved performer’s sanity (head tattoos will always evoke that reaction). Foxx has a tribal design on the back of his head, so it is also one that he will rarely see. Due to its position, he could easily grow his hair to hide it, but he wears it proudly with a shaved head most of the time.
3. Mike Tyson
An obvious inclusion, this has become perhaps the most famous celebrity tattoo. Tyson of course has always shocked and stunned people, and he certainly managed that with this face tattoo he got in 2003. The tattoo is similar to those of the Maori tribe and it is supposed to represent his “warrior status”, but I’m not sure anyone needs reminding of Tyson’s status. He scares and intrigues many, and this alarming face tattoo is just one of many reasons why. Tyson’s tattoo artist sued Warner Brothers after a character in The Hangover Part II got the same tattoo, with an out of court settlement being reached.
2. Gucci Mane
All tattoos should take careful consideration, especially if it is on your face. There really is no going back from a face tattoo; it is one which will always be the first thing that people notice about you and it will become your identity. Therefore, a large ice-cream cone is probably not the best design to get covering your entire cheek. Rapper Gucci Mane clearly felt otherwise, and this astonishing tattoo generates dozens of questions. The design features 3 scoops of ice cream in a cone, with the word “Brr” tattooed on the cone. Why? Because “I’m so icy, I’ll make ya say Brr,” of course.
1. Dennis Rodman
It seemed inevitable that Rodman would end up on this list somewhere, as he is famous for his alternative style that includes multiple face piercings, colourful hairstyles and of course wearing a wedding dress. The former Bulls player is also heavily inked, and his back tattoo is a shocking piece, even for him. The giant tattoo depicts a naked women with her legs spread who is, well, the image speaks for itself. This tattoo has no doubt shocked, disgusted and amazed many people and there are plenty of questions that arise, but at the end of the day these are typical emotions when dealing with “The Worm”.
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