I’m sure you’ve asked yourself: Does Will Smith have any tattoos? Ok, you probably haven’t, but I bet you are now. The answer is no. Despite his begginings as a family-friendly hip-hop act, the star of Hancock and Men In Black 3 has no ink on his body. However, plenty of people have went out and put pictures of Will Smith on their body. First up, we have a close-up of Smith as the titular character in Hancock; it’s well done, but I’m not sure why someone would get it.Next, we have a really well done portrait of Will as The Fresh Prince of Belair. I’m going to assume that this was done as some sort of nostalgia, but who knows, maybe they just really like the theme song. Seriously, have you ever start singing it out loud? Everyone in a twenty-foot radius that was born after 1980 will start singing with you.Finally, we have the most poorly done, but most interesting piece in the group. This “Welcome to Miami” art is obviously based on Will’s hit song, but why is he dressed like a waiter? Maybe he’s a cruise ship captain bringing you breakfast? Who knows, but it’s kind of awesome.
As the half of the indie band Dead Man’s Bones, Ryan Gosling is just now seeing the cusp of fame…oh yeah, and he was in some movies like Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Notebook and Drive; and was nominated for something called an “Academy Award”. Anyhow, our favorite singer, animal lover, model, actor, and peace-keeper of the streets (seriously, he breaks up street fights with hugs, look it up, he’s like a Care-Bear-Man) has a few tattoos which are of course quirky and interesting. He has the cover of his favorite children’s book The Giving Tree inked on his left shoulder, a classic semi-nude portrait of actress Theda Bara on his left bicep (it might be in tribute to his band since there’s a skeleton in it), a self-made black band on his left wrist, and something that looks like a wolf’s paw and some hearts on his left elbow (again, it’s believed to be band related). Although Gosling once said to never get tattoos with meaning because you won’t like them someday; all of his seem to have at least some significance, and are all placed on his left arm as some sort of statement about something I’m too dumb to understand. Ryan Gosling: Good tattoos, way more interesting than me.
Dianna Agron, one of the stars of the ultra-popular and equally ultra-annoying Glee, recently opened up about the meaning of all her ink. By “all her ink”, we of course mean “her one, really small tattoo that’s only five words”. However, what she lacks in quantity; actually, what she also lacks in quality (it’s not exactly “artwork”); she makes up for in meaning. Her tattoo, which is on the left side of her ribcage, says “Mary had a little lamb”; and is in honor of her mother, whose name is Mary. Get it yet? Dianna is the little lamb…duh. It’s a very nice sentiment, and a well thought out little play on words. So while we can barely even refer to it as a tattoo (it’s also in a very basic font, so the letters aren’t even artistically done, a tattoo robot could have done it…if there were tattoo robots…and they hadn’t taken over the world yet), we definitely give her points for having a cool little piece of expression on her body.
Tom Hardy is easily one of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now. Roles in Black Hawk Down, Star Trek: Nemesis, Bronson, and Inception put him on the map, while roles in Warrior, This Means War, and The Dark Knight Rises look to make him a full blown star. On top of being a great actor, capable of taking on just about any role (the guy could be in a stage production of Mrs. Doubtfire and I’d watch it…ok, I’d watch that anyway…ok, I already wrote the script…. and did a dress rehearsal with my stuffed animals), Tom Hardy is also a big fan of getting tattooed. In a recent interview, he stated, “Every tattoo I have means something to me. Each one is something that I’ve been through in my life or I’ve done or I’ve been,”. Some of Tom’s ink-work includes: astar from when he found out he was going to be a father, the phrases “Figlio mio bellisimo” (”my beautiful son”) and “Padre fiero” (”proud father”), the name of his agent (fulfilling a promise that he’d get her name on him if she got him into Hollywood), a Union Jack, a tribal design, some sort of graffiti, and some female imagery (perhaps a mother holding a baby).
Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood’s golden boys; the star of Oceans 11, Se7en, Fight Club, Snatch, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and World War Z has had one of the most successful careers in the history of the big screen. He’s also had a very interesting personal life, highlighted by his charity work and his highly publicized romance with fellow superstar Angelina Jolie; his body art reflects this. Brad Pitt has three tattoos, two on the back of his left forearm, and one on his right kidney area. His forearm work is an outline of Ötzi the Iceman (the oldest full fossil of a human ever found), and a quote in German that translates to “absurdities of the existence” (from philosopher Friedrich Nietsche). His back tattoo is a little bit more complicated, and took some people with a lot of time on their hands doing a bit of research to figure out. What at first appears to just be a bunch of random lines, is actually a representation of the New Orleans levees; he got the tattoo in honor of the town that he’s worked so hard to help rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Brad Pitt; great actor, nice ink.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson holds the distinction of being the first professional wrestling superstar to make a successful transition into film as a legitimate actor (emphasis on the word “legitimate”; sorry Hulk Hogan). With roles in films like Be Cool, Fast Five, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, as well as his semi-annual returns to the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment); the man is the picture of success, and his tattoos show it. He only has two, his trademarked “Brahma Bull” on his right triceps, and a large Samoan tribal shield that covers his left pec, shoulder, back, and upper arm; but they’re both very well done. The bull is a simple design, but is nicely drawn and gets extra points for starting a trend and becoming a symbol recognized by fans all over the world. As for the piece that covers his left side; just look at it, it’s gorgeous art and it’s meticulously done. Some people make big money and still get terrible ink put on them, but The Rock paid for quality, and he got it.
Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, star of Walk The Line, Legally Blonde, and This Means War, has really had quite the career. Recently though, she has seen her career hit the typical mid-thirties slow patch. Reese isn’t worried though, and she definitely didn’t do that female mid-life crisis thing that women do where they get a tattoo in a semi unflattering place that used to be more flattering…did she? I guess that’s one of those “in the eye of the beholder” things, so you folks can judge for yourselves what you think about her new stomach tattoo. She recently was on the beach with her new husband, and was flaunting her new ink, which appears to be a star surrounded by two doves. It has a very “picked off the wall of the shop while on spring break” feel to it, but she seems happy, and that’s all that matters. She is also really talented and can buy my house with me in it, so we should trust her judgment.
Is it weird that after all the meat-dresses, headdresses, wigs, and space alien/muppet hybrid-ish outfits that Lady Gaga has worn, we were actually kind of surprised that she has tattoos? Well she does; Lady Gaga’s tattoos are: a peace sign on the inside of her left wrist, “Little Monsters” on her left arm (a tribute to her fans), “Tokyo Love” on her left shoulder, flowers on her left shoulder, and some more flowers on her left hip/ left buttox area, but her most talked about ink is on the inside of her left bicep. Done during a late-night run to a tattoo parlor in Japan, it’s a quote from her favorite philosopher Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated from the German it’s written in, it says: “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?”. We can relate, we often ask ourselves why we write about Lady Gaga…zing! Wait, it’s because she’s more interesting than us (*sigh*).
You know, when you think of celebrities that someone would get tattooed on themselves, you think of people with pin-up model good looks, or people portraying iconic characters. It’s never surprising to see a weird Kim Kardashian tattoo on some dude’s arm, or a picture of Gerard Butler from 300 on someone’s back. You know what is surprising though? When someone tattoos CNN correspondent, and host of Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson Cooper on their calf. The only thing more surprising that the fact that Canadian woman Tanya Paulin has the news star inked on her, it how awesome it is. The die-hard television fan, who also has Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa marked on her other leg, chose to get Cooper permanently placed on her body for no other reason than that he’s her favorite news anchor. I got to be honest folks: this is awesome, I’m not sure why, but it is. Although now my Hugh Downes back-piece is going to seem less cool.
You think Abraham Lincoln’s son had his own vaudeville act? Probably not, because back in the day you had to do something to be famous. However, Rob Kardashian is proof that these days, all you need is a famous family. So as much as it pains me, people know his name and he’s got tattoos; so he falls under my scope. The star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians has a significant amount of tattoos, but the ones that seem to get the coverage are those on his left forearm, and the one on the left side of his ribcage. In my opinion, one if awesome, and that other one is a terrible idea; I’ll let you guess which is which. First up is his forearm, which features praying hands and a really nicely done portrait of his late father Robert Kardashian Sr. (a man who was actually famous for a reason). Take a second and consider that one folks…got it? Good. We now move on to his ribs where he has…drum roll please (*drum roll starts*)…the full name of his girlfriend Adrienne Bailon. (*drummer has heart attack and drops sticks, crowd begins to shuffle towards exits*) Really man? You’re not even married to her, ugh. I guess you can guess which one I think is awesome…the Bailon one…what? The script letters make me feel fancy.