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Johnny Depp And His Ink Buddy

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Johnny Depp is notorious for being a really good dude in real life. Whether it’s doing charity work, leaving huge tips to restaurant servers, or befriending and championing wrongly convicted prisoners, Depp is usually doing something pretty solid for another person. One of the people whom “The Lone Ranger” star has touched is former server of an eighteen year prison sentence for a murder he most likely had nothing to do with, Damien Echols. A member of the original West Memphis Three (three Tennessee boys convicted of murdering three children; all three were recently released after years of investigation and new DNA evidence exonerated them), Echols has grown to become a close friend of ole’ Edward Scissorhands; so close that he and Willy Wonka have a number of matching tattoos, five actually. The most prominent of the pieces is the crow that Depp has on his right hand. It was done in honor of the 1994 film “The Crow” (Brandon Lee’s last movie), and it represents a theme of rebirth (in the film, a crow brings a man’s soul back from the afterlife) that means a lot to Depp and even more to the “reborn” Echols. Next up is the right shoulder ink that they have, which is he Theban language symbol for “brother”; they got it on the same day at the same parlor. Another piece that they got together is the “Ching” symbol that each of them has on their right triceps; they got the work done at Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club in 2011, and it represents the idea of overcoming large obstacles through calm and poise. They also got their matching skeleton keys on their forearms together…kind of. By Echol’s account, they were on different coasts, being inked at the same time and were trading pictures back and forth with on the phone. Their newest matching ink was done in celebration of Depp’s adoption by the Comanche Indian tribe in 2012; it’s a zigzag that stands for the path that one’s soul takes. Overall, all of the pieces came out nicely, and we’re pretty down with these two being buddies. Assuming that the evidence is true and Echols didn’t commit the crime that he was incarcerated for, then the least he deserves is to be buddies with a really famous dude. Eighteen years is a long time, and nothing will ever get his time back, but if getting inked with his big star buddy makes him happy, then we’re cool with it.

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Josh Hutcherson – Anchor’s Away!

That’s some anchor tattoo Josh! Wow…that’s just a whole lot of nautical themed ink on the body of “Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, and we’re not quite sure why. The pictures that we have show him on the set of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, looking pretty ripped and doing some sort of scuba work or surfing…or just wearing a wet suit because he’s feeling frisky  Whatever reason he’s dressed like a seal, he still rocking a very serious anchor piece of his side; even co-star Jennifer Lawrence seems to be surprised by the mass of his ink. The Academy Award nominated actress doesn’t have any known ink of her own, but she doesn’t seem like the type to give Josh any guff about his choice of body art. However, Hutcherson himself seems to have mixed feelings about his life in ink.

The “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” star currently has three tattoos on his body. He has the aforementioned giant anchor with red tips on his side, a Libra symbol on his wrist, and a ship on his back; he planned on getting more, but now it seems like that idea has been taken off the table. In May of 2012, Hutcherson did an interview in which he stated that he loved body art and that he was going to get a whole lot more of it put on his body. Being only 19 at the time and having gotten his first work done when he was just 16, it seemed like the sky was the limit for his body as a canvas. However, weeks later he went on record as saying that he was going to cut it out with the ink until he was a more established star. Citing mega-star Angelina Jolie as his prime example of a star who waited until she was established to get crazy with the needle (that doesn’t sound good, but you know what we’re talking about), the “Red Dawn” actor said that he wasn’t going to give casting directors an excuse to excuse him from considerations.


So with all of that said, we can’t tell you what the future holds for Josh Hutcherson’s body art, but we can speculate. He’s a pretty talented kid, and he’s making a fortune off his work in the “Hunger Games”, so we expect that he’ll find himself not too worried about his career within a few years, and he’ll start getting inked up again. Time will tell, and we’ll keep you posted!

Gomez And Hall Get New Ink…Not At The Same Time Though

Hey folks, it’s time to take a little look at the ink that’s currently gracing some of your favorite stars, as we present (* Fancy bellowing announcer voice *) Wednesday’s Tattoo Round Up! We know, it’d be better if it were Tuesday for alliteration purposes…but it’s not…so yeah, just keep reading.

First up, we have Justin Bieber’s number one lady, Selena Gomez. The Wizards of Waverly Place star and “Love You Like A Love Song” singer previously only had one tiny tattoo, but she decided to add to her body art collection during a recent trip to New York. Gomez’s first ink was a little heart on her wrist; she got it at the Under The Gun shop in Los Angeles, and it’s so small that it’s hard to find a picture of it where it doesn’t look like a speck of dirt. Her new ink is a bit larger, but still isn’t huge; it also appears to have a much deeper meaning. Gomez got the Roman numerals “LXXVI” on the back of her neck, which translate into “73”. The new ink was done by famed New York City tattoo-man Bang Bang at his shop, and according to the artist, it has a very special meaning to Gomez. In a recent interview about the Spring Breakers star’s visit to his show, he stated “The tattoo was a tribute to a family member who she said means a lot to her.”. We don’t know the exact meaning of the ink; is it someone’s age when they passed away? Someone’s birth year? We have no idea, but we always respect a tribute piece; we also respect that her new tat can actually be seen without the aid of a microscope and/or a jeweler’s loop. He boyfriend Justin Bieber, who recently threw up on stage during a performance (that’s not really relevant, we just wanted to remind you of his embarrassment), has a bunch of ink of his own, so we have to wonder if he’s rubbing off on her.

Selena Gomez wasn’t the only star to go under the gun recently, as everyone’s favorite serial killer, Michael C. Hall also hit up the local tattoo parlor just days ago. Cameras caught the Dexter star sitting on a table at True Tattoo in Los Angeles having his foot worked on by one of their artists. When asked what he was having done, Hall said “I’m just doctoring up my alien markings.”, which is celebrity for “None of your business”. From the looks of it, it’s just an artistic design, although it does look like something cavemen would have drawn on cave walls after an extraterrestrial encounter.

So a young pop starlet and a guy who plays a murdering hero both got inked within days of each other; is this part of some kind of conspiracy? Are the stars aligning via body art to take over the world?! No. People just get inked sometimes, stop being crazy folks.