The Ultimate Celebrity Tattoo Gallery
Celebrities like David Beckham and Reese Witherspoon are all sporting body art of some kind, from tiny markings to full sleeves. Keep scrolling to see those stars and more — including Kaley Cuoco, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey — in our inked roundup!
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Kaley Cuoco debuted a new tattoo on her ribcage when her husband, Ryan Sweeting, shared a snap of her in a bikini on March 2014.
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Angelina Jolie sat for Thai tattoo master, Sompong Kanphai, in Bangkok in 2008 to get her tiger ink.
Hilary Duff added another tattoo to her collection in March when she got matching ink with her best friend. She took to Twitter to announce, “Getting our bestie tats. Love you forever and always.”
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Angelina Jolie added her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton”s name above her arm dragon tattoo.
Ryan Gosling told W magazine in 2010 of his various arm tattoos, “I like when [tattoos] look bad, but no one will do bad tattoos. So I did one myself. That”s why it”s bad. I”m waiting to get old — I think old guys with tattoos look good.”
Reese Witherspoon showed off her hip tattoo, a star with blue swallows on either side, during a Hawaiian vacation in 2011.
Brad Pitt hasn”t commented on the meaning behind the iceman tattoo on his left forearm.
Angelina Jolie had a dragon tattoo in the 1990s but has since had it removed. At one point, she had three dragon tattoos.
Shortly after her VMA meat dress appearance in September 2010, Lady Gaga debuted a unicorn on her upper left thigh inscribed with the title of her album Born This Way.
Lea Michele has two musical notes from Queen”s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on her left shoulder.
Singer Lana Del Rey has numerous tattoos, and on her right hand the saying, “trust no one” and on her left “paradise.”
Justin Timberlake has a large cross tattoo on his upper left shoulder.
NYC native Scarlett Johansson debuted a bracelet-esque tattoo in 2012. The ink even features a charm that reads “I (heart) NY.”
Jessica Biel has a small tattoo of a dove on the right side of her stomach.
Zac Efron surprised Tokyo fans in December 2011 with a newly inked motto “YOLO,” which stands for “you only live once,” on his right hand.
Kat Von D inked Miley Cyrus with a miniature version of Leonardo da Vinci”s anatomical heart in March 2013.
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David Beckham has the names of all three of his sons, Brooklyn, Cruz, and Romeo, tattooed on his back.
Kate Moss has a small anchor tattooed on the outside of her right wrist.
Rihanna got her first tattoos, two music notes, in 2006 at the start of her career.
Beyoncé Knowles got her favorite number, four, tattooed in Roman numerals on her left ring finger.
Britney Spears has a permanent kiss on her right inner wrist.
Heidi Klum had “Seal” and four stars, one for each of her children, tattooed on the inside of her left arm in 2008 to commemorate her fourth wedding anniversary with her then-husband, Seal.
Angelina Jolie sports a “know your rights” tattoo on the back of her neck as a declaration of her support for human rights.
Mary J. Blige has her own name inked on her right arm.
Megan Fox has a forearm tattoo of Marilyn Monroe. She”s in the process of having it removed now.
Hilary Duff shared the love by posting a picture of her heart tattoo on Instagram with the caption, “All is full of love.”
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Nicole Richie has the word “Virgin” written in cursive on her right wrist. It”s symbolic of her astrological sign, Virgo. She has since expressed regrets about getting it done, saying “now I just look really weird having “virgin” written across my wrist – and I have to explain it.”
Eva Longoria celebrated her marriage to Tony Parker by getting his basketball jersey number, nine, tattooed on the back of her neck in 2008.
Pamela Anderson started a trend in the “90s with her barbed wire arm tattoo.
Drew Barrymore has a large cross covered in vines on her right ankle.
Jessica Alba has a flower vine tattooed on the back of her neck.
Miley Cyrus has an anchor on her wrist and a small heart on her pinky finger.
Adele got a tattoo of the word “Paradise” on her left hand during a visit to NYC.
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Elisabetta Canalis, George Clooney”s former love, got an “Eminem” tattoo around her bicep in 2001 — she wanted one just like Em himself had! She covered up the rapper”s name with a rose barbed wire design since then.
Angelina Jolie”s back features Buddhist text. It”s reportedly a recitation meant to protect her and son Maddox. It reads, “May your enemies run far away from you. If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always. Your beauty will be that of Apsara. Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides.”
Penelope Cruz has her favorite numbers, “883,” tattooed above her right ankle.
Miley Cyrus got tattooed by Kat Von D with two small arrows crossed above her elbow on her right arm.
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Kyra Sedgwick debuted a large design on the small of her back.
Scarlett Johansson picked a colorful sunrise scene in 2007. She”s since said, “It makes me happy when I look at it.”
Drew Barrymore has the word “breathe” tattooed on her inner left wrist.
Victoria Beckham has a Hebrew scripture meaning “I am my beloved”s and my beloved is mine, who grazes among lilies” inked on her neck. David has the same tattoo on his left arm.
Mena Suvari got a lion”s head with the words “word, sound, power” on her upper back in 2008.
Mary J. Blige belts out big hits, and when it comes to tattoos she goes big. Mary has a large cross on her left arm and her name on her right.
Zoe Saldana”s right foot tattoo is Arabic and apparently means, “I want to ask her.”
Alyssa Milano sports a chain of roses around her right ankle.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand got matching tattoos on their inner arm in 2010. It means “go with the flow” in Sanskrit.
Britney Spears showed off her foot tattoos during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in November 2003.
Evan Rachel Wood has a famous Edgar Allen Poe quote, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream,” inked between her shoulder blades.
Kate Hudson has an outline of a tiny star on her left foot, near her big toe.
In May 2012 Miley Cyrus had “VIIXCI” tattooed on the inside of her right forearm.
Vanessa Hudgens had a colorful butterfly drawn on her neck at NYC”s popular Bang Bang parlor in February 2011.
Nicki Minaj has characters running up her arm.
Victoria Beckham has David Beckham”s initials, “DB,” on the inside of her right wrist.
Kelly Osbourne got a small red heart tattooed on her left pinky finger.
Rihanna got “Never a failure, always a lesson” written backwards on her chest from NYC tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy.
It is reported that Jamie Foxx got the design on his head to celebrate his 40th birthday.
One of Nicole Richie”s first tattoos was an anklet design, with a cross.
Ben Affleck has a tree and band of roses tattooed around his right bicep.
Lea Michele has two tattoos on her right foot — one is a butterfly that was drawn by her cousin and the other reads “our city, our love.”
Alyssa Milano has two tattoos on her back, a rosary cross and a Buddhist symbol.
Britney Spears has a pair of dice tattooed above her left inner wrist.
Miley Cyrus added an inscription to the inside of her left forearm that reads: “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” The quote is from a speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.
Malin Akerman and her friend got matching puzzle piece tattoos.
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Johnny Depp has the name of his daughter, Lily Rose, inscribed across his heart.
Jenny McCarthy tweeted her new foot tattoo of a rose.
Christina Aguilera has her nickname “Xtina” inked on the back of her neck.
Jenna Dewan has a pair of wings tattooed on her upper back.
Shia LaBeouf has dates scribed on the inside of his right wrist that say: “1986-2004.” In an interview Shia talked about the dates and referred to the timespan as a reference to his “childhood.”
Lana Del Rey got “paradise” permanently tattooed on the side of her left hand.
Nicole Richie has a pair of pink ballet slippers on her lower right hip. She used to dance ballet as a little girl. Her father, Lionel Richie, wrote a song titled “Ballerina Girl” for Nicole in 1986.
Melanie Griffith made her love for husband Antonio Banderas permanent in 2000 with a tattoo of his name on her arm.
Kelly Osbourne has a tiny blue heart and crossbones tattoo on her right wrist.
Charlize Theron sports a small flower on the top of her right foot.
Kelly Osbourne has two skull and crossbones tattoos on both of her feet.
Audrina Patridge has a colorful strawberry snake tattoo on the back of her neck.
Britney Spears”s first ink was a fairy on the small of her back.
Angelina Jolie got a dragon tattoo on her abdomen during a drunk night in Amsterdam, and later covered it up with a large black cross. She also has ab ink of the Latin words “quod me nutrit me destruit,” which means, “what nourishes me, destroys me.”
Justin Timberlake has artwork on his arms and his legs. The singer”s left calf is inked with a Chinese symbol meaning “music” and an astral band which has his sun sign symbol featured in the middle of the band.
Angelina Jolie has the geographical coordinates of each of her six children”s birth places on her left arm. The last coordinate is the latitude and longitude of Shawnee, OK, where soon-to-be husband Brad Pitt was born. The ink covers a former dragon tattoo and her ex”s name, Billy Bob.
Nikki Reed has Russian script tattooed under her right arm.
In October 2011, David Beckham revealed “Love” on his left hand. He added the word to his tattoos three months after the birth of his daughter, Harper.
Kelly Osbourne has multiple tattoos on her left arm including an anchor and script.
One of Nicole Richie”s most recognized tattoos is the pair of angel wings on her shoulder blades. She often shows them off in backless dresses and tanks.
Kelly Osbourne got a keyboard design inked on her right forearm.
Malin Akerman, raised Buddhist, has a large lotus flower and a Tibetan Sanskrit message which reads “to play” inked on the upper part of her back.
Lana Del Rey has the letter “M” inked on her left hand.
David Beckham has angels decorating his left arm.
Nicole Richie has a tiny shooting star tattooed on the outside of her left wrist.
Evan Rachel Wood has the initial of her love, Jamie Bell, tattooed on her ankle. Evan has nine tattoos — and counting.
Miley Cyrus has a dream catcher tattoo on her rib cage.
Sienna Miller has had a set of three stars in a triangle shape on her upper right arm for at least six years.
Britney Spears has a daisy with a Chinese symbol that stands for “mystery” on her right hip.
Sienna Miller got a tattoo of a swallow on her wrist with then boyfriend Jamie Burke in 2007. Later, her ex Rhys Ifans got one to match.
Ryan Gosling has the cover of his favorite children”s book, The Giving Tree, placed on his left shoulder.
Brooke Shields has a tiny flower on her left ankle.
Charlize Theron and her mom got matching koi fish tattoos in 1991 — the ink on her back right ankle is the Japanese symbol of love.
Adam Levine has a tattoo sleeve on his left arm and a large tiger design placed on his right forearm.
Rihanna got a Maori-inspired geometric design in New Zealand in 2008 and explained, “It”s tribal. It represents strength and love.”
Hayden Panettiere accidentally misspelled an Italian-language tattoo on her back. It”s supposed to be a direct translation of the phrase “to live without regrets.”
Scarlett Johansson worked with artist Fuzi Uvtpk on a new design she debuted in 2012.
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Adriana Lima has a tribal design and shooting star tattooed on the inside of her right ankle.
Adam Levine has numerous tattoos on his arms and torso, but perhaps one of the largest is the eagle that spans across his chest. He showed them off in a spread for Cosmopolitan UK.
Nicole Richie has a red bow tattooed on the back of her neck, along with her last name in a cursive script.
Following Nick Cannon”s April 2008 nuptials to Mariah Carey, he was spotted with “Mariah” prominently displayed on his back.
Drew Barrymore has the outline of a little bird tattooed on the inside of her right arm.
Gossip Girl“s Jessica Szohr has a cherub and the numbers “29:11″ and “4:13″ etched on her foot.
Megan Fox tattooed the quote “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies” from Shakespeare”s King Lear on her back in an old English font. It”s one of eight.
Johnny Depp showed the world his love for Winona Ryder by getting “Winona Forever” tattooed on his right arm in 1989. After their split he had it altered to say “Wino Forever.”
A little butterfly tattooed on her right shoulder is one of Kelly Osbourne”s 15 tattoos.
A gun is inked on Rihanna”s right side.
The group of stars on the back of Rihanna”s neck were completed in different sittings.
Rapper Eve became known for her breastbone paw prints.
Josh Kelley put a lot of thought into his forearm tattoo. He tweeted about the ink in November 2011 saying, “My wife”s b-day is Nov 24 and Naleigh”s is on Nov 23 so her 23 is in Korean and the sagittarius symbol in the middle.” Josh had the work done at LA”s Studio City Tattoo.
Kelly Osbourne has multiple pieces on her back including a star on her neck and the words “I love my mommy” in French.
Malin Akerman had a Z for her ex-husband, Roberto Zincone, inked on her right wrist but changed it to represent her son Sebastian”s initials after she and Roberto split.
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Miley Cyrus was candid about the loss of her dog, Floyd, who died in April 2014. In July, she and a group of friends paid tribute to her beloved animal by getting Floyd”s image and a personal message tattooed below their arms.
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