Whether you are addicted to ink, thinking about getting your first, or just curious about the ongoing trend – one thing that is here to stay is the celebrity addiction to tattoos. From pop stars to film stars, fashion muses to design favourites, all of the fashion pack seem to be getting permanent designs written on their skin. Here are some of the most popular and iconic celebrity tattoos.

 

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina's famous back tattoo was done by tattoo artist Noo (aka Sompong) Kanhphaiin in a hotel in Pathum Thani, Bangkok. Iconic, most people recognise this as Angelina's most popular tattoo adding edge to all her red carpet appearances.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

No stranger to tattoos himself, Brad Pitt was already inked before meeting Angelina who inspired him to get even more. Click next to see her custom design for him.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Angelina says she drew the tattoo for Brad while relaxing one evening and Brad decided to ink it permanently into his skin. The couple say it has no meaning, apart from memories from that evening.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga definitely loves her ink. The passage written on her inner arm is by Gaga’s favorite writer Rainer Maria Rilke. A passage in German, it reminds her of her gift of songwriting and how "I have to do it. It’s not an option. It’s like breathing.”

Freja Beha

Freja Beha

Chanel muse and model-of-the-moment, Freja Beha has multiple tattoos which she credits to her spontaneous nature. Her first was at 16 after walking by a tattoo parlour and asking to get inked. Her modelling career seems to have been equally spontaneous and lucky for her, both have worked out quite well.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie is credited with making the ankle rosary famous. Her iconic tattoo started a trend in tattoo parlous which has since become a popular trend.

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna added the Isis tattoo in memory to her late grandmother. She revealed the new tattoo on Instagram with the caption “Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations – #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart.”

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has inked over 15 designs onto his skin in the past few years, with his first being the Native American Head at 17. Johnny says it is in honor of his Native American heritage.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Inked rocker, Adam Levine, says he loves all of his tattoos except for his shoulder tattoo saying that he simply doesn't know what it is!

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckhams delicate hebrew tattoo was tattooed for her sixth wedding anniversary with husband, David Beckham. The hebrew poem is a good-luck chant recited at many Jewish weddings.

 

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About The Author

Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of Couturing.com. He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in Vogue.com.au, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.