If you are among the uncountable number of people desperately wanting a tattoo, while remaining desperately unsure about what kind of tattoo they want on their skin, it might be helpful to throw a glance down Hollywood Boulevard. Check out this celebrity tattoo roll call for some inspiration and you might get some ideas. Or, at least, you might find out what you definitely don’t want, and that’s also something.
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie first tattoo was the Japanese Kanji symbol for death before she got a Buddhist prayer tattooed on the left side of her back in 2003. The following year she had the words “Know your rights” tattooed on the back of her neck.
Know Your Rights is a 1982 song by seminal punk-rock band The Clash
2. Nicole Richie
Richie currently sports 9 tattoos on her body, among which are a rosary bead on her ankle, and a cross tattooed on her lower back.
Some of the actress’ tattoos reaffirm her religious beliefs
She also has her surname tattooed on the back of her neck
3. David Beckham
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder has referred to tattooing as “an obsession”. He initially had his son Brooklyn’s name tattooed in Gothic script on his lower back; a year later he got a guardian angel on his upper back. He also sports quite a few others, including Hindi letters.
David Beckham has admitted to being obsessed with tattoos
4. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has two tattoos: a longhorn bull on his right shoulder, which symbolizes both his zodiac sign, i.e. Taurus, and the Brahma Bull alter ego from his wrestling days. His left shoulder is covered in an elaborate half sleeve tattoo, cherishing his Samoan heritage.
5. Megan Fox
Fox has a quote from Shakespeare’s King Lear tattooed on her right scapula, “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies”. She also used to have a Marilyn Monroe tattoo, but she had it removed recently.
The King Lear tattoo on Megan Fox’s back
6. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba used to have a flower and ladybug tattoo on the back of her neck before removing it, but she still sports the Sanskrit word for lotus on the inside of her wrist, symbolizing her spiritual ties to both Buddhism and Christianity. She also has a bow tattooed on her lower back.
7. Britney Spears
Britney’s first tattoo was a fairy. She also has Hebrew letters tattooed on her neck reportedly inspired by Madonna and a flower vine tattoo on her right foot.
Spears’ tattoos are known because of their tiny proportions
The pop-star is thought to have more small tattoos hidden by clothes
8. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa has a somewhat religious collection of tattoos, the most prominent exhibit being the rosary on her right shoulder blade. She also has the Buddhist symbol “Om Mani Padme Hum” tattooed on her neck.
9. Kat Von D
Kat Von D has made a name for herself as a skilled tattoo artist as well as holding the Guinness World Record for the biggest number of tattoos drawn in 24 hours. Moreover, nearly her entire body is covered in tattoos, especially her abdomen and arms. She recently had the tattoo bearing her ex Jessie James’ name removed.
10. Christina Ricci
The eight tattoos Christina Ricci has on her body extend from her ankle up to her shoulders. Recently, she got a blue sparrow tattooed on her right breast which can be spotted in her movie Black Snake Moan. She also had the small bat near her belly button covered by praying hands.