Tattoos in Hollywood
These days, it seems more and more celebrities are willing to show
off their tattoos on the red carpet. No longer are these pieces of body
artwork associated solely with anti-social, rebellious behavior. Rather,
they are images of self-expression that can exude confidence, beauty,
and spirituality. Thus, even the most glamorous celebrities are opting
for a permanent accessory to add to their wardrobes; a tattoo that
expresses their opinions and emotions.
One of the biggest changes brought about by Hollywood tattoos is that
this trend is now seen as sexy. Even celebrity supermodels, like Kate
Moss and Giselle, can be seen sporting some body artwork. In fact, many
of those celebrities voted “most sexy” by popular publications have
tattoos. For example, leading lady Angelina Jolie has several noticeable
images, and star Johnny Depp is widely known for his sexy style as well
as his tattoos.
Most celebrities with tattoos are not sporting full sleeves of
artwork or large canvases on their backs. Rather, their body art of
choice seems to consistently fall to the moderate / conservative end of
the spectrum. The most popular spots for celebrity tattoos include the
lower back, upper arm, shoulder blade, and ankle. Stars also put tattoos
in sexier locations that are harder to notice at most Hollywood events.
The media has even started focusing specifically on celebrity
tattoos. There are listings and rankings devoted to recognizing those
stars whose body art is truly exemplary. This moment in the spotlight
also extends to tattoo artists, who are increasingly recognized for
their talents in an ever-growing industry. Hollywood has even created
television shows based on the world of tattooing and invited stars like
Kat Von D to red carpet events.
Perhaps one of the reasons that Hollywood has become to accepting of
tattoos is the ability to use them or hide them as necessary for
productions. So, when a celebrity needs to play a hardcore hero or
dangerous criminal, tattoos may suit him or her quite well. However, if
a leading lady needs to play a glamorous princess quality makeup artists
can easily mask her tattoos. Thus, stars can choose how much or how
little attention they want drawn to their body art.
For the most part, celebrities get tattoos for the same reasons as
everyone else. They get them to make a statement, to express themselves,
and to give them a permanent personal message. For example, Lindsay
Lohan sports a tattoo with the words “La Bella Vita” or the beautiful
life. This is surely a sign of the young star’s outlook. Similarly, star
Victoria Beckham has a profession of love scripted in Hebrew along her
The last decade has certainly introduced a new era of Hollywood
tattooing, and this trend is likely to continue growing in the future.
As more and more stars turn their bodies into artistic canvases, the
general public is likely to follow suit. However, this is one trend that
seems to retain its uniqueness and individuality despite a growing
number of followers. Each person, celebrity or not, can choose any image
or design they want to express themselves through a personalized tattoo.