Tattoos used to be reserved for bad boys and rebels like rockers or bikers, but a shocking number of tattooed celebrities have been getting inked recently. Perhaps it has something to do with the popularity of reality shows like Ink Master, which portray tattoos as things of beauty, or maybe it’s that celebrities have simply found that tattoos are an extremely effective way of claiming the center of attention.
Here are the top 30 tattooed celebrities who are jaw-dropping:
30.) David Beckham
The soccer star David Beckham is no stranger to tattoo parlors, and by now the superstar has as many tats on his body as years on the clock. Well, the star is addicted to tattoos.
Most of his tattoos are a tribute to his beloved wife and children. Beckham already has dozens of tats inked all over his body and it seems like he’s just getting started.
29.) Travis Barker
Travis Barker is a true punk leopard. Best known for ripping the skins in pop-punk kings Blink-182, he can also add a plethora of man-making experiences to his life CV, like being one of the most tattooed celebrities.
Obviously, anyone even vaguely aware of Travis will know that he’s tattooed from head to toe, with various designs that symbolize the good times and bad times, ranging from religious iconography and full family portraits to vegan restaurants.
28.) Paris Jackson
Since Paris Jackson’s 18th birthday, she has racked up quite a collection of tattoos — more than 50, to be exact. Nine of her tattoos commemorate her late father, Michael Jackson, who died when she was 11.
She also has tattoos to commemorate her favorite musicians, like John Lennon, Prince and Mötley Crüe, and now that she’s on a spiritual path, she even got inked with the seven chakra symbols on her chest.
27.) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber, the well-known Canadian singer as well as songwriter, actually began recording his demo tapes at age thirteen.
And then came his body inks. Bieber has been a tattoo freak, for Bieber is one tatted-up man considering his age. He has as many as 40 tattoos on his body. He counts his full sleeve and his half sleeve both as one tattoo.
26.) Zayn Malik
Pop sensation Zayn Malik is famous for a lot of things. He is known for being associated with supermodel Gigi Hadid, and these two make quite an item. But what really sets Zayn Malik apart are his own set of Zayn Malik tattoos!
Yes, you read it right. Zayn loves his ink and has no less than 51 tattoos all over his body.
25.) Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose doesn’t mind that her haircut or constant wearing of snapback hats means she often gets mistaken for Justin Bieber. There is one discrepancy she would like to make clear.
She runs laps around the singer on the tattoo front. “I am far more hardcore,” the model-slash-actress has told Ryan Seacrest, adding that her collection once tallied more than 60 designs.
24.) Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has well over 20 tattoos. On her right hand alone she has 9 tattoos, though they are all tiny. The sides of her fingers sport an equal sign, a peace symbol, a cross, “Bad” from the Michael Jackson album, and the word “karma.”
On her knuckles she has a heart, an evil eye, an alien head, and a watermelon slice. She formerly had a tongue and a triangle, but they were both covered by the watermelon.
23.) Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato got her first tattoo when she was 16, and she really hasn’t slowed down. Over the years, Demi seems to debut a new tattoo every time she steps out on a red carpet or posts a photo on Instagram, and her latest tattoo proves just that. In a 2014 interview with iHeart Radio, the singer revealed she doesn’t even know how many tattoos she has.
“Well, it’s difficult because it’s like I lost count,” she’s said. “Do you count the ‘Stay’ and ‘Strong’? Do you count the individual birds? And, then, I have feathers connected to an old tattoo, so I have no idea. I have a lot. It could be 10. It could be 26!” she said. “I have a very, very high pain tolerance.”
22.) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is thought to have around 20 tattoos on her body. Many of Jolie’s tattoos reference her relationships or her children, and while it might not be immediately apparent, her latest additions are related to the Jolie-Pitt brood.
Tattooed in the yantra style, the new designs match the existing Cambodian tattoo Jolie had on her left shoulder blade, which she got when she adopted son Maddox.
While some artists use their music to express their admiration for their idols, Drake tends to pay homage to his influences in a more permanent way.
Whether he hangs a large painting of Beyoncé in his condo or tattoos a portrait of his idol Weezy on his arm, Drake has turned his admiration into art, and over the years, his body has slowly become his canvas.
20.) Harry Styles
Anyone with a daughter younger than 18 knows who Harry Styles is. This boy-bander and his “One Direction” bandmates are setting female hearts aflutter worldwide. So, of course, Styles has to up the ante to stand out from his boy-next-door pals.
He does this with tattoos, including two birds on his chest, a butterfly on his rib cage, a heart with three nails on his arm and the word “Hi” on his left arm. He probably got a couple more while you were reading this. Styles’ tattoos total more than 40, most of them done in less than a year.
Rihanna likes to show off her tattoos on Twitter every time she gets a new one. At last count, she had about 18, but there are probably more she hasn’t shown off.
Rihanna is also a fan of phrases, including “Rebelle Fleur,” which is inked on the side of her neck, and “Never a failure, always a lesson,” which decorates her right shoulder. By the way, this one is written backward so she can read it when she looks in the mirror. There’s also the gun under her armpit, but for the most part Rihanna’s tattoos are so artfully done that you can’t help but admire them, even if you think she’s crazy for getting inked.
Pink hasn’t yet matched her husband Carey Hart’s level of ink, but she’s gaining fast. Her tattoos include dog tags in honor of her dad on one ankle; a red heart on her stomach; an angel on her left shoulder; the phrase “what goes around comes around” on her arm; a bar code on her neck; the Japanese symbols for happiness, strength, good luck and motherhood on the other ankle; a dragon on her thigh and the word “insecurities” inked next to a razor blade on her left wrist.
That’s not all of them, but you get the idea. The girl likes her ink.
17.) Adam Levine
Maroon 5’s front man Adam Levine is possibly one of the hottest tattooed celebrities on the planet. It’s unknown just how many tattoos Levine has, but his body is practically covered with ink.
He’s got a full sleeve on his left arm and many more on various parts of his body. Whatever black magic he used to make so much ink look sexy instead of creepy or excessive should be bottled and studied, because Levine is a masterpiece.
Comedian Steve-O, of Jackass fame, has dozens of tattoos. While many stars might admit to one or two bad decisions when it comes to their body art, Steve-O intentionally chooses stupid tattoos. He’s got a giant tattoo of his own face on his back, the words “your name” on his backside and a naked man behind prison bars on his arm with the words “Prison Love” next to it.
These tattoos might horrify the average person, but Steve-O says he never gets a tattoo unless he knows it will make someone smile. Now that’s dedication to your craft. Or it’s insanity.
15.) Johnny Depp
Being one of the Hollywood’s greatest stars, he has always taken up challenging and “greater-than-life” roles. Depp’s interest for ink is very apparent from his various tattoos.
His reported first tattoo, a profile of a Cherokee Indian chief, sits on his right biceps. Since then, he added over 30 tattoos.
14.) Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne has 20 tattoos. In May 2013, it all started when she had a lion tattooed onto her index finger.
She came clean and admitted she can’t stop getting them!
13.) Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera’s tattoos honor the people in her life that are most important to her and remind her of how far she’s come in the entertainment industry.
Aguilera has at least five tattoos, with special meanings or memories. Aguilera’s tattoos tell a story of where’s she’s been, what she’s accomplished and how far she’s come.
12.) Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has 19 tattoos. They are almost all on her left side. Gaga is a self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl,” and she’s honoring a promise to her father to keep right side of her body (mostly) clean from ink.
She calls the left side her “Iggy Pop side,” and right side her “Marilyn Monroe side,” symbolizing her stature as a creative chameleon.
11.) Mike Tyson
It must be said that the body of Mike Tyson has several tattoos. Tyson dared to make a tattoo on the most visible parts of his body.
Mike Tyson tattoo on his face caused a flurry of discussions over the years.
Kesha now has eight new tattoos, and they’re incredibly meaningful. The singer, who also has a happy face and moon inked below her middle finger, shared her newly-created tattoo.
Her new tattoo has a letter on it and it adds up together to read, “live free” on her hand.
9.) Ed Sheeran
The singer, who has just released new album Divide, has more than 60 inks. He hasn’t stopped yet.
The colorful tattoos on his arms and chest were exposed in his video for recent chart-topping single Shape Of You, but Ed has vowed never to ink his face or neck.
8.) Justin Theroux
The actor’s love for getting inked is probably as well-known as his fascination with motorcycles — even though his former wife, Jennifer Aniston, was hardly a tattoo enthusiast herself.
After being asked if that was really his tattoo on his back, Justin responded, “Those are my tattoos, correct.”
7.) Ariana Grande
From her angelic voice to her gorgeous hair and beauty, Ariana Grande is one of the most famous and talented singers of the recent times. Apart from being a good girl image of the star, she is also known for her tattoos which show her love for the ink and her music and beliefs.
Grande has 25 known tattoos. She got her first ink in 2012 when she was 18.
6.) Pete Davidson
Pete Davidson loves tattoos. And not just any tattoos: girlfriend-inspired tattoos.
In the past few years, Davidson has gotten inked with art inspired by his ex, Cazzie David, and later his fiancée, Ariana Grande.
5.) Joe Jonas
Recently, the middle Jonas brother added four tattoos to his already eclectic ink. The first two tattoos, on his left arm, are of two Picasso line sketches. The first shows a dove that also serves as the outline of a woman’s face. The second is a simple line sketch of a bird.
A third tattoo, near his right wrist, is of an ax, with the final tattoo being the number “15” on his left ring finger.
4.) Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne is an American actress and singer that has grown up in the spotlight.
The actress is known to have a love for tattoos and has got her body inked with little cute as well as meaningful writing.
3.) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The athlete-turned-actor has only two tattoos, but they are neither small nor subtle! His first tattoo was a bull’s head on his right arm. It is connected to his astrological sign, Taurus, as well as his wrestling nickname.
His second tattoo covers his upper right arm, part of his chest and part of his back.
2.) Lea Michele
Lea Michele has way more tattoos than we thought. Michele said that she has 14 tattoos.
She discreetly has music notes and inspirational quotes all over her body.
1.) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling gets a spot on this list because of his absolutely casual attitude toward them.
He bought a tattoo kit and added several of his tattoos himself. There are two that are visible on him.