For something that was once so taboo, tattoos have now become more mainstream than ever. No one is off limits when it comes to sporting ink these days, whether it's an angsty teen, a suburban mom, the family doctor, or our favorite celebrities having tattoos. With one in five adults sporting ink as of 2012, maybe it's safe to say we've finally reached a consensus that a little body art never hurt nobody.
Now we're all jumping on the bandwagon to have that needle etch a beautiful scar into our skin — albeit with our fists tightened and teeth clenched. Celebrities too are going under the needle, popping up with fresh ink like it's a new gucci bag. Those Surprising Celebrities With Tattoos stories aren't even much of a shocker anymore. Show me the celeb that isn't tatted and then I'll gasp with utter confusion.
Of course, some of that spur of the moment inking can make some celebs regret their tattoos. Still, many adore their permanent works of art and leave us fawning over their unique designs. These quotes about being inked from tatted up celebs may entice you to run out to the nearest parlor to get more admirable body art ASAP.
1. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is all too familiar with a tattoo gun, having collected 12 tattoos before her 20th birthday. Though she referred to a tattoo on her forearm of her friend's lips as a "spur of the moment, stupid decision" in a 2012 interview on Live with Kelly and Michael, Lovato isn't a total Debby Downer about all of her ink."I'm young and I can rock it now and when I get older, I can worry about that later," she said in the same clip. I approve of this live in the moment attitude.
2. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp did what is believed to be the ultimate tattoo sin when he inked ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder's name on his right bicep. Rather than get the tat removed, Depp simply had it changed to read "wino forever" (smooth move Depp, smooth move). The actor now sports a dozen other tattoos, including his daughter's name over his heart, his lucky number three on his hand, and matching bro tats with Marilyn Manson. Speaking on his body art on Ellen , Depp said, "I've always felt that the body is kind of a journal in a way." Well, keep on telling those stories bro!
3. Angelina Jolie
We've been drooling over Angelina Jolie's amazing tats since before there were the Rihannas and Cara Delevingnes gracing us with jaw-dropping art. Jolie has been striking that coy look-over-the-shoulder red carpet pose forever, giving us life with her incredible back tats. Leave it to Jolie to get poetic when questioned about her tattoos. "I love them. They're body art," Jolie told Australian magazine Post Modern Ink . "I don't think it's abnormal that someone who spends their life in other skins wants to claim their own by marking things on it that matter to them." I don't think any other actress could have said it better!
4. Lea Michele
Lea Michele is one of those celebs that leave you scratching your head when you find out they have over a dozen tattoos. The former Glee star has a slew of ink, though you'd almost never know it! With a carefree attitude, Michele admits she gets most of her tattoos on a whim, though she has put thought into the more sentimental ones. During a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman she confessed, "You can get very addicted to them. For me it's weirdly enough a family activity. I come from a very big Italian family; tattoos are very popular. So, it’ll be, like, Easter, and we’ll be talking, and we’ll be like, ‘Let’s all go get tattoos!’ And then we get super sentimental, and then the next day I wake up with another butterfly on my foot."
5. Ed Sheeran
There's no way you could miss the colorful tattoos sleeves of Ed Sheeran. Though the British singer has been criticized for some of his tattoos, Sheeran actually gets most of his ink to commemorate big moments in his life. "I got [the tattoos] all over the course of a year of touring, in different countries and different cities. It wasn't so much about what I was tattooing on my body. It was where, the time and place, and the memories," Sheeran said to Elle magazine. He goes on to say that he knows the exact time and place of where and when he got even the silliest of his tattoos. Pretty impressive.
Rihanna has given many of her fans tattoo envy with the unique set of tats she has accumulated in the past few years. Whether it's the Egyptian goddess tatted on her under breast or her tribal tattoo done in the traditional New Zealand method of tattooing, Rihanna is no stranger in her usual artist Bang Bang's chair. “I like hanging out in tattoo shops,” Rihanna has once said. “I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it." Rih Rih's tattoos alone are worth careful study.
7. Ryan Gosling
If there were an award for the actor who has rocked the most tats for a role, it would probably go to Ryan Gosling. The actor has even sported face tats all in the name of acing a role. Off-screen, Gosling has some tats of his own, which he doesn't take too seriously. "A tattoo should never be meaningful," he told The Guardian , "because at a certain point you're going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh." I don't know if I'm 100 percent down for a body full of meaningless tats, but I can appreciate his idea of not committing to the ink's significance so much. Right on Ry, right on!
8. Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne has had her fair share of doubt when it comes to her tattoos. Osborne began removing the majority of her 15 tattoos after announcing her decision to do so in 2013. She shared the experience on Instagram, speaking publicly about the painful process. But Osbourne is proud of some of her most recent work (even if her mum isn't too pleased with her head tat). "I don't want to wake up every day and look the same," she said on Live with Kelly and Michael . "I'm the kind of person that will go out of their way to purposely make themself look different."
9. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart really committed to her role in Clouds of Sils Maria when she decided to get some fresh ink. The tattoo, located on her right forearm, is a piece of Picasso's painting Guernica. "It is just perfect for me. I love what it makes me think of. It's like 'keep going, and keep the f*cking light on," Stewart has said of her artsy tat. If tattoos are supposed to be constant sources of inspiration in our lives, then Stewart hit the nail on the head with her body art.
10. David Beckham
David Beckham has perfect tats placed all over his famous bod. Beckham rocks tattoos as elaborate as his Jesus and Cherub and the lady in the forest tattoos on his pecks. However, I'd argue some of his best tats include the "99" inscribed on his pinky, representing the year he married Victoria Beckham, and a doodle by his favorite 4-year-old artist, his daughter Harper, inked inside his hand. “Every one of my tattoos means something to me whether it has to do with my family or friends or a life experience," said Beckham to InStyle. "My only advice would be to not get one done when you’re drunk and to make sure it’s meaningful to you because eventually your body changes and it might not look as cool as it did ten years before." I'll jot that advice down for safekeeping!
11. Hilary Duff
Who knew our fav gal pal Lizzie McGuire was tat, tat, tatted up! Just like Lea Michele, Duff is hiding plenty of tats — 12 to be exact. "I think that part of me loves tattoos and part of me doesn't want the full commitment of getting to see them all the time," she revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . Her tats are mainly scattered on the insides of her arms, explaining why we've been fooled into thinking she was inkless.
12. Kat Von D
None of these tatted celebs can quite compare to the tattoo queen herself, Katherine von Drachenberg. She's not just decked head to toe in tats, but she's the one inking celebs too. You know you can always count on Kat von D to put you in good spirits about having or getting a tattoo. "Although some tattoos have a lot of meaning, ultimately I just like the way they look," said the tat advocate about her own ink. "I just see them as landmarks in time," she continued. The tattoo artist has even allowed her not-so-artistically inclined friends to give her tats and has no regrets about having her exes names in ink. I'm celebrating all of our tats, regret-free, right along with you girl!
You've heard it from the best of them: Whether you use them to tell your life's stories or you got them on a whim, your tattoos are always worth cherishing. Now get out there and get tatted up.