There was a time when getting a tattoo was seen as edgy. Nowadays, they’ve become incredibly common — many people have at least one tattoo. Sure, there are some individuals who absolutely love body art and end up getting full sleeves and really committing to the look. However, there are many other tattoo lovers who you’d never be able to identify because all their ink is hidden. For many, it’s more of a private expression of their personality, hidden under their shirt sleeves or socks.
Celebrities are no exception to this new trend in society. Some celebrities though, like actors and models, have to think twice about getting ink. For models, the challenge is that they have to be in photo shoots where the focus should be on the clothing or jewelry or make-up, not their ink. And for actors and actresses, the challenge is they’re supposed to be playing a character. For some, the ink may be totally appropriate; for other roles, it may be out of character and require serious cover-up.
Regardless, it’s hard to deny that more and more celebrities are choosing to hit the tattoo shop for a little body art. Some celebrities have the kind of ink that’s pretty much impossible to hide. Other celebrities, though, have kept things a little more subtle. They still have a fair amount of tattoos, but they’re smaller or in locations that are hidden away in most outfits. So, you wouldn’t know they were such tattoo aficionados unless you looked much closer, which is kind of intriguing.
Here are 15 celebs who have way more tattoos than you would have guessed.
It’s been quite a few years since Selena Gomez was on the Disney channel. Nowadays, she’s busy pursuing her music career and has grown up in front of the camera. However, she still kind of has a squeaky clean image from her Disney days, which is why people are surprised to learn she has quite a few tattoos.
Amongst her ink is a hip tattoo that pays tribute to her faith, an Arabic phrase on her back, a musical note on her wrist, and Roman numerals on the nape of her neck. She probably has a few more tattoo ideas up her sleeve that she wants in the years to come.
Lea Michele doesn’t have a ton of visible tattoos, so you might assume that she’d only have one or two, if any. However, the truth is way more unbelievable — it turns out she has about 14 tattoos!
Lea uses ink as a way to mark certain momentous periods in her life or certain events. For example, she got a gold star on her wrist to remember her Glee character, Rachel Berry. She’s gotten musical notes, a tattoo to mark her time on Broadway, several tattoos for individuals in her life that have passed away and more. We have a feeling she’ll easily get over the 20 mark soon, at this rate.
Zoe Saldana wants her body to be a bit of a blank canvas as an actress. However, she also seems to love tattoos and finding creative ways to add art to her body. So, what’s a girl to do? Get a few hidden tattoos, that’s what.
Saldana actually has nearly 10 tattoos on her body, though she calls them “hidden tattoos” and had lamented before that she’s “running out of private places” to put her tattoos. It just goes to show that you never know who has ink — many people simply opt to get tattoos in locations that aren’t typically visible. We hope she finds a few more hidden spots because she clearly loves body art!
When it comes to tattoos, Victoria Beckham has a bit of an interesting journey. Back when she was transitioning from a pop star to a fashion designer, she got quite a bit of ink. From stars on her back to her hubby’s initials on her wrist to several numerals scattered across her body, she had quite a bit.
Now that she’s moved away from the pop star persona to a chic fashion designer, she’s regretted the look of a few of those tattoos. So much so that she’s made the call to begin getting some of them removed with the help of lasers. It just goes to show that sometimes, even if you think you’ll love a piece of art forever, someday you might change your mind!
We’re not sure if it’s just that fans still see her as a Disney star, or if it’s because she has such a squeaky clean image, but we were surprised to hear just how many tattoos Hilary Duff has. In total, the actress turned pop star turned actress has at least 15 tattoos.
The list is pretty extensive. She has a moon tattoo on her upper arm, a wishbone on her forearm, and a phrase on her ribcage. But that’s not all! She also has an anchor on her ankle, a phrase on her foot, and a heart on her wrist. She has so many we can’t even list them all! We love that she’s been expressing her creativity through ink.
Ben Affleck has always had kind of a clean-cut image, which is why many fans were surprised to learn he had a few tattoos back in the day. He spilled about his love of ink on Extra in 2016, saying that “I actually do have a number of tattoos but I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover-up. They get sort of addictive, tattoos, after a while.”
He had a few on her arms, but the big one was when he opted to get a giant tattoo all across his back. We don’t even want to imagine how long it’ll take to cover that up if he had a shirtless role! Most fans weren’t loving the colorful tattoo, but hey, if Ben likes it, that’s all that matters.
Justin Bieber has a ton of tattoos that he’s gotten over the years as he tried to move from teen pop star to adult pop star. However, it turns out his wife Hailey Bieber — formerly Hailey Baldwin — has her fair share of ink as well.
Since she’s a model and not a pop star, she has to be a bit more careful with what she does to her body. After all, you don’t want to run the risk of losing a major campaign because a brand doesn’t want to deal with covering up your ink. However, she doesn’t seem all that concerned about her ink. She has a total of 19 tattoos, most of them fairly small and delicate. She spilled her thoughts to The Cut, saying “I think the really little dainty tattoos are very, like, they’re very pretty on girls. I think now I’m going to chill out for a second on the tattoos because I’m running out of spots.”
Chances are, you heard about the drama over Ariana Grande’s most recent tattoo. She thought she was getting a Japanese tattoo that read ‘7 rings,’ but instead got one that translated to ‘barbecue grill.’ However, she had a sense of humor about the whole thing because it wasn’t her first tattoo.
In fact, she’s gotten quite a few over the years, from an initial on her thumb to a delicate moon on her neck to a phrase on her rib cage. Like many of the women on this list, she seems to favor small, delicate tattoos, which explains why she can get so many without them being super obvious.
Perhaps it’s because he got his start in a boy band, or maybe it’s because he looks so youthful, but for some reason, Harry Styles always seems pretty clean cut. If you saw him fully dressed, you’d never guess that he had ink — but he actually has a fair bit of it!
You can’t see most of his ink when he’s dressed up for the red carpet, but if he’s just rocking a t-shirt, they become obvious. He’s gotten quite a few tattoos over the years, from ink on his arms to a large butterfly across his abdomen. He clearly loves the art form, and will likely get quite a few more pieces in the years to come.
Christina Ricci has been in the industry for a long, long time. She got her start as a child star and managed to flawlessly transition into an adult actor, which isn’t always easy. She’s always been a fan of quirky, indie roles, so perhaps that’s why she’s not as hesitant as many other actresses about getting ink.
Over the years, Ricci has gotten quite a few tattoos, including praying hands on her hip, a mermaid on her ankle, a fairy on her wrist, and a phrase across her ribs. And, of course, her most visible piece of ink, a lion on her shoulder that pays tribute to Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Okay, we hope you’re ready for this one. Not only does Ryan Gosling have way more tattoos than you would have guessed, but he also doesn’t always wait for a tattoo artist to do them. You may think that as an actor, he’d be very worried about what he put on his body. However, he seems unconcerned, and even bought a tattoo kit and inked a few pieces on himself. That’s right — rather than getting professional pieces done by a tattoo artist, he just doodled on himself. We can’t even imagine!
Gosling has a super casual attitude towards tattoos and has commented many times about how his tattoos don’t really have meaning, and they’re just done for the fun of it. Hey, to each their own!
Many fans will remember Jared Leto’s transformation for the character of The Joker. He was covered in tattoos for that role, and many people thought it kind of worked with his rock star/indie persona.
In real life, he doesn’t have nearly that much ink — although he does have more than you might think. While most of his ink is hidden in a suit on the red carpet, he has a couple of super visible tattoos. The most prominent are the two thick black triangles on his arms. He also has two arrows on his calves, and several tattoos that pay tribute to his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Justin Theroux is yet another actor who looks super clean cut on the red carpet. He looks amazing in a suit and doesn’t have any ink in sight. However, that’s because he’s hidden his ink in spots that are typically covered by clothing.
The biggest piece he has is a huge piece on his back, which he created with tattoo artist Scott Campbell. He also has quite a few tattoos on his arms and legs. Honestly, we never would have guessed! We’d love for him to take on a few more roles where his ink was fully on display — why not show it off?
Tom Hardy has spent a fair amount of time in a tattoo artist’s chair over the years — and he got his start quite young! He apparently got his very first tattoo when he was just 15, a piece that paid tribute to his Irish heritage. Over the years, he’d gotten a lot more, including tribal art, a Union Jack for his British roots, a raven, a scorpion, a wolf, the London skyline, and many, many more.
He’s also gotten quite a few pieces to pay tribute to certain people in his life over the years. Hardy has always had a bit of an edge to him and plays those types of characters well — so his ink is actually an asset in certain roles. However, we still would never have guessed he had quite as much as he has!
Rihanna is a super creative person who marches to the beat of her own drum so it makes sense that she’d have some ink. And, while most fans know that she has tattoos, you may not know just how many she has. Over 20, at least!
The full run-down is too extensive to list, but she has several pieces on her fingers, several phrases on her body, musical notes on her foot, an astrological Pisces sign behind her ear, a falcon and shark on her ankles, and many more. With so many tatts, she’s quickly running out of room. We wouldn’t be surprised if she got a full sleeve at some point in the near future!
References: Bustle, Screen Rant, Popsugar, Instyle