Tattoos in the Spotlight

We all have different reasons for permanently marking our bodies. It can be for love lost, love realized, love desired. Tattoos may be a reminder to act or think a certain way – to “believe”, “live without regret” or “breathe”. Ink symbolizes an experience captured forever, or perhaps a decision made in haste or under the influence. And sometimes, the patterns and images are merely art adorning our bodies.

Whatever the reason, tattoos are an expression of you.

Here are a few celebrity tattoos that have caught our discerning eyes.

The melancholically stunning Lana del Rey chose the words “Trust no one” and “Paradise” for her manicured hands.

Angelina Jolie is decorated with several meaningful tattoos. Her shoulder states the beautiful Buddhist Pali incantation written in Khmer script, the language of Cambodia:

May your enemies run far away from you.
If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always. 
Your beauty will be that of Apsara.
Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides.

And her upper arm lists the geographical coordinates of her children’s and husband’s birthplaces.

Kate Moss’ anchor tattoo is small yet sweet. A reminder for her to stay tethered to the shore and grounded or to set sail, anchors up?

To symbolize her husband’s love, Victoria Beckham traced her spine with, I am my love’s and my love is mine, who browses among the lilies, in Hebrew.

While we’re on the subject of David Beckham… Is there any better accessory to a white t-shirt than full sleeve tattoos?

The timeline of Johnny Depp’s life is practically written on his body – the regrets and the cherished moments. Ancestral heritage, motherly affection, never forgotten friendships, past and present love, and work memorabilia are all painted upon his skin.

- Sandra O’Connell