Getting a tattoo is one of the trendiest activities these days. Everyone is getting a tattoo, from pop singers to movie stars, from human right activists to high-school teachers.
Tattoos are no longer a taboo. Their emergence on the music and movie industry has set a trend followed by majority of the youth, most of whom are guys in their teen years.
Surveys tell that 36% of Americans between the age of 18 and 25 have a tattoo. When these boys decide to get tattooed they look up to their idols for ink inspirations and ideas.
Celebrities with Tattoos
David Beckham: Famous tattoo artist Louis Malloy does all of Beckham’s tattoos. Most of Beckham’s tattoos are dedicated to his wife. He has a Sanskrit tattoo of his wife’s name. The couple even got matching Sanskrit tattoos on their 6th wedding anniversary. He also has a number 7 on his right arm, in Roman. It represents the jersey number he sported during his football days while playing for Manchester United as well as for England.
Johnny Depp: Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp is a big fan of inking his body. One of his tattoos is a tribute to his mother. He also has his daughter’s name tattooed on his chest and his son’s name on his arm. He also had a tattoo for his ex Winona Ryder but it was altered thereafter.
Adam Levine: Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine also has a tattoo as a tribute to his mom. To pay a tribute to all the lives lost in 9/11 he got a tattoo of a dove. A 222 tattoo on his forearm is the number on the door of the very first studio Adam Levine recorded in. He also has a Los Angeles tattoo on his bicep, the city where he was born.
John Mayer: Songwriter and singer John Mayer has full oriental sleeve inks that is filled with many beautiful Japanese tattoos.
Mike Tyson: Former World Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson caught the headlines after getting a tribal tattoo on his face. According to Tyson, it symbolizes his warrior spirit. He also has Mao Tse-Tsung and Arthur Ashe tattoos on his arms and a Che Guevara tattoo on his abdomen.
Dwayne Johnson: Also famously known as The Rock, he has a very meaningful and symbolic Samoan tribal sleeve as a tattoo. This tattoo is a dedication to his family, spirituality, his struggle, strength and his achievements.
Randy Orton: Well known wrestler has a number of tribal tattoos on his arms. However, the meanings of these tattoos have only been revealed by Orton to his close friends.
Travis Barker: Member of the punk rock band called Blink 182 has tattoos down his neck and chest. Travis prefers to get tattooed without any anesthetic and says he enjoys the pain. He has many memorial tattoos, especially the one for his mother. He also got matching tattoos with his father. He recently also got his head tattooed which took almost 35 hours to complete.
Manny Pacquiao: World famous athlete and among the highest paid boxers in the world. Manny used to tattoo himself ever since he was a little kid and he also owns a tattoo parlor in Los Angeles. He has names of all his family members tattooed on his biceps.
Danny Trejo: Playing the role of a macho anti-hero in movies such as Machete and Desperado, Trejo has the look of the tough Latino guy, which he actually is. Trejo spent most of his youth in and out of prison. And most of his tattoos are the ones he got in prison. Later, he also got tattoos of his wife and daughter’s names.
Popular Tattoos for Men
One of the most famed sailor tattoos. When a sailor traveled 5000 miles, he’d get a bluebird tattoo on his chest. And when he traveled another 5000 miles, he’d get one more on the other side of his chest. Can also be done on right and left arms or lower legs.
Fascinated by death? Getting a skull tattoo should be on your to-do list. It can also be interpreted as life is short and should be lived to its fullest. Either way, a skull tattoo not only looks insanely cool but there are tons of styles and colors available too. This tattoo is suitable for almost all the body parts, except maybe on the head.
This style of tattoo, if done right, is always going to earn you a wow. The key to a dragon tattoo is that should be done on a grand scale. Symbolizing fierceness, power and domination, this tattoo gives you a wild and unpredictable look. It looks pretty sick in grayscale as well as the traditional red and gold color scheme.
Getting names of your parents or kids inked is a good decision, getting the name of your lover tattooed, however, is not really that smart of a choice. Nevertheless, it’s very common. Most of the people are forced to remove it or get another tattoo over it, when the relationship comes to an end. It does give you a reason to get another sick tattoo to cover the name of the one that got away, which is always a good thing.
Pinup Girl Tattoo
Pinup girl tattoos are trademark of soldiers in World War II. A very attractive looking tattoo of a girl that is sure to turn some eyes.
They come in many types. You can choose to get the simple version or the intricate Celtic one. It is one of the most common tattoos and many celebrities have it.
Due to its complex and large design and intricate texture, this one is more common among hardcore tattoo fans but it is considered to be one of the most attractive tattoos and is sure to get you attention if you have a well-built figure.