The Top Twenty-Five Tattooed Celebrities in 2008 -- By Vince Hemingson

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The Top Twenty-Five Tattooed Celebrities in 2008

The Vanishing Tattoo first started tracking the online popularity of tattooed celebrities in 2001; using search engine results and web site proliferation, while compiling the Internet's largest photo archive of tattooed celebrities and historical figures. We compiled the following list of the top twenty-five celebrities with tattoos in 2007 based on millions of 'celebrity tattoo' searches. Six years ago, celebrity women - mostly singers, models and actors - were far and away the most popular tattooed celebrities. In the intervening years male wrestlers, athletes and Hip-Hop artists have made their presence felt in mainstream popular tattoo culture.

The following is a list of the Top Twenty Five Tattooed Celebrities in 2007. There has been a fair bit of turnover on the list, with over a third of last year's list of top tattooed celebrities have fallen out of favor. At the very least, in the public's mind they are yesterday's news. The median age for tattooed celebrities rose slightly from 25.5 to 26.5.

The 2007 list has its share of well-known celebrity favorites plus your celebrity newcomers - the celebrity flavor du jour, if you will. How long their fame will last is anyone's guess. This year saw a reversal of gender popularity once again, the women losing their dominance dropping from fifteen of the top twenty-five to twelve. The men stormed back from ten places to thirteen of the top twenty-five, just edging out the ladies.

Want more? Check out the following lists and find out how many people on them have tattoos...
Top 25 Tattooed Celebrities of 2006 :: Top 25 Celebrities of 2005 :: Playboy's Sexiest 25 in 2006 ::'s Top 99 Most Desirable :: UK's Top 100 Sexiest Women :: Playboy's Top 25/2005

Angelina Jolie1. Angelina Jolie - Angelina Jolie - The undisputed reigning Queen of celebrity body art. Jolie toppled Pamela Anderson off the top of the list of tattooed celebrities back in 2001 and hasn't looked back since. Jolie routinely gets up to three times as many search inquiries as the next highest-rated tattooed celebrity. Her high-profile relationship with Brad Pitt, who got inked within a short time of hooking up with Jolie, and her growing family of international adoptee's has kept Jolie firmly planted in the public eye.

Oscar-winner Jolie is an unabashed tattoo enthusiast, collector and aficionado. This thirty-three year old actress is blessed with stunning good looks, has at least a dozen tattoos, and shows no signs of slowing down her collecting of body art.

Her tattoos are a reflection of her personality, exotic and with more than just a hint of dangerous sensuality. This is a women with an edge and a true lover of body art. A woman who professes she likes to play with knives in bed and who doesn't hesitate to have the name of the man she loves tattooed on her. And when he exits stage left, she doesn't hesitate to laser it off and replace it a new tattoo.

Jolie made the tribal dragon one of the most popular tattoos for women, and sparked an intense interest in the traditional tattooing of Southeast Asia. Jolie has large numbers of web sites devoted to her worship and her popularity shows no signs of waning as she puts her own personal spin on the emerging genre of female action-stars. Jolie's tattoo commitment apparently extends to her retaining her own make-up artist whose sole job it is to cover-up her extensive body art, a process rumored to take over an hour.

David Beckham2.David Beckham - David Robert Joseph Beckham - The thirty-two year old soccer star is widely regarded as the most recognized footballer - if not athlete - in the world. "Becks" is as famed for his lifestyle, famous-in-her own-right celebrity wife, Victoria (who is also on this list), trappings of wealth, media attention and marketing potential as he is for the quality of his crossings and ability to hit free kicks and corners from long range. Beckham has the words "BROOKLYN" (son's name) across lower back, "ROMEO" (other son) above a well-known crucifixion scene on upper back, wife Victoria's name in Hindi, the Roman numeral VII (7 was his Man United jersey number) on the underside of right arm and other tattoos. Beckham wrote extensively of his tattoos and what they meant to him and their symbolic value in his autobiography, "My Side".
Jessica Alba3. Jessica Alba - Twenty-six year old Jessica Marie Alba has a growing collection of tattoos to go with her ever growing popularity. The actress has a flower and a ladybug on the back of her neck, a Sanskrit character for lotus flower on her wrist, and a bow tattoo on the small of her back. Alba does nearly as many magazine lay-outs as movies and she is a perennial favorite on lists of sexiest women in the world. Hugh Hefner, no stranger to arbitrating standards of feminine beauty, chose her as the Sexiest Woman Celebrity in the World last year. Despite the flattery, Alba didn't hesitate to threaten legal action when she ended up on the front cover of the world's most famous men's magazine, Playboy. Alba and Hefner did kiss and make up eventually.
Rihanna4. Rihanna - Singer has a treble clef and a 16th note on her right foot/ankle. She also has a Pieces sign behind her ear, a small star inside her left ear, several small stars on the back of her neck, a Sanskrit prayer down her right hip, Roman numerals on the top of her left shoulder, a Maori inspired right wrist tattoo, small skull with a pink bow on the back of her left ankle, the words "shhh..." & "Love" on different fingers, an Arabic phrase on her ribcage area, meaning 'Freedom is God', others...
Christina Aguilera5. Christina Aguilera - Singer has "Xtina" on back of neck, a small flower? on left wrist, strange looking design on inside left forearm, Herbrew words on small of back ("I am to my beloved what my beloved is to me"), unknown tattoo just below bikini line, has several piercings including left nostril, labret, right nipple, genital, others? Christina is super hot and super cool too. How many men have been able to resist watching the Much Music Spotlight show on Christina? They'll sit through all the videos about her singing about being beautiful just to be able to see the video for "Dirty" one more time!
Britney Spears6. Britney Spears - This twenty-six year old singer, Mom and sometime actress has tattoos of a fairy on her lower back, a small daisy circling her second toe on right foot, a butterfly leaving a vine on left foot, and a flower with Chinese symbol for mystery in middle on lower stomach. She also has three Hebrew characters on back of her neck - her Kabala connection - a pair of pink dice inside left wrist, and during her recent public melt-down she added lips and a cross.

Spears also has a pierced belly button and a pierced right nipple. Like her fashion sense and matrimonial record, you sometimes wonder what compels Spears to do what she does when it comes to tattoos. By getting an odd assortment of small tattoos all over her body, she runs the risk of looking like someone has gone crazy with a rubber-stamp. Her tattoos, the butterfly, fairy, Chinese symbol and others, do not show a terrible amount of imagination or originality. They are the same tattoos picked off the wall by a million other teenage girls in a thousand tattoo parlors in every Mall and Trailer Park in middle America. Now Ex-husband Kevin "K-Fed" Federline is tattooed as well.

Megan Fox7. Megan Fox - Actress has tattoo of moon & starfish on on her right ankle, Marilyn Monroe portrait tattoo on right arm, "Brian" on bikini line & words "there once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her HEART" on her left rib cage just below her armpit & the words "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" on her back shoulder, others in a growing collection.
Pink8. Pink - The twenty-nine year old Alecia Beth Moore is a Pop Star with a unique sense of style. The singer has a shooting star and angel on the back of her left shoulder, "what goes around comes around" tattooed on her right wrist, "tru luv" a little higher up her, tattooed on her upper left thigh is "Mr. Pink", an oriental style dragon. Pink also has a cartoon cat on her lower stomach, and the barcode from the album Missundaztood just below her hairline on back of her neck. Rounding out her rather eclectic collection of tattoos are a frog on her left foot, the Japanese kanji symbol for luck/happiness on her right ankle, an infinity sign on her hip, a red star on her hand, and her Father's and brother's army dog tags on her left foot, in addition to several others... Take a deep breath! Pink married moto-cross racer Cory Hart in 2005. Hart, who is heavily tattooed and who owns the Huntington-Hart Tattoo shop in the Palms Casino in Las Vegas featured in the reality television show, "Inked".
Lindsay Lohan9. Lindsay Lohan - Lindsay Dee Lohan. The twenty-two year old actress has a public profile for partying and paparazzi shots that at times threatens to overshadow her film career. Lohan has been a vocal body art enthusiast and has even discussed opening a chain of tattoo shops. She has the words "La Bella Vita" tattooed on the top of her right buttock cheek, a small star tattoo on the inside of her left wrist, the word "BREATHE" in white ink on the other wrist.
Nicole Richie10. Nicole Richie - This is Richie's third year in the top five of our celebrity tattoo sweepstakes. A search for Nicole Richie's tattoos turns up hundreds of entries on Google. The twenty-seven year old Richie is far more adventuresome in the body art department than her former "The Simple Life" cohort Paris Hilton and hasn't been shy about hiding her nipple-piercing either.

Richie can take solace in the fact that when it comes to tattoos, she is far more popular online than a certain young Hotel heiress we know. The actor and former Simple Life star has at least nine tattoos, including a pair ballerina slippers - her father Lionel Richie wrote her a song, Ballerina Girl - and wings on her back, to go along with the aforementioned nipple piercing.

Alyssa Milano11. Alyssa Milano - Down four spots from last year, is Alyssa Milano. The thirty-six year Milano is no longer the little girl we all remember from 'Who's the Boss'. Although her acting career is perhaps less stellar than Jolie's, Milano has worked steadily in a string of lower-budgeted films and is once again a television star on 'Charmed'. And this is a woman who has over forty web sites devoted to her. She has seven tattoos that we know of, some of them beautiful work, and that have been fully revealed in photos taken of her by paparazzi at various topless beaches and resorts around the world.
Lil Wayne12. Lil Wayne - Hot southern rapper Lil Wayne began his industry climb to the top as one of the Hot Boys, a short-lived Cash Money Records all-star group. After establishing himself as a successful solo artist, he grew to become a critical favorite, known especially for his entertaining underground mixed tapes. Born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., on September 27, 1982, in New Orleans, LA, Lil Wayne grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans' 17th Ward. He has an ever growing collection of skin ink that keep searches for his tattoos near the top of the list.
Beyonce13. Beyonce - American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, and model has a praying angel on upper left thigh.  She has the Roman numeral IV on her ring finger.
Eva Longoria14. Eva Longoria - Actress has small star shaped tattoo on inside of left wrist, a Celtic style cross on lower back, a flower tattoo at the top of her right butt cheek and her husband's initials (TP) in an unknown intimate location, his jersey number "NINE" on back of her neck, her wedding date in roman numerals on the inside of her right wrist.
Johnny Depp15. Johnny Depp - Johnny Depp has been an ink aficionado for the better part of two decades. Many, if not most of his tattoos are sentimental reminders of the people and places he has been in his life. Tattoos for Depp are milestones to remember life's journey by. You couldn't possibly cast a better Jack Sparrow, Pirate Captain of the Black Pearl, than Johnny Depp.
Drew Barrymore16. Drew Barrymore - Actress has a cross on her ankle, a butterfly under belly button, angels on back, blue moon with smile & star at tip on right foot, flowers on inside left hip bone. Even though Drew is kinda "old news", she never fails to charm her audience. Besides, did you SEE that issue of Playboy with her posing? Yum!
Amy Winehouse17. Amy Winehouse - On this list because of her notoriety. This independent singer has a winged ankh on her back, a feather on inside of left forearm, lightning bolt and a singing bird on inside right forearm, several pin up girls, many, many others... Winehouse won the Brit award for best British female artist. She's also become something of a style icon with her unusual combination of beehive hairdo, thick black eyeliner and numerous tattoos. She got her first tattoo at age 15 and now has over a dozen of them. "I just wanted a Betty Boop on my bum," she said laughing about getting her first one.
Brad Pitt18. Brad Pitt - Actor has a tattoo of a piece of Arabic script on his lower back left side, several lines on his lower back right side, a small line of text "Absurdites de l' existence" & the outline of  Oetzi / Ötzi, the Iceman on the underside of his left forearm, under this he has a line of words in French translates to "life is absurd", he had fake tattoos for the movies Ocean's Eleven & Snatch. There isn't anything left to say about Brad Pitt. Every woman envies Angelina…
Pamela Anderson19. Pamela Anderson - Canadian born actress has a barbwire armband, the word Mommy on finger - used to say Tommy, ankle has small image, tribal on small of back, others.
Halle Berry20. Halle Berry - Academy award winning actress has a flower tattooed on her right buttock.
Kat Von D21. Kat Von D - Kat Von D (Drachenberg) was born on March 8, 1982, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and moved to California at the age of 4. She gravitated toward tattoos at a relatively early age, getting inked for the first time when she was 14. It was a tattoo of an Old-English "J" on her ankle -- a memento of an old love.

Shortly after getting her first tattoo, Kat Von D came to realize her own natural abilities as an artist, and her friends soon started recruiting her for their very own tattoos. The first tattoo she ever gave someone was of the skull logo from the band The Misfits with a homemade rig. Giving this tattoo simply felt right to Kat Von D, and she knew she wanted to pursue a career in this art form.
Jessica Biel22. Jessica Biel - Actress has small dove tattooed on right side of her stomach just above her bikini line.
Justin Timberlake23. Justin Timberlake - Singer, actor has his initials tattooed on ankles, a cross on his left shoulder, large pic of angel with the word GUARDIAN above tattooed on back, others. Whenever I hear anyone say that white guys have no style, I refer them to Justin Timberlake. Seriously, this man is not only redefining pop music at this very moment in time, but he is beautiful, brilliant, and rich. Oh - and did I mention nice? What doesn't he have?
Gisele Bundchen24. Gisele Bundchen - Supermodel has small tattoo below bikini line, a star on the underside of her left wrist, she had a complete body suit tattoo (fake) done for an ad campaign, a crescent moon and stars on the inside of her right ankle.
The Rock25. The Rock - Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born in 1972, the thirty-five year old has a Brahma bull tattoo - he is a Taurus - tattooed on his right biceps and a large Polynesian-style tattoo piece on upper left arm and shoulder. Johnson, who is part Samoan, has claimed that the Polynesian tattoo is a traditional Samoan piece, but it more closely resembles Marquessan tattooing than the traditional Samoan Pe'a. The Rock chose the tattoo specifically to pay homage to his ethnic heritage. Johnson first gained popularity as a standout in the world of wrestling. In the WWE, (World Wrestling Entertainment) before becoming The Rock, Johnson was known as Rocky Maivia, in homage to his father, Rocky Johnson, and his maternal grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. Since his entry into acting, Johnson continues to be known simply as The Rock.
The next top ten celebrities with tattoos who just missed the top twenty-five: 50 Cent, Jenna Jameson, Sienna Miller, Jessica Biel, Tommy Lee, Christina Aguillera, Jeremy Shockey, Scottie Chapman, Rihanna & Brad Pitt.

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Want more? Check out the following lists and find out how many people on them have tattoos...
Top 25 Tattooed Celebrities of 2006 :: Top 25 Celebrities of 2005 :: Playboy's Sexiest 25 in 2006 ::'s Top 99 Most Desirable :: UK's Top 100 Sexiest Women :: Playboy's Top 25/2005


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