Lately it seems like having a tattoo is a requirement when it comes to "belonging" in Hollywood -- agree? The whole celebrities-getting-inked-on-various-body-parts thing is quite a trend. Me? I'm expressing myself with this not-so-permanent trend -- it's much more my style.
But, regardless of your view on permanent body art, you can't deny that it's fun to look at, especially on A-listers. Which is why I sat down with Clay Clement, owner of Studio City Tattoo, to get the scoop on some of Hollywood's most famous tattoos (see a sneak peek below).
Then click here to see our entire gallery of celebrity tattoos (some of the "tattoo readings" he shared with me are a bit shocking). Not only do the tattoo designs people choose say a lot about them, but the location can be even more telling ...
Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie
Would you get written word tattooed on your back shoulder? If these two celebs have it, it's obviously a sexy choice. Jolie's looks like "a protection prayer, to watch her back," Clement says. Fox's is a line from Shakespeare, which is more romantic and delicate.
The back shoulder is a very sexy place to get a tattoo, and it is easily shown when wearing certain shirts. Before getting one there, be sure that you're okay with everyone else seeing it too.
Rihanna is youthful and hip, and her tattooed neck says just that. "The stars on the back of her neck are so eclectic, it's almost like she's following her own thought process," Clement says. They even have an animal-like vibe to them, "almost like leopard print," he adds.
Tiny, funky stars are a totally a hot trend from the 2000's. If you want to express your bright nature, this is a good choice for you. And you can choose between having a single star or a scattering of them. Click here to see another cool idea for a neck tattoo.
"Forearms are egotistical," Clement says, so getting a tattoo there is definitely making a statement. Clement says that having a tattoo in that location means it is very important to the person, since there's no getting away from it. How appropriate, since Klum's tattoo reads "Seal," which is her husband's name.
And while a forearm tattoo is pretty noticeable, it's a "less aggressive form of statement" than getting one on your outer arm, Clement says. It's a popular place to get a tattoo, because almost anything will look good (symbols, script, images).
"Calves are another ego area," Clement says. And since it's on the right side of Barrymore's body (which is the "masculine" side), Clement sees it as a power statement. The cross, being a religious statement, indicates that she wants to have more control over her emotions and life path.
For those people who want to be perceived as "powerful," getting a tattoo on your lower leg is a good choice -- whether it's a statement of belief in yourself, in your spirituality, or in another area of your life.
Eve's paw prints show off an "aggressive" and "bold" personality. Since they're on her chest, they're very "in your face" and make an ego statement, Clement says.
"Women have a powerful physical presence in that area," he adds. It's a sexually charged way to show off your curves, so think about the results you'll get before deciding on that location.
- Click here to see the rest of the celebrity tattoos in our gallery (trust me, they're pretty crazy, and they might make you think twice about getting one yourself -- or maybe they'll inspire you).
- Have a low pain tolerance and/or fear of needles? Check out these gorgeous ways to get noticed -- without getting inked.