All The Tattoos Of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and his Tattoos

Johnny Depp, the popular Hollywood star, known to the world for his role in the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is one of the many renowned personalities who are fanatic lovers of tattoos. Distressed over some nagging domestic problems and obsessed with a concern for his personal safety, Depp started to injure himself. In fact there are more than seven scars on his body as a result of self inflicted injuries.

Speaking to an interviewer, Depp commented on his self-inflicted injury by thus - "My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professionaltattoo artist".

Depp has at least fourteen tattoos as of now and each tattoo has a specific reason. For instance the tattoo "head of Cherokee Indian chief" is to commemorate his ancestral heritage. The tattoo "Lily-Rose" is because of his first-born child. The tattoo "Betty Sue" is his mother’s name and below this tattoo is curiously a sparrow flying over water and underneath is written his son’s "Jack". The most recent one is "Silence Exile Cunning" – though it is unclear what the significance is.

Johnny Depp in "Pirates Of The Caribbean"
Johnny Depp in "Pirates Of The Caribbean"
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"Betty Sue"Inverted triangle design above Betty SueBetty sue Close-upInverted Triangle
"Betty Sue"
"Betty Sue"
Inverted triangle design above Betty Sue
Inverted triangle design above Betty Sue
Betty sue Close-up
Betty sue Close-up
Inverted Triangle
Inverted Triangle

One can see a ribbon tattoo reading "Wino Forever" and the story goes that this tattoo was originally "Winona Forever", and Depp amended it by removing "na" after his estrangement with Winona Ryder. Johnny had this tattoo done at Sunset Strip Tattoo reportedly paying 75 Dollars. Their adline proclaims `Tattooers of the Stars Since 1971' and proudly announces that Johnny's `Winona Forever' double-banner tattoo was done on his right bicep by us to serve as parallel to his tattoo on the left honoring his mother.

It is reported that nearly seven of Depp's tattoos were done by New York tattooist Jonathan Shaw and interestingly Shaw was the one who played the role of a tattoo artist in ‘Tightrope’ – a Clint Eastwood movie.

It is worthwhile looking into the background of some of Depp’s tattoos.

As stated earlier, "Betty Sue" depicts the standard 'heart' tattoo with a ribbon through the middle where the name of his mother written. It is said that such tattoo designs were profusely sported by servicemen to remind them of their homes as also the cause they were fighting for.

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"Jack" and the "Brave Symbol""Jack"
"Jack" and the "Brave Symbol"
"Jack" and the "Brave Symbol"

The "Inverted Triangle" seen above the Betty Sue tattoo represents the heart, and is considered a symbol associated with women to reveal romantic love. Depp must have had his own reasons for sporting this tattoo.

The "Brave Symbol" tattoo on the right arm is obviously to remember his film entitled ‘The Brave’.

"The Swallow" or "Flying Bird" has apparently been taken from the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Depp meaningfully redesigned the tattoo on his right forearm as he turned it around to give the impression that the bird is flying towards him and he wrote his son's name, "Jack" underneath.

This tattoo has a particular significance. It is said that a sailor is entitled to this tattoo after voyaging 500 nautical miles. There is a belief that Swallow indicates that land s nearing and it also signals safe return.

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Winona and the head of the chiefWino ForeverHead of the Cherokee Chief
Winona and the head of the chief
Winona and the head of the chief
Wino Forever
Wino Forever
Head of the Cherokee Chief
Head of the Cherokee Chief
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The Three RectanglesThe Three RectanglesThe Three Rectangles33Lily-RoseSkull and Crossbones with 'Death is Certain' belowDepp Showing the '?' on his ankle'?' tattoo close-up
The Three Rectangles
The Three Rectangles
The Three Rectangles
The Three Rectangles
The Three Rectangles
The Three Rectangles
Skull and Crossbones with 'Death is Certain' below
Skull and Crossbones with 'Death is Certain' below
Depp Showing the '?' on his ankle
Depp Showing the '?' on his ankle
'?' tattoo close-up
'?' tattoo close-up

Swallows are traditionally known to travel long distances in the sea during migration and they would hang around boats parked at the shores. Thus, the sighting of swans presumably lent credence to the fact that land was close by.

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On his right biceps just below 'Wino' there is the prominent tattoo "Cherokee Indian Chief in full headdress". This is to honor his Cherokee great-great-grandmother, Minnie. This tattoo also serves to testify his ancestral cultural heritage.

Those who know Depp closely would have noticed "Three Little Rectangles" on his right index finger. He lightheartedly calls these squares as a "permanent phone doodle."

The number "3" is found on his left hand and John says in the April 1996 issue of Young Flix Magazine that 3 is a special number for him as it is a creative number denoting Triangle, Trinity and he also meaningfully comments that two people make another person. “Three is a mystical, magical number."

Johnny appropriately sports the tattoo bearing the name of his daughter Lily-Rose Melody near his heart.

The traditional danger signal of “Skull and Crossbones” is seen on his lower right leg with the suggestive phrase "Death Is Certain" written below the diagram.

Inexplicably there is the question mark "?" symbol on the right inside leg just above the ankle.
The most recent tattoo, by all accounts, is the "Silence Exile Cunning" on his left arm, which many saw for the first time at an MTV movie awards function. Booklovers know that this tattoo must be the result of his reading the book "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” penned by James Joyce.

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heather idleman 4 years ago

i am a huge fan of his. It would be cool to meet him face to face

JerseyDevil 4 years ago

I know it's been a while since this was originally posted, but to catch up with JD's tattoos, he now sports a total of 29 as of Sept 2012. DinDin, as to Winona Forever, he had it partially removed, (being too painful for the whole tattoo) it no longer has the NA, so it now reads Wino Forever. And SheShe---keep the faith---I too never thought I'd have a chance---but since 2006, I have met Johnny 7 times! And he kissed my hand the last time (Oct 2011 NYC)

She She 4 years ago

I love Johnny Depp . I am a great fan of his . He is the greatest actor in the world and a nice and kind man and a very good father. I love all his movies. I wish I could meet him and get his autograph and take a picture of him. But that will never happen because he would never come to the stupid little town I live in and make a movie or have a primeire here. So I guess I will just have to watch him in his movies and look at his images on Johnny Depp Bing News. I love all Johnny's Tattoos they are great and look great on him because he is such a hot guy and very very cute man. Your Fan Forever Sharon . P.S. Keep making your great movies and I will keep watching them and buying them . You are the greatest Actor in Hollywood. And I love Captain Jack Sparrow.

linda 5 years ago

Johnny Depp is a great actor. I remember how he stood out from the rest on 21 Jump Street!

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Lyss 5 years ago

I think that he has two more not listed. They were in his Vanity Fair photo shoot. A skull and crossbones on his inner right bicep and another on his left forearm that I can't tell what it is.

Click next and you'll see the second tat in a after a picture or two.

lovejohnny 5 years ago

I would like to just see that whole body 3D in the flesh! So I could really get a good look at those tatoos. And wouldn't it be great to speak w/him for a few minutes???

csinydanny 5 years ago

i am the same with my body bieng a journal. i doodle all over myself. lyrics, quotes whatever. i am getting a tattoo soon but shhh dont tell my dad. its my sign and my friends sign. my sign is behind my left ear and hers behind my right. right on the bone..

Vickie  5 years ago

Negra you state you're totally obsessed w/him. Hell, I'm 49, will be 50 in March of 2011, and I have a 4ft tall 3ft wide picture I had MADE of him in a frame hanging in my living room. LOL. And I don't care WHO likes it and WHO don't. I spent over $200 on this picture and then $75 on the frame. I also have an 8x10 of him in a frame sitting on my sofa table. TO me, there is NOBODY bigger or better than Johnny except God himself. Of course I don't know the man personally and probably will never be lucky enough to get to meet him, bad for me, BUT everything I have read about him and heard about him points to him being a TERRIFIC person. And yes, him being HOT doesn't hurt. But him being hot is not why I love him so. It's the kind of person he is. I think Collin Ferrell is hot too, but from what I hear about him he is a real asshole. And I wouldn't give him the time of day. And as for you, yeh man, sounds like to me someone is jealous. First of all, get a life, we're talking about a celebrity, and second of all, know what you're talking about before you start running off at the mouth like you had diarrhea. I have been a FAN of Johnny's since he started in showbiz, and I DON'T appreciate it when I hear someone run him down when he works as hard as he does providing for his family. And another thing yeh man, learn how to spell. Your name is spelled wrong, it's Y-E-A-H not yeh. Now, I understand that everybody has their opinions of people, place and things, and they have that right to voice their opinions and such. After all, this IS America the last time I looked, although; sometimes I believe that is slowly dwindling, but nonetheless, we're still a FREE country. Johnny has my love and my support, along with others just like me. We've all had a say and stated our peace. I will ALWAYS support Johnny. He is truly a great actor and person. Love you Johnny.

negra 5 years ago

I am totally obsessed with this man.

veronica 6 years ago

I don't understand how he removed the "na" of winona's tatto

ang3l 6 years ago

luv johnny depp ! i admire his tattoos esp the ones dedicated to his mom n children ! plus it looks pretty darn awesome on him !

jelena radovanovic 6 years ago

woooooooooow... that was cool... i lovoj ehnny depp,so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NativeForever 6 years ago

I am not a huge fan, but I have enjoyed most of Johnny Depp's movies. However, I DO take issue with the fact that he, like so many others, is claiming to be so "spiritually moved" by his native heritage. I have no clue if Mr. Depp is truly of Cherokee ancestry or not, HOWEVER, had he done ANY research on his claimed ancestry, he would have discovered that full headresses were worn by plains indian tribes (Think of the Sioux, Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfeet, Comanche, etc.)and the Cherokee were most definitely NOT one of the plains tribes. A turban (Google a picture of Sequoyah) is a much more accurate picture. This fact alone makes his tattoo culturally incorrect, and in my mind, a mockery of his heritage instead of the tribute he claims it to be. Bottom line and lesson to be learned is that if you are going to shout "I'm Native" from the rooftops, get it right! (and FYI, for all you who claim your great-great-great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee Princess, no she wasn't. The Cherokee have always had an ELECTED chief, so the "royal" lineage doesn't exist, sorry.)

IJUB 6 years ago

Great research !! love it, :)

sharnjeet kaur 6 years ago

johnny deep is my best actor in the hole world.

Amanda 6 years ago

Thanx do much for the pic of the 3 tat. That is my fav. Number and I wanted to draw one on my hand with a permanent marker in the same place. I

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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

Great Hub, I just wrote a Johnny Depp article, and I linked your article to mine. I thought this was really informative, and a great asset to a Johnny Depp fan!

yeh man 6 years ago

my god you guys are all dumb, women cream over him for no other reason but his good looks, all this shit you try to come up with about how his tatoos are meaningful is bullshit to cover up how superficial you guys are

one of the above posters stated i wonder what the meaning for wino is, even after he read it. even if he didn't read it. and guys this is proof how you will overlook EVERYTHING just cause someone is hot. what else could be the reason, he broke up with her, it was the only other thing he coould do with the word but nooooo! im sure he has some made up story for you to further jizz ur pants

to tell u all the truth, i think the reason why he has so many tatoos is to cover up his shameful past of being a self-mutilating patient. i got this vibe when i noticed how many tats he has. but now that i think about it ... a person that cuts themselves secretly does it in non revealing areas ... like legs, thighs, forearms etc and thats where he has most of his tats

Lizzie 7 years ago

He is such an amazing man!

I love his work, and admire him so much!!

Such an inspiration in so many ways!

xlilmissdeppx 7 years ago

i wondered what the 3 meant .. its quite odd really especially as my lucky number is three !! he also has three heart tatoo's representing vannessa ,lily-rose and jack on the inside of one of his arms i think the left!! x

Lo  7 years ago

Funny how anyone could think they are his biggest fan.He is soooooo hotttttttt it is a shame there is only of him,It is the native american blood deeply spiritually evolved.

cool 7 years ago

LOVE u JoHnNy DePp will u be at atlantis in nassau my mo will be there she is michele the tall one!!!!!

Rubbiecubby13 7 years ago

cool stuff.............. i LOVE YOU johnny !!

JohnnyDeppLoverForever 7 years ago

I HATE guys with tattoos. Johnny is the exception. I happen to love that he has so many tattoos. I alsways wondered what the significance of the "3" was. Thank you SunSeven for telling me! I still don't understand the significance of the three rectangles on his right index finger... I never knew about the inverted triangle, skull and cross bones, question mark, "silence exile cunning", Cherokee Indian, or the brave symbol seeing as he doesn't show these all that often. I knew about his "Lily Rose" tattoo a long time ago but just recently found out exactly what it said by buying a poster. Thank you so much for this page! Very well put together!

desi 7 years ago

wino means alcoholic, to the person who thinks it means stupid. hey johnny love ur movies :)

Secretive  7 years ago

I think Johnny's tatoos are really cool. I think he is a really cool actor and the hottest one too. I wish his family the best!

susieqla 7 years ago

Lova ya, Johnny! The only way I can see you is in the Movies, so please keep makin' 'em. Yours, susieqla

jaehan 7 years ago

johnny depp got a new tattoo added to his body .. and finally vanessa got one of it! johnny told in an interview his latest tattoo is 3 red hearts , and it's dedicated to vanessa and the kids.. how sweet .. why now johnny?

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Reynolds_Writing 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Fun hub topic. Just saw Johnny in Public Enemies..

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Zabbella 7 years ago from NJ-USA

Cool that Johnny !!

rebakah 7 years ago

Johnny's tattoos suck. :)

mlshook57 7 years ago

Interesting article - I did not know the info. for his tatoos.

Incidently,  I am glad that he and Vannessa found each other and have two beautiful children together!  He deserves to be happy and fulfilled.  They keep him grounded on what is truely important-family!  I love his work and he is absolutey gorgeous!  I wish him and his family all the best!!  Got to love him-go for it Johnny!  Never give up acting!  Your the best!!

It makes me sad that some people do not understand this simple concept of being happy for someone who is happy!

I absolutely love his work and think he is gorgeous. I would love to meet him but will never happen.

I have been a fan since 21 Jumpstreet and have nearly all of his movies. I drive my family nuts about him but I don't care. There are alot of good actors out there, but Johnny Depp is by far and away my favorite! Again, go for it Johnny! Your the best!!!

kenzie e. 7 years ago

this is jdepp's biggest, most obsessive fan.

im not going to lie. (i love him so much) ;D

i have <3jdepp on my license plate.

i don't see why i couldn't have been out of the womb to snatch is pretty ass away from wino's bitch ass in the year 1990.

Hes so far along with his bitch Vanessa & those children he has runnin around, i don't stand a chance.

I would show him how special he really is,

He would love me: Im 18, fresh meat. :)

depp fan 7 years ago

i luv johnny depp and his tattoes

dhailand olaer 8 years ago

ohhhh johnny depp i really like u im ur biggest fun huny im so glad that i hv cooment to u i hope u hv good health and i reaaly like ur movie the pirates of Caribbean

yvaine 8 years ago

jhonny depp is my fav like him so much bravo

hippie_chick 8 years ago

he is so hot i love these pics thatnx sunseven ur really cool!

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Rookie Expert 8 years ago from US

After reading Jhonny's explanation for his love for the number 3, i too think its magical! nice hub as usual

Jay 8 years ago

He has another new one now, on his left forearm. It says 'Silence, Exile, Cunning' and is a quote from James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Dennis Wakeley 8 years ago

It's pretty cool that Depp is so into body art. I really like his style in many way!

Thanks for sharing this!

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dindin 8 years ago from Texas

I always wondered if he was going to cover up the Winona tattoo. Any one know if he covered it up?

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Athlyn Green 9 years ago from West Kootenays

I see you are a Depp fan, too. He has incredible charisma--very sexy.

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jormins 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

Its strange I've always been a big fan of Depp but never knew any of that information except probably Winona. Great hub.

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SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India Author

Hi cgull, perhaps he has more. But only these ones are noticed yet, by the media.

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cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

That's wonderful, I didn't realize he had so many tattoos, nice hub. Cheers.

prabu 9 years ago

this is really good, i am very fond of nice lookin tattoos's this is real good

Violet 9 years ago

Jhonny Depp is sooooooo HOT those picers of him are cool.

paks 9 years ago

an amazing & well compiled page keep it up

rocky 9 years ago

do you know that this actor JHONNY DEPP and all th other co stars who acted in the movie PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN were instructed to avoid having a bath and were not even allowed to brush their teeth during the acting period, by thediector of the movie , so that they could have the natural looks of the old time pirates who used to stay filthy.

9 years ago

that's awesome!! It would be great to feature all the tattoos of The Veronicas (esp. jess!) and Billie joe fro green day.. that would be cool :)

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Maddie Ruud 9 years ago from Oakland, CA

OOoooh, thank you so much SunSeven!!!! Just exactly what I was requesting...

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waynet 9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

Some quality research, are you sure you don't download it all in one hand and extract it in the other, brilliant hub!!

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livelonger 9 years ago from San Francisco

wow you really put together a really good page SunSeven!

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