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Celebrity Tattoos And Designs-Celebrity Tattoo Meanings And Ideas-Celebrity Tattoo Portraits

Updated on August 23, 2012
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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At some point and time, we all find inspiration from a person that we idolize. In most cases, these people are familiar faces and well known, some across the world. Actors, musicians, and sports stars have often captured our attention, affection, and admiration. In today's society, we know them as celebrities.

Most of us have a specific celebrity that we adore, look up too, or admire for what ever reason. Perhaps, we idolize them and wish we had their lifestyle. Maybe, we respect who they are and the people they have helped. Possibly, we find that their personality matches ours. We are all fans of someone, whether they are a celebrity or not. With this, it is easy to see why a die-hard fan may choose a celebrity tattoo.

Celebrity tattoos consist of tattoos that portray a famous person that is popular and well known. Since there are literally hundreds of thousands to choose from, you have plenty of people to choose from. Even so, celebrity tattoos are not main stream and they are usually wore by fans of that specific person.

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Celebrity tattoo designs can be designed with various symbols and elements. It just depends on which celebrity is being tattooed. For example, we will use Pete Rose. Most of us have heard this name at one time or another, possibly the story behind Rose. Pete Rose was a baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. If you were to choose a Pete Rose tattoo, you could include anything associated to baseball in your celebrity tattoo, such as a baseball, bat, team logo, or bases. Since sport stars are considered to be celebrities, any sport may be included.

Celebrity tattoo designs usually just portray the head of the celebrity. However, not all of them do. But if you were to portray other areas of their body, it will take more skin to hold such a large tattoo. One celebrity tattoo that is often portrayed as a full body tattoo is Marilyn Monroe. Basically, celebrity tattoos may just include a face while others include the entire body.

Another variation of celebrity tattoos is that they can also be done as a cartoon. Although this type of tattoo is not chosen often, it may be something you want to consider. One popular celebrity tattoo portrays celebrities as they are in certain movies. For example, we will look at Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is a very popular actor that has starred in many movies. One of Depp's most popular characters is Jack Sparrow from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean."

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When it comes to celebrity tattoos, you can have a lot of options. Although many men and women stay current and would probably choose a star of today, others may choose a celebrity that has seen their day or has already passed on. One example of this is Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash had a special personality that made him who he was. Another example is Marilyn Monroe, which is a popular celebrity tattoo choice for men.

In general, celebrity tattoos don't hold any symbolic meaning. However, it is sure to hold symbolic value to those who wear such a tattoo. Celebrity tattoos can take on the meaning of who is being portrayed in the tattoo. Once again, take a look at Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash was known as the "man in black." Cash didn't care one bit what people thought of him. It is possible that you feel the same. If so, your Johnny Cash can portray your personality. In cases like this, it takes a celebrity that has that special personality, a personalty that makes them different from others.

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There are some things that you should consider before you choose your celebrity tattoo or any tattoo. You want to keep in mind that you are going to wear this celebrity on your body til the end of time. If you want a celebrity tattoo, by all means go for it. If your having second thoughts, it may not be for you. In such cases, many men and women get a "crush" on a certain actor or star. All I am saying, don't rush yourself and make sure this is what you want.

Celebrity tattoos or not, always make sure you research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that get tattooed on an impulse usually have regrets about their tattoo later on down the road. Don't make this same mistake. Take your time, do your research, and only get inked if you are completely sure. If you feel that the celebrity tattoo is not for you or you want to view more tattoos, please feel free to follow the links below. As always, thanks for your visit!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia














      Wow, love these comments! These are impressive tattoos. You either are for them or against them, not much in between. Thank you all for your feedback as always. Sorry for the late reply. Will be by to see you all. Thanks again:)

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Amazing fans..! Thanx lyric -)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wow these are really awesome Ricky. Nicely detailed.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You started out with Johnny and I couldn't move past his picture for awhile! I am sure there are people out there who would jump at doing these suggested tattoo designs, especially those with symbolic meanings.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The tattoo artist has to really be good to do this. They all look so real. This is my favorite of your tattoos..De Niro..Sigh..

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      LW you're hubs are just amazing! What strikes me is the that the tatoos here are so very life-like and there's no mistaking the celebrities. I agree though that youngsters in particular should think a while before rushing into getting a celebrity tatoo. Today's hot celebs are tomorrows 'has-beens' and no youngster normally wants to be behind the times. But getting one of these fabulous tatoos when you know it's what you want would be awesome. I like the idea of displaying your personality through the face of a celebrity. What better way to show people what makes you tick!

      This is such a beautiful hub and so many memories here as well - awesome + voted up + shared!!!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      In my husband's words, "I have never seen a design that I like well enough to "engrave" onto my body forever." There are some "interesting" tats; some beautiful ones, and many hideous ones. Interesting art form, but not for me. Besides--I don't like needles--I'm not going to volunteer to be 'stabbed' a few hundred times a second....!

      Interesting article, though...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Cool tattoos, but not sure if I would want to put a celebrity's face on my body. If he made a really bad movie or unknown nasty facts came to light about him, I'd be stuck. Amazing artistry though. Interesting hub.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i will surely have a Ben Adams tattoo!!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Wow! these pictures are so very clever! I know they probably start off as a stencil or copy, but they are still so awesome! Johnny Depp please! lol! seriously its not for me, as I chop and change my likes and dislikes all the time, but they are truly brilliant tattoos! great hub, voted up and shared, nell

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Takes my breath away. So much work and so much detail and resemblance is just jaw-dropping. Wow. What an awesome find, Ricky, real stunner this one!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I guess you have to be careful with what celebrity tattoo you get because that celebrity may become unknown. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      These are awesome, such talent, I have never seen a portrait tattoo but these are done by true artists. Amazing I would never have imagined anything like these.

      Awesome job Ricky. Pushing many buttons here.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ricky, you outdid yourself with this one! Look at all the pictures! It took me five minutes to just look at the photos....great job my friend. This is your best of the series by far!