Best Tattoos In Movies-PT2
DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?
Jesse: “Dude! You got a tattoo!” Chester: “So do you, dude! Dude, what does my tattoo say?” Jesse: “Sweet! What about mine?” Chester: “Dude! What does mine say?”
“In Russian prisons, your life story is written on your body, in tattoos. You don’t have tattoos, you don’t exist.” This Russian mobster flick showcases an encyclopedia’s worth of prison ink.
While in the books Tattoo is a female mutant, Chris Ackerman plays the villain in the comic book film. Adorned with animal ink, Tattoo summons the beasts to come alive off his skin.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
What came first: his name or the sick cobra tattoo crawling up his abdomen? One thing’s for certain—Snake Plissken doesn’t give a fuck about your war.
There may be more Star Wars tattoos walking around today than there are anchors, and Seth Rogen gets covered in them for the movie about geek devotion, including a Jar Jar Binks back piece.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
For visuals in the Robert Rodriguez–Quentin Tarantino film, a close second to Salma Hayek in a bikini is George Clooney’s Seth Gecko sporting a tattoo that creeps out of his collar.
Price check! The film based on the hit video game features Agent 47, whose most distinguishing characteristic is the bar code tattoo on the back of his head.
One of the most powerful uses of tattoos in film comes when Leonard Shelby, post-head injury, uses his script body art as a daily reminder of who he is and what his mission in life is.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
Damn, Juliette Lewis was the queen of the mid-’90s. And in Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone makes a perfect excuse to expose her midsection by placing a scorpion on the side of her torso.
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
The knuckle tattoo that launched a bazillion knuckle tattoos comes from Robert Mitchum’s character in the 1955 flick. If you haven’t seen the fight between love and hate, go to YouTube now.
For those who don’t speak French, papillon means butterfly—one of which appears on Steve McQueen’s chest flanked by suits of playing cards and a crude skull with a scythe.
That’s not Woody the Woodpecker, that’s the thrush from Clay Smith Cams on Nicholas Cage’s H.I. McDunnough (and rival Leonard Smalls) in the Coen brothers’ early work.
Now that’s a back piece. Tattoos are all about transformation and personal growth, which is all that Francis “Tooth Fairy” Dolarhyde wants. He just finds more interesting ways to achieve it.
REIGN OF FIRE
Early on in film production, the director had Matthew
McConaughey’s trainer and artist powwow to make sure the design would contour with the beefy body McConaughey was working toward.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
Yes, Virginia, there is a tattooed Santa Claus, and he was in last year’s animated feature in which St. Nick has black-and-gray script tattoos of “Naughty” and “Nice” adorning each forearm.