The Best Tattoos In The Movies EVER (Pt1)

ALPHA DOG

Directors will stop at nothing to put a shirtless Justin Timberlake on the big screen, including adding a black-and-gray back piece and gangster numbering to his character’s chest.

AMERICAN HISTORY X

Few wardrobe choices are as impactful as the neo-Nazi tattoos on Derek Vinyard. For a guy trying to reinvent himself, Vinyard’s ink shows that it is tough to slough off your skin and start anew.

APOCALYPTO

Mayan tattoos by the scores come to life for this epic film. “I spent hours and hours going through the pottery and the images looking for tattoos,” advisor Richard D. Hansen said of their accuracy.

BLACK SWAN

Mila Kunis, playing the consummate black swan, is decked out with a black-and-gray feather back piece whose best view comes during a love scene with Natalie Portman’s character.

BLADE

Remember when vampires were cool? Wesley Snipes’s half-human, half-vampire hybrid Blade carries a badass tribal tattoo that goes from his shoulders to the fringes of his hairline.

BLADE 2

In the second movie from the only franchise to double up on this list, Blade is pitted against the Bloodpack, which includes the vampire Lighthammer, who is emblazoned with Maori face tattoos.

BOONDOCK SAINTS

The brothers’ “Veritas” (truth) and “Aequitas” (justice) tattoos are a reminder that there is honor in their killings. Sometimes the only thing that can scratch an itchy trigger finger is the tattoo needle.

BRIDESMAIDS

Brynn (Rebel Wilson) gets herself a free tattoo and shows it off to her then-roommate Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), saying: “It’s a Mexican drinking worm. It’s the Native American symbol for wasted.”

CAPE FEAR

Max Cady (Robert DeNiro) has a selection of prison tattoos that don’t quite show attrition for his act of convicted rape. If his parole officer had one look, Cady wouldn’t have seen green grass.

CONSTANTINE

Constantine’s arms connect to provide protection. When put together, the tattoos form the fire triangle with arrows—the alchemical symbol for the Perfect Red King, the Sulfur of the Philosophers.

CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE

Joseph Julian Soria plays Chico, the scary motherfucker from El Huron’s Crime Syndicate who, per square inch, is one of the most-tattooed characters ever put on celluloid.

CROW: CITY OF ANGELS

Are those red-inked pieces angel’s wings or crow’s wings on the back of tattoo artist Sarah Mohr (Mia Kirshner)? To find out you’d have to sit through a bad sequel.

CRY-BABY

Johnny Depp playing Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker abhors electricity because it killed his parents. To prove it, he rips his shirt open to show an electric chair. Later he gets a teardrop tattoo in jail.

THE DEATH SENTENCE

Garrett Hedlund has tribal art coiled from his neck down his arms for his portrayal of Billy Darley, a murderous thug with an abusive father, in the Kevin Bacon vehicle.

DOOMSDAY

There is so much cool ink in this 2008 flick, from the Maori-style adornment of Viper’s visage to Sol’s gigantic biohazard symbol covering his back and shoulders.

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