The human body has long since become a canvas and tattoos and piercings have taken the freedom of expression to even newer levels. With a tattoo festival going on in the city, we look at the some celebrities whose body art is too good to ignore.
In 1999, David Beckham first went under the needle following the birth of his son, Brooklyn. The result was his son’s name in Gothic script. A year later, Beckham was back at the tattoo studio, this time for a giant guardian angel on his upper back. He then pledged his devotion to wife Victoria with a tattoo of her name in Hindi. When his second son Romeo was born, Beckham added his name above the guardian angel — who by then was sporting some impressive wings. Shortly after Romeo’s addition, the proud papa decided to get the number ‘7’ tattooed on to his inner arm, written in Roman numerals. Following his transfer to Real Madrid, Beckham had a cross design on the back of his neck. In 2004, a month after allegations of his affair with Rebecca Loos, he had a large angel design on his bicep, with the motto: ‘In the Face of A diversity.’ When asked about his love for the ink, Beckham said: “Everybody’s got a way of expressing their feelings, and mine is through my tattoos.”
She’s got a pout to die for, a body to lust after and now a whole collection of tattoos to admire. It all started with the tattoo of a Chinese dragon which was later topped with ‘Billy Bob’, the name of her second husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton. The unfortunate latter was unceremoniously removed. And now that she is enjoying motherhood thoroughly, Jolie found time to ink in the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for Nice, France, the birthplace of her and Brad Pitt’s twin babies, Knox and Vivienne. Their birthplaces are located right below the global coordinates for the birthplaces of Maddox, Shiloh, Zahara and Pax. The latest coordinate to join the list is that of Brad’s birthplace. She has more than a dozen tattoos covering up her body such as the Gothic letter tattoo between her shoulder blades which says ‘Know Your Rights’, a Buddhist Pali incantation written in Khmer script, an Arabic script tattoo on her right arm meaning ‘Determination’ and the Roman number 13.
Saif Ali Khan
The rage among celebs and fans to get names of their spouses and lovers inked began after Saif Ali Khan got his lady love Kareena’s name tattooed on his arm. Relatively early into the relationship, Saif got Kareena’s name inked and literally wore his heart on his sleeve.
Rihanna has eighteen known tattoos all over her body – from head to ankle. She even has created a tattoo by her own – including a little umbrella on her tattooist arm. She started her romance with ink in 2006 when her first music note was created. Then there is a tattoo written in reverse so she can read it in the mirror. It says ‘Never a failure, always a lesson’ tattooed across her upper right chest –in light gray ink. She also has a Pisces sign behind her left ear, a Sanskrit prayer going down from her hip to her derriere, a star in her left ear, an Arabic phrase in her ribcage area, a trail of stars going down her back and the list goes on. Her latest is a mammoth tattoo of an Egyptian goddess on her chest, it is dedication to her grandmother who passed away.
While the rest of the film fraternity were getting names of their spouses and children tattooed on their body, Priyanka Chopra made heads turn and stood apart when she dedicated her tattoo to her father and got the words ‘Daddy’s little girl’ inked on her right hand.
Rapper Lil Wayne got his first tattoo at the age of 14 in honour of his father. He said he got his next tattoo to emulate the late rapper Tupac Shakur. He also has four tear drops on his face which are for the people who have been killed in his family, ‘Fear God’ and the ‘C’ between his eyes which is for his mother ‘Cita’ and his last name ‘Carter Tune’ next to left ear which is short for Lil Tunechileoncious; a smiley face on the inside of bottom lip ‘Misunderstood’ and two rows of stars with some of them being ultraviolet and this is just on his face. On his neck he has the image of a gun on the right side to cover up a previous tattoo that read ‘I Am Pimp’. He then has ‘Blessed’ inked on the middle of his throat, but it was later covered up with ‘You’ and ‘YM’ which is the Young Money logo on the left side of his neck. On his hands he has ‘Hot’ on one hand and ‘Boy’ on the other hand which is a group that he was a member of before going solo. on each of his palms he has ‘A Gun’ and ‘The World’ inked so that he can always say he has them in his hands. He also has ‘Trigger’ written on his fingers.
Sanjay Dutt is one actor who has a serious love for tattoos and can easily be the most tattooed man in Bollywood. His tattoos include his wife’s name (Manyata), Lord Shiva, a four-inch Tibetan Om with Dutt’s zodiac sign, the Leo and his lucky number ’1′ below it and many more.
Susmita Sen is one who is clearly bitten by the tattoo bug. She likes to express herself through her body art and has at least four tattoos. Sen has a tattoo which reads ‘Temptation and Glory to God alone, I Am, I will either find a way or make on’. She also has a tattoo of a tiger cub.
Tattoo talk with Sameer Patange
His clientele includes the best of Bollywood ranging from Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan to Kangana Ranaut and Susmita Sen. Tattoo artist Sameer Patange is in town for Tattoo festival at Park to ink the Hyderabadis. He divulges his favourite Bollywood customers and also things to keep in mind heading to a tattoo parlour.
1. Susmita Sen is more like a friend to me than a client. Each of her tattoos has a hidden meaning. When she comes across, something that inspires her, she turns up at the studio to get them inked. One of my favourite tattoos on her is that of a leopard cub on her back.
2. Hrithik Roshan was fun to work with and also very corporative. He didn’t pose any trouble when he got his sons’ names tattooed on his arms.
Tips for Hyderabadis before getting inked:
1. Think a 100 times before getting a tattoo. There are people who regret their decision so wait for the right design and artist before getting a tattoo.
2. It is a very bad idea to inked when you are drunk. It is a potentially life changing decision, so wouldn’t you want to know exactly what you are getting done?
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