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Inspirational male celebrity tattoos – Johnny Depp’s body as personal journal

Inspirational male celebrity tattoos – Johnny Depp’s body as personal journal

There are many people following in the steps of their favorite celebrities when it comes to tattooing their bodies. Male celebrity tattoos have always been a source of inspiration for men all over the world. Whether you choose to imitate that idol because you admire him or because you simply like the design of his tattoo, one thing is certain: the impact is greater.  People will certainly make the association between your tattoo and the famous person who inspired you. And it goes without saying that the symbolism behind any male celebrity tattoos designs will become widely known depending on how far that idol’s fame reached. Johnny Depp is an internationally renewed actor who has gained the passion of women and the admiration of men all over the world. People have come to love him both for his extraordinary movie career and for his intriguing personality. He has more than a dozen tattoos all over his body gathered along the years, each new inscription representing another important step taken in his life. Johnny Depp’s tattoos hold heavy symbolism and stand for important people and events in his life, some made known to the general public, some still remaining enveloped in mystery.

In an interview Johnny explained: “I consider all my tattoos as specific moments in my life. 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.” In other words, unlike other male celebrity tattoos, his designs are carefully chosen and hold really special meanings for him. Depp has always mentioned his children are those he holds dearest in this entire world, and his tattoos certainly confirm that statement.  For instance, the tattoo “Lily-Rose” placed close to his heart represents his first born child and “Betty Sue” commemorates the name of his mother. The three hearts inked into his triceps stand for his love for his kids and “The Swallow”, inspired from the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, has his son’s name “Jack” inscribed underneath. The bird tattooed on his forearm is flying towards him and symbolizes safe return in sailor’s beliefs.

Another interesting tattoo Johnny Depp has acquired in 2008 is the inscription on his left lower arm that reads “Silence Exile Cunning” taken from the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. His tattoos are amazing because of their number and choice of subject. He stated his ancestors’ roots with his very first tattoo design which depicts a Native American Head. If people choose to write an interesting quote on their Facebook wall or blog, Johnny Depp asks a tattoo artist to engrave it forever in his skin. The tattoo entitled “Wind over Heaven” represents an ancient Chinese belief saying that “Forcing your way in life will only bring you misfortune” found in the Book of Changes. All in all, male celebrity tattoos have always been and will always be a topic of discussion and inspiration for people who love them.