Johnny Depp's Tattoos

American actor, producer, and musician.

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"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 when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it to yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist."
Johnny Depp.


26 August 2012 · Both Johnny and his friend Bill Carter got a tricep matching tattoo of what appears to be a young man playing guitar. The tattoo was designed by the actor's son, Jack Depp, and the ink was first noted in photos taken with fans in late June, 2012. The tattoo was done at Southside Tattoo in Austin.


February 1, 1994 - March 21, 1994 · The artist has the number 3 tattooed on his left hand between his thumb and index finger.


Sometime between late 1993 and very early 1994 · “Death Is Certain” with a skull and crossbones inked on Johnny Depp’s outside left ankle, by Jonathan Shaw.


Summer 1993 · Inverted triangle on his left shoulder, just over the heart with his mother’s name. The triangle was originally drawn by Russian painter Ilya Chasnik in 1925. Chasnik was part of a group which embraced the Communist ideal of producing art for the benefit of the worker and arranged many public art projects. Done by Jonathan Shaw.


Above the Native American chief on his right upper arm, Johnny has a banner that reads "Wino Forever". Originally the banner said "Winona Forever", a dedication to his then-girlfriend Winona Ryder. When they split up, he had the last two letters removed.


Just above the heart the actor has an inverted black triangle. An inverted triangle is generally a symbol of the feminine.


On May 31st 1988 Johnny Depp got a traditional heart and banner tattoo saying "Betty Sue" on his left bicep, as a tribute to his mother.


Johnny Depp's grandmother was Cherokee, so he got a Native American chief on his right upper arm as a nod to his Cherokee ancestry. It is reported as the actor's first tattoo, and he got it in 1980 by tattoo legend Mark Mahoney.

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