Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and musician best known for his role in the 1980s television series ’21 Jump Street.’ He has always taken on ‘challenging’ and ‘greater-than-life’ roles as one of the world’s biggest film stars. Depp’s interest in ink is evident from his numerous tattoos. Examine it out!
‘Cherokee Tribe’ Tattoo
Johnny got his first tattoo, a ‘Cherokee Tribe,’ when he was 17, to honor his Cherokee heritage, as his great-grandmother was Cherokee. Johnny stated in an interview, “I started getting tattoos when they were considered taboo in Hollywood… 1983 and 1984. I was 17 years old when I got my first one, a Cherokee chief, to honor my Indian heritage.”
‘Betty Sue’ Tattoo
Johnny’s mother was known as ‘Betty Sue,’ and she died on May 20, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, after a long illness. Jonathan Shaw, the tattoo artist, inked this tattoo on May 31, 1988.
‘WINO FOREVER’ Tattoo
Previously, while filming for ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ an American romantic dark fantasy film released in December 1990, Johhny got the tattoo for his ex-girlfriend, Winona Ryder. After splitting up with her in 1993, he had this tattoo changed to ‘WINO FOREVER.’
‘Suprematism Triangle’ Tattoo
This’suprematism triangle’ tattoo is based on a 1925 painting by world-renowned Russian painter Ilya Chashnik. Jonathan Shaw, the tattoo artist, inked this tattoo in 1993.
Suprematism is a style of art that employs a limited colour palette and focuses on basic geometric shapes such as squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.
‘The Brave Movie Symbol’ Tattoo
Johnny Depp got a tattoo of the symbol used in several scenes of the 1997 film ‘The Brave,’ directed and co-written by Johnny Depp. Jonathan Shaw, the tattoo artist, inked this tattoo in 1998. Johnny explained the significance of this symbol.
‘Three Rectangles’ Tattoo
Between September 6 and September 13, 1994, these three rectangles were inked. He once called them “permanent phone doodles.”
‘Number 3’ Tattoo
This tattoo was done between February 1st and March 21st, 1994. Johnny was asked about this tattoo in a 1995 interview, and he replied, “I’ve always felt very close to the number three, and I like it for some reason. I was at a tattoo artist friend’s house one night when I said, ‘Put a number three on my hand.’ I’m not sure why. I just had a feeling. It’s been a significant number for me.”
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ daughter, Lily-Rose, was born on May 27, 1999. Jonathan Shaw, the tattoo artist, inked this tattoo in November 1999. Johnny described Lily’s birth as a life-changing experience in an interview.
‘Jack Sparrow-Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tattoo
This tattoo was inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow’s tattoo, a fictional character and protagonist in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Johnny had this tattoo done by tattoo artist Mark Mahoney in 2003 after the filming was completed. Captain Jack Sparrow’s tattoo depicts the bird flying away from him, while Johnny Depp’s depicts the bird flying towards him and his son, Jack, born in 2002.
‘Three Hearts’ Tattoo
Johnny got this tattoo for his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis (they dated from 1998 to 2012), and their two children, Lily-Rose Depp (born on May 27, 1999) and Jack Depp (born on May 27, 1999). (born on April 9, 2002). However, the couple divorced in 2012. The tattoo features three red hearts, two of which are attached, symbolizing the children’s bond.
‘Grandfather’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Johnny adored his grandfather, Jim, who died when he was only nine years old. Johnny was asked about this tattoo in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, and he explained that it is a portrait of his grandfather.
‘Mother’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Johnny had been close to his mother, Betty Sue, since childhood, and she died on May 20, 2016, after a long illness. Johnny got the tattoo for his beloved mother for the second time on March 31, 1988, when he got his mother’s name ‘Betty Sue’ inked on his left arm. This portrait tattoo was done in 2009 at Sunset Boulevard’s ‘Shamrock Social Club.’
‘Gonzo Fist’ Tattoo
Hunter S. Thompson, an American journalist and author, was a close friend of Johnny Depp’s. Thompson was the pioneer of the ‘Gonzo Journalism’ movement (a style of journalism that is written without the claims of objectivity, including the reporter as the part of the story by a first-person narrative).
‘Skull with Crossed Bones’ Tattoo
Johnny got this tattoo inspired by the film series ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ in which Johnny Depp portrayed ‘Captain Jack Sparrow,’ a fictional character and protagonist of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series.
Johnny got a ‘rook’ tattoo inspired by the Eastern Kentucky card game ‘Rook.’ Johnny replaced the number 2 on the card with the number 3 (his favorite). He got this tattoo in August of 2011.