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Most Memorable Tattoos Featured in Movies

Movie Photos Tattoo Lists by Joey Paur

I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.

While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.

Reign of Fire - Matthew McConaughey

How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. 

Memento - Guy Pierce

If you have a really bad memory, there's nothing wrong with tattooing notes about your life that you want to remember. Especially if you're out for revenge.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Rooney Mara

This was a beautiful tattoo that serves as a symbol of strength and revenge. The tattoos that she has are meant to be a map of the character's past. 

American History X - Edward Norton

The role of Derek Vinyard is by far Norton's greatest performance and his most memorable character. Those symbols of hate made a lot of people uncomfortable, but they were necessary to tell this powerful story. 

Wanted - Angelina Jolie

Any badass female assassin needs to have a collection of cool tattoos. The actress's real tattoos are a part of the design.

Cape Fear - Robert NeNiro

Symbols of vengeance and biblical quotations are the kind of tattoos you get when someone crosses your path and puts you in prison for years.

From Dusk Till Dawn - George Clooney

Tribal sleeves were so '90s. Only Clooney could pull it off. 

Red Dragon - Ralph Fiennes 

This tattoo reveal was a "holy shit" creepy moment in the film. When he revealed this tattoo, it was the icing on the cake of how crazy and terrifying his character was.

Eastern Promises - Viggo Mortensen 

"In Russian prisons, your life story is written on your body, in tattoos. You don't have tattoos, you don't exist."

Snatch - Brad Pitt

I personally think that Mickey O'Neil is one the best characters that Pitt has ever played. The "pikey" boxer is covered in homemade tattoos that show images of a life of poverty.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Ray Park

Yes, this wasn't the greatest movie in the Star Wars franchise, but you can't deny that Darth Maul was a badass villain. I loved the look of the tribal face tattoos covering his red skin. They just gave him a badass look. Here's a little background on the tattoo.

Maul was subjected, shortly after birth, to an initiation ritual during which he was immersed in a "magic" oily bath, and covered head to toe in black and red tattoos. Later stripped of his black Nightbrother markings, Maul was left solely red-skinned. Agonizing Sith tattoos were applied personally by Darth Sidious in an attempt to cleanse Maul's mind as well as demonstrating Maul's complete dedication to the dark side.

Romper Stomper - Russell Crowe

In 1992 Crowe played a violent neo-Nazi Australian skinhead. This was a great film, and Crowe was amazing in it. This was obviously before he became the major star that he is now.

I know I didn't get all of them as there are a ton of tattoos in film. What are some of the most memorable movie tattoos for you?

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