You know, getting a neck tattoo from a guy named Bang Bang can be a scary ordeal. That's why Selena had friends nearby when she got the roman numerals for "76" tatted on the back of her neck last September. What does it mean? Reportedly, the fresh ink is a tribute to a family member "who means very much to her."
What says love like matching Theodore Roosevelt-inspired tats? In July, Miley was inked with a line from a 1910 Roosevelt speech—and then in October, her Aussie hubby-to-be was tattooed with a line that preceded hers in the speech. A complete thought, now permanently in their flesh.
Brown's camp insists that his new neck tattoo is, in fact, a sugar skull, associated with the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead. But that didn't quell the firestorm (and mocking meme-storm) that erupted over the ink, which, to many at first glance, appears to resemble a beautiful woman's bruised face.
What's better than a celebrity getting a new tat? A celeb getting inked by another celeb, that's what. The X Factor judge Demi recently showed off an armful of soaring birds and the word "faith," courtesy of LA Ink star Kat Von D.
Things are not always as they appear. When the sweet younger Olson sister Elizabeth was snapped in New Orleans with a barbed wire tat sleeving her arm, many wondered if the star was going for an edgy new look. But, alas, the ink was a fake, merely make up for the set of upcoming mystery flick Oldboy.
For Eva, 2012 has been a year of de-inking. After divorcing husband Tony Parker a couple years ago, the Desperate Housewives star was spotted with a read splotch on the back of her neck where her ex's jersey number used to reside. It's just one of three Parker-themed pieces the actress would rather forget.
Amid roaring fans in L.A., One Direction member Styles got inked. What did he get? A bit of a throwback piece, actually, and something of an homage to the era of Mark McGrath: Sparrows on his chest! Was the One Direction star even born when Sugar Ray first broke onto the scene?
If Lady Gaga is anything, she's a performance artist. So what did the little monster-lover do to launch her new perfume? She streamed an event where the back of her newly shaved head was tattooed, for the whole Internet to see.
The Biebs has been open about his love for Jesus. And what better way to show true devotion? By putting his likeness on the back of his calf muscle, of course! The other great tattoo J.B. got this year was of a hamster.
Nothing says "SUCK IT!" like a mouth that literally has a tattoo that instructs you to do just that. Ke$ha, no expert on subtle social interaction, will forever be able to tell people to read her lips. Just inside her lower lip, the musician has tattooed her lasting message to the world.
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