Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and singer who came to prominence as a teen idol in the 1980s television series ’21 Jump Street.’ As one of the world’s most famous actors, he has always taken on “difficult” and “larger-than-life” parts. Depp’s passion for ink is evident in his many tattoos. Take a peek!
1. ‘Lily-Rose’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the left side of his chest, he has a tattoo of Lily-Rose.
Meaning: Lily-Rose is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, born on May 27, 1999. Jonathan Shaw, a tattoo artist, tattooed this tattoo in November 1999. In an interview, Johnny characterized Lily’s birth as a life-changing event for him.
2. ‘Question Mark’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right leg, he has a tattoo with the phrase ‘Question Mark.’
Meaning: Jonathan Shaw, a tattoo artist, tattooed a ‘question mark with a small cross’ on Johnny’s right leg in 1991. Johnny tattooed the identical tattoo on Jonathan’s left knee.
3. ‘Silence Exile Cunning’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Silence Exile Cunning’s tattoo is on his left forearm.
Meaning: Johnny had this tattoo done in December of 2007. This is a quotation from James Joyce’s book “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”
4. ‘Grandfather’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Tattoo of his grandfather’s portrait on his right forearm.
Meaning: Johnny was extremely close to his grandpa, Jim, who died when he was just nine years old. Johnny was questioned about this tattoo in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, and he said that it is a picture of his grandpa.
5. ‘Gonzo Fist’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left thigh, he has a tattoo of Gonzo Fist.
Meaning: Johnny Depp was extremely close to his buddy, American writer, and novelist Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson was the pioneer of the ‘Gonzo Journalism’ trend (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).
Johnny tattooed the birth year (1937) and death year (2005) of Hunter, who committed himself at the age of 67 owing to severe health issues, just below this ‘Gonzo Fist’ tattoo.
6. ‘Skull with Crossed Bones’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right arm, he has a tattoo of a skull with crossed bones.
Meaning: Johnny received this tattoo in reference to the film series, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ in which Johnny Depp portrayed the part of ‘Captain Jack Sparrow,’ who is a fictitious character and protagonist of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series.
7. ‘NO REASON’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right wrist, he has the tattoo ‘NO REASON.’
Meaning: Johnny got this tattoo inspired by Marilyn Manson’s song “Overneath the Path of Misery,” which was published in 2012. Marilyn Manson, on the other hand, has an identical tattoo on his left wrist.
8. ‘Little Guitarist’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left arm, he has the tattoo ‘Little Guitarist.’
Meaning: A little guitarist, created by Johnny’s son, Jack, is emblazoned on the back of his upper left arm. Bill Carter, Johnny’s son’s godfather, verified this; Bill Carter has the same tattoo as Johnny, and Vanessa Paradis (Jack’s mother) has a t-shirt with the design.
9. ‘Crow’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right hand, he has a ‘Crow’ tattoo.
Meaning: Johnny had this tattoo done on September 9, 2012, in Toronto. Bill Carter (Jack Depp’s godfather) and Damien Echols (Johnny’s buddy) both have a matching tattoo on their respective palms to commemorate West of Memphis’s positive response.
10. ‘Cherokee Tribe’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right arm, he has a tattoo of the Cherokee Tribe.
Meaning: Johnny received his first tattoo, a ‘Cherokee Tribe,’ when he was 17, to commemorate his Cherokee ancestors since his great-grandmother was Cherokee.