Johnny Depp’s 37 Tattoos & Their Meanings

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Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and musician who rose to fame as a teen idol by working in the 1980s television series ’21 Jump Street’. Being one of the world’s biggest film stars, he has always taken up ‘challenging’ and ‘greater-than-life’ roles. Depp’s interest in ink is very apparent from his various tattoos. Take a look!johnny depp tattoo

1. ‘Cherokee Tribe’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Cherokee Tribe’ Tattoo on his right arm.

Meaning: Johnny’s first tattoo was a ‘Cherokee Tribe’ which he got inked when he was 17, to honor his Indian heritage, as his great-grandmother was a Cherokee. In an interview, Johnny said,

I started getting tattoos when they were sort of verboten in Hollywood… 1983, 1984. I was 17 when I got the first one a Cherokee chief, to honor my Indian heritage.”

2. ‘Betty Sue’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Betty Sue’ Tattoo on his left arm.

Meaning: ‘Betty Sue’ was the name of Johnny’s mother, who died on May 20, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, due to long illness. This tattoo was inked by the tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw, on May 31, 1988.

3. ‘WINO FOREVER’ Tattoo

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‘WINONA FOREVER’ (left) and ‘WINO FOREVER’ (right)

Tattoo: ‘WINO FOREVER’ Tattoo on his right arm.

Meaning: Earlier, Johhny had the tattoo for his ex-girlfriend, Winona Ryder, whom he started dating in 1990, while shooting for ‘Edward Scissorhands’, an American romantic dark fantasy film, released in December 1990. Later, he got this tattoo modified into ‘WINO FOREVER’ after splitting up with her in 1993.

4. ‘Suprematism Triangle’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Suprematism Triangle’ Tattoo on his left shoulder.

Meaning: This ‘suprematism triangle’ tattoo is a painting by the world-famous Russian painter, Ilya Chashnik, in 1925. This tattoo was inked by the tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw, in 1993. Suprematism is an art that is done by using a limited range of colors and focuses on the basic geometric forms, like squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.

5. ‘The Brave Movie Symbol’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘The Brave Movie Symbol’ Tattoo on his right forearm.

Meaning: Johnny Depp got the tattoo of the symbol used in various scenes in the movie, ‘The Brave’, directed and co-written by Johnny Depp, which was released in 1997. This tattoo was inked by the tattoo artist, Jonathan Shaw, in 1998. Johnny explained the meaning behind this symbol. He said,

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6. ‘Three Rectangles’ Tattoo

Johnny Depp tattoos Three Triangles

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Tattoo: ‘Three Rectangles’ Tattoo on the index finger of the right hand.

Meaning: These three rectangles were inked between September 6 to September 13, 1994. He once described them as ‘permanent phone doodles’.

7. ‘Number 3’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: ‘Number 3’ Tattoo on his left hand.

Meaning: This tattoo was inked somewhere between February 1, 1994, and March 21, 1994. In an interview in 1995, Johnny was asked about this tattoo, to which he replied,

I just have always felt very close to the number three, for some reason I like it. One night I was at a friend’s house who’s a tattoo artist and I said, ‘Put a number three on my hand.’ I don’t know why. I just felt it. It’s been a very important number for me.”

In an interview in April 1996, he again made a statement regarding this tattoo. He said,

Three is a sort of special number for me. It’s a very creative number. Triangle, trinity — you know, two people make another person. Three is a mystical, magical number.”

But in another interview, he said,

It’s just a three, man, a friend just put it there one day while we were bored.”

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