Ah June…it’s the time for warm weather (I think summer is on a Thursday in Edmonton this year), showing off some ink in minimally covering clothing, and Father’s Day!
Along with celebrating this occasion with our Fabulous Fathers & Fundraisers promotion, we thought we’d take a look at some famous fabulous fathers with some fantastic ink.
Mr. Depp is more famous for his acting than his ink, but his tattoos do get their share of..well, ink. Perhaps his most talked about piece is his Wino Forever tattoo. This started off as a case of young love becoming a little too permanent. After meeting on the set of Edward Scissorhands, Johnny began a heavy romance with the beautiful Winona Ryder. To prove that his love was indeed forever, he had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm. Needless to say, young love rarely lasts
forever. But maybe a love for a certain beverage derived from fermented grapes does. With that in mind, he had the tattoo altered to read “Wino Forever”. It’s not perfect, but hey, he’s a big star. And no one is
going to tell him what to do with his body. (Aparently that includes putting deodorant on it. Depp is notoriously “au naturel” when it comes to body scent.
Overall, Johnny Depp has over two dozen tattoos on his body. As far as copies go, his “Jack” tattoo is probably the most common. The design is based on the same tattoo that his character, Jack Sparrow had, and it is a very common template, mostly used by fathers with their own children’s name replacing Jack.
This former footy star first got his ink noticed while he was getting the rest of him noticed even more. David (or Mr. Posh) generated a lot of press as the model for Calvin Klein underwear. Needless to say, it wasn’t men who took the most notice.
As famous and rich and handsome and….I got off coarse a little here. The point is, mistakes happen to everyone. To declare his love for his wife, Victoria (or Posh Spice, as my hormonal
youth will always remember her), David had her name tattooed on her arm in Sanskrit. The only problem is Sanskrit isn’t a language known by your average artist. The ink actually says Vihctoria, which may be Sanskrit for Posh, but I don’t think so.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
When this wrestler turned actor first appeared on the scene as “Rocky Maivia” during the WWE’s Attitude Era, he sported a single Brahma Bull tattoo that
probably simply designed to represent his astrological sign of Taurus.
After some years of success in the ring, he took a sabbatical to film The Scorpion King — a spin off from the popular “Mummy” series. When he returned to the ring, “The People’s Champ” had a buff new look, with some incredible new artwork to top it off.
Now, tribal tattoos have definitely become a popular theme in the past couple of decades, but few are done with the intricacies of Johnson’s.
Like two generations of wrestlers before him, The Rock is of Samoan heritage. The art of tattooing in Samoa is a very serious thing. It’s much more than a series of cool patterns, genuine Samoan tattoos are a language, and each tells a full story. Johnson’s story goes deep into his heritage, both Samoan and African-American. It weaves a tale of overcoming diversity, family, and faith.
The pattern of his tribal tat is often copied. But you have to remember, wearing it tells the story of how you grew up half black and half Samoan in Hawaii, went on to play football in the CFL, and eventually became one of the most famous wrestlers and actors ever. So, you may want to think of going with your own design, rather than stealing something very personal.