Flavorwire's Coolest Tattoos on Film
Today on culture blog Flavorwire.com, Emily Temple offers the illustrated list Marked Men: The 10 Coolest Tattoos on Film, which include some of my classic and newer favorites.
It starts off with the most iconic knuckle tattoos on film: the "Love" and "Hate" on serial killer Reverend Harry Powell in the 1956's movie Night of the Hunter. I was also happy to see the inclusion of Ray Bradbury's 1960 film The Illustrated Man in which the tattoos on Rod Steiger's dreary character come to life in different stories. [It's not a perfect movie but I still recommend it. And like in most cases, the book holds a better story.] Of course the list includes more contemporary films like Memento, Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Naturally, it's impossible to list every tattooed character in film, but there are some notable ones I would've added: George Clooney's neo-tribal sleeve and neck work in From Dusk till Dawn, which inspired tons of copies on fans. Then there's Sylvester Stallone's character in The Expendables, who gets tattooed by Mickey Rourke. In fact, many of Stallone's existing tattoos were incorporated into the faux designs. In Eastern Promises, Vigo Mortensen looked super fine in his Russian prison tattoos. Who could forget the killer backpiece on Ralph Fienes' psycho character in the Red Dragon? And don't get me started on the Mike Tyson facial tattoo copy on Ed Helm's character in The Hangover 2 that sparked a law suit.
While many of the tattoos in movies are created by design teams with make-up artists, more and more productions are using actual tattooists to create them -- and with that comes more realistic and hopefully more artful ink on the big screen.
Thanks to all who sent me the Flavorwire link!