ByElise Jost, writer at
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Elise Jost

Tattoos always seem like they turn out either incredibly gorgeous, carrying a subtle and sweet message, or a complete aesthetic disaster, mostly when they involve someone else's name or were done in a poorly chosen location. But these celebrities have managed to achieve the former, positive result, for our viewing pleasure.

From ScarJo to David Beckham, check out these nine stars who pulled off their tattoo in style:

1. Scarlett Johansson


Who knew ScarJo had so many tattoos? Her cut-out dress on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon let us have a glimpse of a large piece on her ribcage, but no one knows what it represents. She also has a cute little sunset on her arm, which is a very colorful tattoo for the actress who plays Black Widow.

2. Zayn Malik

Instagram  @zayn
Instagram @zayn

The former One Direction singer is known for his many tats, but he recently went an extra mile by adding this flowery bird with a banner to his head. It's quite a risky choice, but it suits him well. It's also not dedicated to his mom, as the letters might suggest, but rather to his first solo album, Mind of Mine.

3. Miley Cyrus

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Instagram @mileycyrus

Miley Cyrus has so many tattoos it's getting hard to keep track of them, including one on the inside of her lower lip. Two of the most adorable ones are those she dedicated to her late dog, like this recent tiny sketch that she added to her arm.

4. Helen Mirren


Helen Mirren proves that you can play the Queen of England and have a tattoo. She told the Daily Mail that the interlocking Vs stood for "love thy neighbor," and that she saw them as a reminder to be tolerant.

5. Adam Levine

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Instagram @adamlevine

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has a taste for gorgeous black-and-white tattoos, such as this ominous-looking siren holding a skull. He's clearly got the whole rocker look down.

6. Cara Delevingne

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Instagram @caradelevingne

Former model and budding actress Cara Delevingne's tattoos range from the deeply significant to the sillier ones. She explained why she got the lion on her finger:

"I'm a Leo. It's the first tattoo I got. I grew up being fearless in everything. I just used to climb anything. I lost that [sense of fearlessness] when I started modelling. When you work a lot and don't really know what you want, you just do it because the work is there. I lost that inner fire, so I got the lion to bring that back in my mind."

7. Kristen Stewart

The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden

KStew showed off her new tattoo on The Late Late Show with James Corden. A part of Picasso's painting "Guernica," it was a tattoo that she first wore temporarily for her role as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria. She loved it so much she eventually decided to keep it.

8. Rihanna


As most of the people on this list, this isn't RiRi's first tattoo and will certainly not be the last. On her chest, the phrase "Never a failure, always a lesson" reads backwards, so she can see it in the mirror. We could all use that kind of confidence boost!

9. David Beckham

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Instagram @davidbeckham

Maybe we should have a contest between Adam Levine and David Beckham, because I'm not sure who's more covered in tattoos. Either way, this one would definitely earn an award for cuteness: when his daughter Harper doodled on his hand, the footballer decided to immortalise it.

Which tattoo is your favorite?


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