Tit for Tat

Long gone are the days of Celtic bands, Chinese words with dubious meanings and thick tribal swirls. The modern man or woman uses tattoo as a form of expressionism, using their own body as a canvas to represent his or her individualism and creativity to the world. Despite the over saturation in pop culture of tatted celebs in the past decade, the tattoo still remains one of the most interesting and undoubtedly cool (in most cases) forms of reflection that a man or woman can use. To illustrate that point, here are some of the most original and interesting body art connoisseurs around.

Stephen James (whoiselijah)

Stephen James (whoiselijah)Photo credit: THOMAS ROYALL

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Better know to his 1.4 million Instagram fans as ‘whoiselijah’, Stephen James is unquestionably one of the hottest male models in the world right now. What makes Stephen an interesting prospect as a male model, other than the muscles and good looks, is the vast and intricate artwork that covers most of his body. From the Queens face to a maze of patterns reaching from his neck to his hairline, James’ tattoos are so unique that each one begs the story behind it.

David Beckham

David Beckham TattoosPhoto credit: H&M

Football icon, entrepreneur, philanthropist and family man. Beck’s has lived a life that most men dream of and all with a cool and calm demeanor. Not only has he been a trailblazer in the world of sports and business, he has also influenced footballs culture around tattoos. Whilst a heavily tattooed footballer isn’t that rare these days, it was David Beckham who helped spur the trend with his full sleeves and meaningful imagery that reflected his life and family.

Ricki Hall

Ricki Hall TattoosPhoto credit: Danny Baldwin

Known to most as the ‘hipster model’ Ricki Hall has had a lustrous 5-year career as a somewhat alternative model. With his undeniably cool and irreverent tats, he has built up a loyal fan base in the ink world. Even though his media profile is a little Marmite at times (his Sunday Times piece last year got him dubbed ‘the real life Zoolander’) Ricki is still one of the most unique talents in the modeling world.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne TattoosPhoto credit: @liltunechi/twitter.com

Despite seesawing in the popularity polls in recent time, Lil Wayne has remained a constant presence in the rap game for well over a decade. Setting himself apart from the rest of the hip-hop mainstream, switching from rhymes about guns and money to rock and skateboarding, Weezy has established himself as a unique talent in a world of lookalikes. Part of his allure is undoubtedly the iconic tattoos, especially those on his face. From the controversial tear drop prison tats to the ‘wow that must of hurt’ eyelid ink, Lil Wayne has created an image of himself that will last in the genre for years to come.

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose TattoosPhoto credit: Sundaytyleau

Ruby Rose has gone from indie Aussie model to mainstream mega star in the blink of an eye. With her breakout performance in Netflix’s ‘Orange is The New Black’, Ruby has had a string of success and an explosion in career potential. Although undeniably attractive and wildly talented, it is Ruby’s varied tattoos that give her so much appeal to the modern audience. With two new films coming in 2016 and the second season of OITNB on the way we’re certain to see a lot more of this inked beauty.

 

Post by guest blogger: Edmund Murphy

 

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