1. Miles Langford
Currently fronting this season’s Lanvin menswear campaign, Langford’s treating his body like a temple… that’s been covered in graffiti by meddling hoodlums. Hoodlums I tell you!
3. Casey Legler
A diverse array of fun body art. Missed opportunity for a small game of snakes and ladders on the forearm there, though.
4. Cara Delevingne
In only a few months, Delevingne went under the needle three times: for the lion pictured left, the fancy initials pictured right, and something or other on her foot. It’s all on Instagram, naturally.
5. Matt McGlone
Cat tattoos! Also a sword-wielding pin up girl and some sort of dragon creature. But mainly cats.
6. Anja Konstantinova
Obviously there would be cats. OBVIOUSLY.
And some more Konstantinova
This is what you pair with a “CAT” tat, you see.
7. Daniel Bamdad
If Daniel and I were characters in a period romance novel — and how I wish we were — I would spend a solid 20 pages fretting over how I could possibly introduce him to my parents.
8. Chanel Iman
Because she’s a model, a veritable walking “clothes hanger.” Get it?!
9. Stephen James
Awesome tattoo-realism, even if the lady mine on Stephen’s right arm is sad about it all.
10. Aline Weber
That’s a nice phoenix.
11. Abbey Lee Kershaw
Kershaw favors the tiny tattoo approach, with small symbols dotted all over her body. She even has one of those inside lip tats.
This, however, was just an attention-seeking temporary slogan, exposed at this year’s Met Ball
13. Freja Beha Erichsen
Freja has a grand total of 16 tattoos. Pictured above: a small selection of them.
14. Kate Moss
Birds on her butt!
15. And in other cute animal tats: Bambi Northwood-Blyth
This motif is a given, right?
16. Leebo Freeman
Leebo is in desperate need of a friend game for a knuckle tattoo reading “YOUR,” or he’ll be forever stuck with a sentence fragment.
17. Kristina Salinovic
Because this is what happens when tattoo parlors don’t employ fact checkers, Salinovic’s body art reads “only angels have wings.” BIRDS much?
18. Jourdan Dunn
Dunn’s tattoos include her son Riley’s name and the winged Egyptian goddess pictured on the right. (Winged… but not an angel mind you.)
19. Mikkel Jensen
MORE WINGS. It’s like everyone is playing a sick joke on Kristina Salinovic, basically.
Here’s Mikkel in a Marina & The Diamonds music video, which is nice.
Also present in the vid: more buff, tattooed guys.
20. Bradley Soileau — another heavily tattooed music video muse.
Soileau’s turn came in Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” video.
21. Diego Fragoso
MORE, MORE WINGS.
22. Catherine McNeil
McNeil’s tattoos range from the teensy (see the spider’s web pattern in her ear on the right) to the, well, not so teensy.
23. Cailin Hill
“Lilies and Asian umbrellas,” apparently.
24. Tyson Beckford
It seems perfectly reasonable to look at a shirtless photo even though Beckford’s only showing off tattoo sleeves — so far.
25. Lily Cole
In addition to the <3 symbol on her wrist, Cole’s ankle tattoo reads “Ut apes geometriam.” That’s Latin for “as bees, geometry” — a line from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Makes your Twilight quote tats look a little shabby, right? (Unless they’re of Jacob Black, in which case, kudos.)
26. Daiane Conterato
Another member of the tiny <3s club.
27. Simon Kotyk
You’re actually not allowed to wear glasses like either of the pairs pictured above unless you have 12+ tattoos. That’s a fact.
28. Isabeli Fontana
This is what happens when a Care Bear goes “bad.”
This time with rosy barbed wire around her ankle, and a tattoo honoring her son Zion. Bonus tattooed makeup artist in the background!
29. Heidi Klum*
*Though Klum is removing (left photo: 2008; right photo: 2013) the swirly text serving as a reminder of her ex-husband Seal, those four little stars represent her four little children.
30. Anja Rubik
31. Josh Beech
You can’t go wrong with a tentacular forearm tat, you really can’t.
32. Erin Wasson
It’s like a collage on her arms.
33. And with another arm collage: Ash Stymest
Ash also has the DC Shoes company logo on his calf, but let’s not hold that against him.
34. And yet another arm collage: Cole Mohr
35. Tasha Tilberg
36. Tony Ward
Or Mr. Ward, if you’d rather.
37. Abbey Lee Kershaw and Kasia Struss in the spring 2010 Chanel show.
Sadly these marvellous tattoos were only temporary.
Nothing’s stopping you as using them as inspiration for the real deal, though! (Well, fashion people will forever think you’re wearing past season’s clothes, until we reach a point where spring 2010’s attire will be considered retro.)
38. These epic tattoos from the spring 2011 Louis Vuitton menswear show are, sadly, also only temporary.
39. Jessica Stam
There’s always someone with a Chinese character tattoo; in fact, in the modeling industry there are a number of similarly inked beauties. (Stam’s read luck, prosperity, and love.)
Otherwise unrelated, but here’s a tattoo of a zombie Jessica Stam that actually exists, somewhere.
40. And thus, let’s not forget “Zombie Boy” Rick Genest.
Yes, he really is that covered in tattoos. (Here’s a “helpful” video showing what he’d look like without them, thanks to a large amount of foundation.)
Even fashion designers like a good tattoo, or 20! Here’s Marc Jacobs.
And, of course, fashion darling Victoria Beckham.
(This is mostly an excuse to run a photo of her with that bleached blond bob of years past. Oh, sweet memories.)