Tattoos have been a form of creative expression in Great Britain going back to as early as 1862 when the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII (Queen Victoria‘s son), started a fad with his first tattoo being a Jerusalem cross. The inked-elite of modern day include British actors, singers, athletes, even military, showing off their body art.
Check out this snapshot of Brits using their own bodies as a canvas:
E!’s Kelly Osbourne gets situated for the tattoo artist.
Here’s a closer look at Osbourne’s “stories” tattoo.
Singer Cheryl Cole doesn’t hold back with this rose tattoo on her bum.
Olympic swimmer David Gregory displays his motivation in ink. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Model Cara Delevingne has “Made in England” stamped on the bottom of her foot.
Delevingne’s lion tattoo on her finger isn’t as discreet.
Retired footballer David Beckham has a number of tattoos, showing off the Chinese characters down his torso. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
Beckham’s other half Victoria doesn’t sit on the sidelines when it comes to showing off. (Jon Furniss/Invision for Harper’s Bazaar/AP)
Singer Paloma Faith wears a plunging dress to reveal the bird on her back. (Invision/AP/Ki Price)
Prince Michael of Kent talks to a recruit who has a Banksy Molotov Cocktail Tattoo on her leg at the Army Training Centre in Surrey, England. (Rex Features/AP Images)
Here’s a closer look at the soldier’s Banksy art. (Rex Features/AP Images)
A man has a map of the world tattooed onto his back by a tattoo artist at The Great British Tattoo Show at Alexandra Palace in London. (Rex Features/AP Images)
College student Jody Steel, 19, Boston, made the news with some amazing doodles. While not exactly permanent tattoos, it felt a shame not to include this leg art of actor Aaron Taylor -Johnson. (Rex Features/AP Images)
Britishink Tattoo, located in Washington D.C., was kind to send us this photo of a Dalek tattoo. (Britishink)
If you don’t want to commit to permanent skin art, you can throw on this Harry Styles tattoo t-shirt. Click on the picture for the real thing. (Skreened)
Bonus: Helen Donahue, Anglophenia intern, has a Doctor Who-inspired arm tattoo:
Nice way to kick off your first day as an Anglophenia intern. (Helen Donahue)
Do you have a Britished-up tattoo? Please email it to us via Facebook and we’ll add your snap to the post.
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