Snapshot: 15 Photos of British Celebs Tatted Up & British-inspired Ink

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.

British swimmer David Gregory sports a tattoo which reads "Strength From Adversity" as he splashes himself with water before the start of the men's 100m backstroke semifinal during the British Swimming Championship selection trials and Olympic test event at the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park in London, Sunday, March 4, 2012.  A number of international swimmers have been invited to attend the championships and compete in guest finals. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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.

English soccer superstar David Beckham, shows his tattoos of Chinese characters during an exchange meeting at Peking University in Beijing, China, 24 March 2013. David Beckham arrived in Beijing on Wednesday (20 March 2013) morning to start his China tour as the image ambassador of the Chinese Super League.(Imaginechina via AP Images)

Retired footballer David Beckham has a number of tattoos, showing off the Chinese characters down his torso. (Imaginechina via AP Images)

Victoria Beckham, winner of the Special Contribution to British Fashion Award poses for photographers during Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2013 at Claridge's Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision for Harper's Bazaar/AP)

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)

Paloma Faith seen arriving for the BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London. (Photo by Ki Price/Invision/AP)

Singer Paloma Faith wears a plunging dress to reveal the bird on her back. (Invision/AP/Ki Price)

Prince Michael of Kent talking to a recruit who has a Banksy Molotov Cocktail Tattoo on her leg Prince Michael of Kent attends 76 Maude's Battery, Royal Artillery Pass Off Parade at Army Training Centre, Pirbright Surrey, Britain - 07 Mar 2014 The parade consisted of two Regular Army Troops and two Reserve Army Troops.  (Rex Features via AP Images)

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)

Prince Michael of Kent talking to a recruit who has a Banksy Molotov Cocktail Tattoo on her leg Prince Michael of Kent attends 76 Maude's Battery, Royal Artillery Pass Off Parade at Army Training Centre, Pirbright Surrey, Britain - 07 Mar 2014 The parade consisted of two Regular Army Troops and two Reserve Army Troops.  (Rex Features via 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 The Great British Tattoo Show, Alexandra Palace, London, Britain - 25 May 2013  (Rex Features via 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)

Jody Steel, 19, Boston, doodles, Aaron Taylor Johnson. (Rex Features via 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)

Dalek Tattoo

Britishink Tattoo, located in Washington D.C., was kind to send us this photo of a Dalek tattoo. (Britishink)

(Skreened)

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:

(Helen Donahue)

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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