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Johnny Depp has been an ink aficionado for the better part of two decades. Many, if not most of his tattoos are sentimental reminders of the people and places he has been in his life. Tattoos for Depp are milestones to remember life’s journey by.

“My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.”


01. "Wino Forever"

Wino Forever” tattoo on his upper right arm, was once dedicated to his girlfriend(at that time) Winona Ryder with the words ‘Winona Forever‘. Later he laser edited it to “Wino Forever” when they broke up.
Winona Forever” was done at Sunset Strip Tattoo for 75 Dollars, whose adline says ‘Tattooers of the Stars Since 1971′ – Johnny’s ‘Winona Forever’ double-banner tattoo was engraved into his right bicep to match the tribute to his mother on his left.


02. American Cherokee Head

On his right biceps just below ‘Wino’ is the tattoo of a “Cherokee Indian Chief in full headdress“, a tribute to his Cherokee great-great-grandmother, Minnie. It denotes his ancestral cultural heritage.


03. The Brave Symbol

The “Brave Symbol” on his inside right arm is from his movie The Brave.


04. Heart with Betty Sue

On his left upper arm he has a heart with some tribal flourishing, engraved with "Betty Sue", in honor of his mother, Betty Sue Palmer. He got this one on May 31, 1988.


05. inverted triangle

The “Inverted Triangle“, which is above the Betty Sue tattoo, also symbolizes heart, and is a universal symbol of the feminine, often used as an expression of romantic love.


06. three small retangles

There are “Three Little Rectangles” to be found on his right index finger. He describes these squares as a “permanent phone doodle.”


07. the three

On his left hand is this number “3“, between his thumb and index finger. Regarding this 3 he commented in the Young Flix Magazine in April 1996, “Three is a sort of special number for me. It’s a very creative number. Triangle, trinity — you know, two people make another person. Three is a mystical, magical number.”


08. lily-rose

Johnny wears the name of his daugther Lily-Rose Meldody near his heart in script “Lily-Rose“.


09. Flying bird

The Swallow” or “Flying Bird” is from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny took the tattoo on his right forearm, turned it around, so that the bird flies towards him and added his son’s name, “Jack” below it.


10. skull and crossbones

On his outside lower right leg Johnny has a “Skull and Crossbones” with the phrase “Death Is Certain” below it.


11. question mark "?"

A question mark on the right inside leg over the ankle.

Nearly half of Depp’s tattoos were done by New York tattooist Jonathan Shaw who acted as a tattoo artist in Clint Eastwood’s movie titled Tightrope.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Release date: July 7, 2017
Role: Captain Jack Sparrow
The fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise that follows the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow.
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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Release date: May 27, 2016
Role: Mad Hatter
The sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland.
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Black Mass (2015)
Release date: September 18, 2015
Role: Whitey Bulger
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
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Yoga Hosers (2015)
Release date: June 1, 2015
Role: Guy Lapointe
Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.
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Mortdecai (2015)
Release date: February 6, 2015
Role: Charles Mortdecai
Art dealer Charles Mortdecai searches for a stolen painting that's reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
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Into the Woods (2014)
Release date: December 25, 2014
Role: The Wolf
A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
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London Fields (2014)
Release date: 2014
Role: Mark Asprey (cameo)
Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.
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Tusk (2014)
Release date: September 19, 2014
Role: Guy LaPointe
A man is captured by a maniac and tortured, physically and mentally, into becoming a walrus.
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Transcendence (2014)
Release date: April 18, 2014
Role: Will Caster
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
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I love the idea of changing my look. I think one owes it to the audience, to go out there and give them something different each time, so as not to bore them to death. And I always felt that if you're not trying something different each time out of the gate, you're being safe, and you don't ever want to find that place of safety. I like that, each time, before I even go in front of the cameras, the studio's reaction will be fear. They have those hideous pangs of fear where they go, "He's fucking killing the movie." And I can't argue with them, because I might be. But I just know for the character that this is the right thing to do. And I've always enjoyed hiding behind these characters. It's a strange thing, you're more comfortable as a character than you are in life. You know what I mean? I could stand up in front of, it doesn't matter how many people, as a character. But if I had to do it as myself and give a speech, I would be liquid.

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