People have different attitudes toward tattoos. Some people are totally against them. They don’t want to torture their bodies and leave marks on it. But there are fans of this art. They use their bodies as a canvas, on which the artists create their masterpieces. Images are chosen for a reason, they are important for owners, connected with events, people, impressions, their inner world. A famous actor Tom Hardy has more than 20 tattoos on his body, reminding him of the path he went through, mistakes he made and warning against returning to the past.
Despite the common opinion, images on the body don’t interfere with Tom’s acting career, and in some films, on the contrary, additional images have to be inked. All Tom Hardy’s tattoos complement him, reveals his personality and inner world.
Tom had his first tattoo inked at the age of 15. The image of a mythical creature from Irish folklore symbolizes the connection with his maternal ancestors. His mother belonged to Irish Catholics and worked as an artist. Leprechaun symbolizes luck, success in financial affairs.
Tom made an inscription “Till I die SW” on toned abs in honor of his first wife. Their marriage lasted five years.
A large dragon is depicted on the hidden part of left shoulder. This Tom Hardy’s tattoo is dedicated to Sarah. Her year of birth is Dragon according to the Eastern calendar. In addition, the image of this fire-breathing oriental mythological animal symbolizes power and strength. Bared teeth add aggressiveness.
On the inside of the right arm, there is a small letter “W”. The meaning of the tattoo is unknown. There is an assumption that it is also devoted to the first wife. This is the letter, with which her surname begins.
A Celtic pattern is depicted on the right arm around the leprechaun. Such patterns are very popular among tattoo fans, as they fit any gender and age. The purpose of the image was to hide the previous tattoo and complete the image of a mythical creature. A pattern was inked in green, symbolizing Ireland.
Tom Hardy inked a tattoo “Lindy King” under the dragon. This is the name of his agent, with whom he has worked for many years. The tattoo was inked as a promise. They had a bet. If she made him a successful Hollywood actor, he would tattoo her name.
One can see a tattoo with a scorpion on Tom Hardy’s back in photos. Scorpion has many meanings, both positive and negative. It symbolizes devotion, justice, courage, passion, death, duality, betrayal. It is the patron of dead souls. This is just a short list of many of its meanings. It is unknown, what exactly Tom associates scorpion with. The image was one of the first on star’s body.
There are two masks with different facial expressions, popular among people of creative professions, on Tom Hardy’s chest. They are accompanied by the words “Smile Now Cry Later”.
You can see a number tattoo above the image of masks. Figures are the number of the military tag of his father’s army friend, Patrick Monroe, who was the coach of the actor.
The actor’s romance with Rachael Speed gave him a son Louis. Tom tattooed the star and the image of Virgin Mary on the left shoulder, when he learned of the pregnancy of his beloved. This tattoo is dedicated primarily to his child. Moreover, the tattoo symbolizes Tom’s rebirth.
Tom Hardy dedicated some tattoos to his first-born. There is a phrase in Spanish “Padre Fiero” (translated as “Father’s Pride”) on actor’s neck, and “Figlio mio bellissimo” (translated as “My Fairest Son”) on the right shoulder.
Virgin Mary embraces Louis in the tattoo. There’s the date of his birth “848” (Louis was born on April 8, 2008).
A 3D tattoo resembling angular symbols or an inscription starting on the left arm and goes to back. The tattoo looks impressive and aggressive, its meaning is not known for sure.
The British star loves his homeland and London. There is a panoramic view of this city and British flag on his body. Tattoo was made by Bryan Glatiotis, a tattoo artist well known among celebrities.
There is a picture of feather with the word “Scribe” above the tattoo W on the right triceps. Tom Hardy devoted this tattoo to a good friend Kelly Marcell, who works as a scriptwriter, and acting in production of “The Long Red Road” in Chicago five years ago.
Next to the Celtic pattern, there is a tattoo of a small cross. The meaning of the tattoo is unknown for certain. It can be assumed that this is a symbol of faith. Tom Hardy inked this tattoo after shooting in the film “Warrior”.
In 2009, Tom Hardy met Charlotte Riley. Their romance lasted several years and ended with a wedding in 2014. In order to celebrate feelings for the beloved Tom tattooed her portrait on the left side of his torso. In the tattoo, Charlotte is hovering over the city with her eyes closed. The tattoo was inked five years ago, while he was shooting in the movie “This Means War”.
Tom inked his sweetheart’s name on his neck on the set in Vancouver five years ago.
A black raven with a pale image of a bat inside it is tattooed on Hardy’s chest. This picture is devoted to two films that brought him worldwide love and popularity: “Mad Max” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. The tattoo was inked three years ago.
Three years ago a small inscription appeared inside the Celtic pattern. The inscription means “To Observe and Reflect”. The actor says it’s his motto.
Two years ago the actor made a large tattoo of pit bull’s muzzle on the left side of his back. Tom likes dogs, his dog Max died shortly before that. The exact meaning is still unknown.
In 2013, the actor participated in the photo session of Greg Williams. Tom Hardy’s tattoos are clearly seen in photos. One can notice that dog’s muzzle is not the only image that appeared on actor’s back. Charlotte’s portrait was added by the image and inscription of an angel.
This year, the star made some more tattoos, including: an image of a wolf’s muzzle, a raven and a heart. Judging by his comments, the heart symbolizes unlock heart, the raven means wisdom, intelligence, and the wolf denotes loyalty, savagery.
Tom Hardy has often noticed that tattoos are not just a hobby, it’s a map of his life with all the events and impressions. Every trifle is of great importance to him and symbolizes a certain stage.
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