Tattoos have become a way to express art for most people, including celebrities. Recently, we’ve also seen an increasing number of stars getting foot tattoos.
While these tats may look cool and edgy with casual clothes, they can be pretty awkward and out of place on a glamorous red carpet event.
Some celebs cover up their visible ink with non-revealing dresses and even makeup, but there are also those who show them off with backless dresses.
1. Christina Aguilera’s Hebrew Psalm Lyric Tattoo
Christina Aguilera at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 31, 2006
At the 2006 MTV VMAs, Christina Aguilera wore a heavily embellished Versace gown with a plunging neckline and a very, very low back that revealed her Hebrew psalm lyric tattoo that means “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
Christina Aguilera’s Hebrew psalm lyric tattoo
2. Angelina Jolie’s Spiritual Tattoos
Angelina Jolie is one of the most tattooed A-listers in Tinseltown, but she still looks so glamorous even with visible tattoos on the red carpet.
Angelina Jolie’s Buddhist Pali incantation on her left shoulder blade
Her beaded black Gucci gown at a private ‘Maleficent’ reception showed off several tattoos, including the 12-inch-long Bengal tiger on her lower back and a Buddhist Pali incantation on her left shoulder blade, which is said to be a protection script for her son Maddox.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at a ‘Maleficent’ film event in Kensington Palace in London, England, on May 8, 2014
Angelina Jolie’s tattoo is meant to be a protection script for her son Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt
3. Lena Headey’s Lotus Flower and Sparrow Tattoos
Here’s one more actress with badass tattoos. Lena Headey’s strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress revealed her big back pieces — a lotus flower and a sparrow.
Lena Headey at the ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Hollywood premiere held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on March 5, 2014
All her tats are covered up when she plays the villainous Queen Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones’.
Lena Headey showing off her lotus flower and sparrow tattoos
4. Mena Suvari’s “Word Sound Power” Tattoo
Mena Suvari is not just a tattoo lover; she also has a tattoo artist boyfriend named Salvador Sanchez.
Mena Suvari at the premiere of ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 2, 2011
The petite beauty showed off her back piece in a very festive backless Tibi “Pirouette” party dress.
Mena Suvari showing off her tattoo
5. Rita Ora’s Ribcage Tattoo
British pop star Rita Ora’s tattoos are mostly small ones and are not easily visible in photos. But at this year’s Brit Awards, her gorgeous yellow Prada gown revealed a big piece approximately 7–10 inches long inked on her right ribcage.
Rita Ora at the 2014 Brit Awards held at the O2 Arena in London, England, on February 19, 2014
The tattoo is an Alberto Vargas pinup girl named Rosetta.
Rita Ora’s tattoo on her right ribcage
6. Megan Fox’s King Lear Quote Tattoo
Megan Fox‘s sexy Kaufmanfranco gown revealed her back quote tat from King Lear, which says “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies.”
Megan Fox blows a kiss with her sexy lips
She also has another one on her side and a Marilyn Monroe face on her right arm.
Megan Fox in Kaufmanfranco at the UK premiere of ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, England, on June 15, 2009
Megan Fox showing off her back quote tat from King Lear
7. Nicole Richie’s Angel Wings
Nicole Richie‘s angel wings back ink is one of the more popular celebrity tattoos that have been copied by many fans.
Nicole Richie at the 2014 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on June 6, 2014
The stylish star rocked a gorgeous Donna Karan Atelier velvet and sheer gown with a sexy back that showed her angel wings, along with two other small tats on the back of her neck.
Nicole Richie showing off a sexy back that showed her angel wings, along with two other small tats on the back of her neck
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