Looking for a little inspiration for your own ink? Want to see what the biggest names in rap and hip hop have tatted on their various body parts?
Read on to find out which urban music artists have the biggest, most complex, most cryptic, most narcissistic and the boldest tattoos on the planet.
1. Artist Name: 50 Cent
Tattoo Description: 50’s back tattoo is clear evidence of the over-the-top opinion he has of himself. As you can see, he has his moniker tattooed the size of a Jansport backpack covering his entire back.
2. Artist Name: Eminem
Tattoo Description: Eminem got this upper left shoulder tattoo as a remembrance for his uncle, Ronnie Pilkington, who committed suicide back in 1991. Eminem was much closer to his uncle, who first introduced him to Hip Hop, than anyone else in his family and often includes Uncle Ronnie in his lyrics.
3. Artist Name: Jay-Z
Tattoo Description: Earlier this year, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles tied the knot. Instead of dropping a diamond the size of a grapefruit on her finger, which Hova could well afford, they both decided to get wedding band tattoos.
4. Artist Name: Nelly
Tattoo Description: Nelly’s best-known piece of ink is on his right bicep. The piece is a skeleton hand of cards (where the cards spell Nelly instead of their proper number designations) with a spade and a set of dice rolling out of the flames.
5. Artist Name: Eve
Tattoo Description: One of the things that Eve is best known for outside of her music is for the set of paw print tattoos placed unconventionally, and prominently, on both breasts.
6. Artist Name: LL Cool J
Tattoo Description: LL Cool J’s Right Arm Tattoo “Mr. Smith” over a large microphone.
7. Artist Name: Bow Wow
Tattoo Description: Young rapper has large, scary clown on his left shoulder.
8. Artist Name: Lil Wayne
Tattoo Description: Face with “Fear God” on his eyelids and a “C” in between his eyes which is the first letter of his last name and the first letter of his mother’s name, Cita. It could also be “of” which would make “Fear of God”.
9. Artist Name: Lil Wayne
Tattoo Description: Back tattoo is made up of lines from a prayer.
10. Artist Name: Tupac Shakur
Tattoo Description: the late great rapper had a Gothic Cross on his back, which is the logo of his record label ‘Amaru Records’
11. Artist Name: Kelis
Tattoo Description: Hip-hop artist Kelis rocks a flowery colored tattoo on her back.
12. Artist Name: David Banner
Tattoo Description: Mississippi rapper and platinum hip-hop artist David Banner, with his home state on his upper back.
13. Artist Name: Nick Cannon
Tattoo Description: Nick Cannon beats the rest when it comes to showing love with some ink, with Mariah tattooed across his upper back.
14. Artist Name: Fat Joe
Tattoo Description: Say hello to my hairy bicep: Fat Joe with his Scarface character Tony Montana tattoo.
15. Artist Name: Xzibit
Tattoo Description: A shout out to his West Coast roots, “Lost Angel” is inscribed in an intricate gothic script across Xhibit’s shoulder blades.
16. Artist Name: Che Mack
Tattoo Description: “I Dream Therefore I Am” is her favorite tattoo. She explains, “I’m a Pisces and we are considered dreamers and we live in our own fantasy world.”
17. Artist Name: Lloyd Banks
Tattoo Description: Rapper had a large back piece done for the Miami Ink reality TV show.
18. Artist Name: Keyshia Cole
Tattoo Description: Singer has a heart and “Have Faith” script on the back of her right ear. Keyshia has often stated that her religious faith saw her through tough times.
19. Artist Name: Monica
Tattoo Description: Singer has tattoos of face of Jesus with thorns and roses on her left upper arm.
20. Artist Name: Pharrell Williams
Tattoo Description: Rap singer/producer has an Renaissance-style angel in flight on the back of his neck.