Why Can’t We Stop Tattooing? And Celebrities Too


Hey there, it’s Jason Wood here. As someone with a few striking tattoos, I’ve always been fascinated by the magnetic pull of getting inked. It’s not just about the art; there’s something more profound, almost enigmatic, about tattoos that keeps people returning for more. So, let’s dive into this world of ink and discover why tattoos can be so addictive.

Wait, are tattoos addictive?

Have you ever wondered why some people can’t seem to stop at just one tattoo? Well, you’re not alone. A whirlwind of psychological and physiological reasons makes tattoos more than just skin-deep. And some celebrities have an addiction to getting tattoos, too.

I’ve scoured the celebrity universe and brought together the most passionate tattoo lovers among them. Are any of them genuinely addicted to the needle’s buzz and the ink’s permanence? Let’s find out what’s behind their tattoos and who has surpassed all others in their passion for ink!

  1. Katy Perry has around 10 tattoos. Katy got her first tattoo, a smiling strawberry, at age 18. The pop star has a collection of smaller, more discrete tattoos, including a cherry blossom, a peppermint, and the word “Jesus” on her wrist.
  2. Angelina Jolie has around 20 tattoos. She got her first tattoo at 16, a tiny dragon with a blue tongue on her left arm, which she later covered up. The acclaimed actress and filmmaker has a well-documented history with tattoos. Her body art includes geographical coordinates of her children’s birthplaces and a Bengal tiger on her lower back.
  3. Lady Gaga has around 20 tattoos. Lady Gaga got her first tattoo at 17, a treble clef on her lower back. Known for her bold style, Lady Gaga’s tattoos include a trumpet drawn by Tony Bennett, a ‘Little Monsters’ tattoo in honor of her fans, and a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke.
  4. Rihanna has at least 25 tattoos. Rihanna got her first tattoo in 2006, at age 18, with two music notes on her foot. The globally renowned singer and entrepreneur has a variety of tattoos, including stars cascading down her back, a goddess Isis under her chest as a tribute to her grandmother, and a Maori-inspired tribal design on her hand.
  5. Johnny Depp has approximately 30 tattoos. His first tattoo was the Cherokee Indian chief for his ancestral heritage, which he got at age 17. Known for his eclectic roles in cinema, Depp also has a diverse collection of tattoos. His tattoos include a sparrow flying over the ocean and the phrase “no reason” written in reverse so he can read it in the mirror.
  6. David Beckham has over 40 tattoos. David reportedly got his first tattoo, the name of his son Brooklyn, at the age of 24 in 1999. The former professional footballer is famous for his extensive tattoos covering his arms, chest, and back. Each tattoo has a personal significance, ranging from the names of his children to symbolic imagery.
  7. Post Malone has over 70 tattoos, many of which are on his face. He got his first tattoo, the Playboy Bunny, at 20. His tattoos include the words “Always Tired” under his eyes and a barbed wire across his forehead.
  8. Travis Barker has over 100 tattoos. He got his first tattoo, the name of his first band, at 17. The Blink-182 drummer is almost completely covered in tattoos, which include his band’s logo, a boombox, and a Cadillac emblem.

Fantastic! But why is it so hard to stop after the first, fifth, or twelfth tattoo? I know a couple of reasons.

A Spiritual Process

Tattoos often transcend mere body art. For many, each tattoo is a spiritual journey, a rite of passage, or a deeply personal symbol. This spiritual aspect can create a profound connection, making the experience addictive. Think about it – when a piece of art represents a part of your soul or a milestone in your life, it’s hard not to yearn for that connection again.


Ah, the rush! Getting a tattoo can be a thrilling experience. The anticipation and the buzz of the needle all trigger an adrenaline rush that can be exhilarating. This natural high is not just a momentary thrill; it’s a feeling some crave and want to relive. It’s like riding a rollercoaster – the thrill is intense and, for some, utterly addictive.


Our body has a nifty way of coping with pain – endorphins. These natural painkillers alleviate discomfort and give us a sense of euphoria. When you’re getting a tattoo, your body releases these happy hormones. Let’s be honest: who doesn’t love a bit of euphoria? This endorphin release can be a critical factor in the addictive nature of tattoos.


Pain and pleasure – a paradoxical duo, yet intrinsically linked in the world of tattoos. For some, the pain involved in getting tattooed is part of the allure. It’s a test of endurance, a challenge that, when overcome, brings a sense of achievement and a unique kind of satisfaction.

Emotional Commitment

Tattoos are not just inked on the skin; they’re emotional landmarks. Whether it’s a memory, a tribute, or a personal triumph, tattoos often symbolize something significant in our lives. This emotional investment can make the process addictive. Each new tattoo can feel like a new chapter, a new piece of the puzzle that is your life story.

Creative Expression

Let’s remember the sheer joy of creative expression. Tattoos are a way to wear your heart, your dreams, your fears, or your fantasies on your sleeve, quite literally. Collaborating with an artist to bring your vision to life is exhilarating. For many, the desire to express themselves creatively through tattoos becomes a compelling urge.

Final Thoughts

So, are tattoos addictive? In many ways, yes. Whether it’s the spiritual connection, the adrenaline rush, the endorphin high, the challenge of pain, the emotional commitment, or the creative expression, tattoos offer a complex cocktail of experiences that can be hard to resist. But remember, like any form of expression or experience we find ourselves drawn to, it’s all about balance and personal choice.

Tattoos tell a story, your story. Sometimes, more than one chapter is needed. Until next time, keep expressing yourself, and if that means adding another piece of art to your canvas, then why not? Just make sure it’s a decision that adds to your story in a way you’ll always cherish. Cheers to the inked journey!

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