Justin Bieber and Jemma Lucy lead most dramatic celebrity tattoo transformations

Tattoo culture has emerged firmly into the mainstream within the last few years.

From a long and colourful history, the art of body ink has become a commonplace means of expression that some don’t even think twice about.

One in three young people now have at least one tattoo, and this trend is only expected to continue growing.

Among the sky rocketing number of tattoo fans are several celebrities that have gone under the gun.

Whether they inspire their fans or not, their dramatic art transformations have been documented as they add to their ink collections while in the spotlight.

Here you can find some celebrity throwbacks to the time before their tattoos.

Justin Bieber

There was a time that Justin Bieber wasn’t covered in tattoos

 

Fans have followed Justin’s ascent to stardom ever since he shot to fame as a floppy-haired teen.

Ever since he was 16, the Sorry singer has been adding to a growing collection of body ink that has now become two sleeves, his entire torso and even his legs.

Justin even has a tiny cross tattooed on his face to mark his dedication to religion.


According to the tattoo artist who did his delicate facial work: “It was a representation of his faith in Jesus and his journey with finding purpose in God.”

The latest count of Justin’s tattoos amounted to 59.

Zayn Malik

The One Direction heart throb won the hearts of the nation on X Factor before being swept up in the boy band’s international stardom.

Since then, however, Zayn has decided to cover his body with a variety of art work.

Zayn at his X Factor audition before the band were formed together

The musician boasts an extensive collection of body art from a mandala on his head to a cover up on his arm of the former dedication to ex-girlfriend Perrie Edwards.

His artwork stretches across both arms and his body, and he even included a touching dedication of Gigi Hadid’s eyes in the middle of his chest.

It is believed that Zayn and Gigi are expecting their first child together later this year.

Zayn Malik now boasts an extensive collection of tattoos

Zayn Malik has a pair of eyes on his chest

Jemma Lucy

Reality star Jemma Lucy has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade full of surgery and tattoos.

Then by the time she appeared on Ex On The Beach in 2015, the busty star proudly donned neck tattoos and sleeves.

Jemma Lucy
Jemma Lucy before she decided to get her signature neck tattoos

Since finding fame and starring in shows like 100% Hotter, Jemma has also had two boob jobs and four Brazilian butt lifts.

Among her most notable tattoo experiences, last year Jemma decided to cover up a tattoo that was dedicated to Katie Price.

Jemma begged for someone to keep her company during quarantine

Jemm Lucy showed off her epic neck tattoo

Taking to her social media story, Jemma couldn’t wait to get the pin up covered up with the picture of a horse.

At the time she added: ‘Cover the b***h up! Not yet finished but love my coverup on one of my worst tattoos ever. Not it’s a beautiful horsey. By @tommicrazy.’

Angelina Jolie

A young Angelina Jolie before she began having tattoos

Actress Angelina Jolie has at least 17 tattoos that are brimming with powerful and sentimental meanings.

Of her most noticeable tattoos, she decided to have the coordinates of where her children were born inked on her arm.

On her lower back she has a huge Bengal tiger that was inked with a traditional Thai needle and meant to symbolise her approved Cambodian citizenship.

Angelina has an extensive collection of back tattoos including a Bengal tiger

Angelina also has an extensive collection of body ink on the top of her back including the phrase “Know Your Rights” which is dedicated to The Clash.

Miley Cyrus

Another inked up celebrity that fans have had their eyes on ever since she appeared in Disney as teenager Hannah Montana, is Miley Cyrus.

Miley shot to fame as Hannah Montana before embarking on her tattoo journey

The powerful vocalist has had quite a journey from country sweetheart to wrecking ball legend.

From avocados to Vegemite, Miley has collected an impressive display of delicate body art dotted all over her body.

Miley Cyrus showed off her growing collection of body art

She’s also added some larger pieces to her ink collection, such as a huge dream catcher down her ribs and a lengthy quote from Theodore Roosevelt.

David Beckham

Dave’s tattoo collection has grown over the years

The football legend now has over 40 tattoos but he began his famed sporting career with almost no ink.

Since shooting to worldwide fame, David has covered his arms, torso and legs with stunning tattoos.

Among them was a huge dedication to his doting wife Victoria, with her name written in Sanskrit on his arm. Although, it has since been revealed that the translation was a little off and it actually reads ‘Vhictoria’.

David Beckham has a number of tattoos dedicated to his wife and kids

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Posh and Becks have also got matching tattoos in Hebrew that read: ‘I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.’

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse had her tattoos done when she was already famous

As well as her signature beehive hair and lick of thick black eyeliner, the late legend was renowned for her pinup tattoos and quirky style.

Although she only had 14 pieces of body art, her tattoo journey was in focus as the vocalist shot to fame from a shy North Londoner to Valerie superstar.

The singer passed away in 2011 at the age of 27, and her favourite tattoo artist vowed not to do a pin up on any future clients.

The songstress had a collection of creative body art on her arms

Paris Jackson

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris has flowered into a bohemian celebrity icon dotted with dramatic and symbolic tattoos.

Back in 2017, the socialite revealed that she had over 50 tattoos and counting.

She has a touching tribute to her late dad tattooed onto her arm alongside her extensive collection.

Micheal Jackson’s daughter had a tattoo dedicated to her late father

Paris Jackson has a number of tattoos dotted on her body

Paris also has artwork down her sternum and over her legs.

She has also appeared at a number of events bare foot and shown off her stunning foot art.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine had his first tattoo following the 9/11 attacks

According to People, the Maroon 5 vocalist had his first tattoo – a dove that symbolised peace – following the 9/11 attacks.

He has since covered his entire body with intricate art work and wording to commemorate important places in his life.

Among the tattoos that the singer boasts is the word ‘California’ across his stomach and the Sanskrit word for ‘Tapas’.

Adam Levine is covered in tattoos across his torso, arms and back

Adam’s enormous mermaid angel back piece reportedly took over six months to full complete.

Ed Sheeran

Popular British musician Ed Sheeran is known for his stunning vocals but he also boasts a large and impressive collection of tattoos.

Most of the ballad singer’s artwork was created by tattoo artist Kevin Paul – who has also worked with Rihanna in the past.

When a younger Ed Sheeran shot to fame he had almost no tattoos

Ed Sheeran has a huge lion tattoo on his chest

Ed has over 60 tattoos across his body and has opted for a more colourful canvas of ink unlike the other celebrities on this list.

Among his arm tattoos, which include a gecko and a colourful tree, Ed also has the word ‘prince’ which symbolises his love for the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

He also has an enormous lion inked into his chest and a the Heinz tomato ketchup logo on his upper left arm.

Jeremy Meeks

A youthful looking Jeremy Meeks before he inked up

Fashion model and former gang member Jeremy Meeks shot to fame following his arrest in 2014.

Jeremy set pulses racing due to his impressive mug shot and was instantly propelled into fashion stardom.

The fashion model is now full of tattoos

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Known at the ‘hot felon’ the 35-year-old has since walked the runway for a number of high-end designers.

Although he already had tattoos when he was formerly in a gang, the model has since covered himself with even more ink.

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