A guide to the actor’s 30 tattoos
Tom Hardy will soon reprise his role as Eddie Brock with the return of Venom and the British actor has been praised for his ability to adapt to a wide range of roles throughout his career.
The 43-year-old really enjoys taking on a role. But he’s also very attached to his tattoo collection, which reminds him of special moments, people and experiences in his life (not to mention lost bets).
And nothing is more synonymous with commitment in a relationship than having your partner permanently tattooed. But as Hardy and many other romantics have learned pretty much since the invention of tattoos, ink often survives relationships.
Meaning of Tom Hardy’s tattoos
Hardy got his first tattoo when he was 15 and he’s now 30. From dragons and former lovers, to even losing a bet with other actors, this is what all his tattoos mean.
1) Pixie tattoo
Hardy got his first tattoo when he was 15, the pixie on his right arm. In Irish culture, this little fairytale character represents magic and good fortune.
According to Simple soldier, it is an ode to his Irish heritage from his mother’s side.
2) Tribal pattern
Hardy then completed his pixie state and a tribal design now covers the spot where the merry little guy once his
3) Scorpion tattoo
Another of the star’s earliest tattoos is the scorpion inked in the upper left corner of her back. We don’t know exactly what Hardy sees in it, but Scorpio has a lot of meanings.
To name a few, the poisonous insect can symbolize devotion, justice, courage, passion, death, duality, betrayal. Scorpio is also the patron of dead souls in some cultures.
4) The “Leo knows everything” tattoo
In 2018, Hardy added another tattoo to his collection after losing a bet against Leonardo DiCaprio that he would not win an Oscar for his role in The ghost.
Of course, we all know that DiCaprio did indeed win the Golden Statue for this character, and as a result, co-star Hardy had to have “Leo Knows All” written somewhere on his arm.
5) dragon tattoo
Hardy has a large dragon inked on the inside of his left bicep. Apparently it’s symbolic of his ex-wife Sarah Ward, who was born in the Year of the Dragon. They were married for almost 10 years, between 1999-2008.
6) ‘Till I die SW’ tattoo
Speaking of Sarah Ward, Tom also wrote “Till I die SW” on the side of her (awkward) belly.
7) Star tattoo
Hardy has a star engraved on his left shoulder when he found out that his then-girlfriend, Rachel Speed, was pregnant with their son, Louis. They dated for four years after meeting on the set of The virgin queen in 2005.
8) ‘Charlotte’ tattoo
If you’re getting tattoos from your exes, the least you can do is find some space for your current wife as well. And that’s exactly what Hardy did.
He wrote “Charlotte” on his shoulder, which is his current wife Charlotte Riley. They got married in 2014 and they have a daughter and a son together.
9) Portrait of his wife, Charlotte tattoo
To accompany his name on his shoulder, Hardy has a portrait of his wife, Charlotte, tattooed on the left side of his back
10) ‘LINDY King’ tattoo
Another woman in his life, who is not a former lover, was also part of Hardy’s tattoo collection.
That woman is Lindy King, who has been promised a permanent place on the skin of Tom Hardy (lucky girl) after keeping his promise to bring him into Hollywood. So ‘Lindy King’ is written on the inside of her arm.
11) Marine Corps number tattoo
No – Tom Hardy was never in the Marines. But his best friend’s father was and died in action, which is why Hardy has “his Marine Corps number 1338046” engraved near his right collarbone.
12) comedy and tragedy mask tattoo
It doesn’t take a genius to understand why Hardy, an actor, has an image of the masks of comedy and tragedy inked on his right pec, which is the symbol of theater and the arts.
13) “Smile now, cry later” tattoo
Hardy wrote “Smile now” right above the comedy and tragedy masks and “Cry Later” just below.
We’re not quite sure what this means, but to us it seems like a mantra to ‘keep going’ (whatever it is) with a brave face first and cry / face it later.
14) simple cross tattoo
Again, these tattoos are a bit of a mystery. Hardy has three single crosses inked around the comedy and tragedy masks on his right pec and shoulder.
Maybe they are just decorative? Although knowing Hardy, they inevitably have a deeper meaning.
15) ‘Padre Fiero’ tattoo
‘Padre Fiero’ which means ‘proud father’ is tattooed on his left pec, near his heart, aww.
16) ‘Figlio mio bellissimo’ tattoo
17) Madonna portrait tattoo
Madonna’s portrait has a deeper meaning than you might think. The portrait – as in Mary, the Christian mother of Jesus, not the pop star – is seen cradling a baby in the image.
Robust Explain: “It was to mother me. I went through a lot of things leaving home and becoming a father and growing up to be my own mother. ” I have a mother ; She is incredible. But it’s about being able to mother my parents, my son and myself – which is very painful. Understand this growth spurt, ”he said.
18) Union Jack tattoo
Tom has a Union Jack tattooed on his left pectoral – we wouldn’t want him to feel left out with so much ink on his right pectoral now, would we?
The Union Jack is obviously a nod to his nationality and the country he calls home. Ironically however, according to Body art guru, he got this tattoo done in Canada.
19) Feather and tattoo of the word ‘Scribe’
Hardy has a feather and the word “Scribe” is inked on his right bicep. Apparently this tattoo is out of respect for her friend Kelly Marcell, who works as a screenwriter.
20) raven tattoo
Hardy has a tiny raven figure tattooed on his left pecker, right next to his nipple.
Apparently, this tattoo has great significance in the actor’s life, as it symbolizes his two most important films – Mad Max and The dark knight rises.
21) angry wolf tattoo
The “angry” wolf tattooed on the inside of his left forearm symbolizes his role in The ghost.22) Sacred Heart Tattoo
A sacred heart tattoo is inked on her left pec, towards her armpits.
Apparently, this tattoo has long represented the undying love of Jesus Christ for mankind, and those who have this tattoo show their devotion to the church and to Jesus.
23) skull wearing hat tattoo
Hardy has a skull wearing a top hat on his left arm. We are not sure what this one means, but skulls are usually a symbol of death. At least the addition of a top hat gives it that gentlemanly touch.
24) feather tattoo
Right under the skull and hat, Hardy has another feather tattoo located on his left wrist. Feathers can have a multitude of meanings. They are often associated with angels, but they can also be a symbol of freedom, courage, or travel.
25) playing card tattoo
Hardy has a playing card tattooed on the right side of his stomach. It doesn’t appear to be a particular card in the traditional deck. A playing card tattoo is traditionally used as a symbol of good luck and fortune.
26) flying bird tattoo
Hardy has silhouettes of flying birds tattooed on his right shoulder and neck. Birds are generally a symbol of freedom.
27) ‘LH’ tattoo
Hardy has the initials of his son, Louis Thomas Hardy, on his left arm.
28) Tattoo “II Q&A”
The tiny “II Q&A” tattoo on his right bicep means “Observe and Think”, which is said to be Hardy’s mantra.
29) dog tattoo
Hardy got his Muzzle Pit Bull tattoo on the left side of his back, in memory of his beloved pet.
30) “W” tattoo
Finally, there’s a “W” on Hardy’s right bicep, which is another nod to his ex Sarah Ward.
So there you have it, a complete guide to Tom Hardy’s many tattoos.