This weekend, up-and-coming model and, you know, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, hit the tattoo parlor with her godfather Macaulay Culkin, and emerged
with matching tats in the form of tiny spoons. In a way, it was just as much as a rite of passage in becoming a seasoned model as her newfound status as a Raf Simons muse: everyone from Kendall and Kylie Jenner to newer names like Luka Sabbat have tattoos. Today, ink is practically de rigeur for the industry—perhaps thanks to Kate Moss, an early pioneer who’s now been proudly sporting a mini anchor and a so-called tramp stamp by none other than the artist Lucian Freud, reportedly making it worth over £1 million. Amongst the celebrities with tattoos, there are some, like Cat McNeil, who went big, with at least two dozen, others, like Bella Hadid, who kept it simple with miniature—and significant—symbols. (Many, though, are definitely the handiwork of Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, who’s tatted Justin Bieber on a private plane, as well as Delevingne post-Met Gala.) Take a look at models’s ink everywhere from Kendall Jenner’s lip to Delevingne’s big toe, here.
Kate Moss, who bared her anchor tattoo on
W‘s March 2012 cover, also has a “ tramp stamp” in the form of two birds on her lower back, inked by none other than Lucian Freud.
Cara Delevingne, a Leo, got her very first tattoo in 2013—the first of many to come, including an elephant on her forearm.
And then there was the time Delevingne let her
Suicide Squad costar Margot Robbie tattoo a smiley face onto the bottom of her big toe.
Natalie Westling is taking her role as a Vans ambassador very, very seriously, from the brand’s logo to the word “skate” on her forearms to the new advertisement for her collaboration with the brand across her back. Luka Sabbat, at just 19, already has at least 30 tattoos, including at least three dedicated to dogs. (He’s also tattooed the name of his latest project onto his chest.)
Though she’s since pivoted
into acting, the Mad Max star and former model Abbey Lee Kershaw has never shied from a message, from the permanent “WOLF” on her wrist to the time she scrawled “ GUN CONTROL” across her midriff to call attention to the cause at the Met Gala.
Kendall Jenner got a lip tattoo reading “MEOW” late last year, courtesy of “Bang Bang.”
A few months before she got her own tat, Jenner designed this one for her pal
Hailey Baldwin, which was also inked by Bang Bang.
Like the Delevingne sisters, Ireland and Hailey Baldwin also have teamed up on tats to remind you of their legacy.
model Jeremy Meeks is covered in tattoos, including some that stretch up to his neck.
Aside from the gun on her forearm,
Freja Beha also has a few more tattoos, like on her arm that reads “serendipity is life.”
Jourdan Dunn, who has a bevy of tattoos, including her son Riley’s name on her hand, got matching D’s with Cara Delevingne back in 2014.
A master of subtle tattoos—including her matching
butterfly with Travis Scott—Kylie Jenner has also adorned her forearm with a teensy red dot.
Last year, Kylie Jenner got matching red squiggly lines with her BFF
Jordyn Woods, tucked away inside both of their pinky fingers.
You may not have heard of “Zombie Boy” Rick Genest, who inspired Lady Gaga and walked for brands like Thierry Mugler in six years or so, but he’s definitely still covered in tats!
In case you forgot she was a model named Chanel Iman, Chanel Iman has her name and a clothes hanger emblazoned across the back of her neck.
Fellow Balenciaga model and
Insta star Ilana Kozlov also has some sleeves in the making, as well as “NO GODS, NO MASTERS,” across her chest.
Perhaps the most tatted name in the game, Cat McNeil has a back covered in ink—not too surprising for a model who
cut off all her hair for Alexander Wang.
The up-and-coming It girl
Slick Woods has an-ever growing sleeve of tattoos, plus a gun across her chest she had to cover up while walking Fendi.
Julia Nobis may not have Instagram, but the longtime Raf Simons muse’s tats have still made their way around the internet, like the Dr. Seuss phrase “Oh, the places you’ll go!” across her forearm.
activist, and head of Gurls Talk Adwoa Aboah has the on-brand phrases “all the women in me are tired,” as well as “GURL POWER,” across her hands.
Joan Smalls got her “first and last tattoo” in 2015, dedicated to her mother.
Illustrator and model
Langley Fox Hemingway, sister to fellow model Dree and great-grandaughter of Ernest Hemingway, recently added to her arms-based collection with a giant Virgin Mary on her forearm.