It’s pretty clear that Tom Hardy is a big fan of tattoos – he has dozens of them and each one has its own meaning.
His first tattoo, a leprechaun on his upper right arm, represents his Irish heritage from his mum’s side of the family.
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One of his most recent tattoos, which is actually well overdue, says: ‘Leo Knows All” after the Peaky Blinders star lost a bet with Hollywood heavyweight, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tom bet Leo that he wouldn’t win an Academy Award for his role in The Revenant – and well, we all know how that ended.
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Tom Hardy has ripped up the tattoo rule book and gotten two inkings dedicated to his then-wife, Sarah Ward.
Married for five years, Tom married Sarah just three weeks after meeting and has a large dragon tattoo as she was born in the year of the dragon. On his website, Hardy later said: “That’s what you call a mistake tattoo”. On the side of his lower stomach, he has ‘Till I die SW’.
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And keeping with tradition, Hardy has ‘Charlotte’ tattooed on his shoulder in homage to his wife-of-three-years Charlotte Riley.
His agent Lindy King also managed to snag a spot of ink on Hardy’s packed body, after he made a bet that if she got him into Hollywood, he would tattoo her name.
Finally, he got a star etched when he found out his girlfriend at the time, Rachel Speed, was pregnant.
Above his left elbow, you can see the London skyline which suggests Hardy is very fond of his London background.
Just above that is a portrait of Madonna cradling a baby, inspired by the Renaissance. The tattoo has much more meaning to Hardy though.
He said on his website: “That was about mothering me. I went through a lot of stuff leaving home and becoming a father and growing up to be my own mother.
“I have a mother; she’s amazing. But this is about being able to mother my parents and my son and myself – which is very painful. Getting my head around that growth spurt.”
Some smaller tattoos from the actor include the Union Jack on his chest, as well as the number of his Father’s best friends Marine Corps number.
He also has some unexplained tattoos such a wolf, raven and a sacred heart tattooed on his forearm and chest.
You only live once, right?