Fame is fleeting, but tattoos can be permanent. And if you’re a celebrity, that can mean having to explain some pretty weird ink.
Below, we pore over the bodies of 12 famous folk and decipher their peculiar tats.
Ryan Gosling’s tattoo of The Giving Tree
The Drive star got Shel Silverstein’s beloved children’s book on his bicep because him mother read it to him as a tot: “That book is so fucked up,” Gosling told Vulture, “I mean, at the end the tree is a stump and the old guy just sitting on him. He’s just used him to death, and you’re supposed to want to be the tree? Fuck you—I don’t want to be the tree!”
Ryan Cabrera’s tattoo of Ryan Gosling
Couldn’t he have just posted a “Hey Girl” meme like the rest of us? In fairness, Cabreba says the (hardly recognizable) Gosling tattoo was chosen by his friends.