Hottest Celebrity Tattoos of 2018

There’s just something about celebrity tattoos. These stars are constantly on our screens, in our movie theaters, and on our phones. And when you’re a tattoo enthusiast, it’s cool to see stars who share your passion.

2018 was a pretty powerful year for celebrity tattoos. Did you miss out on all this awesome ink? Don’t worry: we’re here to bring you the hottest celebrity tattoos of 2018!

Pete Davidson tattoo


Pete Davidson

Pete Davison has previously made a splash with some of his other tattoos (especially in conjunction with his ex, Ariana Grande). However, no one could have predicted this particular tattoo from the celeb!

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: that is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. However, this isn’t just any image of her: she is in her meme-worthy persona of “The Notorious RBG.” While the Justice may not be the first thing you think of when you think “gangster,” this is one of those celebrity tattoos that might just change your mind.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran lion tattoo


First of all, we’ll fess up: this Ed Sheeran tattoo is a bit older than 2018. In fact, the celebrity singer first got this massive lion tattoo back in 2015. However, it blew up again this year for a very heartwarming reason!

While Sheeran is rocking many celebrity tattoos, his friend, tattoo artist Kevin Paul, gave him this tattoo in 2015 for a special occasion: Sheeran had sold out shows three nights in a row at Wembley Stadium, so Sheeran adopted the English symbol of the lion in celebration.

In 2018, Kevin Paul was offered a whopping three-hundred thousand pounds for the rights to this image. While the awesome artist may have been tempted, he declined to sell out, as he considers Sheeran a personal friend who had financially saved him and his family when they were going through tough times.

John Cena

John Cena tattoo


If you were searching for tattoo ideas, then John Cena might be a good inspiration. Then again, he may not be!

Cena turned himself into a living meme with his famous wrestling taunt “you can’t see me.” Now, things have come full circle. The celebrity is now working on an upcoming movie called Project X in China, and he posted a video to Twitter of himself enjoying some authentic Chinese food.

Eagle-eyed viewers were able to spot a mystery tattoo hiding underneath Cena’s sleeve. Like the wrestler himself, it cannot be seen until it wants to be seen, and we can’t wait to see the rest!

Ariana Grande


There is always a major danger in getting matching tattoos with your significant other. After all, it only takes one bad breakup to make you regret ever getting inked, and you’ll be left wondering what to do to cover up or remove the tat.

That’s the exact position Ariana Grande recently found herself in. One of her many celebrity tattoos was one she got during her relationship with Pete Davidson, and it simply said “reborn.” This was a sweet sentiment…right up until they broke up!

She tastefully changed the text up to a kind of black feather. This serves to commemorate their breakup and also looks pretty good—a solid pick for anyone scouting tattoo ideas!

Final Thoughts

Celebrity tattoos will continue to amaze and impress us long after 2018 is in our rearview mirror. The key is to pick the kind of tattoo that is truly timeless. If you’d like a great source for the very best in tattoo ideas, then be sure to bookmark Tattooing 101.

Nathan Molenaar

Nathan is a licensed professional tattoo artist with over 8 years’ experience working at studios across the globe, including Celebrity Ink, the world's largest tattoo studio chain.

When he's not tattooing, he spends his free time sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring artists who dream of pursuing a career in the tattooing industry.

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