With all due respect to Tom Hardy and his skills as an actor, one thing that has always caught everyone’s attention is the number of tattoos the man has got.
If you have ever seen him shirtless (which of course you have), you’d know that when we talk about his tattoos, we don’t mean those teeny-tiny cute ones that most actors have. Tom REALLY loves getting inked and he likes his tattoos big.
The latest addition to his long list of tattoos is the one that says ‘Leo Knows All’. If you don’t know what that means, this tattoo is a result of a lost bet with Leonardo DiCaprio.
After his splendid performance in ‘The Revenant’, Leo was of the view that Tom would definitely get nominated for the Academy Awards. While Tom being his modest self, denied that this would ever happen, Leo decided to bet on it. The two made a deal that if he does get nominated then he would have to get a tattoo of Leo’s choice.
And well, this is what has happened now:
Tom Hardy took a photo with fans recently and we were able to see the tattoo he made because he lost a bet to Leonardo. In the tattoo there is written “Leo knows all” and, according to Tom, it’s Leo’s handwriting. pic.twitter.com/eBKiEE99sP
— Leonardo DiCaprio Fan (@dicapriofans) January 29, 2018
As for his other tattoos, here’s what they mean:
The leprechaun on his right arm, which he got inked at the age of 15 is apparently an ode to his Irish heritage. It symbolizes the connection with his maternal ancestors as his mother belonged to Irish Catholics. The words ‘Figlio mio belissimo’ on his lower right bicep mean ‘my beautiful son’.
For his ex-wife Sarah Ward (from 1999 to 2008), Tom got not one but two tattoos. On the side of his stomach, he’s got ‘Till I die SW’ and a dragon on his left arm because Sarah was born in the Year of the Dragon.
He’s also got the name his current wife’s name ‘Charlotte’ on his shoulder.
And if you have noticed the name ‘Lindy King’ on his body then we should tell you it does signify a woman but not a former girlfriend or wife. In fact, it represents his agent Lindy King who helped him become a successful actor.
© Tom Hardy
The large portrait of Madonna (Mary, Jesus’ mother) cradling a baby holds a special meaning. In Tom’s own words, “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.” It also includes the date of his son Louis’ birth “848” (He was born on April 8, 2008).
© Tom Hardy
Right below the Madonna tattoo is the London Skyline as he was born in London. And he’s also got the Union Jack on his chest.
© Tom Hardy
On his left pec he has the words ‘Padre Fiero’ for his son as it means ‘proud father’.
© Tom Hardy
The number ‘1338046’ on his chest signifies his best mate’s dad’s Marine Corps number and just below that are the self-explantory comedy and tragedy masks with “Smile Now Cry Later”.
To signify his love for his wife Charlotte Riley, he has got a massive portrait tattooed on his back.
There’s also a raven tattoo that appears to have a bat inside it, inked on his chest. Apparently, this picture is devoted to two films that brought him worldwide recognition: ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
There’s also a wolf, raven and sacred heart inscribed onto his forearm which is inspired by ‘The Revenant’. Tom says: “It’s a wolf, a raven and a sacred heart. So my heart is on my sleeve. The raven and wolf are important animals to me.”
He also has a couple of other random tattoos like a feather and a small cross among others, the meaning behind which is unknown.