When presenting a character in a film, directors and costume designers think very carefully about every last detail: what color shirt, what brand of shoes, how mussed the hair. Maybe this is why some of the coolest and most apt tattoos we’ve ever seen have popped up in movies, from the original knuckle tattoos to this year’s hottest movie sensation (hint: dragons). From the silly to the terrifying, the ominous to the controversial, click through to see our ten favorite tattoos on film, and since we know there are hundreds of great ones out there, be sure to let us know if we’ve missed any of your own favorites in the comments.
Harry Powell’s Love and Hate, Night of the Hunter
Pretty much all of the knuckle tattoos in film and pop culture are references to this classic and terrifying killer from 1956’s Night of the Hunter, who as far as we can tell, solely under-uses the right hand in favor of the left.