Tattoos aren’t just for sailors and criminals anymore – people from all walks of life get them for all sorts of reasons: to commemorate a special event in their lives like the birth of a child or the death of a loved one, to let everyone who sees it know what their favorite flower, animal, or sports team might be – or maybe it’s a symbol that holds a special significance to them and they keep hidden on an ankle, calf, or other non-visible-while-clothed part of the body.

In the movie world, tattoos usually have a defining meaning to convey to the audience about the characters that wear them. A tattoo can help the audience understand that the person wearing it is very bad and should not be messed with, or it can give clues to a character’s personality – as it does for Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

We’ve selected 12 tattoos from movies and TV that we think are especially memorable – see if you recognize them all.

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