29 Famous Leaders With Tattoos

Having a tattoo is much more acceptable nowadays than it used to be. Tattoos used to be associated with a certain amount of negativity. Although it hasn’t completely gone away, it has significantly diminished. In light of this, you might find it surprising to learn there are many world leaders with tattoos, as well as a large number of past world leaders with tattoos than you ever thought possible. 

Obama, to the best of our knowledge, doesn’t have any tattoos, but there are a couple of former presidents who did. There are several congressmen and congresswomen past and present who have tattoos, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Many politicians keep their tattoos out of view when it comes to pictures, regardless of the fact that tattoos dominate the political landscape.

The Czech Republic almost became the first country to have a President with a full-fledged face tattoo when Vladimir Franz ran for president with a full-fledged face tattoo. In recent years, politicians with tattoos are putting them on public display more often, though many, if not most, still choose to cover them most of the time.

Here is a list of some of the most interesting politicians with tattoos. Maybe you’ll get some inspiration for your next tattoo!

Sofia Hellqvist


With her husband, Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden, she is third in line for the throne as Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland. While she was not a Princess, she competed as a reality television contestant, posed semi-naked for a popular men’s magazine, and had an active modeling career. After such a colorful past, it’s not really surprising that she has a tattoo. However, when she and Prince Carl became engaged, she had it removed.

Prince Frederik Of Denmark


Whenever he goes to the beach with his family, Crown Prince Frederik can be seen sporting his tattoos as he switches to swim trunks from his royal robes. In addition to his bicep, the 48-year-old also has tattoos on his calf. Both of them are reminders of his military service.

Winston Churchill


It might surprise you to learn that the great Winston Churchill had some tattoos. During World War II, he was the Prime Minister of England and he had great influence over his country and the world. Additionally, he also had a tattoo of a pretty sweet anchor on his arm.

Teddy Roosevelt


Teddy Roosevelt, America’s beloved president, had his family crest tattooed on his chest. That might not come as a surprise when you consider that he was not only a wild cattle rancher but also a war hero of the Spanish-American War (not to mention the nearly deadly expedition in the Amazon Basin he took for two years).

Andrew Jackson


Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, spent much of his life in the military and fought for his beliefs. When he was just 14 years old, he lost his parents to disease and war. He grew up to become a wealthy plantation owner and served as a colonel and major general in the War of 1812. On the inside of one of his thighs, he has a tattoo of a tomahawk to pay homage to his military service.

Barry Goldwater


Five consecutive terms were served by Goldwater in the senate. He also ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964. Located opposite the tattoo of former President Andrew Jackson, Goldwater’s tattoo symbolizes his desire to preserve Native American culture. The tattoo was a small, simple design on his hand. In fact, he was so fascinated by Native American culture that he collected over 400 Hopi kachina dolls as a personal hobby. A collection of these dolls can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

George Pratt Shultz


Mr. Clinton was not only the US Secretary of State, but he was also the US Secretary of the Treasury and has a distinguished academic background. He has a tiger tattoo on his arm, which represents his years as a Princeton student. Princeton Tigers are the sports teams of the Ivy League university.

James K.Polk


The 11th president of the United States was generally recognized as one of the most successful men ever in office because he actually achieved all the goals that he set for himself while campaigning. According to rumors, Polk’s tattoo features Chinese characters that represent the word “eager.”

Justin Trudeau


Justin Trudeau has a long history of being in the public eye as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada and ranked 69th by Forbes among the world’s most powerful people. The second youngest politician to become Prime Minister in the history of the country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that he has tattoos. He has a globe and a raven tattooed on his body.

Vladimir Franz

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Czech composer, painter, scholar, occasional poet, and playwright Vladimir Franz is also a professional musician, poet, and playwright. You might not have noticed, but he also has a full-face tattoo (it actually covers 90% of his body).

In 2013, he ran for president of the Czech Republic. He has a much softer political viewpoint than his looks would suggest. Franz’s “political philosophy” promotes tolerance, human rights, democracy, and the search for alternative energy sources. As of the first round, he had 6.84% of the vote (351,916 votes). His full-face tattoo would have made him the first world leader to have one.

Czar Nicholas II


As early as the nineteenth century, tattoos were a popular way to commemorate significant events in people’s lives. Likewise, Nicholas II of Imperial Russia used tattoos as a way of remembering special occasions. His tattoo commemorates his time spent overseas in Japan. The photo quality makes it hard to tell, but he had a dragon tattoo.

Caroline Kennedy


During the family trip to Hong Kong, Caroline Kennedy was challenged by her relatives John F. Kennedy Jr. and Teddy Kennedy while they were on a trip to Hong Kong. As a result of the trip, she received a tiny butterfly tattoo, proving that she is not one to shy away from challenges.

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco


Since Princess Stéphanie is the youngest daughter of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the legendary and beautiful actress Princess Grace Kelly, she naturally turned to the world of Hollywood and fashion for her career path. There is a dragon-vine “S” tattoo on Stéphanie’s back, among many other tattoos.

King Harold II


King Harold II was the first king who adorned himself with tattoos, he ruled for a short period of time starting in 1066. Following a long, grueling battle, he died at the Battle of Hastings after just ten months of rule. Almost no part of his body could be identified after the fight, so the only way he could be identified was the tattoo on his chest that read, “Edith and England.”

King Edward VII


The Prince of Wales enjoyed his leisurely lifestyle as a young man, as well as the wealth that came along with his position and the long tradition of ruling England in his family. Surely, indulging in ink also comes with this carefree lifestyle. In honor of his visit to the Holy Land, he got a tattoo of the Jerusalem cross on his arm.

Czar Alexis of Russia


In any case, Alexis Nikolaevich, Czar of all Russia from 1645 to 1676, was quite elaborately tattooed. When he was 16 years old, he succeeded to the throne and ruled during a time of great upheaval. During his lifetime, he was involved in wars with Poland and Sweden as well as dealing with problems with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Lady Randolph Churchill


Tattooing was even popular among females in the past, although it was viewed as more taboo than it is today for men to get inked. Lady Randolph Churchill, the great Winston Churchill’s mother, wasn’t phased by that and had a snake tattooed on her wrist. She is just like her son.

George Orwell


Even though George Orwell is best known for his dystopian novel, 1984, and his contributions to English literature as a whole, he also served in the Spanish Civil War and as a police officer in Burma. A tattoo of blue dots was applied to his knuckles during his service as an officer.

Thomas Edison


With inventions such as the phonograph, the light bulb, and the early video camera, Thomas Edison undoubtedly changed the world. With his advanced technological background, it is only natural that he would get five dots tattooed on his arm using the newly invented electric needle.

R.H. Macy

Founder of Macy’s, the world’s largest department store, R.H. Macy is credited with starting the chain. One interesting fact is that the red star that appears on the store’s logo is inspired by R.H. Macy’s tattoo. Macy sailed on a whaling ship to earn money as a teenager. He got a red star tattoo on his hand as a result.

George V


The reign of George V was spanning from 1910 to 1936. From 1910 to 1936, he was the king of the United Kingdom, British Dominions, and Emperor of India. However, prior to becoming king, he spent time traveling abroad to the HMS Bacchante. While in Japan, he had a red and blue dragon tattooed on his arm by a local tattooist.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

According to some sources, Theodore Roosevelt carried his family crest on his chest.

Frederick IX Of Denmark

Frederick IX Of Denmark

Several tattoos were acquired during his service in the Danish Navy.

Christian Frederik Franz Michael Carl Valdemar Georg (11 March 1899 – 14 January 1972) was King of Denmark between 1947 and 1972. In addition to being the eldest son of King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, Frederick was also a member of the House of Glücksburg. As soon as his father succeeded as king, Frederick became crown prince. The Royal Danish Naval Academy was where he obtained his education as a young man. His wife, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, who he married in 1935, bore him three daughters, Margrethe, Benedikte, and Anne-Marie. Frederick served as regent on behalf of his father between 1942 and 1943 when Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany. Frederick succeeded to the throne after his father’s death in early 1947.

Alexander I Of Yugoslavia

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His chest was adorned with a large eagle.

Known as Alexander the Unifier, Alexander I (16 December 1888 [O.S. 4 December] – 9 October 1934) served as a prince regent of the Kingdom of Serbia from 1914 and later became King of Yugoslavia from 1921 to 1934 (the state was known previously as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes).

James K. Polk

James K. Polk

The Chinese character for “eager” is believed to have been used by James Knox Polk.

Polk served as president from 1845-1849. He was born November 2, 1795, and died June 15, 1849. Previously, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835-1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839-1841). A member of the Democratic Party and a proponent of Jacksonian democracy, he was a protégé of Andrew Jackson. In the Mexican-American War, Polk was primarily responsible for extending the United States’ territorial boundaries

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson

In addition to Bruce Lee’s tattoo, Jesse Jackson has several other tattoos.

Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater

There was a crescent moon and four dots on Barry Morris Goldwater’s hand.

In 1964, he ran for president of the United States as the Republican Party’s nominee for president. Goldwater served as a senator from Arizona for five terms (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and was a businessman, politician, and author. Goldwater is widely credited with having sparked the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s despite losing the 1964 presidential election by an overwhelming margin. The libertarian movement was significantly impacted by Goldwater. Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal, fighting alongside the conservative coalition against the New Deal coalition.

Allen West

Allen West

The Latin phrase “Molon Labe” means “come and take them.” Allen West had this saying.

Jim Webb

Jim Webb

A tattoo celebrating Jim Webb’s Irish and Scottish ancestry can be found on his back

James Henry Webb Jr. (born February 9, 1946) is an American politician and author. He has served as the United States Senator from Virginia, Secretary of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Counsel for the United States House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and is a decorated former Marine. He has been an Emmy Award-winning journalist, a filmmaker, and the author of ten books in the private sector. Furthermore, he was a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and taught literature at the United States Naval Academy.

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