Joe Gilgun 31 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Joseph William Gilgun is a Lancashire-born English actor. He is most known for his appearances as Eli Dingle in “Emmerdale,” Woody in “This Is England” and its TV spin-offs, and Rudy Wade in “Misfits.” Joseph better called Joe has got some amazing tattoos that adorn his body from top to bottom.  For his outstanding performance in “Misfits,” Joe has received two awards: the Virgin Media TV Awards in the category of Best Newbie and the SFX Awards in the area of Breakout Star. This article is all about Joe’s body tattoos and their special meanings for him.

Joe Gilgun

Joseph Gilgun

1. Roman Numbers on Stomach

Joe roman numbers tattoo

Tattoo: On the right side of Joe’s body, there are some roman numbers inked as ‘LXXXIV’.

The numbers can be converted to 74.

2. Flowers on the Left side of the Body

Joe stomach tattoo

Tattoo: On the lefts side of his stomach, there are some lilies tattooed.

Meaning: Lilies are beautiful flowers that represent affection and sincerity. They are linked to the force of reproduction and motherhood. Lilies can represent forever love and bonds.

3. ‘Sweet Granny Linda’ Tattoo

Joe sweet granny linda tattoo

Tattoo: On his forearm, there is a tattoo dedicated to his granny, ‘Sweet Granny Linda’.

Joseph is known to have been very close tp his grandparents especially, his grandmother:

“I loved my Grandma Sadie, she were amazing. I think she was quite a tough old bird, really.”

He revealed about his love for  his grandparents’ council house in Chorley. “It always smelled of stale Superkings, because she smoked in the house, and this strong smell of tea, because she used to reuse her tea bags.”

4. Three Leaf Clove Tattoo

Joe three clove leaf tattoo


Joe writing on arm tattoo

6. ‘LOL’ Tattoo

Joe hand tattoo

Tattoo: On the base of his right thumb, there is a tattoo of the word, ‘LOL’.

Gilgun used to love acting since his childhood however, it was a great deal for him when, on being suggested by an educational psychologist, he started taking part in drama workshops. Joe joined Coronation Street at the mere age of 10, (a drama series that began in 1960 and has almost 58 seasons as of now), followed by Emmerdale in his early 20s. The ultimate turning point of his life turned out to be his character as, Woody in This Is England.

LOL tattoo is the reminder of the name of his character’s true love that made him into a star, of which that familiar “Lol” tattoo is a reminder, spelling out the name of his character’s true love.

7. Initials on shoulders

Joe initials on shoulder tattoo

Tattoo: Across his shoulders, there is a tattoo of the letters, ‘E’ and ‘Q’, on his right and left shoulder, respectively.

8. Portrait on Left Arm

Joe left arm portrait in club symbol tattoo

Tattoo: On his left forearm, there is a tattoo of a portrait of a lady inked inside the shape of the cluns of cards.

This tattoo is actually the representation of the’QUENN OF CLUBS’.

This card is associated with social inventiveness, entertainment, amusement, and emotional uneasiness. The Queen of Club personality, as a Soul Card, is drawn to social circumstances that emphasize their apprehension and mistrust.

9. Writing on the Left Arm-RURAL

Joe left arm tattoo

10. ‘Tattoo dedication to Mom and Dad’ Tattoo

Joe mum dad tattoo

Tattoo: Joe’s left bicep is a tattoo dedication for his parents, (Judith Gilgun, Andrew Gilgun) and the tattoo has some swirls that contain the words, ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’.

11. Writing on Right Arm- ‘I ain’t gonna work on’

Joe right bicep writing tattoo

14. Eye Tattoo

Joe eye tattoo

15. Cross on Neck

Joe cross tattoo

On the left side of his neck, Joe has got the tattoo of a  cross.

Meaning: Cross is the holy symbol of Christians and reprsents that the tattoo wearer holds deep faith and belief in Jesus Christ and his blessings.

16. Chest Tattoo

Joe chest tattoo

Tattoo: On his chest, Joe has got a huge tattoo done that represents a magpie with the words under it that say,  “ab imo pectore”.

The letters when converted into English mean, ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ Magpie is believed to be the symbol of good luck in all aspects be it your life, your profession, or your love life. Americans believe it to be mischievous, cunning, and wise but on the light-hearted side. It also represents character traits like Flamboyant; Willfulness; Integrity; Deceitful; Fortune; Expressive; and Intellect.

17. Right Leg- Burning Candle Tattoo

Joe burning candle tattoo

Tattoo: On his right leg, there is a tattoo of a burning candle with the words, ‘JAN’ inked on its bottom.

The candle can signify light triumphing over darkness, virtue triumphing over evil. The candle tattoo can signify the light in your life that brings respect and knowledge during difficult times. The tattoo might be Joe’s dedication to some loved one in his life as the month mentioned on the bottom of the candle mentions.

18. Wrestler Man Tattoo 

Joe boy tattoo on bicep tattoo

Tattoo: There is a boxing man tattooed on Joe’s right arm.

19. Scarf-Knot Tattoo

Joe bow knot tattoo

20. Right-Hand Writing

Joe bird tattoo

Tattoo: On his right hand, we can see a sparrow tattoo along with the words, ‘AGONY’.

Sparrows are often associated with freedom, true love, and humility.

21. Finger Tattoos

Joe finger tattoos

Tattoo: Across his right-hand fingers, there is a letter M, a cross, another symbol, and a letter S, as we proceed from the index to his pinky followed by some more letters on his upper half of the fingers as, ‘S’, ‘I’, ‘N’ ‘K’.

22. ‘make the most of it’ Tattoo

Joe make the most of it tattoo

23. Arm Tattoos

Joe left arm writing tattoo

Tattoo: Across his left forearm, there are multiple tattoos that include, ‘Mazur’ and  ‘ALL WILL BE WELL’.

24. Flowers on Right Hand

Joe hand tattoo

Tattoo: On his right hand there is a huge rose inked.

Meaning: Rose is the symbol of love, affection, and romance. Also, it is the universal symbol of love. Under his rose tattoo, there are multiple symbols that are tattooed across his right hand’s fingers that include leafy stems on his index and pinky, followed by a cross on middle finger and a tiny triangle with a cross on his ring finger. Also, there is a crown like symbol tattooed on the tip of his middle finger.

25. Forehead Tattoo

Joe forehead tattoo

26. ‘23456’ Tattoo

Joe numbers tattoo

Tattoo: On the center of his chest, Joe got the tattoo of the number “23456”, his official actor number inked across his chest, probably after shooting “Misfits”, which is a science fiction comedy-drama television programme from the United Kingdom.

27. Arm Portrait

Joe portraits on left arm tattoo

28. Rope Knot Tattoo

Joe rope tattoo

Tattoo: Wrapped around his right ankle is the tattoo of the rope knot.

Meaning: Many individuals receive a simple knot to indicate that they have successfully come through a tough moment in their lives, or to remind themselves that they are connected to something greater than themselves. A rope noose is also connected with the fact that the tattoo wearer might be unsatisfied with life and might want an exit however, it is not the case with Joe’s tattoo. As per our belief, this must be another of his tattoo dedication to the love for his family bonds because the rope is another way of reflecting strong bonds and ties.

29. Right Arm Tattoo

Joe left arm writing tattoo

30. Right Arm Writing

Joe right arm writing tattoo

Tattoo: On his right forearm there is another writing that says, ‘I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.’.

31. Leg Tattoo Design

Joe right arm design

32. Bicep Tattoos

Joe bicep tattoos

33. Tattoos on buttocks

Joe tattoos on bums

Tattoo: On his bums, Joe has got the tattoo of Thomas Turgoose on one cheek, Andrew Shim on the other and something in between his ass crack.

34. Rose on leg Tattoo

Joe rose on leg tattoo

35. ‘Dues Paid’ Tattoo

Joe dues paid tattoo

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