Marc Jacobs’ 20 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Marc Jacobs is a renowned American fashion Designer. He is famous through his own fashion band named Marc Jacobs. His interest in fashion began during the times when her paternal Grandmother started to teach him knitting. Marc Jacobs has multiple collections to his names including the licensed perfumes and accessories. Jacob is also a part of a project where celebs pose partially nude in order to create awareness about Melanoma (a type of cancer). Marc has a great number of interesting as well as strange inks on his body. Let us get to know his tattoos and their meanings.

Marc Jacobs

I’m very spontaneous about what I get. There is a story behind each one of them but they were all very spontaneous thoughts. They are permanent but I don’t give it that kind of importance. They are just things I felt like doing at that time – if anything they are like my diary of where I was at that particular moment and there was a reason for each one.”

1. ‘Colorful Stars’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Colorful Stars Tattoo

Tattoo: Marc Jacobs has multiple stars of different sizes inked on his left and right shoulders. Stars are the symbol of peace and the source of guiding light in one’s life.

When asked about the relevence of his colorful inks, “Well, kids on the beach like them. They’re colorful,” said Jacobs. “I think I see life in a kind of cartoony way, and I like colorful tattoos. I never saw tattoos as a dark thing, or ritualistic.”

2. ‘Shameless’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Shameless Tattoo

Tattoo: There is exists the tattoo which reads, ‘Shameless’ on Marc’s left pec.

Jacobs says. “That’s what I think everyone should aspire to in life: being shameless.

“I have the word ‘Shameless’ tattooed on my chest. I want to be as honest as I possibly can, I sleep better at night.”

3. ‘Dogs’ Tattoo

Marc Dogs Tattoo

Tattoo: On his left bicep, Marc has a tattoo of two dogs who are standing close to each other with their nose touching with each others’.

Meaning: These dogs represent his bull terriers, Alfred and Daisy.


Marc Jacobs Bros Before Hoes Tattoo

Tattoo: Marc got a tattoo on his left wrist which reads, “Bros before Hoes”.

Meaning: Marc and his favorite Tattoo artist cum friend, Scott Campbell got similar ink done as the tribute to their lovable bond of friendship.

5. ‘J.’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs J Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a small ‘J.’ inked on the left side of Marc’s abdomen which represents the initial of his surname, Jacobs.

6. ‘Red Heart’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Red Heart Tattoo

Tattoo: On his left bicep there is an ink of a tiny red heart on his left shoulder. This was Marc’s very first tattoo which he received at the age of 16 years.

7. ‘Red M&M’ Tattoo

Red M and M Tattoo

Tattoo: Marc has a Red M and M tattoo on his right shoulder. The tattoo contributes to his name, i.e Marc Jacobs. M is inked in this cartoon character whereas J is inked on his lower abdomen.

He says the animated tattoo is a testament to his view on life in a “cartoony kind of way.”

8. ‘PERFECT’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs PERFECT Tattoo

Tattoo: On his left hand’s wrist there is ink which reads, ‘PERFECT’ as a continuous reminder for him to stay strong in life for overcoming all the difficulties.

 I have a choice. We all have a choice in how to look at things, and when things don’t go the way I like I tend to think they’re a problem. Well, you can look at something as a problem or look at it as a learning experience or an opportunity for growth or whatever. This idea that everything happens for a reason and is perfect and you will benefit from it even if you can’t see the benefit it’s just a nicer ideal to subscribe to than, “Oh, God, I’ve got all these problems and life is full of obstacles.” Rubbing his finger over the word on his wrist, he says, I put it there to remind me, for when I’m looking at myself and wishing that I could be stronger in this way or better at that thing, and I can just go, “No. I’m exactly how I need to be.” So, perfect. Marc Jacobs article in

9. ‘Poltergeist’ Tattoo

Marc Poltergeist Tattoo

Tattoo: On his upper back, there lies a beautiful ink of Carol Anne from the movie ‘Poltergeist’. Marc claims it to be his favorite movie. And, additionally, the image of Carol has been lightened in the tattoo by a glowing television screen.

Marc claims the special relevence of such light in the tattoo: “Stay away from the light,” Jacobs intones with mock solemnity

10. ‘George and Martha’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs George and Martha Tattoo

George and Martha Tattoo

Tattoo: Marc is a huge fan of the play, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ written by Edward Albee. He claims to have watched it for over hundred times and thus, his love and obsession for it led him to get the tattoo of the names of main leads of the play i.e George and Martha on his right forearm. George and Martha are the married couple around whom the whole play revolves.

11. ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Elizabeth Taylor Tattoo

Tattoo: On Marc Jacobs left forearm there lies a voluptuous portrait of Elizabeth Taylor (Martha of the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). She is wearing 3D glasses. This is another tattoo which shows his great love for this play.

12. “Oui” and “lui” Tattoo

Marc Jacobs qui Tattoo

Marc Jacobs lui Tattoo

Tattoo: On each of Marc’s forearm there lies a single tattoo which symbolizes his tribute to the French porn magazine Oui which is otherwise published in France as Lui. So the words, “lui”, and “qui” are inked on his left and right arms respectively.

13. ‘Couch’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Couch Tattoo

Tattoo: There lies a tattoo on the right side of Marc’s lower stomach side, which is a couch. This couch on Marc’s body is the tattoo representation of the sofa made by Jean-Michel Frank (an interior designer). He claims this ink to be one of his favorites.

As for his favorite, that would be the furniture. “A couch. A Jean-Michel Frank couch that is tattooed right here,” said Jacobs, patting his abdomen.

“And ask me why a couch, because everybody does, and there’s no reason. That’s exactly the reason.”

14. ‘Muscle Man Marc’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Muscle Man Tattoo

Tattoo: On his right forearm Marc has got a tattoo which represents his own replica of ‘Muscle Man Mare’ from the episodes of American adult animated sitcom, South Park. Though the character was destroyed in a pot of boiling water at the end of the episode, in the memory of his role in such character, Marc got this tattoo done to immortalized the Muscle Man.

Man Marc on his right forearm of course! Muscle Man Marc joins the two other Cartman toys tattooed on each of Marc’s forearms – Clyde Frog and Rumpletumskin

Marc was immortalized on South Park as Eric Cartman’s Muscle Man doll, which he tattooed on his right arm.

“Being on South Park was the high point of my life so far,”

15. ‘Simpsons Marc’ Tattoo


Tattoo: On Marc’s bicep, there is another animated image which shows himself in the character of Simpsons.

16. ‘Baby Bears’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Baby Bears. Tattoo

Tattoo: There is ink on the backside of his right bicep, which shows two baby bears in sitting pose along with the letters ‘PB/BB’ written under them.

17. ‘Clyde Frog and Rumpletumskin’ Tattoo

Cartoonist Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Clyde Frog Tattoo

Tattoo: Just close to his Muscle Man ink on right forearm, he has two other cartoonist character tattoos which represent the characters from the series, South Park i.e Clyde Frog, followed by Rumpletumskin on his left wrist. These are the clear representation of his strong love for the series.

Marc says about South Park, “It is definitely my favorite program on TV … I have two of Cartman’s toys tattooed, one on each forearm — Clyde Frog and the other one is Rumpletumskin.”

18. ‘Colorful Donut’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Donut Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a sparkly colorful donut inked on Marc’s right arm elbow.

19. ‘Spongebob’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Spongebob Tattoo

Tattoo: Marc has another cartoonist ink on his right shoulder, which represents the character, Spongebob.

20. ‘Chang Sauce’ Tattoo

Marc Jacobs Chang Sauce Tattoo

Tattoo: On the backside of his upper left arm, there lies a tattoo of a girl along with the famous line from the series, South Park. The line says, How spicy would you like your Chang Sauce?”

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