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Which A-lister has got kick-ass ink? Guess the celebrity tattoo

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Just like eyes, a celebrity's tattoo can be used as a mirror to their soul. Whether it's a deep and meaning musing on life in general, a tribute to a loved one or a character from a much-loved book, stars use body art to show who they are and what they stand for.

For some, this involves creating an inking that is intricately caught up in what they believe and love (many have fallen for that classic mistake of getting a tattoo of their husband's name, only to divorce them). But for others, it's simply a means of letting off steam and indulging in a passion for skin etchings. As one actress featured below says, "My tattoos are a little f-you to anyone who tells me not to."

Immerse yourself in a world of celebrity body art and waste away a happy few minutes, as you come play Guess The Celebrity Tattoo:

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    This A-list teenager has just got a kick-ass inking in honour of her grandmother...

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    Chloe Moretz, who finally confirmed she is dating Brooklyn Beckham earlier this month, showcased the delicate tribute to her grandmother Janette Duke at @jonboytattoo in New York.

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    Chloe's not the only actress to pay tribute to her gran via the medium of body art...

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    Lea Michele got the ink in April after she lost her grandma.

    She explained the coffee cup on Instagram: "I Iost my beautiful grandma this week.. She wasn't your typical grandma. She gave me my first cup of coffee when I was 8 years old. She said something inappropriate to every boyfriend I've ever had. She never made pie or knit me a sweater. But she was my grandma and I loved her... More than anything.. I love you Grandma. @prospect_tattoos Bronx NY"

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    This A-lister had her simple wrist art done on the spur of the moment when she walked into a tattoo parlour in April.

    "Getting a great little lifetime note on my arm," she posted on Instagram...

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    Drew Barrymore scribbled the names of her two daughters on a piece of paper and handed it to the tattoo artist.

    Once a rebel...

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    An intricate series of fine lines gives this singer's ink a celestial feel...

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    Ellie Goulding, who also has a lotus flower inking on the right-hand side of her torso, added the other-worldly art in April.

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    Our number one crush, and breakout star of Orange Is The New Black, caused a stir when she unveiled this tattoo of controversial street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

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    Ruby Rose got this image of the graffiti artist, who died of a drug overdose aged 27, inked on her arm to accompany one of his sketches, which is inked under her bust.

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    This supermodel has the goddess Isis tattooed on her back because she believes she was connected to Egypt in her past life.

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    Jourdan Dunn feels a deep connection to Egypt and has said she loves the goddess Isis because she represents both motherhood and love.

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    This famously bouffant-ed chef doesn't do things by half measures.

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    These intricate angel wings belong to Gizzi Erskine, who spent over 24 hours under the needle while they were etched onto her skin.

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    This singer may have been experiencing some Summertime Sadness when she got "trust no one" inked on her right hand.

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    As well as a monogrammed 'M' on her left hand, Lana Del Ray has the word 'Paradise' inked on her left hand and 'Trust no one' on her right.

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    This Sin City actress dedicated this dagger tattoo to her one-year-old son.

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    Jaime King unveiled this intricate dagger tattoo as a dedication to her son James Newman.

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    The R.I.P hitmaker has tattoos all over her body, including this dove in flight on her neck. 

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    Rita Ora got her dove tattoo from famed East London artist Bang Bang, who bravely let her tattoo an identical dove on himself.

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    Our own British export on the brilliantly badass TV show Girls, this actress also has a large tiger tattoo on her arm.

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    Jemima Kirke, aka Jessa from Girls, has this heart and banner tattoo on her right palm. She recently revealed she wouldn't be getting any more inkings as they are "too painful".

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    This Transformers actress has a quote from Shakespeare inked on her back.

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    Among a number of other tattoos, Megan Fox has "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" written on her back in Old English font. The quote is from Shakespeare's King Lear and is reportedly a reminder from Megan to herself not to get caught up in the glamour of Hollywood.

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    Johnny Depp's wife has two lines of poetry inked on her back.

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    Amber Heard has described her tats as "not the kind of tattoos you get after a wild night of drinking". Indeed, the top is a line of poetry from Chilean Pablo Neruda while the bottom is by Persian Omar Khayyam.

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    This Big Bang Theory actress has had her wedding date tattooed in Roman Numerals on her back.

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    Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting used her tattoo to commemorate her marriage to now-ex Ryan Sweeting.

    She later covered up the inking, writing on Instagram: "Note to self - do not mark your body with any future wedding dates."

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    This Crayola sunrise tattoo belies the A-list status of its Hollywood owner.

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    Scarlett Johansson has quite an extensive collection of body art itching to break free from her preened red carpet persona.

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    This swallow resides on the wrist of someone who dated Jude Law many moons ago.

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    Sienna Miller likes her inkings small and dainty; she also has a cluster of stars on her shoulder and one lone star near her belly button.

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    This Bengal tiger tattoo adorns the lower back of one of the most famous actresses on the planet.

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    Angelina Jolie got the 12-inch long, 8-inch wide design done in Thailand in 2004. Ange has something of a passion for skin etchings and this one was done in the traditional Thai tattoo style with a manual needle.

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    A simple Celtic cross commemorates this TV star's Roman Catholic upbringing.

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    Eva Longoria also had three tattoos commemorating her ex-husband Tony Parker - all of which she has since had removed.

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    This floral bracelet tattoo is actually a temporary accessory for the model in question.

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    Naomi Campbell's bicep design is large but we think it's rather nice - perhaps she should consider a permanent version.

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    This famous lady has tributed her love with his initials below the Hebrew phrase "Together forever, eternally."

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    Victoria Beckham is keen to advertise her feelings for husband David.

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    A cute nautical symbol is the tattoo of choice for this enduring supermodel.

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    Kate Moss has a number of body inkings, including a pair of swallows on her lower back, a quarter-inch heart on her left hand by the thumb and a crown on her left shoulder.

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    There's been plenty of speculation surrounding the meaning of the "883" tattoo on this sultry actress' ankle.

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    Penelope Cruz has denied the number has anything to do with Scientology or the Harley Davidson owned by her former boyfriend Tom Cruise.

    "It's not the different things that have been said. I don't think anyone cares. It's my own tattoo," she said.

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    A cheeky bow etching for this Sin City actress.

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    Jessica Alba has never revealed the story behind the inking on her lower back and it rarely makes an appearance in public.

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    This lady was a child star once upon a time and her shoulder tattoo depicts popular childhood character Aslan from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles Of Narnia.

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    Christina Ricci has eight tattoos dotted around her body in total, but Aslan is her largest work of art - she's a big fan of the books.

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    This Oscar-winning star has a sweet flower mark imprinted on her right foot.

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    Charlize Theron delivers a subtle statement with her foot inking.

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    This Nashville actress once had the phrase "live without regrets" tattooed in Italian on her back.

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    Hayden Panettiere later got her inking partially erased, despite the fact that she had previously vowed to keep it in place.

    "My tattoo means live without regrets," she said. "It’s not that you don’t regret things in life, but you at least try to learn from them. It’s misspelled too - so I literally have to live by that advice!"

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    This actress' shoulder blades carry the script of the Edgar Allan Poe quote, "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

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    Evan Rachel Wood also has a tattoo of a candle on her back and two lines running down the back of her leg to create the illusion of a stocking seam.

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    This singer's neck tattoo is rumoured to spell out the first letter of her baby son's name.

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    Adele unveiled her inking soon after her son, Angelo, was born - suggesting it was done to honour him. But it could also stand for Adele, of course.

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    A cascade of neck stars is one of this smash hit artist's many tattoos.

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    "I like hanging out in tattoo shops," says Rihanna. "I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it."

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    This celebrity's back illustration is a touching tribute to her equally famous mum.

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    Kelly Osbourne's shoulder blades tattoo is an ode to her mother Mrs O (or Sharon). It shows a pair of red ink angel wings with the words Je Vous Aime la Maman - I love you mum - written in-between.

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    This UK-based singer and mum has nine small tattoos wrapped around her wrist like a bracelet.

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    Lily Allen has a large and diverse repertoire of body art. The icons on her wrist show the symbols of five world religions, a communist hammer and sickle, Homer Simpson’s head, an acid house smiley face and a barking dog inspired by pop artist Keith Haring.

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    This 21-year-old model is hot business on the fashion scene. She has a diamond and four stars adorning her right ear.

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    Cara Delevingne went from being a blank canvas to having ten tattoos done in the space of just six months - inspired in part by her tattoo-friendly pal Rihanna.

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    This Victoria's Secret model has a tribal design tattoo in the shape of a hook trailing from her left foot to her ankle.

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    Brazilian model Adriana Lima's inking is said to represent truth, spirit, honor and hope (so say the experts).

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    A thigh drawing of a unicorn is one of eleven tattoos flaunted by this hugely successful, Grammy award-winning singer.

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    All of Lady Gaga's tattoos appear on the left hand side of her body, out of respect for her father.

    "He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal," the singer said. "So I only have my tattoos on my left side. I think he sees [my right] as my Marilyn Monroe side, and he sees [my left] as my Iggy Pop side."

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    This German model made the classic mistake of getting her then-husband's name tattooed on her right forearm.

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    When Heidi Klum sadly divorced her husband Seal in 2012, she took steps to getting her tattoo removed.

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    Lyrics from a reggae album inspired the tattoo of this American Pie actress.

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    Mena Suvari loves reggae music, as evidenced by her upper back art.

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    This Hollywood starlet is a big fan of skin etchings, saying "My tattoos are a little f-you to anyone who tells me not to."

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    Megan Fox's crescent moon and star inking on her foot is her only coloured tattoo. Her nine other designs include a portrait of Marilyn Monroe on her inner forearm, which she later sought to remove with laser surgery.

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    This Star Trek actress has messages written in Arabic across her body.

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    Zoe Saldana's foot tattoo apparently reads "I want to ask her." She also has inkings on her ribs and lower abdomen.

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    This tiny red heart belongs to a Disney star and American singer-songwriter.

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    Hilary Duff showed off her new tatt on Instagram with the caption "All is full of love... "

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