“I consider all my tattoos as
specific moments in my life. My body is a journal in a way.” – Johnny Depp, for
the Details Magazine, May 1993.
tattoos to Johnny’s collection!
the Hollywood Vampires mini-concert for the Jimmy Kimmel Live, we could see
that Johnny has two new tattoos on his arms. On the left arm, right below the Cherokee
tattoo, was inked an Ouroboros, an ancient symbol showing a serpent or dragon eating
its own tail.
As usual, this mystical symbol has different meanings, such as:
> A symbol of eternity, because it shows the endless principle of no
beginning and no ending.
A symbol of nature’s ability to sustain itself.
A symbol of life on every level, both the Macrocosm and the Microcosm as the
universal whole and the individual of every living being.
For the Alchemists, the Ouroboros is seen as the “materia prima”, the
“first” material from where everything is born, and the material that
each alchemist begins to work when he searches for the alchemical gold.
a serpent biting its tail also symbolizes eternity and the soul of the world.
The circle that the serpent/dragon forms when it bites its own tail is also
compared to the divine energy, which always has a departing and returning
movement to itself, that can be understood as “My end is my
For being a serpent/snake, it also can be interpreted as a process of
self-devotion, self-destruction, self-generation, death and rebirth in one
self-turning and self-appearing movement, by analogy with the fact that snakes
get rid of their old skin every year.
The symbol is also seen in a lot of different cultures around the world,
who shaped the Ouroboros to fit their own beliefs and purposes, one of them is
the Native American Indian tribes, from whom Johnny has a connection.
tattoo could be partially seen on his back, below the neck on the Marilyn
Manson’s KILL4ME video. Both tattoos have other images inside the circle, and on
the new one, a tree, and a lightning is clearly seen. The lightning also seems
to come from a cloud or a hand, hitting what seems to be a small human. Johnny
already has a lightning tattoo on his hand, and it is also a common symbol on
the Native American tribes who has a distinctive meaning for each one.
The JJ 13:
On his right arm, was tattooed a tribute to his friend and bodyguard who passed
away last April. Jerry Judge’s face was inked between his initials, and the
number 13. The JJ13 tattoo was inked right above the “Silence Exile Cunning”
tattoo, and we could see previously throughout the Hollywood Vampires 2019
Spring Tour, not tattooed, but Johnny was wearing a black piece of cloth as an
armband around his left arm with the same initials and number. Black armbands are
known as a symbol of mourning.
don’t know what the number 13 stands in his tattoo, this particular number has a lot of meanings,
and I’m telling you, forget about being a negative meaning. 13 in some places and cases is considered a lucky number:
combination of the number 1 represents “Beginning” or “New Beginnings that
only the person can make” and 3 represents “Optimism”, “Communication” and
“Growth”. Also, 1+3 equals 4 that curiously represents “Patience” and “self-confidence
that the person is following on the right track”. Although the number 13 means
that the person will have some hard times, and a suddenly change sometime ahead,
if the person be patient and optimistic will reach his final goal. Both 1 and
13 stands for new beginnings and shows that no matter what the problem is, after
all, the person with be stronger, smarter and will have a new life.
number is considered for some people as an “Angel number” and when a person
sees the number 13 is usually a reminder from your guardian angel to the person stay focusing his thoughts on the positive aspects of his/her life, living with love
and compassion, and when you spreading love and compassion with everyone around
you, just like Johnny always does, the Universe will reward you with much more. We all consider Jerry as his angel guardian.
The Number 13 also appears on the Bible, with
Jesus and the 12 disciples. Curiously, Judas, was the 13th guest to arrive at the Last Supper and the one who betrayed Jesus, and we all know that Johnny was also betrayed. There’s no comparison of Johnny and Jesus, but the number and the meaning. Many people have a “fear” of the number and started to say that it’s a bad (unlucky) number due to Judas’ betrayal.
> For the Aztecs the number 13 symbolizes the end of a cycle and the establishing
of some kind of balance, something similar believed by the Celtics, whose
calendar was made up of 13 months, who were the result of balance and harmony.
On the tarology, the 13th arcanum of the Tarot of Marseille is the “Unnamed”,
also known as “Death”. Not the death in negative meaning, but the positive
“Death” that symbolizes the end of a phase leading to the beginning of another,
a metamorphosis, the beginning of a new era and the start of a transition, a “rise”. Curiously
this card has the same meaning of the Ouroboros, representing as an initiatory
death leading to a rebirth.
Well, as said,
Johnny have his own meanings for his tattoos, that he may never reveal, but
after searching for the original meanings and some threads that some fans are making,
both tattoos can also be interpret as his vision of what he has suffering
throughout this years. It’s like he’s telling his story, just like he had said that “his
body is his journal”. From almost being destroyed, almost being killed, betrayed and losing important things and people on his life, he is still being optimistic going on the right way, coming back to life, rebirthing to a new beginning, showing that while a lot of people thought that he was going down to an end, in reality he is rising, like a Phoenix, that curiously has the same meaning of the Ouroboros…
Up until now at least 40 tattoos are inked in his body. Each of them shows his own history.
Man, I f*cking love Johnny’s smartness…
Ps. Feel free to add your thoughts! I love reading and knowing different perspectives and stories.