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Craig Ferguson's Tattoos

Does Craig have any tattoos?


How many? 

Seven (that he's mentioned, as of April 2017). (You have to have an odd number... he was told that by a tattoo artist.)

Does Craig ever show his tattoos? 

Yes, some more than others. The "snake tat" we see the most often, but the tattoos on his left and right shoulder/upper arm, due to their location, aren't as easy to "show off" as the one on his forearm, so you'll see those less often. 


Ferguson Crest, Feb 2007

On Craig's right shoulder/upper arm is what most refer to as a "Ferguson crest." It was the first tattoo that Craig received, about February 3, 2007, so we've seen it fairly often. 

This design is the Ferguson family crest/badge, with the phrase "Dulcius ex aspiris" ("Sweeter after difficulty"), which Craig got in honor of his father, Robert Ferguson. (pic from @randykagan)] Another shot of this tattoo is HERE.

Ingram Celtic Cross, Sept 2009

On Craig's left shoulder/upper arm is a tattoo which Craig received in honor of his mother, Janet "Netta" Ingram Ferguson, in September 2009. 

The design is a Celtic Cross with the Ingram clan motto, "Magnanimus esto." ("Be great of mind.") (Glimpse and pretty good view from @craigyferg and three screencaps from the 6/9/10 show, by @scottishconanPic1 - Pic2 - Pic3. Tattoo can also be seen fairly well during the Moulin Rouge rehearsal of his 8/5/11 Paris show.]

Join or Die Snake, Sept 2009

On Craig's right forearm is a "Join or Die" snake tattoo, which he has displayed often, and proudly. Craig received this tattoo in September 2009, after becoming a US citizen.

The design is the political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin, first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. It depicts a severed snake, with each piece representing a British American colony or region. In 1754, this symbol represented the importance of colonial unity. This tattoo was received about Sept 21, 2009. [First appeared on The View 9/22/2009, and on TLLS 9/28/09; first *displayed* on TLLS 9/29/2009.] Craig told the ladies of The View that he wanted to have an American tattoo, something that was for himself, that was life-affirming, and to him, this tattoo represents new thought and the new world. (pic from @craigyferg. Also a nice shot of it in this musical opening to the 4/5/10 Late Late Show.)]

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Kids' Names and Celtic Knot, Feb 2013 

Craig had often spoken of getting his children's names tattooed on his upper arm, and in Feb 2013, while taping his Super Bowl Special in New Orleans, he asked the audience where a good tattoo place in town was, and they directed him to Electric Ladyland Tattoo, where he got TWO new tattoos - one on each upper arm:


The latest tattoo on his right arm is of his childrens' names. I won't post a close-up of that one, but you can extrapolate from Craig's self-posted photo above, that it is each child's name on a scroll/ribbon design, one above the other. On his left arm is a Celtic Knot, with the date of his marriage in the center. (As one website describes this design: "the interlacing lines of the Celtic Knot stands for 'no beginning, no ending, the continuity of everlasting love and binding together or intertwining of two souls or spirits.'" Beautiful.)  

Raven, March 2017

On March 9, 2017, Craig had a "Tattoo Thursday" event after his SiriusXM show, where he got a raven or crow (he's called it both), on his left arm. Which looks pretty cool when his arm is bent.


Compass Rose, April 2017

On "Tattoo Thursday" April 20, 2017, Craig got his fifth tattoo, a compass rose, because he's "always going to need direction."