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Craig Ferguson's Tattoos

Does Craig have any tattoos?


How many? 

Five. (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. Usually only during skits that involve him being sleeveless. Is probably just luck that we happen to see one more often than the other.


Ferguson Crest

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

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

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.)]

New Tattoos

Craig has often spoken of getting his children's names tattooed on his upper arm. No word that he's actually done so. However... *update 2/5/2013*:

While in New Orleans, taping his Super Bowl Special, Craig asked the audience where a good tattoo place in town was, and they directed him to Electric Ladyland Tattoo, where he got what appears to be TWO new tattoos - one on each upper arm:

Craig also tweeted about this event:

Craig confirmed, during a 2/5/13 interview with Adhir Kalyan, that he did, in fact, get two more tattoos, bringing the total number to five. He has not yet revealed what designs he got, but I'm sure he'll tell us more as time goes on.

You can catch a glimpse of both of Craig's new tattoos in a photo he tweeted on March 23, 2013:

Update: During a Feb 7, 2014 interview with Sarah Paulson, Craig noted that he got his kids' names tattooed on his right arm and "something else" on the left.

Update: During an April 22, 2014 interview with Billie Piper, Craig make a passing comment that he has his kids' names on his right arm and his wife's on his left. Awwwwww. :)

Update: During San Diego ComicCon, July 2014, Craig's two newest tattoos made several appearances, peeking out of his short-sleeved shirt. The one on his right arm is, indeed, 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-Work Circle, with (at least) 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.)  

Update 2: Craig confirmed during a 2/17/2016 interview with Greta Van Susteren, that this is, indeed, his wedding anniversary date in a Celtic Knot.