The Academy Awards is the fashion event of the year, and 2014 was no different, with some of the hottest actresses like Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence pulling out all the stops and oozing old Hollywood glamour with retro hair and elegant evening gowns. The pop star performers of the evening, however, traded in the diamonds and jewel-encrusted clutches for more a permanent red carpet accessory: tattoos! From Lady Gaga to Pink to Pharrell, the Oscars this year was chock full of inked-up pop stars, and, unlike Wiz Khalifa’s better half Amber Rose, who completely covered up her tattoos with makeup for the 2014 Grammys, their artwork was proudly on display throughout the evening. Check them out!
Lady Gaga’s Arm, Neck and Shoulder Tattoos
Lady Gaga is notorious for relying on shock factor when it comes to public appearances, but the pop star stunned viewers when she showed up at the Oscars this year in a form-fitting Art Deco-inspired Versace gown, complete with a long draping scarf and a classic pulled-back ‘do. Despite her toned-down red carpet look (compared to a meat dress, that is), Lady Gaga’s tattoo on her left bicep of a Rainer Maria Rilke quote in German was on full display. In other photos of Mother Monster striking a pose on the red carpet, you can clearly see her “RIO” neck tattoo and “Dad” heart tattoo on her shoulder as well.
Kelly Osbourne’s Disappearing Back Tat
Formerly the proud owner of dozens of random colorful tattoos, singer and television personality Kelly Osbourne is in the process of removing the majority of her ink, which she says is because she doesn’t want to be defined by her tattoos. Kelly Osbourne’s tattoo on her back honoring her mother, Sharon Osbourne, was all but gone in photos of the 29-year-old on the red carpet, and we have to admit that we are thrilled to see it on its way out! In addition to the pink “Je vous aime la Mama” tattoo on her upper back, Kelly is also removing the odd keyboard tattoo on her arm, and several others, as she works hard to complete her amazing style transformation.
Pink’s Tattoos on Her Wrists
The 2014 Oscars included a 75th Anniversary tribute to the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, and pop star Pink had the honor of performing the famous ballad “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during the ceremony. Not only did Pink’s powerhouse vocals bring down the house during her performance, but her low-cut red sequin dress was reminiscent of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, too! The singer’s dress featured three-quarter sleeves, which were a little strange, but managed to show off many of Pink’s tattoos, including the razor blade and Bible verse tats on her left wrist, and the unique “What Goes Around Comes Around” tattoo on her right wrist.
Pharrell Williams’ Angel Leg Tattoo
Never one to follow the crowd, Pharrell Williams bucked tradition when he showed up on the red carpet at the Oscars wearing a chic Lanvin tuxedo…with black Bermuda shorts. Pharrell’s “shux,” while inappropriate enough to earn its own Twitter account, did show off Pharrell’s tattoo on his right leg, which features a large black and white image of an angel played a stringed instrument. Pharrell is known for his questionable red-carpet attire (think mountie hat at the 2014 Grammys), but his tuxedo shorts definitely stole the show this time.