world leaders 19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos  

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Tattoos are much more accepted nowadays than they used to be. In the past, tattoos had a certain negative connotation associated with them. While that's not entirely gone now, it's definitely subsided considerably. With that in mind, it might be surprising to learn that there are many world leaders with tattoos, and even more past world leaders with tattoos than you would have ever expected. 

President Obama might not have any tattoos (that we know of), but a couple of former U.S. presidents certainly did. Our neighbors to the north recently elected a new Prime Minister who has tattoos, and there are several Congress men and women past and present who have tattoos. Tattoos are all over the political landscape, but many politicians choose to keep them out of sight when it comes time for pictures.

There still aren't any world leaders with face tattoos, but the Czech Republic almost became the first to be able to claim that throne when one of their front-runners for president was Vladimir Franz, a man with a full-fledged face tattoo. It's becoming more and more acceptable for politicians with tattoos to put them on public display, though many, if not most, still choose to keep them covered most of the time.

Check out this list of some of the most interesting politicians who have tattoos. You might even get some ideas for your next tattoo!


Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos
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His family crest on his chest

Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1858-1919)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, + more

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian, Polymath, + more

Credits: Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation, President McKinley Inauguration

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#12 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#46 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#5 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#17 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Justin Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos
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Justin Pierre James Trudeau MP is a Canadian politician and the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Trudeau is the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau, long-serving Prime Minister, and Margaret Trudeau. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Papineau in 2008, and re-elected in ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Profession: Politician, Critic, Teacher

Credits: The Great War

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#9 on Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#32 on If You Fought To The Death, Who Would You Want By Your Side?

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Frederick IX of Denmark


Frederick IX of Denmark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos
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Several Naval tattoos

Frederick IX was King of Denmark from 1947 to 1972. He was the son of King Christian X of Denmark and Queen Alexandrine, born Duchess of Mecklenburg, and the fourth Danish monarch of the House of Glücksburg. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1899-1972)

Birthplace: Sorgenfri Palace, Denmark


Nicholas II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos
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A dragon on his right arm

Nicholas II of Russia (Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov) (18 May[O.S. 6 May]1868 – 17 July[O.S. 4 July]1918) (Russian: Никола́й II, Nikolay II) was the last Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, and Grand Duke of Finland. He ruled from 1894 until his forced abdication in 1917. Nicholas proved unable to ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1868-1918)

Birthplace: Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Politician

Credits: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

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