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Nelly Tattoos

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 554 voters 84.3k views5 items

Nelly tattoos, ranked by fans of the sexy star and of body art. Nelly is a chart-topping rapper, singer, and actor who released the No. 1 singles "Hot in Here." Born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., the hip-hop star was born in Austin, Texas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. While in high school, Nelly formed the rap group St. Lunatics, but he decided to pursue a solo career when they failed to get a record deal. Nelly released his debut album "Country Grammar" in 2000, featuring the hit title track. He has since released several hit albums including "Nellyville" as well as the double-album "Sweat" and "Suit." Throughout his career, the rapper has won Grammy Awards and acted on television series such as "CSI: NY" and "90210."

Can you answer the question what are the meanings behind Nelly's tattoos? If you can't then keep reading on. Nelly has at least 5 tattoos, each with a special meaning or memory. Nelly's body art pays tribute to his hometown of St. Louis and hip-hop crew the St. Lunatics with the word "Lunatic" inked across his stomach. Nelly also has his name written out on playing cards tattooed on his shoulder, as well as a bleeding heart on his chest, a tribal design on his left arm, and the name "Moses" on his right forearm.

Similar to other stars that have tattoos, such as Kanye West tattoos or Wiz Khalifa tattoos, Nelly has made headlines several times as he has added a new tattoo to his collection. He is one of the hottest tattooed celebrities and famous people with tattoos.
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    Playing Cards

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    There are five playing cards that spell out his name "Nelly" along with flames and a dice on his right shoulder.
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    Moses

    Nelly explained the tattoo on his right arm: "I've got the name 'Moses' on my inner right arm. I can relate to this story, as far as leading people out. "That's how my boys (the St. Lunatics) and I felt about the St. Louis music scene. We felt like we were leading some of the top musical talent out of there, on to broader horizons."
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    Lunatic

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    The "Lunatic" tattoo on Nelly's abdomen is in reference to his rap group The St. Lunatics, which formed in 1995.
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    Bloody Heart

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    Nelly has a bloody heart inked on his chest.
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