19 World Leaders Who Have Tattoos

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 Barack Obama might not have any tattoos (that we know of), but a couple of former US presidents certainly did. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a tattoo, and there are several congressmen and congresswomen 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 claimed that throne when Vladimir Franz - a man with a full-fledged face tattoo - ran for president. 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
    Photo: George G. Rockwood / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Is said to have had his family crest on his chest.

    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York
  • Justin Trudeau
    Photo: Presidencia de la República Mexicana Follow / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Has a Haida raven on his left arm.

    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
  • Frederick IX Of Denmark
    Photo: Official photographer to the Danish Court Johannes Jaeger / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Had several tattoos, acquired during his service in the Danish Navy.

    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1899-1972)
    • Birthplace: Sorgenfri Palace, Denmark
  • Nicholas II Of Russia
    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Had a dragon on his right arm.

    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1868-1918)
    • Birthplace: Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia