The Illustrated Man
Some wear their hearts on their sleeves, as the expression goes. Others live their lives mapped on their bodies in indelible ink. Dave Navarro has tattooed the highs and lows of his own life into his skin. If you've always been curious about his tattoos, we'll explore the ink from head to toe!
Who is Dave Navarro?
A brief bio
Born and bred in Los Angeles, Dave Navarro is most known as the guitarist for the seminal rock group Jane's Addiction. He has also played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Panic Channel, and the cover band Camp Freddy. Dave has also done plenty of session work, with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Guns 'N' Roses, Alanis Morissette, Marilyn Manson and Porno For Pyros. Navarro has played live with the likes of Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera
Navarro is just as infamous in his personal life as he is onstage for his musical abilities. A recovering heroin addict, Dave has been married three times, his last being a very publicized union with actress/model Carmen Electra. The pair were married for four years before Electra filed for divorce in 2007.
Long involved in more then just music, Navarro used to write columns for Bikini magazine and has long maintained an official online presence at 6767.com. Dave has expanded his presence into the Spread Entertainment company, producing video clips about places and people in Los Angeles. He has also gotten involved in the adult entertainment business as of late. Navarro has also reunited with his Jane's Addiction bandmates and have toured off and on with them since 2009.
Dave has moved into heavier forms of body modification, including scarification and branding, ear lobe gauging, and has also begun to take part in suspension rituals/performances.
Neck / Throat
Back of the Neck
“Los Angeles” in script
Dave was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and considers it his home.
“CORE” in Old English style lettering
As one of the “core” members of the Camp Freddy group, Dave has this tattooed to reflect his membership. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA.
Sulfur/Brimstone alchemy symbol
Also known as a 'Leviathan Cross'. Although it has been used by Satanists due to sulfur's historical association with the devil, it is not just a Satanic symbol, regardless of the fact that it was adopted and used by Anton LaVey for the Church of Satan. It was used long before as a symbol in alchemy, as well as a visual representation of the human soul.
Bats, one on the front of each shoulder
These were tattooed at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company in the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
“Eleven Twenty-Two” in script over his collar bones
The tattoo is reference to November 22nd, the date of his wedding to model/actress Carmen Electra.Chest
The initials “CE” over his breast bone
These are in honor of his third wife, Carmen Electra. The pair were married from 2003-2007. This was covered up in November 2011.
A traditional sacred heart, ringed with thorns, dripping blood, and topped with flames. Rays of light extend outward, towards the fronts of his shoulders and down towards his nipples. Tattooed by Freddy Negrete.
Smoke-like writing from the skywriting of the Wicked Witch of the West, from the movie The Wizard of Oz, with tiny silhouette of the Wicked Witch of the West on her broom.
Traditional Black Cat with 13
A black cat with an arched back standing atop a red 13. Tattooed by Luke Wessman, in New York, NY.
The phrase “I am alone. I am utterly alone.”
Positioned on either side, embellished with flourishes, this phrase comes from the film Beetlejuice, spoken by Winona Ryder’s character, Lydia Deetz.
Ornamental flourish designs
Created through the scarification process. Done by Brian Decker in 2013.Above the
A S-shaped symbol with a star
Created through the scarification process. Done at WoD Oslo Suscon in 2013.
The phrase “Trust No One” in script
Considered Navarro’s personal philosophy, it was also the title he chose for his solo album, released in 2001.
Portrait of his mother, Constance
Dave chose a photograph of his mother from her days as a model to have tattooed as a portrait down his left side. The tattoo was done by Kat Von D of High Voltage Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA and featured on an episode of LA Ink on TLC in 2008.
A pinup of a woman in black lingerie and stockings with garters holding what appears to be a riding crop(?); almost a Dominatrix-type pinup.
Dave gets a pin up of his mom.
Skull and crossbones with a bat and roses
Tattooed by Oliver Peck in New York City, NY, during the filming of Ink Master. This large back piece is comprised of a skull and crossbones, with red shading, topped by a bat with outstretched wings. Large roses surround the piece, with a background of purple and black clouds, studded by black bat shapes.
The name Constance in black and gray lettering
Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles, CA, the tattoo is a tribute to Navarro’s mother, Constance Colleen Navarro.When Navarro was 14, his mother and a friend were murdered by one of Constance’s jealous ex-boyfriends. Dave was staying with his father at the time, and was convinced that he would have been killed if he had been at home that night. Subsequently, the murderer was captured in 1991 via the help of America’s Most Wanted, convicted and sentenced to death. Navarro testified at both the trial and an parole hearing.The tattoo is a reminder of and a tribute to his mother.
Upper Left Arm
Traditional spider webs between/below the bat on the left shoulder that join the snake tattoo below .
A pig surrounded by a snake
No, Dave was not born in the Year of the Pig or even the Year of the Snake. (He’s was actually born in the Year of the Goat.) The pig is how Dave characterized himself: “When pigs are young they’re perceived as cute, and when they’re older they appear vicious and intimidating.” The snake represents how Dave’s view on the world: “I’ve since matured, so I view it as a continual reminder to evolve as a human.”
A tribal band designed under/around the snake’s tail
Represents the month Red Hot Chili Peppers spent in Hawaii in 1994 after Dave joined the band.
A band of dolphins - Covered by band of black ink in 2013
Dave says of this tattoo: “One of the most spiritual, beautiful and enlightening experiences of my life was when I got a chance to swim naked in Hawaii among 100-150 bottle-nosed dolphins.” Sometime in November 2013, Dave covered this tattoo over with a solid black band.
A traditional style anchor.
Lower Left Arm
Luca in script
The name of Spread Entertainment’s co-host Todd Newman’s son. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA.
Portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Although Dave is not Catholic, religious icon imagery is very much a part of the Los Angeles-area. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA.
Skull and Crossbones Moth
Traditional Sailor Jerry art, of a skull and cross bones with moth wings.
A black X to the left of the moth. Meaning unknown.
The Four Suits (heart, club, diamond, spade) and the word “addict”
Navarro is a recovering heroin addict.
The man's face with the black hat and sunglasses, as seen in the television series, Breaking Bad. Tattooed in August 2012, it is located to the right of the spade tattoo.
Upper Right Arm (Outside)
A rose with “I have one but not by choice” in script
A woman on a plane remarked on Dave’s tattoos, and said to him “I have one but not by choice.” Rose revealed her arm with a number tattoo from Auschwitz, as she was a Holocaust survivor. Dave got her words and a rose as a tribute to her. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA.
Rose passed away in July 2014.
Skull and Rose
A grey skull and rose fill in around the above script and between the bat, towards the front of his right shoulder.
Pinup with cross bones
Pinup-style woman's face, with bones crossed behind her head, and a banner that reads 'poison'.
The fairy logo from the 1995 Red Hot Chili Peppers album One Hot Minute
Dave joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1994. One Hot Minute was the album he recorded with them as a guitarist during his time in the band.
Arabic or Sanskrit armband
The phrase “Love Fades” in script
Taken from the movie Annie Hall by director Woody Allen. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles, CA.
Portrait of a woman
“Tribute to my dear friend…” Possibly Nina Diaz, singer/guitarist for Girl in a Coma.
Skull and cross-utensils (a spoon and fork)
Originally an image on Navarro’s 6767.com website, it was shown with the acronym “SSRI” below. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are anti-depressants like Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, and Prozac.
Upper Right Arm (Inside)
The text “Der Zeit Ihre Kunst, Der Kunst Ihre Freiheit” in outlined letters
Taken from above the entrance to the Secession of the Association of Viennese Artists building, which was designed by Joseph-Maria Olbirch. Translated it means “To every age its art, to art its freedom.” The Secession was created by Austrian artists in 1897 with Gustav Klimt as the first president.
“Jane’s” in an old English-like style
For Jane’s Addiction. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles, CA.
A stylish “V”
A reminder of a now ex-girlfriend. It is noted that she had a “D” tattooed on her backside to remind her of Dave.
The Japanese kanji for “fuku”
“Fuku” in Japanese means “luck, fortune”.
Black work Spade
Likely a Sailor Jerry-inspired “traditional” type spade, on the inside of his elbow. Probably tattooed by Oliver Peck, during the filming of Ink Masters season 1, in NYC.
Lower Right Arm (Outside)
“Don’t Try This At Home”
In a former home, Dave kept an old photobooth from a Rexall Drugstore. Over the course of a year he photographed everyone that visited him then compiled a book. Originally scheduled for release in 2001, it was not published until 2005. He chose “Don’t Try This At Home” for the title. Tattooed by Thomas Pendelton (formerly of Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company in the Palms Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.)
Spread logo (unicorn head with an “S”)
Spread was the band formed by Navarro and RHCP drummer Chad Smith. Dave used to keep an extensive collection of unicorn figures and imagery. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA.
The iconic bunny-head logo of Playboy. Navarro spoke to Hugh Hefner before he got it and received permission from Hefner. Jokingly claims it to be the first and only “endorsed” tattoo of the logo.
Free-handed by Bob Vessels of Funny Farm in Silverlake, CA.
Small black pentacle at the bottom of the cross.
“Angel” in Theban script
For a former girlfriend, who had the same tattooed on the inside of her wrist.
“JMFL” in capitals
Could possibly stand for Jamie Langford.
Panic Channel logo
The symbol for the Panic Channel, a band consisting of Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Chris Chaney, and Steve Isaacs. The band went on hiatus in 2007 after releasing their album (ONe) in 2006.
Left Inner Forearm
Spade with Skull
A traditional-style spade, with a skull in the center. Tattooed by Dr Woo.
Hope I, a painting by Austrian Symbolist Gustav Klimt
The depiction of a pregnant women was chosen to symbolize the gift of life his mother Constance gave to Dave. Tattooed by Henk Schiffmacher of Hanky Panky, Amsterdam.
Right Inner Forearm
Death and Life, a painting by Austrian Symbolist Gustav Klimt
Only part of the original image, this depicts “Death”, in the shape of a human figure with a skull for a head. Tattooed by Henk Schiffmacher of Hanky Panky, Amsterdam.
Aleister Crowley’s adaptation of the unicursal hexagram placed a five petaled rose, symbolizing the divine, in the center. Five petals of the rose plus six points of the hexagram make the symbol as a whole an eleven, the number of divine union.
You can see it on the card of The Hermit in Crowley’s Thoth Tarot Deck. The symbol was used by Psi Com and during the Jane’s Relapse era.
Contrary to what was “reported” by TMZ, the symbol is not Masonic and Dave is not a Freemason. Don’t believe everything you see on TV.
Dave talks about his tattoos.
Back of Both Hands
Spiderweb design between thumb and index fingers
Although not confirmed to mean this for Dave, sometimes the spider web imagery is used to convey the feelings of being trapped in drug addiction. For years, Navarro was a drug addict but is presently clean and sober. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA
Traditional-style swallow tattoos. Likely tattooed by Oliver Peck.
Outer Sides of Both Hands
Image of hooks used in suspension performances/rituals. Dave became interested in the practice during 2012.
Outside of Left Pinkie
Three Dots and a Water Drop
Tattooed onset during the filming of Ink Master in November 2013. Dave labeled it "NYC 'gang tatts'" jokingly on his Instagram account.
VI VII VI VII
Roman numerals representing “6-7-6-7″. Navarro’s birthday is June 7, 1967.
X III X III
Roman numerals representing “10-3-10-3″, which represents “13 13″. When added together as “6+7″, the month and day he shares as a birthday with his grandfather and father.
A simple cross. Tattooed by Tommy Montoya.
LA logo for Los Angeles. Tattooed by Tommy Montoya.
Black Star – Index and Middle Fingers
Rx Symbol – Ring Finger
Dagger Thru Heart – Index Finger
Skull and Crossbones – Middle Finger
Bat – Ring Finger
Marriage symbol over pagan hand-fasting scar on right palm
This tattoo was part of a hand-fasting ceremony when Dave married his first wife, make-up artist Tania Goddard, in 1990. The pair broke up shortly after and the marriage has never been recognized as a legal union.
The number 666, in a spiral-shape
The number of the beast or sign of the devil, as you will. Tattooed by Jessica V, in October 2013
Traditional style ship with 16 sails with a sunset in the background, in color, tattooed by Oliver Peck in May 2013.
“Sexy” nun pinup
Possibly inspired by a photo taken by friend Justice Howard. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem, Los Angeles, CA.
Traditional Style Pinup Girl
A traditional Sailor Jerry style tattoo of a pin up in a martini glass, with a pair of aces and a pair of 2′s, with dice, a skull and cross bones, and a bottle of liquor with a banner that reads “Man’s Ruin”, surrounded by stars. Tattooed by Megan Massacre of New York, NY.
Back of Calf
Portrait of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Tattooed in 2014 by Freddy Negrete, Cassandra Peterson accompanied Dave while he had the tattoo inked.
Traditional-style coffin with bat wings, with fishnet-wearing pinup legs
Created during a flash challenge on season 3 of Ink Master, by TatuBaby.
A five-pointed star pentacle in black and grey.
A traditional Asian-inspired dragon tattoo, that runs to just above his knee. Tattooed by Small Paul.
Female dominatrix pinup
Dave loves the ladies! Elements of bondage have featured in several videos Dave has made over the years. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem, Los Angeles, CA.
A traditional Sailor Jerry style tattoo of a pin up with a banner. Nothing more is known about this tattoo. Tattooed by Megan Massacre of New York, NY.
Back of Calf
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull
A traditional style sugar skull, surrounded by roses, in black and grey.
Traditional-style Ouija board planchet with evil eye
Created during a flash challenge on season 3 of Ink Master, by Jason Clay Dunn.
Cartoon bunny with scythe
A red-eyed cartoon-style bunny with a bloody scythe. Tattooed by Jessica V on a Friday the 13th, in 2013.
A five-pointed star pentacle in black and grey.
Below the Knee
Dead Bird / Death Records logo
The dead sparrow(?) logo of the fictional record label Death Records, from the 1974 De Palma musical film, Phantom Of The Paradise.
Dave's Tattoos - Photo Gallery - All images posted on Instagram by Dave Navarro
A Living Work of Art
Dave is constantly adding new ink when the moment strikes. It is difficult to keep up.
The list will always be incomplete. But I will do my best to keep adding the new pieces to this list.
It's highly suggested you follow Dave on Instagram to see pictures of his new tattoos as he gets them.
Love Dave's tattoos? Have your own? Don't understand the fascination? Tell us by leaving a comment!
Jenny Faurie on October 17, 2017:
I have recently found a appreciation and admiration for Dave. He is so sweet, compassionate, intelligent and a survivor. I’m thoroughly amazed by him every time I read something or learn something new about him. He is so underrated as wonderful human being
Sherry Vicznesky on September 06, 2017:
LOVE his tats. I have my own, just not as many. Mine all have a theme, hearts!!
MP on July 12, 2017:
I think there is so much more to you than meets the eye.
TeeHolden on December 08, 2016:
Mr Navarro- you are an inspiration and your ink work is beautiful. I was especially touched to read the explanation of your " I have one but not by choice" tattoo and its accompanying rose
You're amazing - talented and spiritual
Doc on October 20, 2016:
Interesting art work and I am sure each piece of ink work has significance to Dave yet they all have one thing in common they are connected to the person.So to me personally people from all backgrounds are what fascinates me in life more than art music or religion "People " including Dave continue on the great journey of life regards Doc
Realystik on October 24, 2014:
This is a great article. I don't have any tattoos and am not really into them either. However, we do watch Ink Master - in fact, we DVR it, and I do think some of his tattoos are really well done.
msladyhamony7 on April 29, 2014:
Margie Harmon April 29th 2014 @ 1:26 pm
Wow, just when I thought life was rough for me. I love Dave's tattoos I myself want a few myself but i undecided exactly what design at this time. Dave thank you for expressing an unigue way to accomplish a sucesful career in not only the tattoo business as well as muscian. I also enjoy watching your show "Ink Master".
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
I admire him for all the trial and tribulations he has been thru. I like his INK show although I have no tattoos.I like his mannerism on his show and which you luck in finding a soul mate. He deserves one.
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
Dave Navarro. You are a very intricate man with many tattoos.
anonymous on August 25, 2013:
Love Dave. Greatest guitar player. Cool dude. All the tats are great and I like that he has meaning to all of them. Have seen JA twice this year. They are the greatest. But saw them with Alice in Chains and Alice headlined. That should never be! Jane's Addiction should always headline for anyone they play with. The Great Escape Artist album is one of your guys best. Please come back to St. Louis soon. Oh and Ink Masters is great. Keep it up Dave. Peace
anonymous on July 24, 2013:
Dave love you and all your tattoos! Also love watching Ink Masters!
anonymous on January 25, 2013:
Dave navarro es un paralelogramo
anonymous on September 29, 2012:
love all of your tatoos Dave, I have a couple but nothing like the splendid works of art you have, mine are all works in progress as time goes on I would like to get more, I commend you for the journey you have led in life this far, loss hardship and many things, i also lost my mother at a young age it is something that leaves an imprint on one foever.
Rose Jones on September 01, 2012:
Cool tats for sure.
anonymous on March 10, 2012:
Dave you have had an amazing journey in your life, I"am 49 years old and I just got my first tattoo. It is a frog holding up both middle fingers. I'am trying to design the fillin on the bottom of it, it is on my right calf, I have the whole lower half to fill, I'am going to do something for all 5 of my children....I love how every tattoo you have tells a story of your life. The portrait of your mother is wonderful and what an amazing job on it "kudo's to Kat"....I love your show and I'am getting some ideas for my add on... Thank you for sharing your story..May the Angel's watch over you..<3 Thank you.
anonymous on March 06, 2012:
Love Dave and his tattoos are awesome.
anonymous on January 21, 2012:
As a recovering addict i was intrigued to see ur tats, looking to get a date (4-21-2007) replaced on my left ankle, my overdose date, I have a son now and don't want to explain that just yet. Looking for some insparation, i was a tattoo that represents freedom of your soul. Its not easy. Love the story of your tats as i have many that tell the tail of my dark life.
anonymous on November 19, 2011:
Wow, what a work of art (and I'm not just talking ink!) ;)
Excellent job you've done here. I've got a bit of info about the JMFL tattoo.
He got it done while dating porn-star Jamie Langford, but it stands for 2 things:
'Jamie Mother Fucking Langford'/'Just my fucking luck' - This is all according to Dave/Jamie's Tweets at the time.
anonymous on October 10, 2011:
***** I LOVE it *****
anonymous on August 15, 2011:
Dave is a rock God and now that I know about his tattoos and trials, he is a human God, a man among men to show others there is hope.
JoyceCooper LM on August 12, 2011:
**drool** that's all I can say
MargoPArrowsmith on December 04, 2010:
Thumbs up on the lens
MargoPArrowsmith on December 04, 2010:
All I can think of is how much that must have hurt!
solidmanxyz on October 06, 2010:
Amazing info on tattoos. I'm very interested in tattoo designs ;)
anonymous on August 13, 2009:
I am just hoping that my son just sticks at the three tattoos he has.......
Joan4 on August 10, 2009:
lol and now you have 3 comments from the gallery of the non-tattooers! Great job on the lens, though!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on August 03, 2009:
I'm not really into tattos. But I do find some of the artwork interesting.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 31, 2009:
Sorry, I just don't get into Tattoos but you have done an excellent job on this lens. Very detailed.