6 June 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Tattoos are all the rage these days. All it takes is a walk through any town centre to see heavily tattooed models advertising the clothes of major high street stores to realise that such things are no longer the reserve of criminals, soldiers and sailors. This also means that tattoos can no longer be used by the costume designers and directors of films to give a character an intimidating aura or some edginess – so many people choose to adorn their bodies with ink these days that they just don’t have the same impact on-screen.

Though tattoos were certainly used in the past as a rather unimaginative means of making an actor look like a badass, permanent markings on the body can be used to much greater effect in film. Tattoos – in their purest form, at least – are supposed to capture part of who we are, so there is no »

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