- Actress Megan Fox has at least nine tattoos.
- Some are references to famous figures or literary works. Others are tributes to those close to her.
- Insider created a comprehensive guide to all of Fox’s known tattoos.
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Fox frequently wears her hair down to events, so the small design isn’t often photographed or seen by fans. However, it’s visible when she pulls her hair back.
She hasn’t confirmed exactly when she got the tattoo.
The words reference a line in act five, scene 3 of Shakespeare’s 1606 play “King Lear,” though the tattoo isn’t a direct quote from the text.
Shakespeare writes: “So we’ll live, and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh at gilded butterflies.”
As John Bellaimey, the head of the religion department at Breck School, pointed out in his TED-Ed talk “The Hidden Meanings of Yin and Yang,” the symbol of duality is rooted in an ancient Chinese religion and philosophy called Daoism.
“The yin is the dark swirl, and the yang is the light one. Each side has a dot of the opposite color,” Bellaimey explained, adding, “Everything contains the seed of its opposite.”
Fox’s tattoo has the general shape of the yin and yang symbol, but it’s not the same black-and-white pattern.
Though Fox hasn’t confirmed the ink’s significance, she’s spoken numerous times about her interest in astrology.
“There’s something to it, although we don’t have all the information, which makes it easy for people to take advantage of each other,” she said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“
When Fox first met her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker) while they were filming “Midnight in the Switchgrass” in 2020, she said she read his astrological chart.
“I asked him to come into my trailer for lunch, and I put him through all of this astrology stuff. I went deep right away. I knew before I even did his chart, I said to him, he has a Pisces moon. I could tell by his energy,” she said on “Give Them Lala … With Randall.”
Fox hasn’t confirmed where the words originally appeared or when she added the design to her collection.
The quote has been attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th-century German philosopher and cultural critic.
Fox told MTV that she got the tattoo “sort of” in honor of her “Passion Play” costar Mickey Rourke but later clarified that it’s “not necessarily a homage to him.”
“It was not about that. I have a tattoo that is a Nietzsche quote that sort of basically is about marching to the beat of your own drummer and not being afraid to do that. I was saying that it reminds me of Mickey, of course, because he clearly is not marching to anyone else’s drummer, drumbeat, and that’s all,” she said.
Though Fox and Green are broken up, they were in an on-again, off-again relationship for roughly 16 years.
They began dating in 2004 and got married in 2010. The couple briefly separated in 2015 before rekindling their relationship in 2016. Fox and Green have three sons together — Noah, 8; Bodhi, 7; and Journey, 5.
In early 2020, they separated once again, and the “Jennifer’s Body” actress went public with her relationship with Kelly shortly thereafter.
Later that year, Fox officially filed for divorce from Green.
“I’ve always liked her and, like I said, been intrigued by her because she created a character that she lived behind. So she was always playing a character within a character in all of her movies. I think the psychology behind that is very interesting,” she said during a 2009 interview with The New York Times.
Fox added, “I didn’t want to be literal. I didn’t want to put someone on my arm that I wanted to emulate.”
The same year, she told Us Weekly that she got the tattoo as a “warning” to herself.
“I really admire Marilyn Monroe, but I would never try to emulate her. I got the tattoo as a warning. It warns me not to let myself be treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks me down,” she explained.
“It is a negative character, as she suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life,” she explained, according to HuffPost.
She also told CinemaBlend that she “went through a phase” of trying to rid herself of “anything” that carried any negativity — her Monroe tattoo included.
“There’s been so much debate about did she commit suicide, was she murdered, there’s so much negativity around her. It’s not like I needed to have it on my body,” Fox said.
She continued, “It’s not that I don’t love her — I got it in the first place because everyone loves Marilyn. But she suffered a lot.”
Social media users speculated that Fox got the ink as a tribute to her beau since his stage name is Machine Gun Kelly. The actress hasn’t, however, confirmed the meaning behind the tattoo.