Will Donald Trump become President? Will Hilary? The answer is in the tattoos! Tattoos of past and future Presidents of the United States.
America had 44 presidents so far, including Barack Obama. The portraits of 19 of them ended up on people’s skin. Some of those who love tattoos dedicated a part of their skin’s surface to that president they liked and admired the most. There are also people who got tattoos of public persons that are currently running for presidency.
Among all 44 presidents, it’s known for a fact that 3 of them had tattoos. James K. Polk, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt were inked! It seems that James K. Polk, whose portrait no one has ever tattooed on his or her skin, was a fan of kanji symbols. He had one that meant eager.
Tattoos of Past and Future Presidents of the United States:
The tattoos of past and future presidents of the United States aren’t all serious portraits. As it follows, you’ll see James Buchanan’s face tattooed on a very unusual place, Abraham Lincoln’s best face drawing ever and Donald Trump as a baby! You’ll also find a very rare portrait of Millard Fillmore.
People who chose portraits of presidents as tattoos aren’t necessarily nationalists, but they might as well be. The US presidents who remained in the collective memory are true symbols of power and democracy. Some had special political conducts, while others are remembered for their actions and influence on a global scale.
22. George Washington, the 1st American president
Since George Washington was the 1st president of the United States, I completely understand why any American would like a tattoo of him. Also called father of his country, George Washington was unanimously elected, in 1789, after defeating the British. He founded the Institution of the Presidency. Even if his face looks like it’s draining in this picture, he was represented nicely and accurately. After all, a lively tattoo would’ve been creepy.
21. Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd American president
Thomas Jefferson is one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the US. His face appears on the 2 dollar bill and on this person’s body. He’s not very popular among the people who get portrait tattoos even if his importance as a president is much appreciated. There’s a certain depth added by the tattoo artist who inked this realistic portrait, don’t you think?
20. Andrew Jackson, the 7th American president
This is somewhat a caricature of Andrew Jackson. Judging by the way it looks, it wasn’t inked too long ago. It’s nice to know that someone still remembers him considering he really struggled to become a president. This drawing shows him as an old man with grey hair and bushy eyebrows. The look on his face suggests wisdom, not concern as he is depicted in most of his portraits. One fun fact about him is that he had a tattoo of a Native American tomahawk. That was against everything he believed in, but I guess he liked the ink!
19. Martin Van Buren, the 8th American President
An exquisite portrait, this tattoo is among the tattoos of past and future presidents of the United States. It depicts Martin Van Buren, who was the first president born an American citizen. His predecessors were born British citizens. Although he looks black, you should know he wasn’t. The tattoo artist had to use darker shades to highlight his really white hair.
18. Millard Fillmore, the 13th American president
This tattoo of Millard Fillmore is one of the few that exist. His portrait wasn’t drawn in a realistic manner, but it still looks very much like him. It can be said that it is a cartoonish line portrait. This technique is naive and not up to date, so this tattoo might be old! One interesting thing to know about Millard Fillmore is that he liked luxurious stuff. His wife had the first bathtub with running water from the White House.
17. James Buchanan, the 15th American president
The placement of this James Buchanan tattoo is uncommon. However, if you think about him being a homosexual, things may start to make sense. He was the first American president who didn’t get married, but rumor has it that he was in a long-term relationship with William R. King. This tattoo could honor the first gay American president or it could simply mean admiration for his work trying to please both the North and the South.
16. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th American president
This really well-done portrait of Abraham Lincoln is part of the 20 best tattoos of past and future presidents of the United States. His greatest achievement as a president was when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. He co-owned a bar in Springfield, called Saloon. Abraham Lincoln built up his way after struggling to survive his parents’ deaths, so his life is inspirational.
15. Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th American president
Ulysses S. Grant was a fighter and a hero. Under direct supervision of Abraham Lincoln, he fought in many battles and led his Army staff to victory. As a president he just kept things under control and used to intervene when something went wrong. He died because of cancer, but he lived in luxury for a few years. He once got a ticket for riding a horse too fast. Yes, that was a thing in the 1860s! This tattoo is a realistic portrait of him along with a name tag.
14. William McKinley, the 25th American president
William McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish-American War. He studied law and he was appreciated for his personality and his intelligence. It’s said that he used to wear a red carnation in his coat lapel. Before he was assassinated, he gave his carnation to a little girl. This portrait tattoo reflects McKinley’s concerned and preoccupied personality. Adding a red carnation would’ve made this tattoo complete. Other than that, this tattooing technique is outstanding.
13. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th American president
Theodore Roosevelt was not a typical president. This funky-looking man was the youngest American president who believed in his progressive reforms and had a strong foreign policy. In addition, he was very passionate about tattoos! He had his chest tattooed with the image of his family crest. Speaking of family, both his wife and his mother died on the same day, on Valentine’s Day. I think he can be appreciated as a person, as a president and as a cool tattoo!
12. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th American president
Although this tattoo is not fully finished, you can clearly see that it looks like Woodrow Wilson’s face on a $100, 000 bill. During his mandate, his face actually appeared on such a bill. However, these bills were only supposed to be used by banks in case of considerable transactions. He was a leader of the Progressive Movement and led America in World War I. While this is not the best representation of him, it is a tattoo that says a lot.
11. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd American president
Located on a guy’s calf, the portrait of Harry S. Truman is part of the few tattoos of past and future presidents of the United States. He was a democrat and his name is often associated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The inscription that accompanies this tattoo could refer to his intensive involvement in military conflicts. One cool fact about him is that he didn’t have another forename except Harry, but used the initial S instead. This is not a realistic tattoo, but an interpretation of the former president’s portrait. It looks a little bit like the first Superman if you ask me.
10. John F. Kennedy, the 35th American president
John F. Kennedy is the youngest American president who died. His death was tragic since he was assassinated, so this tattoo of him could be a sign of admiration and mourning at the same time. He went to Harvard, the Navy and was a congressman too. In fact, his dad wrote an unflattering admission letter for him, but this didn’t stop him from reaching higher. A tribute or not, this tattoo of him looks great! Considering Kennedy’s famous words Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country, I think it’s safe to say this guy is a patriot.
9. Richard Nixon, the 37th American president
Known to be the first president who visited America’s 50 states, Richard Nixon looks pretty cool with blue hair! He is popular not only for what he did as a president, but also thanks to Futurama. An animated sitcom, Futurama presents Richard Nixon in a funny light, reminding of his resignation due to the Watergate scandal and his characteristic gestures. This modern interpretation of his features and personality looks pretty good!
8. Jimmy Carter, the 39th American president
Not the best drawing of Jimmy Carter, this tattoo is simple. He had better teeth during his mandate than he has in this image, but his intentions always came first. He was a democrat and a pacifist, so who wouldn’t want his portrait inked? Probably not the most handsome president, Jimmy Carter cared about human rights and struggled to find peaceful solutions to everything. He believed in aliens and was convinced of seeing an UFO in 1973. Do you share his beliefs?
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7. Ronald Reagan, the 40th American president
Not only a politician, but also an actor, Ronald Reagan was awarded with Most Nearly Perfect Male Figure Award in 1940. He was liberal and then conservative, but he focused on increasing employment and strengthen national defense. Since he is already past his youth in this portrait tattoo, he wasn’t picked for being a good actor, but for being a good president. Relying on obtaining peace through strength, his image is now immortalized on someone’s skin.
6. Bill Clinton, the 42nd American president
Happy and smiling, this tattoo of Bill Clinton says it all about his laid-back attitude. He was kind and considerate, trying to keep the employment rate up and inflation down. Racial discrimination was not something he could tolerate and he promoted democracy in everything he did. Bill Clinton can serve as an example to many people, just as he does for the person who inked his face on his or her body.
5. George W. Bush, the 43rd American president
George W. Bush didn’t have an easy time as a president unlike his father. He couldn’t do what he promised because of unexpected and devastating events. The way he handled the situation is pleasing and acceptable for persons like the one who got a tattoo of him. The portrait itself is not a masterpiece, but it is expressive enough. It’s a small tattoo, so it’s hard to add too many details in it. Did you know that he was captain of a cheerleading team in high school?
4. Barack Obama, the 44th American president
The first African-American president, Barack Obama is loved by the majority of Americans. He is a typical middle-class person who worked hard to get where he is. This tattoo of him is cheerful and very well-done. I especially like the colors, the tie, that little American flag and his smile. This could be a tattoo that looks exactly like a picture of him. These days, all you have to do is take a picture to a tattoo artist and get the same on your skin.
3. Donald Trump candidates for the US presidency
The reason why someone would like a baby Donald Trump on his body is mystery to me. However, this tattoo is cute in a really weird way. Besides Trump’s face, there’s the dollar sign, which completely matches his current situation. He is a republican and the next possible President of the United States. This is just one of the tattoos of possible future presidents that people already got without taking that aspect into consideration.
2. Hillary Clinton candidates for the US presidency
Now this is Hillary Clinton with a big smile on her face and winking! With the American flag as a background, her portrait looks like it’s made for her campaign. However, she’s been a politician for a long time. Not only the First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton was also a senator for 8 years. Someone believes in her and admires her quality so much, that he or she got a tattoo of her!
1. Bernie Sanders candidates for the US presidency
Recently a democrat, Bernie Sanders had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history. He is known to oppose the Iraq War and the mass surveillance policies. Bernie got a place on this woman’s thigh, so he must’ve done something right! He could do much more, but that only depends on next year’s elections. Future president or not, he earned this tattoo in one way or the other!
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