xXx Sporting more tattoos than any secret govenment agent anywhere is Xander Cage in "xXx." True to the character's extreme sports roots, Vin Diesel's 21st century bad boy has tattoos all over his arms and torso. Many of the Slavic bad guys also feature skin art, with an especially nice dragon crawling along lead villian Yorgi (Marton Csokas). Female lead Yelena has several large tattoos herself, courtesy of actress Asia Argento's own ink.
Memento This brilliantly crafted story of a man who has lost the ability to form new memories cleverly incorporates permanent tattoos. Leonard Shelby is trying to track his wife's murder, but he only can remember about 10 minutes at a time. He keeps elaborate notes to himself in the form of Polaroids and tattoos all over his body as he tries to find the killer.
Blade Based on the graphic novels of the same name, this movie series features Wesley Snipes as a badass, part-vampire, vampire hunter. Blade has some great tribal style tattoos on his arms, chest and the shaved sides of his head. You can watch the tattoos evolve slightly over the three movies.
Reign Of Fire Dragons have awoken from a long slumber to destroy the world. Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey team up to fight them. McConaughey's character has great tribal style chest and arm tattoos.
Once Were Warriors This heavy 1995 drama follows the modern day lifestyle and cultural clash of the Maori of New Zealand. Many characters are working-class men and nearly everyone has a tattoo or two. The elder son in the family runs with a gang, who practice the ancient style of wearing full facial tattoos. Beautiful, realistic tattoo work.
Cape Fear This 1991 remake of the 1962 Robert Mitchum/Gregory Peck thriller starred Nick Nolte and Robert DeNiro, and DeNiro's fake tattoos. The killer in this version is covered with vengeful Bible verses, done in a very cartoon-like jailhouse style.
The Salton Sea stars Val Kilmer as a jazz musician turned speed junkie and police informant following the death of his wife. His tweaker character indulges in tattooing as much as he indulges in methamphetamines and lack of sleep....
The Rose Tattoo For a classic movie tattoo moment, try this one. THE ROSE TATTOO is about a grieving widow, played by Anna Magnani, and her new courtship with a truck driver, played by Burt Lancaster. He looks just like her dead husband, except for one detail....
Star Trek - Voyager, Episode 25: Tattoo Leave it to Start Trek to come up with the first major tv character to have a large facial tattoo. If you ever wanted to know how Chakotay got his tattoo and why he wears it, this is the episode.