Dakota Johnson Has So Many Tattoos — & No One Noticed

Every once in a while, a celebrity comes along who, well, doesn't really care about being a celebrity — so much so that the paparazzi only ever manage to catch them doing mundane errands around town, like getting groceries at Whole Foods or hiking at Runyon Canyon. Dakota Johnson is one perfect example.

Despite Johnson's low-key lifestyle, there still exists a level of fascination around the Suspiria actress; she recently, albeit temporarily, closed her tooth gap, and the reception could only be described as pure chaos. The only thing fans tend to fixate on more than Johnson's teeth and her all-but-confirmed relationship with Chris Martin is her tattoo collection.


Turns out, Johnson has at least 10 tattoos, most of which she's kept on the DL, incidentally adding to the intrigue. So, we decided to hunt down every single design — and their potential meanings.

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“Acta Non Verba"

One of Johnson's most noticeable tattoos can be found on the inside of her left arm: "Acta Non Verba," a Latin phrase that means "Deeds Not Words." It's also the motto of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
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The majority of Johnson's tattoos are located on the back side of her body, including this neck tattoo that reads "amor" — or "love" in Spanish.
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The trio of birds on the back of her right shoulder is one huge reason why the actress was covered in head-to-toe body makeup while filming her BDSM scenes in Fifty Shades Darker. We don't know why Johnson got this tattoo, but some fans think the bird motif is a tribute to her grandmother, Tippi Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
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"Look At The Moon"

Ariana Grande isn't the only celebrity with a starry tattoo on her foot — Johnson has one, too. A quote tattoo that reads "Look at the Moon" anchors the tinier designs around it.
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Ear Tattoo

The thick ink is hard to decipher to the naked eye, but nonetheless, Johnson has an ear tattoo — and fans are still trying to figure out what it means.
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At some point in the last couple of years, Johnson added her favourite word, "tender," to her right arm. The fine-lined design is so faint, it's actually hard to notice.
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In 2017, Johnson added a flower tattoo to the outside of her right forearm. While the wilting daisy was created by L.A. tattoo artist Dr. Woo, it was inspired by Egon Schiele, the Austrian painter who was crucial to the Expressionist movement of the 20th century.
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Lightly, My Darling

Johnson seems to have a thing for delicate tattoos, so it makes a lot of sense that, as a follow-up to her "tender" ink, she got "lightly, my darling" tattooed on her opposite arm soon after. The tattoo is a direct quote from Aldous Huxley's novel Island.
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Infinity Symbol

Johnson and Martin never verbally confirmed their relationship, but when fans spotted matching tattoos — faint infinity symbols — below the stars' elbows, they knew this love was legit. Apparently, it's one both Johnson and Martin plan on lasting forever.
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"I love you"

Not long after that couple tattoo was spotted, eagle-eyed fans caught a tiny "I love you" inked on the back of Johnson's right arm. Could it be another matching tattoo with Martin? We don't doubt it.
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