Sunday, January 2, 2005

Justin Timberlake's New Fake Tattoos

Reader "Nick E." has emailed me a photo scan of November 15, 2004 issue of US magazine, which featured Justin Timberlake posing on the movie set of "Top Dog". (click on the photo for larger view)

In the movie, Timberlake plays a drug-gang member named "Frankie Ballenbacher". Even though the tattoos are fake, but why would a tough gang member get "ice-skating" on him is still puzzling.

= slide, glide, slip; slippery
= ice; ice-cold
= luck(ily), favor, fortunately
= injure, harm; destroy, kill
= power, capability, influence
= wealth, valuables, riches
= real, actual, true, genuine
= love, be fond of, like


  1. well, i don't know about ice-skating because i can't see his biceps but those "tattoos" on his chest are:

    1) wind
    2) earth, soil
    3) water

    from what i know of japanese kanji.

    gleek (

  2. If you click on the photo I have posted, it would show a larger view.

  3. ah! i see the caption on the photo now. i didn't see it before. thanks.


  4. I think that the power/wealth and True love tattoo available from Tinsley Transfers are in mirror images are because it's like those fake tattoo transfer, so in reality when you apply it on the skin it would then be the right way around.

  5. Good point, Anonymous. Tinsley Transfers should post what that actual finished products' images should look like on their website as well.

    thanks for pointing that out.

  6. Speaking of puzzling, isn't the movie called "Alpha Dog" ?

  7. I think it would be a safe bet to predict that the kanji covered by his arm below sui or 'water' is 火 (fire). But it would have been a lot more interesting if the tatoo was "shishi to tora to kuma, yare!"

  8. Well maybe Justin is trying to tappen into his more feminine side. Also the artist might of hated Justin and wanted to temporarly carve the laowai up. Anyways who gets tattoos like this as a west coast or east coast ganagster? None of the tattoos make since and the Jesus one is played out too.

  9. How totally staged is this photo? The light is perfectly aimed to highlight the recent gym work. It has nothing to do with the tattoos.(James)