Dax Shepard’s Tattoos Include a Sentimental Tribute to His Family

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Body artwork runs the gamut from dainty, delicate needlework to massive, statement-worthy tattoos that cover most of the skin. Dax Shepard’s ink collection is a perfect mix of both. The actor and comedian has four known tattoos so far, including one sleeve piece. And though it started as a cover-up design, the sleeve met a practical, professional need.

Before Shepard landed the role of Crosby Braverman in the hit NBC dramedy “Parenthood,” he knew he didn’t want to commit to sitting in the makeup chair every day while they drew on his character’s tattoos. So he decided to get an intricate cherry blossom tree permanently inked onto his arm. “In my first talks before I was a member of the cast, I said, ‘It’s imperative to me that I can have the tattoo so I’m not in makeup two extra hours a day,'” the “Armchair Expert” host told Roger Catlin in a 2010 chat.

He has since added artwork below and around it, transforming the stand-alone piece into a full sleeve. And while his wife, actor Kristen Bell, is completely ink-free, Shepard got a beautiful tattoo tribute dedicated to Bell and their two daughters.

Read on to learn all about his ink, including the sentimental design for his family.

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