Dave Navarro's Tattoos


Upper Right Arm (Outside)
A rose with “I have one but not by choice” in script
A woman on a plane remarked on Dave’s tattoos, and said to him “I have one but not by choice.” Rose revealed her arm with a number tattoo from Auschwitz, as she was a Holocaust survivor. Dave got her words and a rose as a tribute to her. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA.

Rose passed away in July 2014.

Skull and Rose
A grey skull and rose fill in around the above script and between the bat, towards the front of his right shoulder.

Pinup with cross bones
Pinup-style woman’s face, with bones crossed behind her head, and a banner that reads ‘poison’.

The fairy logo from the 1995 Red Hot Chili Peppers album One Hot Minute
Dave joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1994. One Hot Minute was the album he recorded with them as a guitarist during his time in the band.

Arabic or Sanskrit armband
Meaning unknown.

The phrase “Love Fades” in script
Taken from the movie Annie Hall by director Woody Allen. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles, CA.

Portrait of a woman
“Tribute to my dear friend…” Possibly Nina Diaz, singer/guitarist for Girl in a Coma.

Skull and cross-utensils (a spoon and fork)
Originally an image on Navarro’s 6767.com website, it was shown with the acronym “SSRI” below. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are anti-depressants like Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, and Prozac.

Upper Right Arm (Inside)
The text “Der Zeit Ihre Kunst, Der Kunst Ihre Freiheit” in outlined letters
Taken from above the entrance to the Secession of the Association of Viennese Artists building, which was designed by Joseph-Maria Olbirch. Translated it means “To every age its art, to art its freedom.” The Secession was created by Austrian artists in 1897 with Gustav Klimt as the first president.

Jane’s” in an old English-like style
For Jane’s Addiction. Tattooed by Charlie McDonald of Mayhem in Los Angeles, CA.

A stylish “V
A reminder of a now ex-girlfriend. It is noted that she had a “D” tattooed on her backside to remind her of Dave.

The Japanese kanji for “fuku
“Fuku” in Japanese means “luck, fortune”.

Black work Spade
Likely a Sailor Jerry-inspired “traditional” type spade, on the inside of his elbow. Probably tattooed by Oliver Peck, during the filming of Ink Masters season 1, in NYC.

Lower Right Arm (Outside)
Don’t Try This At Home
In a former home, Dave kept an old photobooth from a Rexall Drugstore. Over the course of a year he photographed everyone that visited him then compiled a book. Originally scheduled for release in 2001, it was not published until 2005. He chose “Don’t Try This At Home” for the title. Tattooed by Thomas Pendelton (formerly of Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company in the Palms Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.)

Spread logo (unicorn head with an “S”)
Spread was the band formed by Navarro and RHCP drummer Chad Smith. Dave used to keep an extensive collection of unicorn figures and imagery. Tattooed by Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA.

Playboy Bunny
The iconic bunny-head logo of Playboy. Navarro spoke to Hugh Hefner before he got it and received permission from Hefner. Jokingly claims it to be the first and only “endorsed” tattoo of the logo.

Gothic Cross
Free-handed by Bob Vessels of Funny Farm in Silverlake, CA.

Pentacle symbol
Small black pentacle at the bottom of the cross.

Angel” in Theban script
For a former girlfriend, who had the same tattooed on the inside of her wrist.

JMFL” in capitals
Could possibly stand for Jamie Langford.

Panic Channel logo
The symbol for the Panic Channel, a band consisting of Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Chris Chaney, and Steve Isaacs. The band went on hiatus in 2007 after releasing their album (ONe) in 2006.

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