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A Complete Guide To Cara Delevingne's Tattoos (And Their Meanings)

Cara Delevingne has (at the time of publishing) an impressive 20 tattoos - it all started in May 2013 when she had a lion tattooed onto her index finger, and her most recent was inked by her Suicide Squad co-star, Margot Robbie. Cara has come clean about her tattoo obsession to Grazia Daily, whispering "I can't stop!"

Cara's tattoos go beyond the drawings on her body - they have been the main feature of ad campaigns (see her Tag Heuer ad), were referenced in her range of Mulberry handbags and have even been copied on the catwalk (models at Giamba were covered in Cara-esque temporary tats).

Her artist of choice is usually New York based Bang Bang aka Keith McCurdy, who has come into the limelight as the tattoo artist of many a-listers, including Cara's friends Rita Ora and Rihanna but also Katy Perry and Justin Bieber to name a few. He's known for creating some of the most realistic and detailed tattoos out there, and is now considered one of the most in-demand tattooist of the entertainment industry. His name comes from the the two guns that are tattooed on his neck, and incredibly taught himself his craft in his mother's kitchen.

Cara has even turned tattooist, inking Bang Bang in NYC and tattooing onto the bottom her Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie's foot.

We bring you a complete guide to all of Cara's many, many tattoos below...

1. The lion face on her index finger

The lion was Cara's first tattoo, inked by artist Bang Bang NYC in May 2013. Cara explained the meaning of her tattoo: “I’m a Leo. It’s the first tattoo I got. I grew up being fearless in everything. I just used to climb anything. I lost that [sense of fearlessness] when I started modelling. When you work a lot and don’t really know what you want, you just do it because the work is there. I lost that inner fire, so I got the lion to bring that back in my mind.”

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2. The initials 'CJD' on her right hand

Cara's CJD tattoo on her wrist stands for her initials, Cara Jocelyn Delevingne. This was also done by Bang Bang NYC.

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3. 'Made in England' written on her left foot

Cara explained to The Guardian that her 'Made in England' tattoo on her foot represents how she feels as a model. “You’re looked through, you’re not looked at, you are treated as a kind of mannequin. I got a tattoo saying Made in England above my foot to represent that, that I felt like a doll for so long. Because you are just a kind of puppet, you know, entertainment. You kind of feel that you need to have no soul really, to do that job, a little bit.”

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4. Her Mum's name, Pandora, on her bicep

Cara kept it in the family for her fourth tattoo, having her mum's name Pandora on her arm. She got the tattoo on a trip to Bang Bnag NYC HQ with her friend Rita Ora, who got a tattoo of an Alberto Vargas pinup girl on her ribcage.

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5. The Roman numerals and 6. the Southern Cross

During a trip to Rio de Janeiro Cara got a couple of tattoos from Daniel Tucci - including a 'number 12' in black numerals on her side and a Southern Cross behind her ear.

7. Diamond in her right ear

Cara had a diamond tattooed inside her ear in February 2014 - perhaps a nod to her pal Rihanna's song Diamond?

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8. The has a handwritten 'Silence' on her wrist

Cara added the word 'Silence' to her wrist claiming, 'Silence speaks when words can't'. The ink was done at Cara's tattoo parlor of choice, Bang Bang NYC, run by the artist Keith McCurdy who goes by the name Bang Bang.

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9. The red heart on her pinky

Next up, Cara got the outline of a red heart drawn on her pinky by - you guessed it - Bang Bang.

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10. The 'Don't worry be happy' tattoo under her bra line

Cara unveiled this tattoo on holiday in Barbados - she has the words 'don't worry' under her right boob and 'be happy' under her left.

11. The tattoo on her back (first seen at her sister Poppy's wedding)

This is one of Cara's most intricate tattoos, a magical symbol on the back of her neck inspired by yantra tatttooing.

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12. The 'Double D' tattoo she got with her pal Jourdan Dunn

Cara and Jourdan have matching 'DD' tattoos on their hips, inked by Bang Bang NYC back in June 2014.

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13. The 'breathe deep' white tattoo on her bicep

Cara has 'breathe deep' in white ink on her bicep, which is a reminder to herself to keep cool.

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14. The white dove tattoo on her finger

Cara got her white dove tattoo at the same time as the white 'breathe deep' tattoo, on a visit to Bang Bang NYC in New York.

15. Bacon tattoo on the botton of her left foot

Cara has a 'Made in England' tattoo on the bottom of her right foot, and Bacon on her left. Cara explained the tattoo to The Cut: “The tattoo was inspired by my love for bacon, obviously. I think of bacon every five seconds. It’s the meatiness. I love the salt. Bacon is love to me. Bacon will always love me back. It’s unconditional.”

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16. Wasp tattoo on her middle finger on her left hand

On the other hand to her lion finger, Cara has a small black wasp on her middle finger. She posted a picture of the new inking on Instagram in November 2014, just after Thanksgiving.

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17. Coat of Arms tattoo on her left ribcage and 18. the mysterious white dots above it

In January 2015 Cara got a tiny coat of arms with a D at the bottom on her ribcage. This was inked by tattoo artist Dr Woo in LA.

Just above it, she also inked five white dots, which she has said represents the members of her immediate family.

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19. AC initials tattoo on her pinky finger

Like most of Cara's tattoos, she unveiled her new inking on Instagram. Cara had the initials 'AC' tattooed next to her red heart tattoo. It is thought that this stands for her girlfriend's initials - Annie Clark aka St Vincent.

20. A Suicide Squad tattoo on her foot

Few could have missed that Cara is to feature in the upcoming blockbuster Suicide Squad, but what you might have missed is that such was her enthusiasm for the project, Cara wanted a permanent reminder.

Following actor Joel Kinnaman and director David Ayer, who allowed fellow Suicide Squad members to ink the word 'SKWAD' on various body parts, in August last year, Cara decided join to them.

Having already posted a picture of her tattooing someone else in the film, Cara then uploaded a snap of fellow actress, Margot Robbie, inking her. There's team trust for ya...

Margot and Cara gave eachother matching toemojis - which is the art of a smiley face eteched on to the bottom of ones toes.

21. An Elephant on her arm

Though the actress has yet to debut the elephant tatt, tattoo artist Doctor Woo unveiled his artwork on his Instagram feed.

22. A serpant on her left hand

Her go-to tattoo artist of late - Doctor Woo - revealed a darker inking for the model-turned actress. Could there be a hidden meaning behind her new skeletal snake design - debuted days after her ex, musician Annie Clark aka St Vincent made her first red carpet appearence with new girlfriend Kristen Stewart. Hmm...

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Find out more about the Suicide Squad film here.

See Cara's style evolution in the gallery below...

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