Ville Valo Tattoos Complete Guide

Let’s say you like Ville Valo a lot, and you started thinking about all those tattoos on his body. The first question is what do they mean and when he did them?

So here it is a comprensive guide to all the Ville Valo’s tattoo. We’ll set the titles of the tattoos in this way: Type of Tattoo – Part of the body – Year.

One of the last photos of Ville with his tattoos

Heart – Right Wrist – 1994

Ville Valo Heart Tattoo
Ville Valo Heart Tattoo

The first tattoo made by Ville and probably one of the most copied one. I have one too.

I think if you use different tattoo artists to do a sleeve it just ends up looking crap. My idea came after I met this dude (Hyke, who owned a small tattoo studio in Helsinki back in the day) and we were drinking a lot. He told me he was a tattooist, as well as guitar player – he actually played in HIM for a while. We got completely wasted and I told him to do this little heart, here on my right wrist, that was my first one. I got it to see how it felt. Ville Valo

Ornaments – Left Sleeve – 1994

Ville Valo Left Arm Sleeve Tattoo
Ville Valo Left Arm Sleeve Tattoo

One of the most famous (and difficult) tattoos made by Ville. Surprisingly, it’s the same tattoer of the heart the one who made the (in)famous sleeve.

We got drunk again a week later and we got the idea to do the sleeve, it just came to us. The ornaments were designed by the friend, and all of my tattoos are done by him but he’s moved to Amsterdam. When I get a couple of days off I’ll go and see him ’cos I want a few more things done.”
What I wanted to do was one thing with the whole arm. Originally we planned to do both sleeves and the back but it took such a long time and we were doing our first tour around Europe. Ville Valo

Heartagram – Peck – 1996

Ville Valo Pecker Heartagram Tattoo

The first Ville’s Heartagram, the same year is was designed by himself. Also the one and only tattoo by Ville to be recorded live.

It was around the time that i’d first designed it. I was half drunk the tattooist was fully drunk, and we went for it. I wanted to be a rocker and rocker need tattoos. The tip of it goes fairly close to the pecker, but not onto it. Ville Valo

S – Chest – 1999

Ville Valo S Chest Tattoo Susanna
Ville Valo S Chest Tattoo Susanna

I was a birthday present from his ex-girlfriend Susanna.  After they broke up he covered it. He used to claim it was standing for satan or whatever started with an “s” when they usually felt out of love.

Heartagram – Neck – 200?

Ville Valo Neck Heartagram Tattoo
Ville Valo Neck Heartagram Tattoo

We don’t have much info about this one, just that is the second Heartagram tattoo of Ville in chronological order. A simple one, that has always been a big inspiration for many HIM fans who decided to have the same one.

Cosmic Pope – Right Calf – 2002

Ville Valo Cosmic Pope Tattoo
Ville Valo Cosmic Pope Tattoo

The cosmic pope came to attention first in “Dope Danny” by Daniel Lioneye with the line “I had become a cosmic pope”.
 The figure came up with the booklet of HIM’s “Deep shadows and brilliant highlights”, where you can see the head of the cosmic pope on the body of a spider, printed on the inside of the rear case inlay.
 HIM did a special “Cosmic Pope Jam Version” of “Pretending”, which can be found on some of their single CDs.
 Ville also has a tattoo of the complete drawing.

Egyptian Symbol “Flame” or “Wedja” – Left Calf – 2002

Ville Valo Flame Tattoo Left Calf
Ville’s leg is on the right

The egyptian symbol ‘Wedja’, means ‘prosperity’ or ‘well-being’, is on his left calf. Also BAM did a similar one (in the photo is on the left, Ville’s on the right). It’s a Symbol also contained in Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights booklet.

J – Finger – 2005

Ville Valo Jonna Finger Tattoo
Ville Valo Jonna Finger Tattoo

The letters “J” and agreeably “V” were made instead of the wedding rings between him and his ex-gf Jonna Nygren. The tattoo has now been manually removed by Ville by burning cigarettes on it, according on Ville.

One drunken night back in the day, I had my then-fiancée’s first initial tattooed on my ring finger. I later removed it with cigarettes by using my finger as an ashtray for a while. We were on tour and it got infected really easily, but it’s nearly gone. Ville Valo

Nidiot – Backside – 2005

Nidiot - Backside - 2005

2005 was definitely the year of the strangest tattoo, and this nidiot one has been influenced by Bam Margera.

We got tattoos on our a*s cheeks saying ‘Nidiot’. It’s an old inside joke, and the guy put the pictures on his internet site and some of the tabloids in Finland got them, so they had a spread of my a*s in some tabloid. I was laughing my a*s off. Literally. But you know, everybody’s got an a*s. Ville Valo

Heartagram – Left Nipple – 2005

Ville Valo Heartagram Nipple Tattoo

Used for covering the “J” Tattoo, it’s a simple heartagram with a floral motif.

May – Right Nipple – 2005

Ville Valo May Tattoo Chest
Ville Valo May Tattoo Chest

It’s the secret name of his ex-girlfriend Jonna Nygren’s intimate places.

Poe Eyes – Back – 2005

Ville Valo Poe Eyes Back Tattoo
Ville Valo Poe Eyes Back Tattoo

This tattoo appears for the first time in the Killing Loneliness (American Version) and it was made by Kat Von D.

Poets (Baudelaire, Mukka, Bukowski) – Right Arm – 2005

Ville Valo Poets (Baudelaire, Mukka, Bukowski) Arm Tattoo

I was going to have a full sleeve of authors done, but it’s never happened. There’s Charles Baudelaire, and Charles Bukowski, and this is the Finnish author Timo Mukka.

DILLIGAF – Right Wrist – 2005

Ville Valo Dilligaf Tattoo

An update near and inside the first Ville’s tattoo, the heart. It’s the acronym for “Do I look like to give a fuc*?”. Inside and near the heart it’s written: “When I love, I love”.

Dante’s Inferno – Right Wrist – 2007

Ville Valo Dante Inferno Tattoo
Ville Valo Dante Inferno Tattoo

The 2nd “update” on the wrist heart again. Heavily influenced by the Venus Doom production. The tattoo tells:

C .’. I : I – 3 

It’s from Dante’s Inferno first “Canto”:

“In the middle of the journey of our life,
I found myself astray in a dark wood
Where the straight road had been lost sight of.”

Ville’s put this Canto (translated in finnish) also in the bio of his official facebook page:

Venus Doom Deluxe Edition – Right Arm –  2007

Ville Valo Venus Doom Tattoo
Ville Valo Venus Doom Tattoo

This is the only tattoo dedicated to an HIM album. It’s also the cover of the Venus Doom special edition.

Maya Deren – Chest – 2009

Ville Valo Maya Deren Chest Tattoo
Ville Valo Maya Deren Chest Tattoo

She was an American avant-garde filmmaker (real name Eleanora Derenkowsky) and film theorist of the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer,dancer, poet, writer and photographer. Deren was born in Kiev, Ukraine to Solomon Derenkowsky and Marie Fiedler. It is said that she was named after Eleanora Duse, an Italian actress.

She’s a surrealistic film-maker and director from the 1940s. There’s this picture of her from the movie “Meshes Of The Afternoon”, and i love the ethereal beauty of it. Ville Valo

Ville also put on the same picture from a window of his tower for several years.

Klaus Kinski – Belly – 2009

Ville Valo Kinski Tattoo
Ville Valo Kinski Tattoo

Another artist tattoo, dedicated to the german actor Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski.

It’s a beautiful random picture that explains the insanity of the artist very well. Ville Valo

Unicursal Heartagram – Back – 2009

Ville Valo Unicursal Heartagram
Ville Valo Unicursal Heartagram

This “outbreak” heartagram was also allegedly designed by Ville, transforming a form called “unicursal hexagram”. An unicursal hexagram is the representation of the planetary or heavenly cosmic forces, the divine. So the meaning for Ville might be the cosmic forces that regulates love.

ÖÖ – Back – 2010

Ville Valo ÖÖ Tattoo
Ville Valo ÖÖ Tattoo

On the left of the Unicursal Heartagram, the story of this tattoo is particular and connected to his brother Jesse.

I’m not the kind of guy who just walk into the studio  and do a tattoo. The only time I did was in the case of the umlaut letter on my back, which means “night”. This is a small joke between me and my brother: there was a band called “ÖÖ” and one umlaut has a “minus” sign that a few days after the death of Peter Steele. So this is “Type O Negative Minus Night”. My brother also took this – in a walk – in Seattle, one of the places Wil A Francis (Aiden) spoke to us. We just walked and got coffee before the show. He knew a place and wanted to do something for Pete’s memory. They were a great band for us: October Rust, Bloody Kisses.  Ville Valo

Hermite/ Anchorite – Right Arm – 2010

Ville Valo Hermite Tattoo Arm
Ville Valo Hermite Tattoo Arm

It’s something Kat improvised when I was in LA. It’s just a, it’s a combination of an hourglass with wings and uh and uh, it says hermit in French
ERR: (laughs)
VV: …since I’ve turned into a hermit. It’s just uh, It’s just like a little tiny combination of a lot, not necessarily inside jokes but um stuff only close friends know.
ERR: Right.
VV: So uh it’s like a little puzzle type of thing, more or less.

Tears On Tape / Malachim – Belly – 2013

Ville Valo Malachim Tears on Tape Tattoo
Ville Valo Malachim Tears on Tape Tattoo

We still have to figure out the meaning of this. Still probably one of the most misterious tattoos made by him.

Ville Valo Tattoos in Magazine

Several magazines during the years made articles about Ville’s tattoos. Here’s the latest one:

Metal Hammer Fan Pack Magazine 2013

Ville Valo Tattoo Metal Hammer Fan Pack Magazine 2013
Ville Valo Tattoo Metal Hammer Fan Pack Magazine 2013

Ville Valo Tattoos Video

During the years, he released many interviews and videos regarding his tattoos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cLMd7CU8B8

Ville Valo Tattooing Others

Ville also tattoed others, like Kat Von D for example.

Kat Von D

Ville Valo Tattoing Kat Von D 2
Ville Valo Tattoing Kat Von D 2

We don’t know the result thought.

Ville Valo Drawing a sketch for a tattoo in “Bam Margera Presents:Where The Fuck Is Santa?”

Ville Valo Drawing a sketch for a tattoo in Bam Margera Presents Where The Fuck Is Santa?
Ville Valo Drawing a sketch for a tattoo in Bam Margera Presents Where The Fuck Is Santa?

Ville also draw the map of finland for a tattoo in the famous Bam Margera show.

Extra: Ville’s Tattoo in intimate parts

Ville Valo Intimate Tattoo
Ville Valo Intimate Tattoo

It was confirmed several times by himself during the interviews, it is rumored that he has an heartagram tattooed on his most intimate part.

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