Celebrity Tattoos: Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Justin Bieber & More Get Inked

Before Lil Wayne got "baked," his body was already covered in tats.

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"If I had a religion, it would be music," says L.A based tattoo artist, Kat Von D. Though she came to public consciousness when she was featured on the TLC show "Miami Ink" and subsequently earned her own show, "L.A Ink" in 2007, Von D was already famous to the countless rockers and rappers whose tats she's done. "I love music equally as much as I love tattooing," she says. And that's why she was the perfect person to take us on a guided tour of the colorful skin illustrations of everyone from Lady Gaga and Rihanna to John Mayer and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

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Lady Gaga

Kat Von D: "When I met her I had no idea who she was because it was right before she blew up. She wanted to get these roses on her hip. She came in and was this little firecracker. And I said, 'What are you all about, your music and stuff?' And she goes 'I'm here to make it huge. I'm going to make it big.' She'd just moved to LA and I was like, 'Yeah, yeah, you and everyone else.' I didn't say that, but cool, whatever happens. I swear, like three days later her face was everywhere. But man, she did it. It was really cool to see that."