Joel Madden wanted a tattoo of his daughter… on his front tooth

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie on 12/3/07 at the launch of the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation. Credit:Dimitri Halkidis / WENN
Joel Madden and his twin brother Benji are covered in tattoos, but there’s one place Joel’s fiance Nicole Richie supposedly objects to seeing ink on her man – in his mouth. Nicole is said to have nixed Joel’s idea of having his front tooth tattooed with a picture of their daughter, Harlow, six months. This story was in Star Magazine, so take it for the creative fiction it probably is:

Nicole Richie thinks Joel Madden has had enough body art. So she flipped when he announced his plans to get more. “Joel promised Nicole that he wouldn’t get any more tattoos,” a source says. So a friend suggested a tooth tattoo, which is a photo imprinted on the tooth. “But when Joel told Nicole he wanted to get their daughter Harlow’s face tattooed on one of his front teeth, she shrieked, ‘Absolutely not!’”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, July 28, 2008]

There was just a feature on Boing Boing about tooth tattoos and I would bet that Star is pulling this out of their asses after reading about it. Star had a whole story about Nicole and Joel’s nonexistent planned wedding blowout along with a complete itinerary, so I wouldn’t put it past them.

Tooth tattoos run from $75 to $500 and you can get celebrity faces in your mouth along with symbols, animals and just about anything you want. They’re tiny but detailed hand portraits made on crowns and placed over the existing tooth.

Unlike skin tattoos the version you get on your teeth can be easily sanded off at the dentist’s office in a few minutes. At, they call teeth tattoos a “white collar tattoo,” because they can hidden on the back molars if desired. That said, I wouldn’t want my husband getting a tooth tattoo in the front and would prefer he go for more traditional ink on the upper arm. It’s permanent but doesn’t affect appearance as much.

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  1. xiaoecho says:

    Why doesn’t he get one on the end of his nose and be done with?

  2. Syko says:

    Why not just get a t-shirt with her picture on it? The tattooed teeth look ugly to me.

  3. Diva says:

    I am a HUGE ink fan (just got my ninth last week) but this is so ridiculously funny to me!!!!

    Not the Joel/Nicole story… I think that’s a bunch of nonsense. But inking your tooth not only sounds ridiculous, but why in heaven’s name would you WANT your tooth to look BLACK????

    I love tattoos. Mine are all beautiful and mean something very deep to me (with the exception of the sunflower on my right hand… I just like sunflowers, lol), so it’s not the process that bothers me, it’s the looking like you had a big rotten tooth until someone was close enough to your mouth to see David Letterman’s goofy face!


  4. Kevin says:

    Never noticed Angelina Holie’s tattoo on his forearm before… I like the Dave Letterman tattooed tooth. Guess you would have to have a hippo tooth to fit Jay Leno and his chin on one.

  5. Kevin says:

    Never noticed the tattoo of Angelina Holie on his forearm before.
    I like the Dave Letterman tooth. Guess you would have to have hippo teeth to get a tat of Jay Leno and his chin on one.

  6. Kevin says:

    Never noticed the tattoo of Angelina Holie on his forearm before. I like the tooth with Dave Letterman on it. Guess you would have to have hippo teeth to get Jay Leno and his chin on one.

  7. Syko says:

    I agree, Diva! It seems to me that these black tooth tats at a distance would look like little black rotted places on your teeth, or maybe part of the dinner you just ate. Ew.

  8. Frenchie says:

    It’s not such a bad idea. When he will die, Harlow can inheritate it, and have it mounted as a jewel. Precious !

  9. daisy424 says:

    Don’t they have better things to spend their $$ on? What a hayseed.

  10. TIA says:

    Oh my gosh.. can you say WHITE TRASH.. what a wonderful example to his child, he is covered in tattoos.. I am sure his child will get teased in school about him.. WHAT A WIERDO !!!!!!!!!

  11. kimmi says:

    This is as Redneck as gold teeth.

  12. daisyfly says:

    Lovely. If she ever goes missing, we’ll be seeing his tooth on milk cartons all across the country.

  13. Baholicious says:

    LOL!! Oh folks, this is one of the best comment threads I’ve ever read!

  14. Bodhi says:

    I really don’t think that its AJ on his arm…

    And tooth tattoos? How dumb! I love tattoos too & my fiance has 19 of ‘em, but I wouldn’t want him to have one on his tooth!

  15. MonicaBee says:

    I think that this is a ridiculous place for a tattoo.

    However, I also think that Tia’s proclamation that tattoos = white trash is ridiculous. :roll: :roll:

    I love my first six tattoos, and fully intend on several more. I have my next three planned. And I am far from white trash, honey. :mrgreen:

  16. Other Karen says:

    The rooster one is rather pretty. It’d be confusing to see them on people for a while. It’s better than a pierced septum in my books.

    He could just buy a custom grille with Harlow on it . . .

  17. gg says:

    An ex of mine 20 years ago had a molar crown customized with a bowling pin on it (only cause it was easy to render), so that if he ever was in a crash of some sort and burned and/or ripped to shreds, at least they could identify him because of the tooth. Not a terrible idea, but this one is waaay back hidden on a molar, so you can’t see it.

    Those earrings he wears, or plugs, or whatever you wanna call em, remind me of old lady earrings. Really dumb looking on a guy.

  18. gg says:

    Also, that doesn’t look anything remotely like Angelina on his arm. Looks like a praying Mary to me.

  19. may says:

    I don’t think the story is real
    but who is angelina holies anyway that your talking about? :?:

  20. Britney says:

    This is the craziest idea for a tattoo that I’ve ever heard of. Actually I’ve never even know that tooth tattooing is even doable! :oops:

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