Megan Fox on her busted Marilyn Monroe tattoo: “I’m just over it”


When Megan Fox started getting a lot of publicity and attention – circa 2008-09 – everyone began noticing her totally busted and cheap-looking Marilyn Monroe tattoo. Megan got Marilyn’s disembodied head tattooed on her right forearm years ago, when she was 18 years old (she’s currently 25). My problem was two-fold: one, I’m sick of young starlets idolizing Marilyn Monroe and getting tattoos to mark their obsession with this damaged and fascinating woman. Two, Megan’s tattoo was just ugly and tacky. Anyway, in the past year, Megan’s Marilyn tattoo has been looking increasingly “faded”. Now Megan has confirmed that she’s getting it taken off:

Who says tattoos are forever? Megan Fox is having her iconic Marilyn Monroe tattoo removed from her inner right arm — and said it’s because she’s growing up.

“I’m just over it,” Fox told reporters after her performance in Montblanc’s 24-Hour Plays in New York on Monday. “You outgrow things that you love when you were a child. I got it when I was 18 and now I’m 25 and it just doesn’t make sense anymore.”

But the removal of something that was once so important to her isn’t painless. “It’s a hundred times worse than the tattoo itself,” she admitted. “I’ve only done one [session] so I probably have three or four left.”

Although Fox has other tattoos, including a Shakespeare reference on her shoulder and husband Brian Austin Green’s name on her hip, she won’t put anything over Monroe’s fading face once treatments are completed.

In fact, she believes it’ll be impossible to tell she ever had a tattoo at all.

“I think it will come off completely because I have the right skin type to remove ink,” she said. “The more fair skinned you are the easier it is to remove dark ink, and I’m as fair as it gets.”

[From People]

Remember how long it took for Angelina Jolie to get that “Billy Bob Thornton” tatt taken off of her arm? You could still see his name faintly, even years after they were over, and I think Angelina even wore makeup to cover it sometimes. I believe that’s the same arm where she now has her kids’ latitude and longitude numbers, right? Anyway, Megan just made me think about it. I don’t have a problem with people taking off their tattoos, especially when the tattoos are hideous. And I’m so happy that Megan has “outgrown” her Marilyn thing. Maybe she can have a word with Lindsay Lohan.




Photos courtesy of Fame.

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  1. MollyB says:

    Good. I never got the Marilyn thing and I’m annoyed with young starlets who identify with her as a way to turn their own excesses and addictions into a kind of victimhood.

  2. normades says:

    ..and the world is over her.

  3. Shelb says:

    Maybe the next thing she’ll remove are the terribly obvious and hideous bolt-ons she got between Transformer movies.

  4. constance says:

    @mollyB I agree. I think it’s sad to see MM being the idol of dysfunction.

    @normandes totally.

  5. Mr. Smurf says:

    I read she got it, to remind herself that she’s not Marilyn Monroe. I think that was kind of a good idea…..but the tattoo is so tacky and ugly. I’m kind of meh about tattoos, but I hate the really big ones that you can’t hide without a ton of makeup. What happens when you want to go out somewhere nice?

  6. Sweetpea says:

    What’s with the boobs in that photo where she’s wearing that black dress? I remember her flat as a pancake, are those new or is it just a stuffed bra?

  7. MarenGermany says:

    I am having one removed, too. it takes way longer than four or five sessions.
    I know every tattoo removal is different, but I have had at least eight or nine and it is still showing.
    fortunately, it is really really pale and faded by now so fingers crossed next summer I dont have to hide it under my clothes anymore.

  8. MarenGermany says:

    oh, and plus, dont be such a bitch about the pain. it is not that bad. seriously.

  9. Lee says:

    If you insist on tattooing a dead actress on your body, why go with one so associated with tragedy & self-destructiveness? It’s not like old Hollywood was lacking incredible women.

    Of course, if either she or Lohan were the types of people who idolized a woman like Kate Hepburn, they would have had completely different career trajectories. For starters, they might have had careers.

  10. tapioca says:

    Doesn’t she still have “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies” (from King Lear) on her shoulder?

    I wonder if she – cosmetically-enhanced as she is – even gets the irony.

  11. NeNe says:

    Yes, honey, and we are soooooo over you!!

    Looks like she’s had some work done on her boobs. Big shock, right? LOL!!

  12. gg says:

    I got news – it ain’t coming completely off like it was never there. She also failed to mention how much more “removal” costs than the tatt itself.

  13. only1shmoo says:

    @ normades, right on, I’ll third that. Another thing I’m over is people mentioning what a “natural beauty” she is…uh, a good surgeon whose work makes you look authentic does not mean that you are, it basically means that you’ve been made into the human equivalent of vanilla flavouring – it seems to have most of the properties of the original form, but it’s plain for all to see that it’s been tweaked.

  14. Minty says:

    Ugh. I strongly disagree with this labeling of Marilyn as “damaged”. The pop culture media constantly offers her as the poster child of passive victims. Not freakin’ true. At all. Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, and Elizabeth Taylor had their faults and personal problems as well, yet I rarely hear them described as perpetual victims.

    Yes, Marilyn was sensitive and vulnerable. She was born illegitimate, poor, and with no family support. Yet through her own will and determination, she was able to reach the summit in Hollywood, a difficult feat to accomplish when you have no important connections. She was also complex, as most people are if you bother to look closely. The breathy dumb blonde image was an act, a public performance. She thought that was what her fans wanted, because they liked that type of character she played. She had strengths and weaknesses. She managed to smile regularly in public and be gracious to her fans, while things were miserable in her private life.

    I will repeat what I’ve previously posted, since some of you don’t bother to read her biographies and inform yourselves:

    Marilyn divorced her 1st husband (James Dougherty), who didn’t want her to have a career. Her 2nd husband (Joe DiMaggio) wanted her to be a housewife, not a film star, and he was physically abusive. She did not stay and take more abuse. She divorced his ass. Her 3rd husband (Arthur Miller) was investigated for communism by the HUAC and she publicly supported him, AGAINST the wishes of her studio. She risked being blacklisted and thus lose her career, but that was secondary to being there for her husband. Add to this the fact that she & Arthur were having problems, but she still stood by his side during those communist witch hunts. This shows she had inner strength.

    She was locked in an unfair slave contract with 20th Century-Fox, who paid her a salary equivalent to the studio hairdresser, even AFTER she was a star, despite her films making millions of dollars. They typecasted her into limited roles. She didn’t stick around to take it like a passive victim. She walked out on her contract and moved to New York to study acting. She also formed her own production company. Because of her gumption and her public popularity, she was able to renegotiate a better contract. The new contract allowed her to make films with other studios. It gave her the right to approve directors & cinematographers, the first star to win this. That’s something Bette Davis wasn’t able to do years earlier. Hardly the behavior of someone weak and always victimized.

    She was fired from “Something’s Got To Give”, her last unfinished film, but got re-hired through her own efforts. Shortly after accomplishing this, she died.

    During the overt racial segregation of the 1950s, Marilyn got a singing gig for her favorite female singer, Ella Fitzgerald, at a popular whites-only nightclub after lobbying the club owner. Ella later said: “After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

    Some of her best-known characters were gold diggers, but the real life Marilyn rented apartments and later owned a modest 3 bedroom house, not a mansion. She owned mostly costume jewelry and for public events borrowed evening gowns from the 20th Century-Fox studio wardrobe, because she owned little formal wear. She was one of the least materialistic of Hollywood stars.

    People who say she’s a junkie like Lindsay are idiots. Marilyn was dependent on prescription pills to treat endometriosis, insomnia, and painful menstruation. She developed a high tolerance for these pills and increased her intake, often swallowing them with champagne. The side effect was that they made her lethargic and forgetful, so she took other pills to wake herself up so she could function on the job, but this didn’t always work. It’s the reason she flubbed her lines while filming “Some Like It Hot”. Completely different from partying with illegal recreation drugs (a la Crackie Lohan).

    She was always interested in self-improvement. That’s why she read on her own and took literature and art appreciation courses at UCLA after she was starting to become famous. That’s why she continuously studied acting and participated at The Actors Studio in New York with hardcore theater actors who resented movie stars. She had stage fright and was unsure of her acting ability (she had great comic timing and “Bus Stop” proved she could do dramatic acting), yet she forced herself to get in front of the cameras and perform.

    All of this shows a woman who was deeper than the two-dimensional cardboard cutout some people put forward ad nauseam.

    And no, I don’t believe she committed suicide. She was intent on finishing her last film. She had other film projects lined up. She was buying more furniture to decorate her new home, fer chrissakes. You don’t plan for the future when you’re determined to end your life.

    • Nancy says:

      AMEN.!!! You couldn’t have said it any better!! these idiots or aka society, and people who don’t even know NOTHING about MM, label Marilyn as a “Sex symbol” which is so pathetic. Im a huge MM fan! And shes soo beyond that! She was in fact a REAL woman not no slut like we see in modern Hollywood today. People look at her like a “dumb blonde” and she wasn’t even. She was a incredible and smart woman who deserves respect!!!

  15. Jover says:

    Right on normandes despite the pr makeover her true personality came out 2 yrs ago during the promotion of t 2 – ungrateful, snotty, childish, doltish, unable to carry on an actual conversation, and that has stuck. She’s just d-list t and a, and what she did to get the armani contract we don’t want to know – is there really a shortage of beautiful classy italian actresses,models (monica belluci, mariacarla boscono, etc.?), and you’re right only1shmoo, the term “natural beauty” means just that, not a heaping dose of plastic.

  16. CJ says:

    @ minty – thanks for that. I loved MM as a kid, read bios, etc. and its always bothered me when people talk shit about her. She was damaged sure, her childhood was awful, but she succeed despite all that (unlike Lohan).

  17. Shelly says:

    Glad that Megan is removing that tattoo. She’s such a pretty woman, and that made her look cheap. It was too big and located in an awful place.

  18. Ana says:

    I’m actually bothered by how much people are hating on her for being ‘enhanced’. I rather someone be enhanced but with a cool personality than some natural bitch.

  19. jc126 says:

    I agree that MM overcame great obstacles to succeed. I have never understood getting *anyone’s* face tattooed on one’s body. Crazy.

  20. Poirot says:

    Thank Ja
    I can’t for the life of me understand why women seem to venerate self-obsessed perennial victims like Marilyn and Princess Di
    This article captures it perfectly

  21. Minty says:


    That Daily Mail article is a piece of crap, misogynistic in tone, and written by someone who is obviously bitter and jealous of the admiration Marilyn and Princess Diana continue to receive. It is very telling that the majority of commenters on that site are taking the writer to task for presenting what is essentially a malicious, tabloid smear piece. They’re calling his article “drivel”, “rubbish”, “mean-spirited”, “awful”, “vicious”, “judgmental”. Just proves these people are better informed about the lives of MM and Diana than that sad writer. He cherry picked only negative quotes and completely ignored the many positive ones that have been published. He seems completely oblivious to established facts. How very one-sided!

    That you think the article captures your opinion perfectly shows you prefer cheap and deceptive sensationalism over carefully researched biographies.

  22. Jennifer says:

    I hope no one gets sucked into her cheek vortex.

  23. okeydokey says:

    Looks like she had more than one treatment on that tat.

  24. Jim Mokol says:

    People have to think about a tattoo before they get it because it is permanent. They are always wondering how tattoos are permanent, this article gives a great explanation on why tattoos are permanent.

  25. Poirot says:

    There’s no denying the Mail piece has an agenda
    But there is some truth in the muck

    Is it crap because its different from the love letter you posted?

    For instance, Princess Diana while railing about adultery in her marriage
    screwed other peoples husbands;
    she harrassed spouses with phonecalls;
    treated employees badly;
    and left nada in her will to ANY charity
    This isnt opinion they are court documented FACTS

    I think its rather refreshing to hear both sides of the story as opposed to glorified hagiographies, sorry what u call careully researched pieces

    You adore these women and thats fine but I certainly dont think it makes you a ‘better’ ‘enlightened’ person simply becausesomeone has the affront to see a different side of the coin and I stand by this.

  26. Callumna says:

    Yes, over time it seems the quality of women in Hollywood who worship Marilyn do say it all.

    Anna Nicole Smith, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton. Cough. Madonna. Megan Fox. Jeez, Hugh Hefner who’s getting himself buried next to her.

    Not good. She is the one a girl-child turns to when they want tons of sex based attention and are feeling weak, tragic and misunderstood but aren’t.

    Dead at 36 and a life of bimbohood is an easy way out for girls. Rock of Love girls can do that. Today this type of chick is a stripper or Jenna Jameson. Fake name and all.

    I saw a publicist say he had no doubt Marilyn Monroe would have a sex tape “accidentally” leaked if alive today. Sounds about right.

    • Meaghan says:

      I think it is a disgrace that you would compare marilyn monroe, a legend and icon to jenna jameson!!! nobody will ever remember or respect a character like that but marilyn monroe will always be cherished and for so many reasons that have nothing to do with the likes of being trashy like you think!! i find it quite offensive that you would say this as you clearly do not know much about marilyn at all

  27. Minty says:

    “I saw a publicist say he had no doubt Marilyn Monroe would have a sex tape ‘accidentally’ leaked if alive today. Sounds about right.” So you hold up the statement of a publicist – a person paid to lie for their celebrity client – as fact instead of the silly speculation that it really is? I doubt this person even knew MM yet he/she has the nerve to make such a prediction. Completely not credible at all.

    @Poirot: Obviously your reading comprehension is flawed. Nowhere did I praise Marilyn as a saint. I acknowledged, as did the biographies where I got my info from, that Marilyn had faults. How absurd that you call those biographies “glorified hagiographies” when you take for “fact” an article from the Daily Mail, one of the worst online tabloids available. They make In Touch Weekly look like serious journalism by comparison. The DM regularly makes fun of celebrity faces & bodies (only the women), has poorly written copy and almost nonexistent fact checking. Of course, this fits right along with your attitude that as long as it’s slamming a celebrity you don’t like or don’t get, then it perfectly suits your agenda, research and documentation be damned. LMAO!