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Whose name did Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm in 1990?

Whose name did actor Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm in 1990?


You know those young high school kids who think they’re going to be with their boyfriends or girlfriends forever?

They even go as far as getting the other person’s name tattooed on them.

You know how most people grow out of that level of intensity as they enter their early 20s?

For Johnny Depp, it took a little bit longer than that.

If you’re not familiar with his very famous tattoo that originated from one of his most public relationships, then we applaud you for not having read a single magazine in the 90s.

If you still have no idea what we’re talking about (or just want a quick refresher), then this article is for you.

Keep reading below to find out whose name Johnny Depp got tattooed on his arm and what happened with it.

Who is Johnny Depp?

A prolific actor, producer, and musician, Johnny was born in Kentucky in 1963.

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He’s won countless awards throughout his career, from 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor to several MTV Movie Awards nominations.

He’s been in several big-screen productions throughout the years, but his most famous roles are the ones where he collaborated with director Tim Burton (they’re very close friends in real life).

Here are some movies and characters you probably know him from:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean pentalogy as Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street as Glen Lantz.
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape as Gilbert Grape.
  • Sleepy Hollow as Ichabod Crane.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka.
  • Alice in Wonderland as The Mad Hatter.
  • Many more.

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His not-so-secret love life

Whose name did actor Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm in 1990


Johnny has had many, many reported (and probably unreported) relationships throughout his career in the entertainment industry.

But four of those have been the biggest ones.

In this section, we’re only going to talk about three (you can check out more info about his relationship with Winona Ryder in the section below).

Johnny had no problem building relationships with some of the most beautiful and talented women of his time.

British supermodel Kate Moss was one of the women he had the honor of dating.

He met her in 1994 when he was only 31at a cafe in the UK.

Their whirlwind relationship of 4 years was constantly splashed all over the tabloids, and it makes sense.

These were two very beautiful, very cool, very successful people.

Ultimately, however, it was work that broke them up as Johnny wasn’t able to give his relationship the attention it deserved making Moss walk away from the two of them.

Vanessa Paradis was another one of the biggest loves of his life. A French singer and actress, they met while filming the movie The Ninth Gate in France.

They had two children together, Lily-Rose Depp, who today has had stints as a model herself, and John Christopher Depp. 

The last of his relationships we’re going to discuss is his marriage to Amber Heard.

And buckle up because this one is a doozy.

After meeting while filming the 2009 movie The Rum Diary, they began a relationship that ended in her divorcing him, filing a restraining order, and accusing him in court of domestic abuse.

In 2020 a phone conversation recording was finally released showing that Heard had been the one to be abusing Depp during their relationship.

Johnny maintained his innocence through the whole process, but it cost him both work and his reputation.

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Whose name did Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm in 1990


So, whose name did Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm In 1990?

Whose name did Johnny Depp have tattooed on his arm in 1990?

His relationship with Winona Ryder was one of the most reported and followed relationships of the 90s.

Johnny, in his late 20s, and Winona, in her early 20s, made up what was considered the IT couple of their time.

He was quoted several times throughout their 3 years together as saying that he was madly and deeply in love with her.

So much so that they got engaged after only 3 months of dating.

But, Johnny felt that wasn’t enough to show the world how much he felt Winona was his soul mate.

So, he did what any other crazy young kid would do for their girlfriend – he got her name tattooed on his arm. “Winona Forever” made headlines like crazy when it came out that Johnny had honored his girl with such a permanent gesture.

Even Winona had no idea it was going to happen.

When People magazine asked her about it in 1991, she said she was “shocked” because it was “such a permanent thing.”

What did Johnny have to say to that? “It ain’t going nowhere.”

But, as with most young adult relationships, it did indeed go somewhere.

It went kaput when they broke up after 3 years.

While they ended things amicably and are still friends to this day (reportedly, the pressure of such a public relationship got to them in the end), it did leave him with a very big reminder of what had once been.

So, Johnny decided to get the tattoo altered to say “Wino Forever” instead.

Maybe if he could change that last “o” for an “e,” he’d have something more relatable but to each their own!

Both Johnny and Winona will always be the coolest couple of the 90s in our eyes – even to this day.

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