The rocker and eternal bad boy turns hits the half-century mark today
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(Yahoo!) - Eternal bad boy Tommy Lee is definitely a badman now: His October 3 birthday finds him hitting the half-century mark. Coincidentally enough, 50 isn't just his age but also the number of tattoos he's estimated to have accumulated, give or take a few garishly colorful dragons, skulls, cheetahs, or ex-wives.
But even Lee doesn't know exactly how many tats he has, because they do tend to blend together, especially when there's so little unlinked skin left to work with for a canvas. When a tattoo magazine asked him in 2009 just how many inkings he had, Lee answered, "One! One big one." He elaborated in his 2005 autobiography, Tommyland: "My tattoos were done at separate times in many places, but I don't think of them as individual pieces anymore. They've become one big work of art."
To the extent that it's still possible to distinguish any of his tattoos as separate illustrations, though, we can get a good glimpse into what's been important to the Motley Crue drummer and reality star in his five decades of living the easy life the hard way.
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