Lasting Action Hero is our series where we rock our to portraits of our favorite badasses from blockbuster history. Were starting out with a action star who has some killer tattoos of his own, Danny Trejo, but be sure to keep an eye out for our future installments, too.
Tío Danny (as he is affectionately known on Twitter) got his start in Hollywood as a boxing trainer for Eric Roberts on the set of Runaway Train after the film’s writer recognized him from their days together in San Quentin. After making an impression on the director, Trejo landed an extra spot as a prison boxer, and the role made way for more high profile acting work in a string of ‘80s summer blockbusters. Since then, he’s appeared in numerous cult classics, cementing his place as an ass-kicking, knife-throwing, machine-gun-toting sensation.
Whether he’s camping it up in movies like 3-Headed Shark Attack, giving us feelings advocating for animal rescues, or helping kids avoid gangs and drugs, Danny Trejo is a true American hero who has deservedly been enshrined in the lexicon of body art. His own “Mexican cowgirl,” a memento of his time in prison, has become a popular staple in Chicano tattoo culture, and innumerable film nerds have offered him tribute by having his likeness inscribed on their skin. Because Trejo is covered in black and grey body art of his own, the style is perfect for capturing the hard-knock, rough-and-tumble attitude that made him into widely adored killing-machine that he is today.
To see more kickass portraits of the celebrities that inspire us most, make sure to drop by these tattooists’ Instagrams. If you’re a diehard Trejo fan, think about having one of them design a tattoo of Tío Danny from your favorite film to help you kick life in the ass.