Overdone it Sylvester? Topless Stallone shows off his array of colourful tattoos, against his sagging skin on set of new film

Overdone it Sylvester? Topless Stallone shows off his array of colourful tattoos, against his sagging skin on set of new film

By Nadia Mendoza
30th June 2011
Daily Mail

He may be old enough to qualify for a free bus pass and be on the verge of collecting his pension, but Sylvester Stallone isn't too old for inkings.

The Rocky actor showed off his colourful array of tattoos on the set of his latest film Bullet In The Head.


At 64, Sly is no spring chicken, but the New Yorker did display his impressive biceps as he walked around topless in New Orleans.

Muscle Mary: Stallone shows off his bulging biceps and his colourful inkings
While Stallone has sported the body art on his shoulders for several years, the back picture appears to be from a new visit to the parlour.

The portrait of Jennifer Flavin, his third wife, is painted on his right shoulder and upper arm.

Stallone went under the needle in 2007 to honour his tenth wedding anniversary to the former model.

Three roses are dotted around her face to symbolise their three daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet - each of who has the middle name Rose.

Running down his spine was a dagger that pierced a heart bursting into flames, but the bright colours looked out of place next to his sagging skin.

Fellow tattooed A-listers David Beckham and Angelina Jolie should take note to be careful of future etchings as age threatens to send skin south.

Inked: Actor walks around topless on the set of Bullet In The Head
Considering his back catalogue, it's no surprise that Sly's latest project is an action film.

The story follows Stallone as he teams up with a young detective after they are brought together by two vicious murders.

The duo then embark on a high-stakes investigation and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.

Walter Hill, who produced all of the Alien films, will direct.

Full sleeve: David Beckam shows off his etchings on the pitch in California during an LA Galaxy match last month

Under the needle: Edgy A-lister Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell are both known for having several works of body art dotted around their skin
Meanwhile, the film has been shrouded in a race scandal after US actor Thomas Jane claimed to be sacked from the production for being white.

Warner Bros recast his role with a 'more ethnic' actor to appeal to a wider audience, announcing that Sung Kang will co-star with Stallone instead.

Jane said: 'Well, Joel Silver (producer) came onboard the project and said that he has a quote-unquote "formula" for these quote-unquote "buddy movies" and it has to be a white guy and a quote-unquote "ethnic guy".

'And they relieved me of duty and basically paid me off, which I was really upset about. I didn’t get a call from Stallone. I was a little upset about that.

'Maybe they didn’t want anybody on the movie with a bigger d*** than him.'