We get tattoos of the things we love most, of things we want to remember, of memorable quotes or loved ones. And then sometimes we get tattoos because we lost a bet. The latter was certainly the case for Tom Hardy, who surfaced on Instagram this week sporting a tattoo that reads “Leo knows all.”
According to a 2016 Esquire interview with Hardy, the bet centered on Hardy’s Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Revenant. Hardy didn’t think he’d get a nod for his role of John Fitzgerald in the epic frontier movie, while lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio was sure that he would. The loser, they decided, would have to get a tattoo of the other’s choice.
But Hardy was nominated for his role, although he ended up losing the Academy Award to Mark Rylance for his work on Bridge of Spies. DiCaprio ended up winning the Best Actor statue after being nominated but not winning five different times in the past. He also won the bet — and demanded Hardy get a tattoo that read “Leo Knows Everything.”
Hardy stalled on getting inked, explaining, “He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything.’ Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.'”
No one was quite sure if he’d stayed true to his word or not until this week, when he stopped for a fan photo with bartender Andrew Calisterio. Peeking out of Hardy’s short-sleeve black T-shirt is a bicep tattoo that reads, “Leo knows all.”
This is hardly Hardy’s first tattoo — he has a long history of ink, including, according to Esquire, “The London skyline, a Chinese dragon, his wife’s name (and his ex-wife’s initials), a Madonna and child and a Buddha with an AK47.”