I was wondering if it had ever been shown in the manga or anime of Blackbeard possessing the iconic tattoo of the Whitebeard Pirates on his back. I don't remember if it was required of the crew to get the tattoo but it does seem like a lot of them do possess it.

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Whitebeard's pirates got the tattoo of Jolly Roger out of respect or to prove their association to the pirate crew. It is safe to assume that Blackbeard didn't sport the tattoo as it wasn't compulsory for everyone to get the tattoo. So that would mean Blackbeard hasn't been seen with Whitebeard tattoo.

Whitebeard's flag is that of a standard Jolly Roger with a large mustache and a cross behind it. Many high-ranked crew members bear the Whitebeard flag symbol on them, including Ace who is seen having it tattooed on his back and being extraordinarily proud of it.


From what I've seen the fleet commanders have the tattoos and blackbeard didn't want to even be a fleet commander. As taken from the wiki: -having spent a few decades on their ship, even turning down the chance to be a commander amongst the crew, although that was most likely a measure not to make himself infamous before he was ready to reveal his plans.-

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    please add a reference (e.g. chapter n°) to your last statement
    – Nevios
    Jul 26 '17 at 8:18

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