Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of Betty Sue Palmer (whose name is one of his tattoos) and John Christopher Depp.
His siblings are brother Danny, and sisters Christie (who manages him) and Debbie.
The family ended up moving a lot during his childhood and settled in Florida. The stress of his parents' divorce in 1978 and his own confidence issues led the young thesp to self-harm.
"My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist."