Johnny Depp accepts awards for Best Comedic Performance (for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) and Best Villain (for Sweeney Todd) during the 2008 MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
His new tattoo comes from the James Joyce book "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". Near the end of the book, we can find this quote from the main character Stephen:
"I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and cunning."