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Benjamin Levy Aguilar Reveals How Many of His Tattoos Are Real on Chicago P.D.

The actor, who plays Torres, rocks an impressive set of ink on the series.

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe

Chicago P.D.'s favorite former gang member, turned detective is finally back after a brief hiatus, and we're more than happy to see Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) reunite with the Intelligence Unit.

How to Watch

Watch the Season 12 premiere of Chicago P.D. Wednesday, September 25 at 10/9c on NBC

The rookie's first case of Season 11 (Episode 4's "Escape") is a major drug trafficking investigation in which he's tasked with going undercover. And something tells us we'll learn even more about the team's newest recruit as his storyline expands.

In the meantime, get to know more about Torres, and Aguilar, with a bit if behind-the-scenes info about one of his characters most distinct characteristics: His tattoos.

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Are Benjamin Levy Aguilar's Torres tattoos real on Chicago P.D.?

As it turns out, every singly tattoo you see on Torres is courtesy of the show's makeup department. In 2022, when Aguilar first joined the show, he revealed to NBC Insider that he has no tattoos of his own in real life. He also opened up about Torres' unique cross tattoo on his back.

"We didn't know it was gonna be a serious regular, you know, and so I came in with more of a decisive, you know, 'This is the tattoos you're gonna have,'" the actors told us. "But that back tattoo, we kind of all talked about and [production] allowed myself a voice, and they contributed with ideas to kind of create that cross in the back in a very short period of time so that it would tell more about the story of his life, you know, and this character."

Dante Torres in the squad room on Chicago PD 1104

Aguilar then gave insight into the time-consuming process behind prepping for Torres scenes.

"It takes us a while — an hour and a half to put them on, and 40 minutes to take them off every day," he said. "So it's definitely a lot of work, but I think it represents a lot of heart and a lot of his story. And it's kind of funny cuz I'm actually Jewish, but I'm carrying a big cross, which I think is hilarious, but I respect the faith and I respect what he stands for."