From minimal to meaningful: Some of our favourite celebrity tattoos
A bit of ink inspo if you will
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / February 22 2021
Despite negative past associations, tattoos are becoming a mainstay of modern popular culture, due in large part to the visibility of inked celebrities in the public eye.
However, not all tattoos are created equal, so we’ve weeded through the good, the bad and the ugly to bring you the cream of the crop when it comes to celebrity tattoos:
A butterfly tattoo isn't exactly revolutionary, no, but damn the detail on Hale's new design (by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist @winterstone, FYI) is breathtakingly beautiful.
Committing to a tattoo written in a language other than your native one is always bold; there's definitely a few people running around with the Japanese symbol for 'electricity' rather than 'power'... But considering Hadid's heritage (on her dad Mohamed's side, FYI) and the fact that she recruited renowned tattoo artist Doctor Woo to ink the artwork, she was certainly in safe hands. So, what do the symbols actually mean? One says 'I love you' and the other translates to 'my love'. Stunning and sweet.
Joining the 'J' she had tattooed on her wrist for husband Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner now has a 'W' initial inking, which is presumed to be in tribute to her daughter, Willow. Jonas has an 'S' tattoo in a similar spot, so it's safe to assume the singer has added to his collection too. Talk about mum and dad goals.
Mrs Bieber recently added to her tattoo collection with an adorable ‘J’ (three guesses what that stands for). The letter on her ring finger is accompanied by a star, completing the ink dedication to husband Justin Bieber. The model also now sports the Portugese word for beauty ‘beleza’ on her neck – a nod to her mother’s Brazilian roots. Celeb tattooist Mr. K who was responsible for Hailey’s new ink shared his handiwork and the words, “It was PLEASURE for your trust on this meaningful piece.”
Justin Bieber is no stranger to the tattoo gun; the popstar famously started getting a myriad of unusual inkings in his teens. His latest tat is somewhat of a cultural reset — he asked celeb tattooist Dr. Woo to place a delicate rose design on the side of his neck — which can only be described as the soft boi equivalent of neck tattoos. What a time to be alive.
Lovato's latest ink? A detailed black butterfly on her neck, which she showed off in a recent selfie. "Dear little me, I'm sorry that it took so long but baby your free," she captioned the pic, leaving fans guessing as to whether she was quoting lyrics from an upcoming song, after she revealed back in August that she was penning a track called 'Butterfly'.
In addition to the gigantic rock she wears on her ring finger, Bieber's hands are also decorated with multiple tiny tattoos (such as a heart she shares with bestie Kendall Jenner). Her tattoo artist recently revealed her latest delicate design: a single needle situation made up of an array of arrows, dots and lines. As for the meaning behind it, we'll have to wait until Bieber herself breaks it down...
Her new balayage hair colour wasn't all that Grande's latest mirror selfie revealed; it also marked the debut of this cartoon-style flower tattoo. Nothing shows off your new palm ink like a peace sign, right?
Kaia + Cara
Best buddies Kaia and Cara recently got matching tattoos in honour of Cara’s 28th birthday. Kaia shared a pic of the pairs new ink, captioning the adorable image with well wishes for her friend’s big day: “Happy birthday to my solemate.”
Opting for a minimalist type, Kaia Gerber had the words ‘Silent Madness’ tattooed on the back of her ankle by popular New York tattooist, Evan Tattoo. This is not the first of Kaia’s inkings, and based on her previous designs, the model seems to favour small, delicate drawings.
It’s hard to know where to start with Rihanna; from a stunning depiction of the goddess Isis to the matching camo shark tattoo she got with Drake, the badgal has accumulated so many amazing pieces of ink over the years. But, in our opinion, this wrist and hand henna-inspired piece takes the cake.
A tribute to her now ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus had an adorable jar of Vegemite tattooed on her arm by Dr Woo, who shared his worth with the caption: “@mileycyrus don't play when it comes to #vegemite 🍴 #halfneedle”
Whether it’s a tribute to her idol Mariah Carey or a subtle nod to her own constant metamorphosis over the years, we don’t really care. All we know is Ariana Grande’s new butterfly tattoo is cuuuuutteee!
In dedication to her new album and new makeup brand of the same name, Selena Gomez had ‘Rare’ tattooed on her neck by Bang Bang Tattoo in New York, who she tagged in the cheeky caption: “Did it again @bangbangnyc 🦋 rare”.
Los Angeles artist Tat2Nene recently gave Ashley Benson this scrumptious little milkshake tattoo, complete with a maraschino cherry on top. Ashley shared the latest addition to her already extensive tattoo collection via her Instagram stories, however, it was without a backstory. We wonder what it means?
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.