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Iggy Azalea: What Do Her Tattoos Mean?

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You might not know her by her real name, Amethyst Amelia Kelly, but millions know this Australian rapper and songwriter as Iggy Azalea. What were the odds that a white girl from rural Australia wold be at the top of the hip-hop world today? Her debut album titled ‘The New Classic’  featured the hit single “Fancy” that became the hottest song of the summer. The single hit the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, Her second hit song titled “Problem”(a collaboration with singer Ariana Grande) charted at No. 2. The only other group to simultaneously hold No. 1 and No. 2 were The Beatles.

Iggy Azalea has several tattoos that we laid out below, each has a brief description and meaning of the tattoo.

 

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“Trust Your Struggle”
While driving Iggy saw the phrase “Trust Your Struggle” scrawled on a wall. She was immediately inspired by the phrase and decided to get it as a permanent reminder to believe in yourself.

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Birth of Venus
On her right wrist Iggy has a tattoo of the Roman goddess Venus. Believe it or not this is a cover up tattoo. The portrait of Venus is covering-up a flower tattoo.

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“The New Classic”
Along the edge of her right hand fingers spells out “The New Classic” which is the name of her debut album.

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“LIVE,” “LOVE,” and “A$AP”
Iggy Azalea has three words written in script on her fingers. “LIVE,” “LOVE,” and “A$AP”. These 3 words are the title of a mixtape by her one time boyfriend, emcee A$AP Rocky. After the relationship ended Iggy crossed out “A$AP”.

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“Colour Me Free”
Iggy has the words “Colour Me Free,” written in script on her outer right foot. This tattoo is a reference to singer Joss Stone’s fourth album with the same title. The words give a feeling that Iggy is a free spirited person.

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Bon Jovi Or Jon Bovi?

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Let’s get something straight here folks: people love Jon Bon Jovi. The man has fans that after thirty years still go to all of his shows and pay a zillion bucks to meet him; he also has quite a few hits (“Livin’ On A Prayer”, “It’s My Life”, etc) and quite a few million bucks in the bank. It’s clear that he’s done well for himself, but as great as things have been for Bon Jovi, how have they been for Jon Bovi? No, I’m not talking about the band from the Saturday Night Live bit, I’m talking about the never before seen singer that apparently wrote “It’s Is My Life”. He must exist, because recently some dude had it inked on his arm and his girlfriend threw it on Reddit to show the world. In the unlikely event that he doesn’t exist, the tattoo is the worst typo ever…or the best joke ever; I’m thinking the latter. Either way, take a look at it, and a real fan tattoo of the singer’s face just for good measure; either one is better than the tattoos that the man himself has…a Superman symbol, a bull skull, and a dragon? His music is original, but his ink sure isn’t…

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Also, just for good measure, here’s a Bon Jovi fan tattoo that went the way it was supposed to…

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Drake+Ink = Drinks?

drake-face-tatYou can’t write an article about Drake’s tattoos without mentioning two things: he was the kid from Degrassi, and a fan once inked his name on her friggin’ forehead. That’s her in the picture above, and she always needs to be mentioned, because until the day the “Started From The Bottom” rapper tattoos “That Girl Who Tattooed My Name On Her Face” on his own forehead, no body art related to Drake will ever top her tat. So now that her permanent mark of fandom and his former life as a teen actor are out of the way, let’s talk about the ink that adorns the body of the popular hip-hop act…drake-416-tattooLet’s start with his dual hometown/favorite singer tribute, the “416” on his side. The ink not only represents the area code of his hometown of Toronto, Ontario Canada, it also is shaded so as to represent “116”, the birthday (January 16th) of late singer Aaliyah, whose work Drake is an admittedly huge fan of. She also appears on his back piece, but we’ll get to that a little later. The rib work is actually very well done, and has a nice little meaning to it, it huge too, unlike his arm work…drake-all-kinds-tattooNext up we have the little piece of ink that sits on the inside of his right arm, which was apparently his first. The tat says “All Kinds”, which seems to be short for “It takes all kinds.”, a cliched statement that Drake and his buddies apparently use pretty often. There’s nothing wrong with the ink, it’s just kind of small and makes us worry that Drake thinks he made that phrase up. Anyhow, back to the back…drake-back-tattooYup, that’s Drake’s back, which appears to have a portrait of Aaliyah (he intends to release an album with the deceased icon through the magic of music production at some point), a portrait of his mom, a portrait of his late uncle, a portrait of his grandma, a dove, and an owl that looks like the robot from the original “Clash Of The Titans”. It’s all nicely done work, and all of it means a lot to the “Best I Ever Had” singer, so we’re cool with his back piece(s)…well all of them except…drake-houston-star-tattooThat looks a lot more like the old Tommy Hilfiger logo than anything representing Houston (that’s what it’s supposed to be), but it takes all kinds, right?drake-tattoo-father-mugshotSpeaking of all kinds, Drake’s father has spent a good portion of the Canadian star’s life in and out of prison, so as a tribute to a man he has an admittedly strained relationship with, he has a mini-portrait of his dad’s mugshot on his arm. It’s actually a cool little piece and it’s always nice to see people bonding through ink, so we’re like it, we don’t like his most recent tattoo though…drake-emoji-tattooLook, we have no problem with the little blurb, we have a small problem with someone referring to themselves as “6 God” (that’s what the “6” represents), and we have a big problem with someone representing something as complex as their religious views with a friggin’ Emoji. Yeah, that’s what that is, and we don’t like it, but again, it takes all kinds…is that joke dead yet? Anyhow, Drake’s overall body of tattoo work is pretty solid, so we give him props for most of his art and the meanings behind it, but this last one makes us question his decision making process, so we wouldn’t be surprised is someday his face tattoo is the first thing we talk about when we reference him. Time will tell is he ever surpasses his fan’s face tat, but until then…it takes all kinds! Yeah! One more for the road!

Some Weird Celebrity Tattoos

Steve-O-back-tattooCelebrities love to stick out, it’s why they go out and get famous in the first place: they have a desire to stand out in the crowd. However, for some celebrities it’s not enough to just be famous, they have to be famous and weird at the same time. That’s like trying to be the biggest elephant; you’re already bigger than the other animals, now you want to be the biggest of the big! Elephant talk aside, some celebrities like to get tattooed with some weird stuff; whether it’s because they want to be even more notable, or because they just feel like being strange. Take “Jackass” star and legendary stuntman Steve-O, who got his own autographed photo inked on his back as a stunt for one of his movies. The tattoo is actually really well done, but it’s still extremely weird and completely crazy. Tattooing a face on yourself might not be as weird as getting yourself a face tattoo though…gucci-mane-face-tatYup, Gucci Mane has an ice cream cone tattooed on his face in honor of his song “Icy”…that’s pretty much an act of insanity. He’s known for being a bit of a loose cannon, he’s been to jail multiple times, and a face tattoo is a classic sign of an impulsive person. He doesn’t seem to regret his facial ink though, and that’s awesome for him, because tattoos are forever, so are childhood loves of literature…ryan-gosling-tattooRyan Gosling (“Drive”) has the cover of the book “The Giving Tree” on his left shoulder and it’s a pretty strange tattoo with an explanation that’s…uhhhh…off. He says that he got the tattoo because his mom used to read the Shel Silverstein classic to him when he was a child, but that he thinks the book is messed up and he would never want to be the Giving Tree because the boy uses him up until he’s a stump. Speaking of “stump”, we’re stumped in regards to the reasoning behind this tattoo…ryan-Cabrera-tattooYup, that’s a really bad tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s face, and it’s on “On The Way Down” singer Ryan Cabrera’s leg. It was allegedly chosen by his friends after losing a bet, and it’s pretty terrible, and actually looks a lot more like Ryan Reynolds.  Speaking of Ryan Reynolds…just kidding, he wouldn’t get a weird tattoo, but we all know that Miley Cyrus would…miley-cyrus-dog-tattooOkay, the tattoo is of her dog, who passed a way a while back, so we can’t argue with the sentiment, but the tattoo itself is a bit whacky looking. Maybe she could’ve just gotten a normal picture of the ole’ boy. Weird or not, we will never not like a dog-lover’s dog tribute. We don’t like ice cream lovers’ tributes though…sam-smith-tattoo-ice-cream“Stay With Me” singer Sam Smith has this ice cream cone inked on his leg, and we don’t like it…that’s really all that we have to say about that. Let’s do one more picture for a pallet cleanser…Unicorn-Tattoo-gagaCelebrities even like to stick out when they already stick out, Lady Gaga’s showing off her unicorn tattoo in the above picture to prove it. At the end of the day we’re just having fun folks, and anything that someone, famous or not, wants to ink on their body is their business. It’s just our business to give them crap about it…especially that ice cream cone on Sam Smith, that thing really bothers us for some reason.

Ellie Goulding Is Burning To Get More Ink

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Singer Ellie Goulding is known for singing about flashing lights, but her concert costumes have started to garner her attention for flashing skin, and that’s led to the crew here at Celebrity Tattoo Design noticing some of her ink. As of this publishing, the “Lights” and “Burn” hit-maker has five separate tattoos, but only four of them have been caught on camera. She doesn’t have anything particularly large or impressive as of yet, but none of her ink is what we’d consider “bad”, so we’re going to spend a little bit of time talking about her body of body art.

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Her largest tattoo is also her most recent, as she visited big time tattooist Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Social Club (Los Angeles, California) in early 2014 for the lotus that graces her ribcage. It’s a very well done piece, and it goes hand in hand with one of her previous pieces of ink. The older piece, done by Dr. Woo (also of the famous and expensive Shamrock Social Club) is the Tibetan mantra “Om mani padme hum”, which translates to “jewel in the lotus.”. The two pieces are a night compliment to each other, and it’s always nice to see some sort of continuity in a persons body art, even if just to show that their ink has meaning and wasn’t just done on a whim. Her other pieces aren’t lotus related, but she seems to have put at least a little thought into each of them.

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She has a “J” on her side, which we have never seen and aren’t really sure of the meaning of, but we suspect it might have something to do with one of the following: her middle name “Jane”, the word “Joy” (the title of one of her songs), or her ex-boyfriend Greg James. She also has an arrow done in white ink on her right index finger (we have no idea why she got this one, but we know that she had multiple designs drawn up for it, so it wasn’t spur of the moment), and a red triangle on her right wrist. The triangle was by her own account random, but since she sings about drawing them in her song “Wish I Stayed” and admits to having always drawn them as a child, we have to suspect that she has a thing for the shape. Overall, her tats aren’t particularly impressive, but they’re also not bad at all; they’re just hers. That’s all tats need to really be folks, so good job to Ellie Goulding. She’ll most likely be getting more ink in the future, so this isn’t the last you’ll be reading about her. Until then, we’ll keep watching her skin for you! ellie-goulding-tattoo-finger

Bieber Gets More Ink; Still A Child

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Justin Bieber is back at it again folks. No, not acting like a brat…wait, he did that too apparently, but we’re trying to focus on his new tattoo…wait, he acted like a big baby while getting one of his new tattoos? Okay, so we’re here today to talk about a few pieces of Justin Bieber tattoo news…none of them make us happy, as does nothing that the “Baby” singer does. The kid just isn’t good at being famous. Yes, he does a ton of charity stuff and that’s admirable, but so did Mother Teresa, and you don’t hear any stories about her peeing in mop buckets, or being crappy to service industry people, or trying to punch strangers in the face. Odds are pretty strong that he does most of his charity work because his public relations people and his agent (Scooter McBraun) tell him that it’s good for his image. Okay, let’s stop ranting for a moment and talk about the “news”…

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So we’ll start with the part where Bieber acted like a tool; it was after getting a tattoo, so it’s within our scope. Aparently, there’s tattoo artists (at least one that we know of) who won’t work with the Biebs anymore because he haggles over price after the artist is done. Yes folks, that’s right; he gets ink and then after it’s on him and the artist has already done work that can’t be taken back, he tries to get his work done cheaper. Thar’s scummy on so many levels that you could build an apartment building dedicated to it. He’s worse than the people who ask for refunds on bad food after they’ve eaten it! Our office was in an uproar when we heard this news, but we were completely underwhelmed when we saw his new tattoo. It’s of an eagle, and it’s well done, but it doesn’t really knock our socks off. We’re more interested in why he was wearing jeans in a bathtub while “recovering” from his ink. Maybe he wanted to get clean pants and wash his upper body at the same time, but he was probably just really into linoleum that day.

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Miley’s New Ink Is Not Built To Last, Neither Was Her Relationship

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Miley Cyrus, you’ve done it again! What’s the “it” in this particular case? Well it’s “got a stupid tattoo” of course! We try really hard around these parts to not bash anyone’s ink because we know what it’s like to get something done in the moment and then not be super psyched about it afterwards (case in point: one of our staffer’s “Boondock Saints” piece). We try to say that even the worst body art should represent at least a reminder to its beholder of the time in their life when they got it. However, we can’t help but think that some pieces are the result of a complete lack of logical thinking…Miley’s new foot ink is one of those pieces.

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The “Rolling Stone” cover girl and “We Can’t Stop” singer wanted to do something fun with her interviewer from the popular magazine, so she took him to a tattoo parlor. She said that she initially considered taking him to play laser tag or to go bowling, but that she decided those were lame ideas…there’s nothing lame about simulated combat between friends and/or simulated combat between a man and some pieces of wood, but that’s an arguement for another day. So yeah folks, she took the guy to get inked, and while it seems that the journalist didn’t have anything done, she made the most of the oppurtunity and get some new ridiculous ink. In honor of the her first time gracing the cover of the legendary magazine, she got “Rolling $tone” inked on…the bottoom of her feet. Yeah, the bottom of her feet, the part of her body that has basically zero chance of holding ink for more than a few weeks. Unless she confines herself to a wheel chair, the tattoo is more of an art project/stunt than it is an actual permanent marking because the amount of time the average person spends on their feet will rub all of the ink out in a fairly short time. Coincidentally, her foot piece might not be the only tat that she loses in the next few months, as rumors have been swirling that she’s going to have the “matching” ink that she got with her ex love Liam Hemsworth removed. The Teddy Roosevelt quote that they had split across their respective arms in 2012 might be getting lasered or covered by something else in the near future. If she gets it covered than it will be a little messy because the current piece is a little spread out, so we assume that she’ll go laser or possibly just add his half somewhere on her body and make the piece her own. Whatever she decides, we’ll keep you posted!

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Justin Bieber: Music Artist To Ink Artist

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New York tattoo artist “Bang Bang” (we don’t know if that’s his legal name or not; if it is, then we’re strangely impressed) has long been known as an artist to the stars, but it appears he’s also a canvas to the stars, because he lets his clients work on him. People like Rihanna, Chris Brown, Katy Perry, Amar’e Stoudemire, Baptiste Giabiconi, and now Justin Bieber have all put their mark on the professional marker. Yes folks that’s right, a respected professional body artist has allowed the guy who sings “Baby” to permanently mark his leg; fortunately the tattoo didn’t turn out too bad…although the subject matter leaves a bit to be desired.

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During a recent trip to Bang Bang’s New York shop, the Biebs inked a design of his cartoon alter-ego on the renowned artist’s calf. This alter-ego happens to be a cartoon mouse named “Swaggy”…who also has his own tattoo…and a six pack…and weird feet. As a group people who have crossed the line where the actual content of their ink now matters less than the story attached to it, we can understand allowing a random famous person to ink your leg in the name of running a good bussiness and getting good publicity, but why the hell would anyone want to be a mouse named “Swaggy”? To each his own; we guess. The new ink was part of an exchange between Beiber and the shop owner, who gave Justin the name of his new album (“Believe”) on his left forearm.

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The new lower arm work is just the latest in a slew of tats for the “If I Was Your Boyfriend” singer. The Canadian-born pop prince has been getting inked since his mid-teens, and his collection already includes a Greek Chi (looks like an “X”, means “Christ”), praying hands with roses around them on his calf, Jesus on his leg, the Hebrew word for “Jesus” om his ribs, an owl, a crown, and a Japanese Kanji (it means “music”). We’re sure that he has more ink in his future, as he’s been so consistent with his work in recent years and he’s still in the middle of his prime tattoo years. We expect his to end up with a full sleave at some point, probably when he tries to transition to “more serious” music in a couple of years. We look forward to it, because say what you will about him as a person and an artist (we have plenty, trust us), but the kid usually has nice work done.bieber-tattoos-bang-bang-pic

Miley Gets Heart On Her Sleeve

o-MILEY-CYRUS-VMA-570 So the old folks like to say that Miley Cyrus is in the middle of some kind of drastic fall from grace because she keeps getting ink and new haircuts and getting engaged and possibly un-engaged. However, us young folks (well…younger folks at least) like to think that if we were barely in our twenties and had millions of dollars in the bank, we’d have died in some sort of bus full of strippers-related accident , so her going through a better funded version of everyone’s quarter-life crisis isn’t even kind of a big deal. The girl is clearly going through her punk rock phase, and there’s nothing wrong with that; her new tattoos also give us things to write about, so we’re nothing but happy with her. article-0-18B6CC39000005DC-117_634x634 The artist formerly known as Hannah Montanna was recently spotted rocking her litle boy haircut and a grown woman piece of ink, and amidst rumors of her engagement dissolving, we’ve got some theories about it. The new tattoo was done by “LA Ink” star Kat Von D, and it’s a miniture rendition of Leonardo Di Vinci’s “Anatomical Heart”. It’s a very well done piece of work, that perfectly copies the original art (Kat Von D may have some personal problems, but the lady knows her needles), but it’s placement and meaning are a bit peculiar to us. Untitled-1 We get that the heart is literally on her sleeve and we’re cool with that message, but what we don’t get is why she put it so close to her older Roman numeral piece. We’re unsure if they’re meant to function as one piece or not. If they are, then the nail has been cracked on the head, but if they’re not, then she should’ve considered her placement better. We also don’t know if the ink was done as a reaction her current emotional state, or whether it’s an overall statement on her attitude. If it’s the former, then we fear she might regret it a bit someday; we’ve all got at least one like that though, so really who are we to judge ? Untitled-2 Like we said before, the new ink is very well done, and it joins a now large list of pieces on the starlet’s body. She already has the word “love” on her ear, some crossed arrows on her back, a bunch of little symbols on her fingers (cross, heart, peace, and equals signs to be exact), “just breathe” on her chest, and a FDR quote on her arm (it goes with a piece that Liam Hemsworth has). At this point, no new ink she come as a shock to anyone, but we’ll keep reporting on Miley’s forrays into body art, because that’s what we’re here for! 16-12-VH1-Divas-Performance-miley-cyrus-33073539-2087-3000

Adele’s Body Art

If Adele is one thing, it’s talented. If Adele is two things; one is definitely talented, and the other isn’t “good at picking creative tattoos”. In a recent appearance at the 2013 Grammy Awards, the “Set Fire To The Rain” singer and former dominator of the biggest butt kissing contest in the music industry debuted her new ink and didn’t really impress anyone. To be clear, the sentiment behind it was nothing but sweet, it’s just the execution that we find to be lacking.

The new ink is a simple “A” written in script on the side of her head, right behind her right ear. It’s very small and doesn’t draw a lot of attention, which is fine, but it’s also…just…so…lazy. We’re almost one hundred percent sure that the piece was done in honor of her son Angelo, which we think is great. You’re never going to go wrong when you get ink in honor of one of your kids; significant others can go leave and friends can bail, but your children should be forever, so it’s a pretty safe bet to pay tribute to them on your body. She’s shown public love for him before in the form of flashy jewelry and you know, by loving him; so it should come as no surprise that she’s decided to put his initial on her body.

What does come as a surprise is that someone with the talent and creativity of Adele didn’t get something more artistic than a simple letter. We would’ve expected an angel, or maybe some other type of symbol that represents her son’s name and/or role in her life. However, it kind of makes sense for someone as elegant as her to get something really simple, so we’re not totally shocked by her choice.

We don’t really see her having much more done in the way of tattoos in her future, but maybe she’ll wind up with something on her wrist like a small tribute to her husband or something. The wrist is a popular spot for classy ladies to get ink done. Also, if she ends up with another kid, she might have to get some more ink done to keep things even in her household. Time will tell whether Adele decides to have more art put on her body, but we hope that if she does she chooses something more complex than a simple letter.