The Hidden Meaning Behind Our Favorite Celebs’ Tattoos
A tattoo is a great way to express yourself, and your values or to pay a tribute to your loved ones. We have selected celebrity tattoos with the best stories behind them. You probably wouldn’t be able to guess their meaning by yourself.
1. Tom Hardy’s tattoo about Leo DiCaprio
Tom Hardy has many tattoos, 30 of them now to be exact. But one of them has a very interesting story, and it was done because of a lost bet.
In 2016, Hardy bet Leonardo DiCaprio that he (Hardy) wouldn’t win an Oscar for his role in The Revenant. However, Leo disagreed and was right about it. Eventually, Tom not only won the award but also ended up with a new tattoo that says, ’Leo Knows All’ on his arm.
2. Selena Gomez’s tattoo in Arabic
Among the 16 tattoos that Selena Gomez has, there is only one in Arabic that she had been wanting to get for a while. The singer wanted to make her self-love mantra permanent so the translation of this tattoo is, “Love yourself first.”
3. Rihanna’s chest tattoo
Rihanna seems to be a fan of tattoos since it’s a great way for her to express her personal style. The singer has one big tattoo on her chest illustrating the wingspan of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, who serves as an example of the ideal mother and wife. She got this tattoo to memorialize her beloved grandmother.
4. Emma Stone’s bird footprints
Emma Stone’s tattoo of bird footprints on her wrist is a tribute to her mother, who was fighting breast cancer and finally won. The footprints represent her mom’s favorite song, “Blackbird” by Paul McCartney, and the singer even designed the tattoo himself. Now the actress and her mom proudly wear their cute but meaningful matching tattoos.
5. Sam Smith’s parallel lines
Sam Smith has a simple tattoo of 2 parallel lines on one of his fingers. But the history of this tattoo is not that simple. It was inspired by one of the oldest tattoos ever found on a mummified body that was found buried alone in the ice.
6. Halsey’s tattoo of an upside down horseshoe
Halsey has over 40 tattoos in different sizes on her body, and one of them is a horseshoe, but the horseshoe itself is upside down. Originally, this was a good luck token in many cultures. And the reason why the singer had it done upside-down means that she actually doesn’t need luck in her life.
7. Harry Styles’ imperfect mermaid tattoo
Harry Styles probably takes first place on our list, having over 60 tattoos. But the one that caught our attention was the mermaid on his forearm. Once the singer was asked why she didn’t look perfect and Harry replied that no one should strive for perfection and that you should love the way you are.
8. Jessica Alba’s lotus
Jessica Alba’s tattoo on her wrist, which says, “lotus” in Sanskrit, has a rather sad meaning. The star had this tattoo done after her first breakup and the meaning lies in “the manifestation of spiritual beauty.” The actress’s ex hated tattoos so it became a sign of freedom for her too.
9. Angelina Jolie’s Roman numerals
One of the numerous tattoos that Angelina Jolie has is the Roman numerals on her arm, which are translated to 13/5/1940. This was the date when a famous politician said the famous phrase: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”
Do you think that tattoos have to have special meanings or can they just look nice? Tell us about the meaning of your tattoos if you have any.