Lena Dunham Tattoos
In July 2017, Lena Dunham got a heart tattoo on her inner right inspired by New York doll artist Greer Lankton. The “Love Me” heart design appears on the chest of one of Lankton’s dolls. Lena showed off the new ink on her instagram, writing:
“So I cry, I pray and I beg… Greer Lankton’s last act on earth was this heart. These words were her mantra.”
Lankton used her own body image issues as the inspiration for her doll sculptures. The artist underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 21 and struggled with anorexia throughout her life. The personal nature of her art is what makes it so meaningful to Lena Dunham, who first saw Lankton’s work as a child. She told AnOther:
“I think Greer’s conflicted emotions about transitioning helped make her work just so emotionally resonant. We all feel that sense of being lost in and betrayed by our own bodies. She made it into poetry.”
Lena Dunham covered up the old “Staunch” tattoo on her right wrist with this ornamental cross-shaped design in early 2017.
This tattoo of a rose on Lena Dunham’s right thigh is the second inking which she got in quick succession in June 2017. She shared some pictures of the new rose and the Kewpie dolls on her hip on her instagram story, writing:
“Been tatting myself up like crazy this month. These Kewpies have been on me a few weeks. I think it gives me a sense of control and ownership of a body that’s often beyond my control.”
She suffers from endometriosis and has undergone many surgeries to keep the condition in check. She announced that she was disease-free in April 2017 following her fifth surgery, but unfortunately the disease had spread and she was rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery the following month.
Lena Dunham has a tattoo on her right hip of two mermaid-tailed Kewpie dolls scooping a bucket of tears. This drawing is one of the many cartons by Kewpie illustrator Rose O’Neill. It was tattooed on Lena’s hip by Robert Bonhomme in June 2017.
“Thank you @trinegrimm for my warrior’s chest plate/tit chandelier. This is my first original piece by a female tattoo artist and it felt sacred and cool and she didn’t chide me for copying @badgalriri’s placement. If you’re ever in Oslo, go meet this metal queen and let her handle your body 🌖”
“Finally had my first ever tattoo touched up. This little lady needed some love. Thank you @rbrtbnhm for correcting Eloise’s two left thumbs and scarred skirt. Ah, to be 17 and trust absolutely anyone wielding a tattoo gun.”
Lena Dunham gets a nek ink with a girl skateboarding on her stomach. The artwork is inspired by Lauren Thornhill Caswell and was done abobe her scar from her endometriosis surgery.
According to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum, Laura Thornhill Caswell is a skateboarder who first gained notoriety in 1975 at the age of 13 and went on to become the first female skater to get a board named after her and a full feature interview in Skateboarder magazine.
“Very satisfying evening getting my (decade old!) tats touched up by my good friend @rbrtbnhm at Brooklyn Tattoo. He added this new one, a @langleyfox illustration of living legend @laurathornhillcaswell. Cuz sometimes I really need a reminder that we came here to rip shit up… Plz note she’s riding one of my Endo scars 😍🙏💸”, Lena wrote on her Instagram post.
Lena Dunham shared her new ink on her Instagram on Sunday October 15 2016, including a tattoo of The Odeon on her left butt cheek – in honor of the famed restaurant in New York City. The new design piece was inked in an orange color to matched the neon logo of the real life restaurant.
She captioned the image: “And because I’m a deranged daughter of TriBeCa, the Odeon neon sign now lives on my ass for life.”
Lena Dunham has a pair of houses tattooed on her back.
The tattoo on Lena Dunham’s upper left arm is an illustration from the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand. The book tells the story of a bull who doesn’t want to fight and prefers to smell flowers. Lena’s tattoo depicts Ferdinand sitting under a tree in a field of flowers.
“I have tattoos from children’s books all over my arms and torso,” she told The New York Times. “The biggest one is of Ferdinand the bull, which Elliott Smith also had, but his was a different page. What a good message that book has! Just be yourself and don’t gore anyone with your horns if you don’t feel like it.”