Calf Tattoos

Melanie Martinez


Melanie Martinez has a tattoo on her left calf of the children’s book character Madeline along with a quote from the series.  In the stories, Madeline lives in a Catholic boarding school in Paris.  She and her schoolmates always say a prayer before they eat their meals: “We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all, we love each other.” It is a reminder that the people in our lives are the most important thing.  Melanie included this prayer in her tattoo, which features Madeline holding a loaf of bread and is surrounded by little pink hearts. It was inked by artist Nat G at Good Luck Tattoo in January 2016.

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Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez


Melanie Martinez got this tattoo on her left calf from artist Shon Lindauer at High Seas Tattoo Parlor in Los Angeles in November 2015. It is a red wagon with a pillow and Z’s to represent the naps that she took in her own little wagon when she was a young girl. She has posted a picture of herself as a child napping in the wagon while being pulled around by an adult and she has also used a wagon as a prop in a photoshoot. Much of Melanie’s lyricism is based around childhood memories like this and the metaphors that they represent. (more…)

    Melanie Martinez


    Melanie Martinez has a few tattoos of drawings by Masami Yanagida, but this one on her left calf was the first.  It’s a little girl jumping in the air but her head is cut off and roses are spilling out of her neck.  The girl’s blouse says “For Joy” as a reference to the expression “jump for joy.”  Melanie went to artist Gary Royal in October 2015 who turned the drawing ink permanent body art.  They made some changes to the colors, most noticeably making the skirt pink. (more…)