Black-and-Gray Tattoos

Demi Lovato


Demi Lovato got a tattoo of a lion’s face on the back of her left hand in August 2017. She stopped by artist Bang Bang’s New York City studio while she was in the city for the Time 100 Gala.

The lion has many meanings: it is the symbol for her astrological sign Leo, a icon of strength, and a reference to her song “Lionheart.” The song is about about finding strength through love and was partly inspired by her deceased dog Buddy, whom she called her little lion heart. A lionheart is someone with exceptional courage and bravery.

Demi has said that if she were any animal she would be a lion and if she could have any animal as a pet she would have either a lion or a unicorn.

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Jesy Nelson


Jesy Nelson got six symbols tattooed on her left hand knuckles all at once in February 2017. She has the four suits from a deck of playing cards — ♤ spades on her index finger, ♢ diamonds on her middle finger, ♧ clubs on her ring finger, and ♡ hearts on her pinkie — as well as a ✝ Christian cross on her thumb and a 🗲 lightning bolt on her middle finger.

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Amber Rose


Amber Rose maintains a good relationship with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, with whom she shares a son Sebastian Thomaz, but she didn’t want her face on her arm now that they’re no longer together.  Rather than removing the tattoo, she returned to the original artist Bobby Serna in August 2017 to give it a new look. Serna transformed the face into that of Amber’s rockstar idol Slash from Guns N’ Roses.  She already had a full-body portrait of Slash playing his guitar on her forearm.

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Lena Dunham


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.

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