Blackwork Tattoos

Halsey


Halsey got a tattoo of a butterfly on her right forearm from artist Jon Boy in May 2018. Butterflies have appeared in her artwork throughout the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album cycle, including the “Bad At Love” single cover and final installment tour poster. Butterflies are the emblem of the House of Spera, one of the fictional rival families whose stories she tells on the album.

The exact butterfly design that Halsey tattooed on her arm was created as a logo for the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour, appearing on a variety of merchandise and on her meet and greet backdrop.

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Maggie Lindemann


Maggie Lindemann had been planning this fangs tattoo for a long time before getting it done in March 2018.  The vampire-loving singer got some more discrete tattoos like “Bite Me” on her finger and a bat on her ankle first before taking the plunge because she didn’t want to get a large piece while she’s still so young.  But by March 2018 she was finally ready to get the tattoo that she really wanted.  She and her friend Chris Miles got matching tattoos on their forearms of an open mouth showing its teeth and fangs.  Artist Sick Boy used a blackwork technique to create the goth-style design using solid black ink.  Maggie is definitely having a goth moment with her clothing, but she’s sure that the tattoo will be something that stays relevant as she continues to evolve:

“I’ve wanted a vampire tattoo since I was 11.  Wanted this specific tattoo since 2016.  Just because my style changes doesn’t mean who I truly am on the inside or the things I’ve always liked change.”

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Maggie Lindemann


Maggie Lindemann got a large tattoo the back of her left upper arm from artist Romeo Lacoste in February 2018. She was inspired by Tim Burton’s classic 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas and chose this image of the character Sally’s stitched-up hands holding a thistle flower.  She told Sidewalk Talk:

It’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  It’s Sally holding the flower when she’s picking off the petals and Jack comes in singing to her….It’s my childhood favorite movie, so I had to get it tatted on me.

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Alexis Ren


Alexis Ren got this rose tattoo on the left side of her rib cage in May 2017.  It is a tribute to her older sister Amber Glabach, whose middle name is Rose.  Tattoo artist Romeo Lacoste wrote:

Had @alexisren stop by last night for one of my signature mini roses. One thing that people can count on is that my tattoos will always heal looking perfect. The detail and highlights always heal flawless. Many artist can make a tattoo look good when it’s done for Instagram, but not many can make a tattoo hold it’s detail or keep it from fading. Thanks for trusting in the Line God.

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Iggy Azalea


Iggy Azalea got a tattoo of a blindfolded horse on her right forearm in July 2016.  Artist Sean Smith used etching lines to create the illusion of shading.  A dark area of the horse’s mane covers her old number “1” tattoo, while the long and flowing mane follows the curves of her existing Venus tattoo.  The was the first of a series of tattoos which she got within the span of a few months to convert this arm into a half-sleeve.  The Venus tattoo stayed but she eventually covered up her old “Trust Your Struggle” tattoo.

Iggy Azalea developed a love for horseback riding during 2015.  One of her new years resolutions was to learn to ride a horse well and that goal turned into a full-blown passion.  She bought two horses of her own named Defender and Strictly Business (nicknamed “Bizzy”).  2015 was a hard year for her career-wise and riding helped take her mind off things.  She tweeted “Horses saved my life and now I have two and it’s all good. Now I have discovered another passion.”

The blindfold on the tattoo could have a few meanings, including keeping calm in the face of danger and blind trust.  The most common reason that owners put a blindfold on a horse is to keep it from becoming frightened.

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Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels got a large peony flower tattoo on the back of her left forearm in February 2018. She visited General Electric Tattoo in Van Nuys, CA to get inked by artist Frank Allen, who has done similar blackwork floral pieces on many of his clients. This style uses crisp black outlines with tiny pointillism dots to create an illusion of shading.  Frank had never tattooed Julia before, but he did this inking and the scorpion on her other arm in the same session. “I got to do these 2 on my new Pal @juliamichaels. Thanks for your Trust,” he wrote.

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Lynn Gunn


Lynn Gvnn celebrated her 24th birthday on March 15, 2018 by getting a tattoo.  Her band PVRIS was on tour in San Antonio, TX so they met up with local artist Mason Chimato, who also gave drummer Justin Nace a tattoo of Roman numerals on his wrist.

Lynn opted for an intricate Eye of Providence design on her upper back. The all-seeing eye of God has a halo of emanating lines which represent rays of light.  This particular drawing of the symbol, with four shooting arrows and a leafed branch below the eye, is a replica of a woodcut print created by American engraver Alexander Anderson in the early 1800s.
watch a video of Lynn getting inked

Lynn Gunn

Lynn Gunn got this tattoo on the inside of her right arm following PVRIS’ concert in Houston, TX on October 1, 2017.

The design that she had inked is one of over 200 chapter headings that illustrator Aubrey Beardsley created for the 1893 book Le Morte d’Arthur which tells the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This book was the first commissioned work in Beardsley’s short career. Although he died at only 25 years old, Beardsley’s art lives on an iconic example of the Art Nouveau style.

Lynn’s tattoo is true to Beardsley’s style of using only black and white without any gray for a very graphic look.

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Ash Costello


Ash Costello has a tattoo on her right forearm of two hands holding a heart and crown. The design comes from traditional Irish Claddagh rings. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. Claddagh rings have historically been used as engagement and wedding rings, and Ash got the tattoo shortly after her March 2018 engagement to Jimmy Trigger.