Gothic Tattoos

Blac Chyna


Blac Chyna has a tattoo of the word “Pussy” on her right foot as a tribute to her lady-bits and to female empowerment.

Sexuality and power are deeply entwined for the entrepreneuring social media star, who even starred in a music video for a song called “P.O.P.” (Power of Pussy). She used her own pussy power to create a career for herself as a stripper and pin-up model and later leveraged her romantic relationships with Tyga and Rob Kardashian to grow her own celebrity status. She’s well aware of her status as a sex symbol but she uses it to her own advantage.

Although she could have found a more PG-rated way to get her message across, she’s not shy about expletive tattoos and also has the word “Fuck” on her ribs.

The placement of this tattoo might also a reference to the phrase “pussy-footed” which means cautious or stealthy.

When Blac Chyna got this tattoo in April 2018, she also updated an existing butterfly tattoo on the top of her foot to make it larger.

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Iggy Azalea


Iggy Azalea announced that her next album would be called Surviving the Summer (the name was later changed slightly to Survive the Summer) in November 2017 and in December she revealed a new tattoo of the album’s initials “STS” on her right knuckles in the same font as the album art.

These “STS” tattoos are the third time that Iggy has put an album title on her hands.  The previous two, The New Classic and Digital Distortion, were on the sides of her fingers.  In each case she got the tattoo well before the album’s release date, and for Digital Distortion the album never ended up getting released.  In an interview with 103.5 KISS FM she joked about what she might do if Survive the Summer never saw the light of day:

I have my knuckles tattooed….and they say “STS” which stands for “Survive the Summer” which is the title of my album that I’m going to put out in summer — fingers crossed, or this tattoo is going to have to get changed. It’s just going to be super awkward. Or I may have to get my other hand tattooed.

She chose the title Survive the Summer because the songs represent all of the vibes and emotions of summertime.  She told Extra:

It’s way heavier rap, a bit grimier. Aggressive, twerkable, very sexy. It’s summer! To me, if summer was personified I think that summer is hot and sexy and aggressive. And you go out with your friends and you have a good time and you have romances and crazy adventures.

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Danielle Bregoli


The number “1921” on the front of Danielle Bregoli’s right ankle goes along with the name “Josephine” behind it. It represents the birth year of her maternal great grandmother Josephine “JoJo” Radford, who was born on October 16, 1921. JoJo is still alive and well at 96 years old.

The placement of this tattoo and the gothic font of the letters are inspired by Rihanna’s “1988” tattoo, which represents the singer’s own birth year.

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Kesha


Kesha tattooed the words “Live Free” across her knuckles on August 30, 2017, a few weeks after releasing her third album Rainbow. It took five years for Kesha to release the album due to the legal battles with her label, and having it out in the world marks a major step forward for her. She posted a picture of the “Free” tattoo on her instagram and wrote:

funny how words take on such important meaning once you start living and find yourself looking for the perfect letters to make up the perfect word to make up the perfect feeling…..

Freedom means a lot to Kesha, especially since she’s had to fight so hard to gain creative control over her music and be freed from producer Dr Luke. She signed to his label Kemosabe Records when she was 18 years old and all of the songs that she released on her first two albums Animal and Warrior were subject to his approval. Kesha wrote over seventy songs for Warrior, most of which were scrapped, and also began working on an album with The Flaming Lips that she was not allowed to release. Fans began demanding that the label set Kesha free from Dr Luke and shared their support for the #FreeKesha movement.

Dr Luke’s control over Kesha went beyond their creative differences. In October 2014 she filed a lawsuit outlining all of the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that she suffered. She alleges that Dr Luke drugged and raped her, and that his abuse caused her to have an eating disorder. Unfortunately most of Kesha’s claims were dismissed by a judge. She had held her silence for so long that the alleged rape was past the statute of limitations. Even worse, Kesha is now having to defend herself in court against Dr Luke’s counter-claims that she has defamed him and damaged his career.

Though the legal battle is ongoing, Kesha was finally able to release an album that fits her own creative vision. The album Rainbow and it’s lead single “Praying” were both nominated for Grammy Awards — Kesha’s first.

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Maggie Lindemann


Maggie Lindemann got this “0067” tattoo on her right elbow in January 2018. The numbers represent the birth years of her family members: “00” for her younger brother Mason Reid Lindemann who was born in 2000, and “67” for her parents Susan Denise Denson Lindemann and Barton Duane Lindemann who were both born in 1967.

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Maggie Lindemann


Maggie Lindemann got the word “FEAR” tattooed on the back of her right wrist in Gothic-style letters in September 2017.  Artist Romeo Lacoste writes “micro old English lettering for @maggielindemann . I really love doing micro tattoos. The smaller and more detailed the better!” Maggie added “you can’t tell but this tat is super tiny and looks THIS flawless. he’s the best.”

Even though fear is a negative emotion, she got this tattoo with a positive meaning in mind. “Fear drives people and fear drives me I think,” she says.

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SZA


SZA has a tattoo on her lower back which says “LANA” in gothic lettering. SZA’s full name is Solána Imani Rowe and Lana is one of her nicknames.

This was her first tattoo which she got when she was only 13 years old. She has mixed feelings about the tattoo, which is a symbol of her teenage rebellion. “Lol got my first tatt at 13… def semi regret it But still super into it?” she tweeted.

She references the tattoo on her song “Warm Winds ft Isaiah Rashad” where she sings “We were all thirteen once / Long live tramp stamps and Pepper Ann / You will never judge me for that / You will always love me for that”.

She also used a close-up photo of the tattoo as the cover art for her song “Sobriety.”

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