Female Symbol Tattoos

Avril Lavigne


Avril Lavigne’s days of itty-bitty tattoos are officially over. In October 2017 she tattooed a collection of astrological symbols so big that they take up her whole forearm. The symbols are:

  • ♎ – the astrological symbol of Libra
  • 🜁 – the alchemy elemental symbol for air
  • – the planetary symbol of Venus

Taken together all three symbols represent Avril’s September 27th birthday — Libra is her star sign, air is the element associated with Libra, and Venus is the ruling planet for Libra.

The Venus symbol is of course also used as a symbol for women, but that does not seem to be why Avril chose it.

The double chevrons « » are known as guillemets and are used as quotation marks in some languages. These symbols have also caught on in tattoo culture with the supposed meaning “create your own reality.” It is claimed to be a viking symbol, however there is no documentation of this usage. We believe that Avril is simply using them as quotes around the other symbols.

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Zolita


Zolita has a symbol tattoo one on her left wrist. She explained the meaning of it on her Instagram account:

“CULT OF GIRLS NECKLACES ARE HERE!!! :’) I’m so excited weeeeeeee 📿🙏🏻 if you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of the symbol- it’s four female signs surrounding two crescent moons. Sisterhood and divine female energy 👯👩‍👩‍👧‍👧”

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Tove Lo


Tove Lo celebrated the release of her sophomore album Lady Wood by getting this tattoo on her arm on November 27, 2016, a month after the album’s October 28th release date.  Tattoo artist Mark Lonsdale created a simple minimalist outline from Tove Lo’s new vagina logo, which was designed for this album cycle.  The illustrated image shows the full vulva with labia surrounding the vaginal opening. The circle at the top and cross at the bottom together represent the female symbol ♀ while the circle on its own is a clitoris.  This logo appears on the Lady Wood cover art in place of the letter “O”s in her name.  She and her whole tour crew have matching vagina jackets.

Tove Lo wrote an essay for Teen Vogue where she explains that the female anatomy is nothing to be ashamed of:

To some people “showing off” the vagina in any way is seen as something shocking and scandalous. I don’t know if it’s their religious or cultural beliefs that make them think it’s something to be ashamed of, but I know for sure I don’t feel that way: You should be proud of your vagina — it’s a cool and positive part of you! Being open and free about the body and self-love (the way I am) can be provocative — but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad or dangerous.

My vagina tattoo reminds me not to make myself smaller, which is often what’s expected of women. To be loud is to be seen as being a troublemaker. As girls, we’re often not encouraged to speak up. I’m allowed to claim my space. The symbol, which is also on the cover of my album Lady Wood, is a reminder to go for the things that scare you but also give you a rush. People tell me all the time that I’m a chick with balls. It’s supposed to be a compliment, but really it’s insulting. Women don’t need balls to be brave. Our vaginas will do just fine.

The album title Lady Wood itself shows how female sexuality and female power in general is often viewed through a male perspective.

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    Marzia Bisognin


    Marzia Bisognin has a tattoo on her upper back of a yin-yang symbol in the shape of a sun. In November 2014, she added a line of symbols going down her spine. They are the symbols of the planets in our solar system, ordered by distance to the sun. From top to bottom she has Mercury ☿, Venus ♀ — also the symbol for women, Earth ⊕, Mars ♂ — the symbol for men, Jupiter ♃, Saturn ♄, Uranus ♅, and Neptune ♆. (more…)

    Tulisa Contostavlos

    Tulisa Contostavlos’ most famous tattoo is her nickname “The Female Boss” on her right forearm with a female gender symbol (♀). Tulisa loves showing off this tattoo whenever she gets the chance. It’s even created controversy from critics who were concerned that her flashing of the tattoo on X-Factor constituted a product promotion for her fragrance TFB, which stands for The Female Boss. She responded “I was showing off my tattoo long before The X Factor. It’s always been my trademark and it’s always been my nickname.”