Heart Tattoos

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


Following her divorce from Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose tweaked the “Cam” tattoo on her right thumb to say “Pain.” Cam was for the rappers’s legal name Cameron Jibril Thomaz. It’s not a perfect cover-up as the bottom of the letter “P” looks a bit strange, but at least the message is fitting to the situation.

This isn’t the first time she’s had to cover an exes name — the large roses on her arm conceal the name of a high school boyfriend.

Lena Dunham


In July 2017, Lena Dunham got a heart tattoo on her inner right inspired by New York doll artist Greer Lankton.  The  “Love Me” heart design appears on the chest of one of Lankton’s dolls. Lena showed off the new ink on her instagram, writing:

“So I cry, I pray and I beg… Greer Lankton’s last act on earth was this heart. These words were her mantra.”

Lankton used her own body image issues as the inspiration for her doll sculptures. The artist underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 21 and struggled with anorexia throughout her life. The personal nature of her art is what makes it so meaningful to Lena Dunham, who first saw Lankton’s work as a child. She told AnOther:

“I think Greer’s conflicted emotions about transitioning helped make her work just so emotionally resonant. We all feel that sense of being lost in and betrayed by our own bodies. She made it into poetry.”

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