Peony Tattoos

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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Asia Argento


Asia Argento got a tattoo of a peony on her inner thigh in May 2016. This full-color traditional tattoo is a different style than most of her ink, so she went to a different artist: Tokyo-based tattooer Akilla who specializes in traditional Japanese style tattoos. She traded tattoos with the artist, giving him a small tattoo on the back of his wrist.

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Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee’s largest tattoo is a colorful peony on her wrist, which she got in March 2008. This tattoo has no special meaning to Ashlee. When asked by Hot 99.5 if there was a story behind the flower, she simply explained “No. I wanted it.”

This tattoo created controversy for Ashlee because she debuted the fresh ink on a radio interview in which she seemed to be drunk. Ashlee responded to the allegations on a blog, in which she wrote:

The night before, I had a good friend come to my hotel to give me a tattoo. When I arrived to the radio station I showed them the tattoo. It is my belief that they automatically assumed that because I got a tattoo I must have drank that night. I would never get a tattoo after drinking nor would a reputable tattoo artist do a tattoo after someone was drinking.

The feather which Ashlee had on her wrist is covered up by the leaves of the flower, but the star is still intact and is visible as a sort of hole in the flower. Explaining the cover-up, she told Hot 99.5 “I’ve had a few tattoos there, so now I’m really happy with it. I got it covered.”

Despite it’s lack of a story, Ashlee is very satisfied with how the tattoo looks. She told the LA Times “It’s a peony. It’s a flower and my little star is in it too. And it was my last tattoo. I love it. It was really bold. I’m proud of it. I like it.”