Portrait Tattoos

Dua Lipa


Dua Lipa has tattoos on both of her thumbs featuring dancing people from the works of graffiti artist Keith Haring. “My dancing thumbs! If I can’t afford an original Keith Haring piece (just yet 😜) I may aswell just keep it on me!” she wrote on her instagram.

She got the tattoos from her favorite artist Sean From Texas at Tattoo Mania Hollywood in July 2015 while filming a music video for her song “New Love.” A few quick glimpses of the tattoo session are shown in the video.

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Kehlani


The two figures on Kehlani’s inner thighs represent a scene from the movie Pulp Fiction where the characters enter a twist dance competition. On her right leg wearing a white shirt is Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, and on her left leg wearing a suit is Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta. Kehlani can move her legs to make the two tattoos dance.

She got the tattoo in July 2016 and shared a picture on instagram which she captioned with a quote from the movie: “I want that trophy. so dance good.”

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Ruby Rose


Ruby Rose has a huge portrait of graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on her upper left arm, which she got from artist Jessica Mascitti Ellis at the New York City tattoo parlor East Side Ink in June 2014. She is a huge fan of Basquiat and previously tattooed his iconic crown logo on her chest.

Some fans noted a resemblance between the portrait’s whacky hairstyle and singer The Weeknd, so Ruby took to twitter to clear the air and encourage her followers to look up Basquiat’s art and the graffiti tag SAMO which he shared with fellow graffiti artist Al Diaz. “Although I love the @theweeknd no he is not tattooed on my arm. it’s Basquiat. SAMO! You’re missing out if you don’t about SAMO,” she tweeted.

Basquiat was one of the most prominent street artists of the 1970s and 1980s, but he died tragically of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. In tweet, Ruby wrote “So many people dont know Basquiat? You should watch one of the documentaries or read up beautiful soul, lost too young. My favorite Artist.”

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Ruby Rose


Ruby Rose got a tattoo of British comic book character Tank Girl on the left side of her back in February 2011. The tattoo is done in a more realistic style than most of her others and she was very impressed by artist Bang Bang’s work. “Can you believe it is possible to tattoo like this,” she tweeted.

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Halsey


In November 2015, Halsey got a minimalist portrait tattoo on her left upper arm with the word “EVERYTHING” written below it. It is inspired by Norwegian electronic musician Lido’s 2016 album Everything.

Lido is also a producer as well as a solo artist and he served as the executive producer for Halsey’s debut album Badlands. (more…)

Ash Costello


Ash Costello has a large portrait tattoo on her right thigh inspired by the character Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s horror movies House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.

She first talked about her plans for this tattoo in an October 2013 tweet: “I decided that my next tattoo will be Captain Spaulding…. But what epic Spaulding quote should I get…” However it wasn’t until much later that she actually got it inked. Artist Joey Remmers did the tattoo in a few sessions in February and March 2015.

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Marzia Bisognin


Marzia Bisognin got this cartoon-style portrait of author Banana Yoshimoto tattooed on her arm in July 2016. She commissioned illustrator Anke Weckmann to create the drawing and then had it tattooed by Katja Graaf at Velvet Tattoo in Brighton UK. She wanted the design to be an artistic interpretation rather than a literal portrait. On her YouTube channel she explained:

I asked an amazing illustrator and artist that I follow on Twitter to make a design for me…I don’t know if you can tell who it’s supposed to be because I told her to keep it not too exactly alike to the person that I’m tattooing. But I think she did a great job and I’m very excited about it.

Marzia deliberated a lot where to put this tattoo and hadn’t finalized her decision until the day that she got it. She chose her right arm so that she could have a different theme for each arm. Her left side has tattoos that describe her personality and her right side has her inspirations.

This arm [points to her left arm] — I didn’t want to add to it because all these tattoos are personal to me; they have a meaning related to the way I am. But instead, the tattoo I have back here [showing her right arm] is for my parents. They’re an inspiration for me. And since I’m getting Banana Yoshimoto, which is a huge inspiration to me as well, I thought maybe in the front here.

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Paris Jackson


Paris Jackson pays tribute to The Beatles’ John Lennon with this tattoo on her left arm.  The tattoo features Lennon’s famous self-portrait drawing along with the lyrics “imagine all the people living life in peace” from his solo song “Imagine.”

It was done in September 2016 by Connor Garrity, who is the frontman for All Hail The Yeti as well as the owner of Los Angeles’ Timeless Tattoo parlor.

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