Umbrella Tattoos

Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez got her first two tattoos in one session in July 2014 with artist Lauren Winzer. The larger of the two is a colorful pastel carousel horse on her left forearm. Melanie has said that she loved carousels as a child. One of her first singles was the song “Carousel” in which uses a carousel as a metaphor for a relationship which is stuck going in circles.  The tattoo isn’t specifically a reference to the song, but rather both are a reflection of the same aesthetic. “There are certain [tattoos] that mean different things. I loved carousels since I was little, but that’s also why I wanted to write a song called Carousel, so everything in my life kind of fits together,” she told Now 105.

Sherri DuPree-Bemis

Sherri DuPree-Bemis has a tattoo on her upper right arm featuring the characters Mr. Tumnus (a half-goat) and Lucy Pevensie from the C.S. Lewis book series The Chronicles of Narnia. Artist Jeremy Swan did the tattoo in July 2013. It honors Sherri’s daughter Lucy Jean Bemis who was born a few months prior in February 2013.

She writes: “Nearly 20 years ago I first heard the story of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (my mom @kimbrtones read it to us as kids) and I decided that, one day, if I ever had a daughter I would name her “Lucy” (after little Lucy Pevensie). It’s mind blowing that dream from my 10 year old self came to fruition and that I was given/trusted with that gift. The gift of my own little Lucy! Your dad @maxbemis and I love you so much kiddo! Thank you to @swanjeremy for creating this beautiful tattoo in her honor. Art by Pauline Baynes.”