DIY Tattoos

Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie got two tattoos on her left foot during the filming of her movie Suicide Squad. One she gave herself and the the other was a swap with co-star Cara Delevingne.

She bought herself a tattoo gun on eBay and brought it to the movie set. A large group of cast and crew members took Margot up on her offer to get matching “SKWAD” tattoos, but Will Smith was among the few who declined. “I’m a grown-ass man,” he told ET. “Margot comes bounding into work with all of her 24-year-old glory, and it’s ‘Guys! Guys! I got a tattoo gun! I got a tattoo gun! We’re all getting tattoos!’ I was like, ‘No, we’re not.'” Although Will didn’t want a tattoo for himself, he ended up participating in the event by giving a tattoo to actor Joel Kinnamen.

He may have dodged a bullet. Most of Margot’s tattoos turned out ok, but she made a spelling mistake on her very first try, writing “SWAD” instead of the intended misspelling “SKWAD.” That unfortunate mistake is branded on the arm of an assistant Simon. Luckily she got all the rest of them right, including the “SKWAD” tattoo that she gave herself on the inside of her left foot. “When we were shooting Suicide Squad we all got Skwad tattoos,” she revealed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “I gave myself a tattoo on my foot.”

Margot and Cara Delevingne also decided to give each other smiley faces on the bottom of their toes, which they dubbed “toemojis.” Margot gave Cara smileys on all five toes and Cara gave Margot one tattoo on the underside of her big toe. The x’s for eyes and sticking out tongue make it resemble the iconic logo of grunge rock band Nirvana.

“We did toe-mojis, we were calling them, where we’d tattoo the bottom of our toes with, like, little faces,” she told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “But the thing about tattooing the bottom of your toes is that it rubs off after a while, so we have to keep redoing them.”

Now that her tattoo talents have become known, friends have started asking her for commemorative ink. “At first I had to really beg people. And then it became a thing and people ask me now. They’re like ‘Oh I’ll get one. Yeah, that’d be funny,'” she told Colbert. At least two friends at Margot’s wedding to actor Tom Ackerley received roman numeral “XIX” (19) tattoos as a tribute to the date of the December 19th 2016 event.

She also tattooed some friends for her own birthday back in July 2016, when her tattoo gun was still new. “On my birthday, my friends were like ‘what do you want for your birthday?’ I was like ‘I just want to do more tattoos.’ When I had just started. So I tattooed a little girl holding a balloon.” She drew Jimmy Fallon a sketch of the design and even he had to admit it was pretty damn cute!

All in all, she’s given out around 50 tattoos. “I’m getting worse!” she joked “I remember my first couple I was like ‘I’m really impressed with myself’ but it’s gone downhill since then.”

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Kreayshawn


Kreayshawn shared this photo in September 2016 of some of the stick and poke tattoos that she has done on her own leg just above the knee.  Her simple designs included a planet, tragedy theater mask, the leaf logo from the Nintendo game “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” and a trio of balloons.  “LOL Stick and pokes I been doing on myself! Someone get me a tattoo gun 😍🔫💉🤘🏽” she wrote. (more…)

Kesha


Kesha gave herself this stick-and-poke whale tattoo while on vacation in Mexico in May 2016. “New tattoo? … whale shark blob whatever. I hope my hand doesn’t fall off,” she wrote in an instagram photo. Kesha went swimming with whale sharks on the trip and it was a spiritual experience for her. “When a whale shark decides to be ur best friend and reconnect you to your true self and nature and spirituality and magic and beauty and love and gratitude…..I LOVE THIS WHALE SHARK. I CANT EVEN. #whalesharklife,” she wrote. Now that feeling is commemorated permanently with this tattoo.

Grimes


Grimes has the word “Beautiful” tattooed on the back of her left hand along with many other tattoos including lines on her pinkie, a Greek meander on her index finger, her lucky number 8, an alien head, a chevron line on her wrist, and chains on her wrist. All of her tattoos are homemade and were done by herself or her friends. In an instagram post, she wrote “feeling beautiful despite many imperfections haha, terrible and wonderful memories etched into my skin. Even the most screwed up ones were all done w or by my best friends and they all feel like home.”

Kesha


Kesha got this letter “C” tattoo on her foot for an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show in August 2014. She wore a dress with his face printed on it for her previous visit, but this time she took it a step further.

“It’s for you,” she told Conan. “I was so excited to see you last night, I was in a frenzy. I was running around with my cats and I didn’t know what to do, and so I tattooed a C on my foot.”

She convinced her assistant to get the C tattoo as well. “My assistant, who has no tattoos, she’s like the sweetest little angel — I was like ‘come here’ and I chased her down and gave her one too.” (more…)

Ash Costello


Ash Costello took hold of a tattoo gun and gave herself this “Blow Me Up” tattoo on her arm in February 2014.  The phrase comes from the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn, who says “I’m having a bad day. I’m sick of people trying to shoot me, run me over, and blow me up!” For Ash, the phase represents perseverance:

My tattoo says “blow me up” with a red and green heart. I’ve always felt like a Harley Quinn just looking for her Joker, that mad love, 2 villains, it means and no matter how much you try and blow me up, I’ll always keep coming back. So go ahead and blow me up then, but I’m still here, causing trouble, just waiting to cause some trouble with him instead.

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Grimes


Grimes’ left hand has a number of DIY tattoos. She explains their meanings to Prefix Mag: “I did them all myself, I have a Greek meander that is often mistaken for a square wave on my finger (very telling of the times), an alien head because I believe in aliens, an “8” because its my lucky number and a wrist band my friend designed for me that I did in the woods in Minnesota.”