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Singer and actress Ashlee Simpson has 9 tattoos, most of them on her wrists. She started her career as a blonde-haired actress on 7th Heaven, but she burst into the limelight in 2004 when she starred in The Ashlee Simpson Show, an MTV reality series documenting the recording of her debut album. Her black hair and punky clothing led her to be seen as the “rebellious” sister compared to her “goodie-two-shoes” older sister Jessica Simpson, though she had no tattoos at the time. Ashlee got her first tattoo later in 2004 to celebrate the completion of her debut album.
From 2005 to 2007 Ashlee added a few more small tattoos including cherries on her ankle and a peace sign on her finger. It wasn’t until March 2008 that Ashlee got her first large tattoo — a colorful peony on her wrist. This tattoo seems to be enough for Ashlee, as since then she has only added one more tiny tattoo which celebrates her marriage to Evan Ross.
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.”
Ashlee Simpson tattooed a tiny red heart on the side of her ring finger some time in early 2008. The ring finger is a common place for love tattoos, so it’s likely that she got this tattoo for then-boyfriend Pete Wentz to whom she got engaged in April 2008 and wed in May 2008. Ashlee filed for divorce in February 2011, so hopefully the tattoo isn’t too awkward now! Luckily for her it’s tiny.
In June 2007, Ashlee Simpson added the number 3 beneath “Love” on her wrist. Ashlee and her assistant Nicole got these together as friendship tattoos. Nicole wrote to Ashlee-Star.com: “To answer your question regarding what the 3 represents on Ash’s wrist, we both got one together because before she has to perform, I’ve always kissed her wrist 3 times for good luck with love. It’s basically a count down for her to be mentally & spiritually ready to perform. It’s a friendship/sister thing between us.”
The other tattoo that Ashlee Simpson got in August 2005 was a tiny pair of cherries on the outside of her right ankle. Even though the ink is very discreet, Ashlee’s parents are not fans. At the time she told People Magazine “I’m sure I’ll get more tattoos but my parents are begging me not to.” Of course Ashlee did continue to get more tattoos — and they got bigger!
In August 2005, Ashlee Simpson added two new tattoos at the same time to celebrate the completion of her second album I Am Me. One of these tattoos was the word “Love” on her wrist. Ashlee explained the meaning of this tattoo to People Magazine: “I got ‘love’ because for me love is the most important thing. So I can give people love.”
Was this tattoo inspired by her love for a boyfriend? Ashlee says not. “No, it’s not for anyone,” she told About.com. She also joked about why she chose to place it on her wrist: “It’s like Spider-Man, like you shoot love to people [said while shooting her wrist forward like Tobey Maguire does in the “Spider-Man” movies].”
Ashlee Simpson’s very first tattoo was a black outline of a star that she got on her left wrist in 2004 to celebrate the completion of her debut album Autobiography. She told MTV “The first tattoo I got was a star and I got that with a few of my best friends. I have that one when I finished my first record and I have ‘Love’ on my other hand when I finished my second record.”