Katy Perry’s Tattoos

Katy Perry has eight small tattoos:

  1. Jesus on her wrist
  2. a strawberry on her ankle
  3. Sanskrit on her arm
  4. a peppermint on her ankle
  5. a lotus flower on her wrist
  6. a cherry blossom on her ankle
  7. Hello Kitty's face on her finger
  8. Superbowl number on her finger

Katy Perry has gotten a tattoo for each of her albums when she’s near the end of her touring cycle. With Witness: The Tour winding down, she finally got her Witness tattoo on August 17, 2018, a few days before the end of the six-continent world tour that started back in September 2017.

Her previous three tattoos — a strawberry, a peppermint, and a prism — have all been on her ankles and have all had a very similar style, turning symbols from the album into colorful cartoon characters with cutesy eyes. But everything is different with this tattoo: different tattoo artist, different body part, and a completely different design style.

She flew Los Angeles-based artist Dr Woo out to Sydney Australia to tattoo herself and many members of her crew. He is known for his intricate fine-line designs, and he applied his signature style to this tattoo. Katy had said a while ago that her Witness tattoo would likely be “some form of an eye,” and Dr Woo’s design is that, but there’s also a lot more going on in it.

The pupil of the eye has a ring around it to look like a planet and the white parts of the eye are drawn with architectural curved lines through them. The whole design has a very outer space feel, looking almost like a spaceship or a satellite, which is reinforced by the twinkling star above it. But the eye also has a little teardrop in the corner.

Katy chose an eye for her tour tattoo since eyes have been the most prominent symbol of her Witness era. The album cover features Katy with an eye in her mouth and eye motifs have been used for her stage backdrops and costumes. The elongated eye shape of her tattoo, with the whites separated from the iris, is copied directly from the eye-shaped video screens behind the stage.

The Saturn-like planet in her tattoo is also inspired by the tour’s stage art. Katy performed the song “Thinking of You” each night while flying through the air on top of a planet.

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Katy Perry continued her tradition of getting tattoos for each of her albums by getting this Prism tattoo in March 2015. In each case she has turned a motif from the album into a cutesy cartoon face complete with eyelashes.  She has a strawberry for One of the Boys, a peppermint candy for Teenage Dream, and now a rainbow-colored triangular prism for Prism. The adorable design was created by tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy.

“I always bring Bang Bang in for my most special tattoos—the ones my touring team and I get at the end of a tour to commemorate another successful journey together. Each time, he’s created the definitive symbol of that era of my life.”

She pays Bang Bang to join her on tour for weeks at time so that he can tattoo her whole crew and entourage. It’s important to her that everyone involved with the planning and production of the tour has the opportunity to get inked because the tattoos are a bond that they share. She told The Project:

“It comes towards the end of the tour because it’s kind of the payoff. We’re all like ‘we’ve done 100-plus shows, let’s shed some blood together’ we do it as like a family thing.  It’s to commemorate.”

The Prismatic World Tour lasted for well over a year with 149 shows in six continents from May 2014 to October 2015.  Although the tattoo marks the successful completion of the Prism album cycle, the tour wasn’t over when she got inked at the end of the European leg in March 2015. After a few weeks at home, she went back on the road for her final shows in Asia and Latin America.

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Katy Perry got this tattoo of the Roman numeral XLIX, which represents the number 49, following her halftime show appearance at Superbowl XLIX.  Katy performed a medley of her greatest hits and introduced the world to the iconic “left shark” dancer during a rendition of “Teenage Dream.” Superbowl 49 took place on February 1, 2015 and Katy got the tattoo only a few hours after the show as part of her night of celebration. (more…)

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Katy Perry has a tattoo of Hello Kitty’s head on the side of her right middle finger. The timing of the tattoo celebrates significant birthdays for both Katy and the cartoon cat. It was done on October 30th 2014, the first day of the Hello Kitty Con which celebrates the characters’s 40th anniversary — Hello Kitty’s official birthday is on November 1st. Katy turned 30 years old a few days prior on October 25th. “OMG HELLO KITTY IS A SCORPIO TOO ILY!!!” she tweeted. (more…)

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Katy Perry peppermint tattoo

In November 2011, Katy Perry tattooed a smiling cartoon peppermint candy on the inside of her right ankle to match the strawberry on her other ankle. While the strawberry represents One Of The Boys, the peppermint represents her candy-themed Teenage Dream album cycle and California Dreams Tour. The album cover has “Teenage Dream” written in a peppermint font. Katy also has a few peppermint stage outfits, and she wore one of them while she had the tattoo done.

The Sun reports that 50 members of Katy’s tour team also got the tattoo. Tattoo artist Bang Bang traveled with the tour for a week doing all of the tattoos. Katy took the gun herself to give Bang Bang a tattoo of the same peppermint design on his leg. At the same time, her then-husband Russell Brand got a tattoo for soccer team West Ham United on his arm. (more…)

Katy Perry lotus tattoo

Katy Perry got a tiny outline of a lotus flower tattooed on her wrist in January 2012.

Katy has not yet spoken to the press about this tattoo, so we can only speculate about its symbolism. Lotus flowers have many traditional meanings including purity, beauty, and detachment. Katy got the tattoo right around the time of her divorce from Russell Brand, so it would seem that the tattoo represents her newfound clarity after their separation. (more…)

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Katy Perry sanskrit tattoo

In June 2010, Katy Perry and her then-fiancé Russell Brand got matching tattoos on the inside of their right biceps. The tattoo says “Anuugacchati Pravaha” which means “Go with the flow” in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is an ancient language from India, a country with special significance to the couple. Russell proposed to Katy in December 2009 while they were vacationing in Jaipur, India. The couple were married in India in October 2010 with a traditional Hindu ceremony. After just over a year of marriage, they filed for divorce on January 2012. (more…)

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Katy Perry strawberry tattoo

Katy Perry tattooed a smiling strawberry on the inside of her left ankle in July 2009. Before getting the tattoo, she tweeted “Thinking about getting my second tattoo tonight! I wanna get a cartoon-ish strawberry to celebrate this amazeballs past 15 months.” Afterwards she posted a picture of the fresh ink and wrote “My new little friend… what shall be her name?”

Katy Perry got this tattoo to commemorate the success of her album One Of The Boys. She used inflatable strawberries as a prop on stage throughout her “Hello Katy” world tour and fruit motifs also appeared in her costumes and accessories. Speaking of the success of the album, Katy said “This past year and a half has been insane. I’m happy I’ve survived it. I really feel like this record really super-ceded my expectations. It’s been amazing. I didn’t think I would be all around the world in one year…I’ve just had so much success with this record beyond what I planned. You’re never really ready for this type of thing, and getting a tattoo would kind of be like to remember the first time.” (more…)

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Katy Perry Jesus tattoo

Katy Perry’s oldest tattoo is “Jesus” written on her left wrist, which she got when she was 18. Katy comes from a religious family and her parent are both evangelical ministers. She grew up listening to only gospel music and released her own gospel album under her real name Katy Hudson in 2001.

Katy got this tattoo as a constant reminder of her religious upbringing, which will always be a part of her. In 2009 she told Katie Couric “I knew I wanted this on me because no matter how much changes around me or how much I change, there’s not really an eraser for this.” She says that when she plays the guitar, “It stares right back at me. It’s like ‘remember, you came from this, and you can always go back to it.'”

Katy has not spoken much about her current religious beliefs, but it seems that this tattoo is mostly about how she has been shaped by her past. “I think I’m not exactly what I was born into, but I still have my roots,” she says. “I appreciate it, and I respect it to the fullest.” Katy has clashed with her religious parents over her partying and songs about kissing girls, but they remain generally supportive of her career. (more…)

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  1. You all just need to get over yourselves, Katy Perry is an amazing singer and she can do what ever she wants with her life. Just because she is a famous person doesn’t mean you all can come on here and be rude about what she decides to do with her life so stop posting stupid messages that are ridiculous because you are just making yourself look stupid so when you can finally stop bitchin* about Katy And every other famous person don’t post anything

  2. Her parents must be heartbroken that she has chosen to reject the truth of the Gospel, and instead follow the broad road to destruction. Imagine rejecting truth for the lies of a false religion. To have been raised with the truth and then embrace a lie is like spitting in His face, as well as her parents.

    Her parents are likely seeing many people get saved after hearing the Gospel … but as satisfying as that is, it would still be heartbreaking to see your own daughter choose the darkness over the light.

    For what does it profit a woman to gain the whole world, yet lose her soul?

    Shame on you for dishonouring your parents in this way. Honoring them is a command, not a suggestion. You are a role model for how young ladies are never to dress or act.

  3. She actually has 8 tattoos. You’re forgetting her SUPERBOWL tattoo on her middle finger. “XLIX” there’s a picture of it on her instagram.

  4. *8 small tattoos! she just got XLIX inked on the side of a finger which represents her halftime show performance at Super Bowl XLIX! (:

  5. Make tattoo, make love, marry and then divorce within a year. This is what our young generation have to look up to in their ‘stars’. I love Katy Perry but young people have to see their life critically. Just saying.

  6. Just an FYI. The Sanskrit tattoo actually says “Anugacchatu pravah” not “Anugacchati pravah”. “Anugacchatu pravah” would mean go with the flow. “Anugacchati pravah” would mean goes with the flow.

      • Its an ancient (dead) language, certainly not spoke in India, though many other asian languages (including hindi, bangla, thai) have their roots in sanskrit.

        • It is not spoken in daily life but it is taught up to class 10 in almost every state of India. One may opt for further studies. so not dead. Also all the rituals and religious ceremonies are performed using Sanskrit in hindi language speaking states

    • Shouldn’t this be “Anugacchatu pravaham”. Trying to recollect from my Grade 10 Sanskrit :-)
      The dot above the last character would add “am” in the end.