Porcelain Black’s Tattoos
Porcelain Black is a pop singer who is known for her rock and roll attitude, an image which her many tattoos certainly contribute to. She has at least 30 tattoos, mostly on her hands and arms.
Some of Porcelain’s tattoos relate to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where she was born and raised before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her music. Others are simply works of art which she finds beautiful. In 2008, Porcelain wrote: “[My tattoos are] all paintings from my favorite artists. I’m really into art. I’m not really sure if they have any significant meaning or anything. It’s more or less just shit that’s gonna put a smile on my face every morning when I have to look at myself in the mirror. I think I maybe use my tattoos as inspiration more then anything…to keep me creating like I would hope my favorite artists would keep creating work of their own.” Porcelain has three very colorful tattoos on her left arm, while her newer ink tends to be more subtle black and white.
Explaining her love of tattoos, Porcelain says, “I love art. I love freedom of expression. I LOVE INK and think tattoos are sexy. I like the stories and meaning behind people’s tattoos. You can learn a lot about someone by their ink. I like the way they look and I like the way they make me feel.”
Porcelain has one go-to artist who does most of her work. “I get 75% of my tattoos done by my buddy Grant Cobb,” she says. “He has been my guy for years now. Grant works at Bob Robert’s Spotlight Tattoo in LA.”
Born Alaina Marie Beaton, she first began releasing music under the moniker Porcelain and the Tramps before signing to producer RedOne’s label 2101 Records in 2009.
“Trainwreck” is written in capital letters on the side of Porcelain’s left middle finger, where it shows when she holds a cigarette. Porcelain refers to her fans as Trainwrecks and considers herself to be a trainwreck as well. She says “It’s a way of life and what I call myself and my fans. It’s not necessarily being a train wreck and being a piece of shit, you know? It’s more about the way you live your life, being carefree and not give a fuck about what other people think of you. Just doing what you got to do that makes yourself happy and having fun.”
Porcelain Black’s father was a hairstylist, and in May 2011 she had the logo of his hair salon called Beaton Colors tattooed on her left hand. “He owned his own salon and while his clients’ hair would set he’d turn on a Marshal amp and put on his Kurt Cobain wig and jam out to Nirvana on his guitar. It was rad,” she recalls. Her father died of cancer when Porcelain was 16, but not without leaving a huge mark on her life. Porcelain says that her father “taught me to value individuality” and introduced her to rock and roll.
Porcelain has “Rock City” tattooed across her knuckles in green letters. Combined with the Detroit “D” on her hand, these tattoos make “Detroit Rock City,” the name of a Kiss song.
Porcelain isn’t concerned that having tattooed hands will prevent her from getting a job in the future, in fact that’s precisely the reason she got this tattoo. She says “I wanted to do my hands first so I was fucked and that no matter what I couldn’t get a normal job. It’s like my dedication towards music. I will not be sitting in an office ever doing that kind of job.”
On her right middle finger, Porcelain has a simple black cross. This tattoo predates the rest of her second row of knuckle tattoos and it appears very faded.
Porcelain added 4 more tattoos on her right hand in February 2012 giving her a complete “double decker” set of knuckle tattoos. These tattoos look somewhat cryptic but they are all symbols from Russian prison culture with specific meanings. Porcelain says “I got a bunch of Russian prison tattoo symbols on my lower fingers that all have meanings pertaining to me and all the crazy crap I did when I was younger.”
On her pinkie is this outline of a diamond with an Orthodox cross inside, which is the symbol of a “thief in law,” a highly respected and high ranking criminal.
On her ring finger is this oval with a half-white and half-black diamond inside.
Porcelain has a hammer and sickle on her pointer finger, which is the symbol of the communist party.
On her thumb is a cute little rectangle-shaped cartoon of a cat. It’s meaning is not so cute — the cat is a symbol of a thief.
On her left index finger is an outline of a circle with a black dot in the center. This is a symbol of an orphan or the saying “Trust only yourself.”
In April 2012 Porcelain married model Bradley Soileau, who is also heavily tattooed. The pair had black bands tattooed around their ring finger instead of traditional wedding rings.
The couple also have each others’ initials on their ring fingers. He has “PB” and she has “SB” for Bradley Soileau.
In October 2011, Porcelain and her then-boyfriend Bam Margera had “Professional Pylä Shit” (pile of shit) tattooed on the sides of their fingers. Porcelain also tattooed her initials on Bam.
Porcelain has “313″ tattooed on her finger which is the area code for her home city of Detroit, MI.
Porcelain has the words “Wicked Witch” tattooed down the sides of her hands.
On Porcelain’s right arm is a very colorful illustration by French graffiti artist Fafi, whose characters are known as Fafinettes. With its pink hair, tiara, and rainbow tank top, this charcter is reminiscent of Porcelain herself in her teens when she dressed in and dyed her hair neon colors. All of Porcelain’s more recent tattoos have been predominantly black, but this arm still has three brightly colored pieces. You might think that she would regret having tattoos in her older style, but in fact she has said that she loves the colors.
The cartoon was custom designed for Porcelain. She says “It’s by a French Graffiti artist–she’s an amazing artist who has murals everywhere, and that’s one that she did for me. I got that tattoo about five years ago [when she was 18] but I have wanted it for a really long time, so when I got it I was pretty stoked.”
One of Porcelain’s earliest tattoos is the colorful blue heart with a golden hinge on the inside of her right elbow.
On Porcelain’s right elbow are two cartoon alien characters.
Porcelain has a salt shaker tattoo on her left wrist. This is a matching tattoo with her friend Shayla McGhee who has a matching pepper shaker on the same spot.
On the back of Porcelain’s left arm is the word “Vicious” written vertically inside of a red crescent shape. It appears to be a thorn shattering a heart.
Above Porcelain’s left elbow are the words “Turn the lights down, turn the music up” which she got “because I like the lights off and I like my music loud.”
On Porcelain’s left elbow is the outline of a cat’s head. It has only eyes and no other facial features.
Just below her left elbow, Porcelain has an upside down cross with a red heart in its center. The cross is held by a severed hand with a bone protruding and blood dripping down. This is a matching tattoo with professional skateboarder Dustin Dollin.
She later added a black cross next to it. This cross is right-side-up with an inverted heart.
Porcelain has the words “I get down on my knees and prey” on her elbow. She intentionally uses the homonym “prey” (to hunt) rather than “pray” (to worship).
Below her elbow is a grayscale rainbow with the words “Black Rainbow” above it.
On Porcelain’s left forearm is an illustration of woman who is pouring something into one of her hands. It is a work by artist Camille Rose Garcia.
Porcelain has a black sheep on the back of her wrist with a question mark in the middle. The black sheep is a common symbol of non-conformity.
On Porcelain’s left wrist is a pink star with a black outline.
On Porcelain’s right foot was the word “Gossip” with lipstick as the letter “I.” In May 2011, she covered the first “S” with a whiskey bottle so that it now reads “Go Sip.”
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