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Selena Gomez has at least 8 tattoos:
Selena Gomez has an tattoo of a lower-case letter “g” behind her left ear for her baby sister Gracie, who was born on June 12, 2013. Her birth was extra special because Selena’s mother had a miscarriage in 2011 with another baby girl whom she had named Scarlett. Gracie Elliot Teefey is Selena’s half-sister and her very first sibling. Selena’s parents have been divorced since she was five years old and she was the only child that they had together, though she now has a second half-sister from her father: Victoria Gomez, who was born on June 25, 2014. Selena and Gracie share the same mother, Mandy Teefey, but Gracie’s father is Selena’s stepdad, Brian Teefey.
This tattoo was first seen in June 2015 and it took a few months for Selena to speak publicly about it’s meaning, leading to lots of speculation from fans and the media. Some thought that it was a letter “J” for her on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber or a “J” for Jesus. The most common belief was that Selena had joined a growing list of stars have have gotten “G” tattoos in honor of Georgia Veach, a pastor’s daughter who suffers from a rare and incurable brain disorder called Lissencephaly. Ashley Benson, Hailey Baldwin, and Justin Bieber have all gotten inked in Georgia’s honor. Selena finally put the rumors to rest by confirming that the “G” is for her own sister Gracie.
Selena Gomez has a tattoo on her left hip which is thought to be an om symbol (ॐ). Om is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other Indian religions which represents the sound of the universe. In western culture, Om is primarily thought of in connection with peacefulness, mindfulness, and meditation.
Selena’s stylized design looks different than the more tradition versions of the Om symbol; hers almost looks to say “x31”. It is drawn with thin lines that make it similar to her other dainty inkings.
It was first seen when Selena went to the beach in September 2015, but Selena has a knack for hiding tattoos from the public. No one knows exactly when she had the tattoo done.
On October 28th 2013, Selena Gomez showed off her new ink; “God who strengthens me” written in script down her right hip. On November 5th 2013, Selena spoke to Ryan Seacrest on his show ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’ about her tattoo. She explained that the tattoo is from The Philippians 4:13 verse of the Bible, Selena’s favorite passage: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Selena also revealed that the tattoo was over a year old at the time! “I’ve done a pretty good job of hiding it”, she admitted.
Selena Gomez got her fourth tattoo from artist Bang Bang in June 2014. It is Arabic writing on the right side of her back. It says “أحب نفسك أولا” which translates to “love yourself first.”
“Selena already had it written out how she wanted,” Bang Bang told E! News. “The tattoo is about 4 inches, and didn’t take too long, probably about 30-45 minutes. The longest part is laying it out. We played with it a bit laying it out, until we found the perfect spot.”
Selena Gomez’s second tattoo was a Roman Numeral on the back of her neck, which is believed to be a tribute to her mother. Tattoo artist Bang Bang explained “The tattoo was a tribute to a family member who she said means a lot to her.” The tattoo reads “LXXVI” which is the number 76. Selena’s mother Amanda “Mandy” Teefey was born in 1976.
The tattoo was done at Bang Bang’s New York City studio on September 29, 2012. He says “Selena was nervous it might have been painful, so she held her best friend’s hand the whole time. But she did a great job.”
Selena Gomez’s first tattoo was a tiny music note on the side of her right wrist. “I was named after a singer [Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez] and music obviously is a big influence for me,” Selena told E! Online. “And there’s music stuff with my mom that means a lot to me, too.”
Selena got the tattoo at Under The Gun in Hollywood, CA by artist Louie Gomez on February 22, 2012. The tattoo came shortly after Selena announced that she would be taking a break from music to spend most of 2012 focusing on her acting career. Perhaps she wanted the tattoo to remind herself that music is a part of her even when she’s not performing?