Selena Gomez’s Tattoos

Selena Gomez has four known tattoos. The 22-year-old pop singer and former “Wizards of Waverly Place” actress has a music note on her wrist, a Roman Numeral on the back of her neck, “God Who Strengthens Me” on her right hip, and Arabic writing on her back.

She is believed to have one or two other tattoos, but they have never been seen by the public. Her tattoo artist Bang Bang revealed in an interview that she has 5 or 6 tattoos in total.

Selena Gomez music note wrist tattoo

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Selena’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?

Selena Gomez Roman Numeral tattoo

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Selena Gomez’s next inking 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 tattoo on her right hip

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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 Arabic back tattoo

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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.”

She has previously been rumored to have a cross tattoo on her hand, but it turned out to be drawn on with pen. She also fueled tattoo rumors when she drew her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber’s name on her wrist for a concert, but (thankfully!) that was fake as well.

Sources: AKM-GSI, Instagram, TwitPic, E! Online 1 & 2, Daily Mail

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  1. I love selena but i dnt love the tattoo,..there are other ways to be thankful to God dat strengthen ya,nt with levitecus 19:28 it says:ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the death,nor PRINT ANY MARKS upon you,i am the Lord……though datz wat everione does now,it feels as if u do not belong buh it is a Sin…..people say dey own their life dey can do watever they want with it,buh datz wrong,cos jesus already bought ur life….he is d reason why you are still alive…it is by is grace……

      • its ”i love yourself”

        it should have been

        ”حب نفسك اولا”

        instead of

        ”أحب نفسك اولا”

        • no it’s right, it’s “أحب نفسك أولا” or “اَحب نفسك أولا”
          You need to learn more about Arabic, she spelled it right :)

            • If she wanted it to mean “you should love yourself first” (as in the imperfect indicative tense), it should have read تُحِبُّ

            • Hello! Can you translate this for me in arabic? This will be a big help for me. I wanted to have a tattoo in arabic. Here it is in english. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

              • استطيع فعل كل شيء بفضله هو الذي يقويني
                THERE is the meaning u r looking for akon,i hope you mean god the one and only, and i am arabic and selena’s tattoo means love yourself first,

  2. Selena you are beautiful the way u r,I love you 4life don’t listen to bad mean negitive comments do watever u want it’s ur life don’t ever listen to the haters cause haters r haters u will always be my favorite singer I love ur tatoo

  3. She has a new tattoo “أحب نفسك أولا” that means “Love Yourself First.” Add this one to the list!
    P.S.: I love how all of her tattoos have a meaning behind, she doesn’t only do tattoos because it’s cool or whatever, she does bc all of it has a strong meaning to her. I love her bc of it <3

  4. i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee her & i think her wrist tattoo is just for showing her fans
    anyway i like it thats cool guyssssssssssss

    • i mean showing when she is singing, but these dayss shes not gonna sing do uuuu know why?
      waiting foe replies

  5. lxxvi/76 does not refer to the year 1976 and the birth of her mother. but to the year 1776, and the founding of illuminati.

    • Selena Marie gomez you love justin drew bieber i miss my
      Brother his name his michael he past a away July 12 2007 2013
      I am a fan of yours i need a some shoes adaisa neo

  6. Selena Gomez also has a tattoo on her wrist that says ”Justin Bieber” witch is the name of her Ex boyfriend Justin Bieber (The singer) as we all know! There is a picture of it on Google!

  7. She probably wanted then small because she thought they would hurt. If she got the small, they wouldn’t be that bad. So what i she doesn’t have like a giant dragon tattoo or something right? Maybe she just wants SOME tiny tattoos to maybe look not too weird. And it’s her life so why worry about others and think about trying to do the right things for you. I mean selena does what selena does. And no one can change
    That. —Fellow Selenator

  8. Those are the tiniest fucking tattoos I’ve ever seen. Avril Lavigne’s tatttoos are just as bad. So annoying.

    • So what if her tattoos are small? I prefer smaller tattoos anyway, if they have meaning what’s the problem? Way better than some huge dumb meaningless tattoo that you’re gonna regret. And I don’t see how a tattoo can be annoying, so what if you don’t like them. As a huge fan of Avril I know that they’re a part of her and her friendships and life. Sometimes a small tattoo can represent you way better than a big one!

  9. yeah ,me 2 think same ,that she wll nvr get a tattoo ,but she is showing now that she is not behind in comparison to other celebrity who having tattoo like rihanna ,miley ,and justin,

  10. I agree that her little music note is so small (that’s still her choice, you can’t do anything about that) that it will probably turn out to be a black dot in a few years but it’s not because you’re getting a tattoo that you have to get it like super big with lots of color and in a place where everyone can see it.

  11. OMg people get over yourself ( i agree with you ashley-sheree) ssoo what if its small thats probs what she wanted something small, meaningful etc, any who i have small tattoos, their meaningful for me not the whole world to see and thats probably what she wants!!!

  12. I love tattoos but i’m not gonna get any cuz if it goes wrong it’s permanent and you cant do anything about and removal is expensive and it hurts.

  13. OMG Cuppy Cakee get a life shes 18 and still a good role model she hasn’t had any controversial pics or choped her hair off and went crazy shes growing and taking her career in a more mature direction everyone grows up and people don’t consider this when bashing on a celebrity.

    • How does chopping off your hair make you a bad role model? Thats a personal choice and just because someone does it, doesnt necessarily mean they’re going crazy or are a bad influence…

  14. I love her tattoo its awesome! I wanted exact same one. When i got to the shop i got not one but 3 music notes with my daughters name cuz she loves music and is a huge fan of selena gomez. ROCK ON SELENA!!!

  15. I love her tattoo it’s nice I’m gonna get one like that in the same spot too cuz I luv music too<3 I love Selena :)

  16. I really like her music note tattoo i will get one just like that in the same spot i really look up to her <3

  17. she is pretty even with a tatoo. i think small 1s r better 4 u anyway. she is not stupid. she is a good actress 2. many people look up 2 her.

  18. Why so tiny? You know after she got that tattoo, that acting career she’s talking about is her starring in a movie where she smokes cigarrettes, is prancing around in a bikini, and is entering a world of sex, drugs, and stealing. Once a good girl turns bad, she’s gone forever. I’ll mourn forever. All it took was a teeny tine music note on her wrist. I’mma see that movie though!

  19. Um…cute? It’s one of those tattoos that’s not worth tattoing almost. You might as well sharpie it on.

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