Grandfather Tattoos

Noah Cyrus


Noah Cyrus’s first known tattoo is a roman numeral on her collarbone. It says “II – XXVIII – MMVI” which represents the numbers “2 – 28 – 2006.” The tattoo is a tribute to her paternal grandfather Ronald Ray Cyrus, who died on February 28, 2006. His death from lung cancer at the age of 70 also inspired Noah’s sister Miley Cyrus to get her first tattoo, which was of the words “Just Breathe.”

Katya Elise Henry


Katya Elise Henry has the word “celebrate” tattooed on her hand as a tribute to her deceased grandfather. She got the tattoo from artist Imxtana in August 2015. She explained its meaning in an instagram post:

Sometimes I need this as a reminder. Celebrate what you have been given. Focus on what you do have and not what you don’t. That is how my grandpa lived his whole life. Love and miss you grandpa.

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Jade Thirlwall


Jade Thirlwall has a tattoo along her spine which means “Anyone can achieve their dream if they’ve got the courage.” It’s a tribute her her maternal grandfather, Mohammid Badwi, and she has it written in Arabic because he was Arabic. Jade is quarter-Egyptian and quarter-Yemeni.

“It’s taken three years to get it right, as I’m such a perfectionist,” she told UnrealityTV “Basically, it’s in Arabic, as my Granddad was Arabic, so it’s kind of like a memory of him. It says ‘Anyone can achieve their dream if they’ve got the courage’.”
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Cassadee Pope


Cassadee Pope’s second tattoo was a yellow smiley face on her right hand below her index finger. This tattoo is in honor of her deceased great grandfather, whom she called “happy” when she was young because she could not pronounce his real nick-name “pappy.” The performance which landed her band Hey Monday their record deal was on his birthday, and Cassadee got this tattoo as a result. In her own words: “The smiley face was from when we showcased for Columbia and it was on my great grandpa’s birthday. And I used to call him “pappy,” but when I was really young I couldn’t say “pappy” I called him “happy.” And we ended up getting signed, so I know he’s looking after us.” (more…)

Kylie Jenner

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande neck tattoo

Ariana Grande has a tattoo on the left side of her ribcage of the word “Bellissima” which is the Italian word for “beautiful.” It’s a nickname given to her by her grandfather and she got the tattoo in honor of him. “I got ‘bellissima’ small on my side. It’s what grandpa’s called me my whole life,” she tweeted. Romeo Lacoste did this tattoo in March 2014.

    Carah Faye Charnow


    Carah Faye Charnow has the words “Straight and Level” tattooed on the inside of her right wrist.  Carah says that the writing on both of her wrists are her most meaningful tattoos: “‘Straight and Level’…was what my Grandfather end his stories with.”

    The tattoo also represents positive thinking.  Explaining this tattoo, Carah wrote “cause forward should be the only direction we know #PMA.”