Athlete Misty May-Treanor has a tattoo on her lower back with the Roman numeral five (the number she played with in college) and the initials of her grandmother in between, everything surrounded by colorful flowers and a dragonfly.
Lauren Jauregui has memorial tattoos for both of her grandmothers. First she got a dragonfly on the back of her neck for her mom’s mother. Then she got this tattoo of her paternal grandmother’s name “Angelica” on her left forearm in October 2016.
After Angelica died in February 2015, Lauren posted a heartfelt tribute on her instagram page:
Yesterday I lost a large piece of my world. My most beautiful, intelligent, strong, angel. The woman who taught me that a strong mind and heart are essential in this life. Thank you for giving me your unconditional love and wisdom throughout my life, listening to me and making me feel like I was heard and that my feelings were always valid. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for 80 years of your essence, you will be missed greatly but I know that God is happy that you’re home and safe now and I also know you will always be with me. I love you Abuelita, mi linda..siempre.❤️
Ariel Winter has a tattoo on the inside of right wrist of the spade symbol from a deck of cards. The inking is a tribute to her maternal grandmother Helen G. Batistas, who taught her how to play poker.
“I have a spade on my wrist because I love playing cards, like more than anything, it’s my favorite thing to do.” Ariel told ET. “I’ve been playing poker since I was six years old. My grandmother actually taught me when I was young, so I have a spade for her.”
Ariel has had a complicated relationship with her mother Chrisoula, whom she has accused of both verbal and physical abuse, so her relationship with her grandmother was extra special. E! News reports that Ariel’s older sister Shanelle, who would eventually become Ariel’s legal guardian, was removed from her mother’s home temporarily at the age of 12 and placed in the care of their grandmother.
Helen passed away from a massive stroke at the age of 72 in August 2010. However Ariel still holds a special place in her heart for her. “Yiayia we’ve missed you everyday since you left us in 2010. We love you so much.” she tweeted in 2015.
The timeline for this tattoo is a bit confusing. Ariel posted videos on her Snapchat while getting the tattoo done by artist Dr Woo on November 17, 2016, but she had previously talked about the tattoo in an October 2016 interview with ET. Our best guess is that she got the tattoo done at an earlier date and then had it retouched by Dr Woo in November.
Whenever it was first done, we know that she had thought about getting a memorial tattoo for years beforehand. Back in October 2012, Ariel posted a picture on her instagram of a temporary tattoo that she drew with a marker of her grandmother’s nickname “yiayia” and her date of death.
In September 2012, Rihanna got a new, very large tattoo as a tribute to her late grandmother. Alongside the picture of her new ink, she tweeted:
“Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations – #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart.”
The tattoo is of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who was depicted as the ideal mother and wife.
Kylie Jenner has her grandmother’s name “Mary Jo” tattooed on her arm just above her elbow. Like her other tattoos, it is done using only red ink, however this one is written in her grandfather’s handwriting.
It was originally done in February 2016 but she had it retouched in May 2016 while getting a tattoo on her finger.