Grandmother Tattoos

Jillian Rose Reed

Jillian Rose Reed has a cursive tattoo on her left forearm reading “Love you soooo much” – and is a special message for her my grandma.

“I am the woman I am today, and I’m in the place I am today because of my grandmother. She taught me to be resilient, handle things with grace, and always wear enough blush 💕I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that she’s no longer with me physically, but I know she’s always in my heart. She was an incredible woman, and I plan to follow in her footsteps. Grandma, I “love you soooo much”, thank you for leaving me with your writing so I can carry you with me forever.” – Jillian wrote in an Instagram post.

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Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale and her older sister Maggie got matching tattoos in memory of their late grandmother.  The sisters both inked “I love you” on their right forearm in their grandmother’s own handwriting.  Lucy showed off the matching tatts on her instagram and wrote:

Nothing says sisterly bonding more than permanently tattooing your body. After years of wanting our grandmothers writing, we did it! Our Grammy was our favorite person & now she’s even more a part of us. Also, my sister is a badass who raises two kids, teaches combat classes AND goes on tattoo runs with her baby sister. Also, ouch. This one hurt.

Lucy’s grandmother is still a major part of her life even after she passed away.  She attempted to connect with her grandma on an episode of E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry and said:

I definitely felt like I was with her today, but then again I always feel close to her…I definitely always feel her presence.

Me and my sister talk about it all the time that we wish she could be here to see what I’ve done.  I don’t think many people thought in my family that [my career] would be what it is, but I always think that she did.

This tattoo, which they got in July 2018, is actually the second tattoo that Lucy and her sister got together to honor their grandmother.  She already had a sun on her upper back.

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Danielle Bregoli

Danielle Bregoli got the name “Josephine” tattooed on her ankle in honor of her great-grandmother Josephine Radford, who is her mom’s mom’s mom.  Great Grandma JoJo, as Danielle calls her, lives in Brooklyn New York. She made an appearance via webcam in one of Dani’s YouTube videos where she attempts to read some Bhad Bhabie lyrics, though at 96 years old she struggles a bit.

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Danielle Bregoli

The number “1921” on the front of Danielle Bregoli’s right ankle goes along with the name “Josephine” behind it. It represents the birth year of her maternal great grandmother Josephine “JoJo” Radford, who was born on October 16, 1921. JoJo is still alive and well at 96 years old.

The placement of this tattoo and the gothic font of the letters are inspired by Rihanna’s “1988” tattoo, which represents the singer’s own birth year.

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Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale has a little sun tattoo on the left side of her upper back which matches the moon tattoo on her opposite side. It was the first of two tattoos that she shares with her sister Maggie. She told Refinery 29:

“I have a little, tiny sun that I got with my sister in honor of our grandmother.”

Whether coincidentally or intentionally, this tattoo sits near the “light” tattoo on her ribcage and the lightbulb on her upper arm (added later) which are both inspired by the fact that her name Lucy means light. The sun is of course another symbol of light.

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Lauren Jauregui

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.❤️

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