Music Tattoos

Sia Furler

Sia shows her love of music with this treble clef tattoo on her right ankle. Ironically, she can’t actually read sheet music! That hasn’t stopped her from become one of the biggest songwriters in pop music. She writes songs by trying out many different vocal melodies over an existing track, either one sent to her from a producer or played on the piano by her long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin. Once she’s created out a tune that she likes, she fits lyrics into it and producers add instrumental arrangements to fit with her melody.

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Grimes

Grimes gave herself a stick-and-poke of three Cyrillic letters on her knee in September 2017. It’s placed upside down so that it faces towards her, which makes sense seeing as it was a DIY tattoo.

It seems that she meant to write “fae,” but it’s more of a transliteration than a translation. Her tattoo “ФАЙ” is pronounced like “fae,” but the actual word for fae/fairy in Russian is “ФЕЯ.” Coincidentally, her version looks more like the Russian word “РАЙ” meaning “paradise.”

Fae is an old English word for fairy, but Grimes has been using it to describe music that gives off fairy vibes. She curates a playlist called “the faé list” and has applied her own artistic backstory to the sound, writing “The fae are the children living at the end of the world, who make art that reflects what it’s like to live knowing the earth may not sustain humanity much longer. We live knowing that environmentally driven genocide is nigh, that the least equipped are to be struck down by the very earth itself. Repentance by the innocent for the sins of the rich. This does not mean that all fae art is directly about this, but that the influence of this reality is inescapable for the fae.”

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Halsey

Halsey has the lyrics “i’m a loser baby” tattooed along the left side of her neck in delicate cursive writing. This phrase was made famous by alternative singer-songwriter Beck’s 1993 hit song “Loser,” however these lyrics are also used in the 2017 song “Loser Baby” by indie band La Bouquet. She is a fan of both artists but has more of a personal relationship with La Bouquet and has actually tweeted about their song, which is more likely the direct inspiration for the tattoo. La Bouquet band member Bryan Sammis was one of the opening acts for Halsey’s American You(th) Tour with his solo project Olivver the Kid.

Halsey’s tattoo was done by artist Jon Boy at Bang Bang Tattoos in New York City in January 2017. She was accompanied by her boyfriend G-Eazy for the second time. He got an angel and devil on his arms which Halsey drew for him.

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Asian Doll

Asian Doll has the number 1017 tattooed on her right hand which record label that she signed to.

La Flare announced on June 13 that his label 1017 Eskimo Records has signed its first female rapper Asian Doll.
“Welcome @asiandadoll to #1017EskimoRecords,” Guwop wrote in an Instagram caption. “Congrats Y’all get ready because we bout to go crazzyyyy!”
Asian Doll also shared her excitement for the new career move. “IM THE 1st EVER FEMALE ARTIST TO SIGN WITH @gucci1017 💕🏹 I’m Officially 🔟1️⃣7️⃣,” she tweeted.

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Maggie Lindemann

Maggie Lindemann has a tattoo on the back of her right arm which says “Depression & Obsession,” inspired by the song of the same name by alternative rapper XXXTentacion.  She was a fan of his music and was saddened by his June 2018 murder.  This song in particular relates to her own emotions.  She has struggled with depression her whole life, has written a song of her own called “Obsessed,” and once tweeted his lyrics “depression and obsession don’t mix well.”

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