Music Tattoos

Amber Rose


Amber Rose maintains a good relationship with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, with whom she shares a son Sebastian Thomaz, but she didn’t want her face on her arm now that they’re no longer together.  Rather than removing the tattoo, she returned to the original artist Bobby Serna in August 2017 to give it a new look. Serna transformed the face into that of Amber’s rockstar idol Slash from Guns N’ Roses.  She already had a full-body portrait of Slash playing his guitar on her forearm.

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Zoë Kravitz


Zoë Kravitz has a tattoo on her upper right arm which “Mississippi” on one line with a bunch of keyboard symbols “*@!!?*@!” on the next.  It represents the song “Mississippi Goddamn” by Nina Simone with the symbols used to censor the expletive word. Zoe is a big fan of Nina’s music and likes to fall asleep to her albums. She told Harper’s Bazaar:

“Even if I don’t go out, I have a hard time falling asleep, so I go to bed around 1 A.M. I listen to a lot of jazz when I’m getting ready for bed: Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.”

The song “Mississippi Goddamn” was released in 1964 at the height of the African-American civil rights movement and speaks about the struggles that black people faced while fighting for equality and how she is sick of waiting for slow change. Although much progress has been made, unfortunately racism is still present today and as a biracial woman Zoë Kravitz has experienced it first-hand. She has spoken openly about her struggles learning to accept her own racial identity and the typecasting that she experiences in Hollywood. She told Allure:

“Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong. I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”

She hopes she can provide more representation for mixed-race women through her work in the public eye — acting, modeling, and singing — since she herself did not see many mixed-race women in those roles when she was growing up.

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Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels has a faceless woman tattooed on her right upper arm. The portrait has a geometric pattern on her face, while the rest of it is very vibrant and colorful. The ink piece was done by artist Jim Sylvia across multiple sessions in February and March 2016.

Back then Julia was still writing songs for other artists and the concealed face symbolizes herself being unseen. She told Vevo:

I have this faceless woman here. It kind of, at the time, was describing my anonymity in the music industry…I’ve always kind of felt like this is who I am on the inside. Everything’s just kind of changed so much this year that I feel like this is me, this is me showing myself, this is me at my most vulnerable.

She made the transition to being a performer after she wrote her breakout hit “Issues,” a song that was so personal she couldn’t imagine anyone else singing it.

“I’m a very nervous person, and I’ve never really been much of a confident person. I think it took a song like ‘Issues’ for me to realize that [being a singer] was something that I wanted, and something that I’ve suppressed because I’m so fearful of it,” she told Jimmy Fallon.

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Mandy Moore


Mandy Moore has a tattoo of a sperm on her ankle, which is related with a moment of her musical career.
Many years ago, while on tour with her band, Mandy Moore shared a bathroom (including a shower) with many of her male band mates. She had no problem in sharing the bathroom but her rule was no masturbating while in there.
That moment become a big joke, because one of her band members said “I don’t want babies on my feet”. They even created a song called “Babies on My Feet” that they sang onstage every night and to commemorate the tour all the band mates, including Mandy, got “babies on our feet” tattoos.