Sadness Tattoos

Florence Welch


Florence Welch added the words “Always Lonely” above the eye on the back of her left arm in May 2018.  The phrase seems to be a lyric from her upcoming album High as Hope as she has been selling “Always Lonely” t-shirts in one of the album pre-order packages. Her feelings of loneliness are one of the central themes of the album though it’s not all negative. She wrote in a press release:

There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love.”

Regarding lead single “Hunger,” she says:

“This song is about the ways we look for love in things that are perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more. I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection, because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.”

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Justine Skye


Justine Skye has a tattoo on the back of her right upper arm of two face — one sad and one happy. “Laugh now Cry later,” writes artist Soto Gangster.  Emotive faces are one of Soto’s signature designs and she has done similar designs for many clients.  Justine got this tattoo in November 2016 in the same session as a barbed wire tattoo on her finger.

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