Self-Love Tattoos

Lena Dunham


In July 2017, Lena Dunham got a heart tattoo on her inner right inspired by New York doll artist Greer Lankton.  The  “Love Me” heart design appears on the chest of one of Lankton’s dolls. Lena showed off the new ink on her instagram, writing:

“So I cry, I pray and I beg… Greer Lankton’s last act on earth was this heart. These words were her mantra.”

Lankton used her own body image issues as the inspiration for her doll sculptures. The artist underwent gender confirmation surgery at the age of 21 and struggled with anorexia throughout her life. The personal nature of her art is what makes it so meaningful to Lena Dunham, who first saw Lankton’s work as a child. She told AnOther:

“I think Greer’s conflicted emotions about transitioning helped make her work just so emotionally resonant. We all feel that sense of being lost in and betrayed by our own bodies. She made it into poetry.”

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Sasha Lane


Sasha Lane has an big tattoo on her left shoulder which is the navel chakra symbol. This design is a about free expression, loving yourself and embracing all of your emotions and sexuality – Sasha explained in an interview. She also mentioned she got this tattoo on a moment of her life when she was trying to love who she was and embrace all of the things happening in her life.

Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels had the words “speak up” inked on her throat on May 28, 2017 as a reminder to say what she thinks and be confident.

“I think the [tattoo] that probably best represents me is the ‘Speak Up,'” she told Vevo. “And I think now more than ever I have the opportunity to have an opinion, and to have a voice, and that I should speak up.”

She told MusicChoice:

“I have a tendency to make myself feel really small in vulnerable times. And I just have to remind myself that I’m not. And to say what’s on my mind and know that people are not going to judge me for it. And I’ll feel stronger because of it.”

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Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels has the message “i love you” inked on her right palm as a reminder to never forget to love herself. The tattoo is Julia’s own handwriting and was done on December 20, 2016. It is on her non-dominant hand so it looks as if she wrote it herself in pen.

“I have a lot of little reminders on my body because I don’t tell myself that I love myself. And sometimes I forget, too. So I have this a just a ‘hey, I love you, everything is ok today,’ basically.” she told MusicChoice.

The location made the tattoo extremely painful, and she finds it funny that she basically tortured herself in the process of getting a symbol of self-love.

“It says ‘I love you’ but it was very ironic because it was very painful, I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on anybody. Don’t do it!” she told Z100.

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Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels has a tattoo of a geometric anatomical heart with an eye crying in the middle of it on her right arm. The crying eye represents a bit of her vulnerability and the whole design was inked on November 3, 2016 by talented artist London Reese.

As cliche as it sounds, it’s because I wear my heart on my sleeve. And we put the eye in there because it’s my way of showing myself a little bit. And showing that I’m slowly coming out of hiding. Because I do, I hide, and I’ve gotten so content with hiding over the years.
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SZA


SZA has a tattoo on her lower back which says “LANA” in gothic lettering. SZA’s full name is Solána Imani Rowe and Lana is one of her nicknames.

This was her first tattoo which she got when she was only 13 years old. She has mixed feelings about the tattoo, which is a symbol of her teenage rebellion. “Lol got my first tatt at 13… def semi regret it But still super into it?” she tweeted.

She references the tattoo on her song “Warm Winds ft Isaiah Rashad” where she sings “We were all thirteen once / Long live tramp stamps and Pepper Ann / You will never judge me for that / You will always love me for that”.

She also used a close-up photo of the tattoo as the cover art for her song “Sobriety.”

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