Self-Love Tattoos

Kelsea Ballerini


Kelsea Ballerini has a tattoo of a square inside a circle on her left wrist as a tribute to her song “Square Pegs” and its message of non-conformity. She told Ty Kelly and Chuck:

“My third tattoo is because of my song called ‘Square Pegs.’ The hook is ‘square pegs make the world go round’ and it’s about embracing what makes you different and knowing that flaws are not a bad thing. It’s what makes you who you are and embracing that. I got that tattoo in L.A.”

The feeling of not fitting in isn’t unique to Kelsea. She wrote this song trying to capture a universal feeling that everyone deals with sometimes, telling Radio Disney:

“A square peg, it’s someone who doesn’t necessarily fit in the mold of whatever normal might be. And I think we all have those moments of feeling like we don’t fit, like we’re the square peg….I’ve spent a lot of my life wondering where and how I fit, and I’m starting to find that there’s a lot of beauty in not fitting. I really wanted a song to capture that….Being normal can be a little boring sometimes. I think that being different is exciting.”

Many fans of the song have their own versions of this tattoo — including fellow country singer Levi Hummon. They got their tattoos together following their sold-out concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on November 23, 2015. He told Mega Country:

“After the show we got very, very excited. I ended up getting a matching tattoo with Kelsea Ballerini. It’s currently on my hand. It’s actually her song, square peg in round hole.
And it’s about being a creative person, not being able to fit in necessarily, so I thought it related to me.”

Her makeup artist Meegan Pearson and some other members of her crew were also part of the matching tattoos.

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Chiara Ferragni


Tattoo number 15 for Chiara Ferragni was “#beautiful” on the side of her right hand, which she got from Dr Woo at Shamrock Social Club in October 2014.  It’s a symbol of self-love as well as nod to her career as an online influencer.  She wrote on instagram:

Haven’t properly said thanks to you guys for this new goal: 3 Million Instagram followers. My new tattoo, #beautiful, goes to all the beauty that surrounds us and makes us smile inside. Thanks for being part of this beautiful dream. #TheBlondeSaladNeverStops

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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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