Strength Tattoos

Rihanna


Rihanna’s hand tattoo is a henna-style tribal dragon claw, which she got on her right hand while in New Zealand on her November 2008 tour. It matches her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s tattoo on the same hand. The design is of a geometric dragon claw with small hibiscus that go up to her wrist. Her tattoo was done in the traditional style of the Maori people in New Zealand. This method of tattooing makes the skin appear raised and rough, rather than smooth. She said to reporters:

“It’s tribal. It represents strength and love….It’s their traditional way of tattooing. I always wanted [one]. It hurt like hell! 

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Lights has a lion on her left elbow.  She has a song called “Lions” and admires them as an animal.  “I’ve always thought lions were the epitome of beauty and strength and power,” she says.

Lions are also tied to memories of her childhood.  “My mom used to sit there in bed and read us the Narnia series growing up. And Aslan [the lion character in the books] represented something really great.  It’s just kinda grace and power all in one.”

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On Lights’ right arm is the Twinblade of the Phoenix from World of Warcraft. Lights describes it as “one of the most beautiful weapons” and says that it’s placement “always makes me feel like I’m on the ready with a weapon.”

Lights had a scar on her arm from when she got from her tuberculosis shot as a child, and she had the tattoo placed so that the jewel on the sword covered the scar. She explains “It scarred me for life. And I had this, it looked like a bullet wound on my forearm, since I was five. And [in 2009] I got this tattoo covering it which is a sword from a game I play called World of Warcraft. But I specifically placed it so that the jewel would be right over the scar. And the scar tissue healed weird and held the ink funny so that it actually looks like an opal. But it looks really cool and gives that jewel a unique look. So I turn scars into jewels.”

Lights loves fictional weapons and has a wall of them in her apartment. “I’m a warrior in World of Warcraft, so I always have swords. And obviously I love this whole warrior vibe,” she says.

The tattoo was done by Derek Lewis at Hartless Design in Toronto.

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Lights has a large tattoo on her back of Wonder Woman pushing off the hand of Giganta from the cover of Wonder Woman 2 volume 3.  At the bottom of the tattoo is a banner with the word UNSTOPPABLE written across it.  According to Lights, “it really represents being able to fight big things even though you’re small.”

Lights identifies with powerful female figures, and is particularly enamored with Wonder Woman.  She explains: “Wonder Woman is kind of my role model. She’s beautiful and she’s pure, and she fights with immense strength but integrity. She fights with justice and honor, and she’s not doing anything in a slimy or destructive way, and she’s doing it with grace and out of respect for everyone. And she’s an ambassador for Themyscira and a real symbol of a powerful woman. I think it’s fantastic. And she can kick ass and still look great doing it, so I feel like she’s a great symbol for us.”

Like many of her tattoos, this one represents strength.  “Everything I have on me makes me feel like I can do anything,” she says.

Selena Gomez


On October 28th 2013, Selena Gomez showed off her new ink; “God who strengthens me” written in script down her right hip. On November 5th 2013, Selena spoke to Ryan Seacrest on his show ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest’ about her tattoo. She explained that the tattoo is from The Philippians 4:13 verse of the Bible, Selena’s favorite passage: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Selena also revealed that the tattoo was over a year old at the time! “I’ve done a pretty good job of hiding it”, she admitted.