Demi Lovato Tattoos

Demi Lovato got a tattoo on her back from artist Bang Bang on May 14, 2013 — the release day for her fourth album Demi. The tattoo says “now I’m a warrior”, which are lyrics from the album’s closing track “Warrior.” In the song, Demi sings about how the struggles in her personal life have made her a stronger person.

“I have a song on my album called ‘Warrior’ and it’s a very, very meaningful song to me,” she told Jimmy Fallon. “It’s really heavy, the lyrics, but it’s an inspirational song as well. It’s a negative thing turned positive. I’ve been through a lot and I’m really really honest on this album. And this is a song that was really difficult for me to write, record, and now release. [The tattoo] was kind of like a tribute to releasing the album as well as overcoming some really really difficult things in my life.” (more…)

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Demi Lovato birds arm tattoo

Demi Lovato added a flock of flying birds on her right forearm surrounding her “faith” tattoo in November 2012. The tattoo takes up the entire length of her forearm and was her first large tattoo.  There are twelve black birds with a little swirl behind them. This design later appeared on the cover of Demi’s self-help book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.

The birds are a symbol of freedom. She didn’t think much about the number of birds at the time, but she later realized a connection to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery program, with each bird representing one of the steps towards her freedom from substance abuse. “I love the freedom that birds represent and I didn’t specifically have a huge reason why I got 12 of them,” she told iHeartRadio. “But one day, one of my friends that I was at Sober Living, I was living in her Sober Living house, and they asked, ‘So why’d you get … How many did you get?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve,’ and I was like, ‘Whoa, I didn’t mean to do that.’ But it’s like, it was kind of like a God thing, like I worked the 12 steps, so as I got that while I was in Sober Living, apparently it was really meant to be.”

The tattoo was done by celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, whom Demi happened to connect with through a friend. “I wanted more tattoos and I’d never done anything big, and it was very impulsive of me, like the night that I got it. Literally, I had a friend who had a friend that worked with Kat Von D. And so, literally at like 4:00 p.m. my friend hits up her friend, and that guy was out of town but Kat was in town. And so I was like, ‘Let’s get a tattoo,’ which by the way, people like book Kat way in advance! But it was so impulsive, so it was meant to be.”

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Demi Lovato faith elbow tattoo

Demi Lovato tattooed the word “faith” on her right arm, below her elbow, in December 2011. This is a matching tattoo with her friend Lauren Martin, whom she met in treatment at Timberline Knolls.

Demi’s father isn’t a fan of her tattoos and she has a history of getting tattoos without telling him. She didn’t tell him about her “faith” or finger tattoos. However she plans to keep getting more tattoos despite his disapproval. When asked if she was thinking about a new tattoo, Demi responded “Always! I’m like ‘what can I get next’ and my dad’s like ‘nooooo!’…He does not approve of them.” (more…)

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Demi Lovato has “Rock N Roll” tattooed on the middle finger of her right hand. Though she herself is a pop artist, Demi is a big fan of rock and roll music.

Demi’s friend Hanna Beth Merjos also has a “Rock N Roll” tattoo in larger letters on the side of her hand. Though Demi and Hanna Beth got matching kiss tattoos together, Hanna Beth has had this particular tattoo for quite a while and it’s not clear whether Demi’s intention was to match her.

Demi has suggested that she might consider laser tattoo removal in the future since this tattoo and many of her others are very youthful. On Live! With Kelly & Michael, Demi said: “I’ve thought about it [tattoo removal] before, because when I get older I don’t know if I’m going to want to have ‘rock and roll’ on my middle finger. But whatever, I’m young and I can rock it now and when I get older I can worry about that later.” (more…)

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Some time in late 2011 Demi had “peace” tattooed in a script font on her finger. It is on the side of the middle finger of her left hand beside the knuckle. This is not an ideal spot for a tattoo because the fingers rub together and cause the ink to blur or fade. In Demi’s case it seems that the letter “e” is already wearing off.

Demi’s finger tattoos are her most discrete ink and aren’t very noticeable unless you are looking for them. She says “I have I think like 12 tattoos now, but I have them all in…not hidden places, they’re just places you wouldn’t think.” (more…)

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Demi Lovato has a tattoo of red lips on left wrist which she got in July 2011 as a matching tattoo with friends Hanna Beth Merjos, Ivey Ensley and Lauren Pietra. Ivey and Hanna Beth had the kiss placed on their collarbones. The tattoo is of Ivey’s lips.

This playful tattoo stands in contrast to some of Demi’s other ink with much more serious meanings. She told Hollywood Life “I got like a kiss mark, and it’s just like a friendship tattoo and also it kinda reminds me not to take myself too seriously. I got like a fun tattoo rather than all these other ones that are so serious.”

You would have thought that having her feather ear tattoo turn out poorly would have taught Demi a lesson about getting tattoos in non-professional environments, but apparently it did not. She told MTV “It was also on Warped Tour. In a tour bus. Another one, different year,” while grimacing. In another interview, she said “It was just a spur of the moment stupid decision.”

Demi Lovato has come to hate this tattoo and joked that it looks like a vagina. Those comments upset tattoo artist Ashley McMullen, who claimed that Demi was drunk and rude when she got the tattoo, didn’t pay for it, and didn’t give Ashley any publicity. She put the blame for the bad tattoo on Demi, saying she gave Demi what she “specifically asked for…it is not my fault you wanted a pair of red lips on your wrist next to your upside down tattoo.”

She finally had the tattoo covered with a rose in April 2015. (more…)

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Demi Lovato had a black cross tattooed on the side of her right hand below her pinkie finger in June 2011. This tattoo is an obvious nod to her Christian faith. She told Ryan Seacrest that she got this tattoo because she is a devout Christian and wants her fans to see it clearly every time she holds up a microphone. (more…)

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Demi Lovato’s most well know tattoos are the words “Stay Strong” on her wrists. Demi added these tattoos in March 2011 shortly after she spent nearly three months in rehab treating her issues with cutting and bulimia, with which she had struggled for many years.

The tattoos remind her to think positively. She told 20/20 “The message is for me. It says ‘Stay Strong.’ So every day no matter if I’m putting on my shoes or putting on my makeup, I see it every day, to stay strong.”

They were placed on her wrists, an area that she used to cut, in order to cover her scars as well as to serve as a symbol of her tremendous growth and recovery. Demi says “It was very symbolic for me to be able to be able to cover that up and also replace it with something else that’s permanent so that I’ll never be able to forget the support that I had when I went in [to treatment].” (more…)

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