Kellie Pickler has a tattoo of stars on her left forearm just below the elbow. The stars represent the USO, or United Service Organizations Inc., which provides entertainment to American troops. Kellie has played shows through the USO for American soldiers serving abroad all over the world. The three stars are meant to represent each of her USO tours, but the tattoo hasn’t kept up with her service as she’s now done five tours! She says “I have stars on my left arm for my USO tours, but I’m missing two.”
The military is very special to Kellie, who comes from a military family. She even took a wounded soldier as her date to the CMT Awards instead of her husband. She told Maxim “I come from a military family. My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don’t mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!”
The “Faye” tattoo on Kellie Pickler’s foot is the name of her grandmother. Kellie has a special relationship with her grandma, who she says “was like my mom and my best friend.” Kellie was abandoned by her mother at the age of two and her father was in and out of jail, so she was raised by her grandparents.
Faye died in 2002 and Kellie honored her with the tattoo in 2008. Kellie also wrote a song “My Angel” dedicated to her grandmother, a characterization which is shown with a halo on the tattoo. She told Maxim magazine, “My grandmother would be mortified if she knew I had these [tattoos]. She’s passed away now, but she would say, ‘Tattoos are the devil!’ So my first tattoo, of course, was my grandma’s name.”