In January 2014, Ruby Rose got a tattoo on her left upper arm which says “Be the person your dog thinks you are” in hand-written letters. She explained its meaning to The Cut:
“Dogs: They have a love for you like you could do no wrong. The way they look at you is so amazing. They never get bored of you. You’re perfect to them. Imagine that you were the person that they see all the time. Nice, giving, caring, loving, and even patient when you have to pick up their poop. You’d be the best version of yourself.”
Ruby Rose has a tattoo on her sternum of the cartoonish crown design from the works of street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. This tattoo, which she got in July 2013, is her first of two tributes to the deceased graffiti artist. She later added a huge portrait of Basquiat on her upper arm.
Ruby Rose has a tattoo along her right collarbone which says “Maybe she’s born with it” to commemorate her modeling work with cosmetics brand Maybelline New York, whose advertising slogan is “Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.”
Ruby has been the face of Maybelline cosmetics in her native Australia since 2010. She has commended the brand for selecting a tattooed and androgynous person like herself to be the face of a traditionally feminine brand. “4 years ago @maybelline @mnyau took a big risk and chose a tattooed rock chick to be the face of their iconic brand,” she wrote on her instagram when she got the tattoo done in March 2014.
But the biggest reason she was so compelled to get the tattoo is that the brand supported her even when she was going through personal turmoil. “I really just wanted to remind myself that a brand like Maybelline – an internationally known brand, stands by me when I don’t believe in myself,” she revealed in an interview with The Carousel. “With my depression, when I went into rehab and took time off work and they were like ‘No, we want you to be healthy, you’re a human being,’ and that’s actually a big thing for a brand to do, surprisingly.”
Ruby Rose has a long quote tattooed on the left side of her rib cage which comes from the lyrics of Metallica’s song “Nothing Else Matters.” The tattoo reads: “So close no matter how far / couldn’t be much more / from the heart / forever trusting who we are / and / Nothing Else Matters.” This is one of Ruby’s first tattoos which she has had since she was 16 years old.