Line Drawing Tattoos

Lily Cole

Lily Cole has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist in memory of actor Heath Ledger. Along with the hand-drawn heart, there is a line that goes across her wrist. She wrote on her instagram:

“A heart drawn by someone who reminds me daily to wear my heart on my sleeve. Was thinking of you today. Love always.”

The model and actress starred alongside Heath Ledger as his love interest in the 2009 film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. This was Heath’s final role as he died on January 22, 2008 while the movie was still being filmed. The unexpected death due to prescription drug overdose was an impactful moment in Lily’s life. She told Interview:

“Everyone has to deal with death at some point, and it was the first time that I had to deal with it so close to me. I assume it will stay with me for the rest of my life, as it’s quite a seismic shift.”

She had only met him a few times before they began filming together but they grew close on the set. She saw him as somewhat of a mentor since she was so new to acting, praising both his brilliant acting skills and his generous personality:

“There’s no doubt that Heath was a massive support to me…He was aware that I was nervous, this being the biggest role I’ve ever done, and he was making a real effort to encourage me. And the coolest thing was that he was supportive without ever being patronizing.”

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Halsey

Halsey has a tattoo on her arm to celebrate her Playboy magazine cover story. Rather than just getting the iconic Playboy bunny logo, her tattoo shows the backside of a pair of jeans with the Playboy bunny on the pocket, complete with the Levi’s red tag.

Her favorite tattoo artist Curt Montgomery first created the design as an illustration which he sent to Halsey to congratulate her. When her cover of the September/October 2017 issue was released she posted the drawing on instagram and wrote “Good time to post this cute drawing my friend @curtmontgomerytattoos gave me!!! Might have to go get this tatted now that it’s official!!!!” She visited his Toronto tattoo parlor in October 2017 when her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour brought her to the area.

Halsey loves looking at vintage Playboy issues and has been a fan of the magazine for a long time. She told Playboy “My first encounter with Playboy was at my aunt and uncle’s house. I think I was like 8 or 9 years old. I’ve been kind of obsessed since. Whenever I’m somewhere that has vintage Playboys I’m obsessed with going through them. It’s been a long road for me and Playboy.”

She feels strongly that being comfortable with her sexuality is empowering and fired back on those who criticized her scantily-clad photoshoot. She posted a reply to a commenter who thought the shoot conflicted with her feminist ideals: “yeah, it’s crazy. I can show my tits in Playboy, perform at the Nobel Peace, speak at the Planned Parenthood Gala with Hillary Clinton, shake my ass on 300 stages, give a speech at the United Nations, do 150 shots of tequila, get a #1 album, and march in the streets of DC in just ONE year!!! Newsflash. A woman can be multi dimensional. #WeAreNotJustOneThing”

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Noah Cyrus

This sad little smiley face is one of four tattoos that Noah Cyrus got during a single session with artist Dakota Gomez in August 2018. She already had a similar tattoo on her wrist featuring a happy face with X’s for eyes. This time she got a frowning face with a tear drop below its eye.

Noah’s own sadness comes through in the new music that she’s been writing.  She told Access:

I wanted to let people see where I am in my life right now as a person. Like how I deal with hella anxiety, and I get depression, and I get upset, and I have feelings, and I’m alone on tour sometimes, and I’m sad.

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Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale got a tattoo of an elephant on her right arm during a trip to Cambodia in May 2018. She and her Life Sentence co-star Elliot Knight visited the country with the charity organization Ripple Effect and got to visit children with special medical needs in addition to seeing all the beautiful ancient temples. Lucy had some crazy experiences during her trip including eating fried tarantulas that she purchased at a local street market, which she says taste like potato chips. She wrote on her instagram:

Peace out Cambodia. – Every once in a while certain experiences and people open your eyes. Grateful for the remarkable time I had & for the beautiful children we met. Being a very small part of something this extraordinary is something that will stay with me for life & I can’t wait to be back to see the kids next year. And to my new friends- I love you guys!

It doesn’t seem like Lucy got to meet any elephants during her brief trip, though Elliot continued on to Thailand after she left and had his own elephant adventure, but surely she saw lots of elephant carvings in the buildings she visited.  The Asian Elephant is now an endangered species but was prevalent through Cambodia in the past and is a common motif in the country’s art and architecture.

She got the little elephant on her elbow inked at Bayon Tattoo, which is named after the Bayon temple in Angkor Wat and is located only a few miles from the historic site.  This parlor does some of its tattoos with the traditional Cambodian bamboo technique, but Lucy opted to get hers with a modern tattoo gun. She showed pictures of the process and the result on her instagram and captioned it:

Tattoos everywhere I go ?

Other members of the tour group got their own matching elephant tattoos on various body parts.

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Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart has a tiny little cross tattoo on her pinkie finger. She got it done in June 2016, sharing a video of the session on her Twitter and captioning it “Impulsive.” It was touched up in May 2017 by the same artist, Dan McWilliams at Studio City Tattoo.

Despite her tweet, the tattoo was not an impulsive decision. Lili thinks about all of her tattoos for a long time before getting anything permanent. “I come up with an idea, wait 1 year, and if I still like it I’ll get it.” In this case it was even longer than her 1-year waiting period. Back in 2011 she said that if she ever got a tattoo “I think it’d be about God. Maybe a little cross or a bible verse.” And in 2014 she wrote “getting an arrow and a cross for sure, also the name of my dog when she passes away.”

This is the only one of her tattoos which is ever seen on-screen in Riverdale. Lili’s real life tattoos don’t fit with her character Betty Cooper’s wholesome girl-next-door image so they are covered with makeup when she’s filming. “We kind of gave up covering my [cross] finger tattoo,” she told Refinery 29. “We literally don’t cover it anymore. So if you look, you will see [it]. It’s like an Easter egg.”

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Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa got this rose tattoo on her right bicep in the wee hours of the morning following her concert in Paris on April 3, 2018.  Tattoo artist Madame Buraka has a very distinctive style that combines 90s tribal designs, graffiti, and minimalist line drawings.  While the lines on Dua’s tattoo may look abstract at first glance, there’s actually an number “95” hidden in the leaves to represent her birth year.

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Maggie Lindemann