Grimes gave herself a stick-and-poke of three Cyrillic letters on her knee in September 2017. It’s placed upside down so that it faces towards her, which makes sense seeing as it was a DIY tattoo.
It seems that she meant to write “fae,” but it’s more of a transliteration than a translation. Her tattoo “ФАЙ” is pronounced like “fae,” but the actual word for fae/fairy in Russian is “ФЕЯ.” Coincidentally, her version looks more like the Russian word “РАЙ” meaning “paradise.”
Fae is an old English word for fairy, but Grimes has been using it to describe music that gives off fairy vibes. She curates a playlist called “the faé list” and has applied her own artistic backstory to the sound, writing “The fae are the children living at the end of the world, who make art that reflects what it’s like to live knowing the earth may not sustain humanity much longer. We live knowing that environmentally driven genocide is nigh, that the least equipped are to be struck down by the very earth itself. Repentance by the innocent for the sins of the rich. This does not mean that all fae art is directly about this, but that the influence of this reality is inescapable for the fae.”
In March 2017 Grimes got a series of mystical symbols hand-poked on her left palm by artist Grace Neutral, who captioned her photo “Spells for Elves.”
On her index finger is the alchemy symbol for the planet Jupiter (♃), which is associated with thinking and learning.
We have not been able to identify the other symbols, which may be custom designs. Magical sigils can be created by combining the letters into a unique design.
The lines at the center of her palm bear some resemblance to the letter E in the old Irish Ogham alphabet, but it doesn’t have the same bend at the bottom.
Lily Cole paid tribute to her two-year-old daughter Wylde by getting artistic ink from artist Stanislava Pinchuk in August 2018. She intended to get one tattoo, but the artist instead created for her a collection of five tattoos on her left hand which represent each letter of Wylde’s name in an interpretive way. The supermodel showed off the tattoos on her instagram and wrote:
“Today I went to Paris to get 1 tattoo from the talented @m_i_s_o_ … then I ended up getting 5. Fun day. Check out her work: an artist and activist I admire”
Artist Stanislava Pinchuk works in a very non-traditional way. She only accepts payment in the form of trades — Lily gave her photographs and a book. Her home-made tattoos are created specifically for each client.“Every one is different, just a lot of consideration & talking” she wrote.
The five tattoos that she created for Lily Cole are scattered throughout her fingers, hand and wrist. The letters of the name “WYLDE” aren’t in any readable order. It’s the sort of tattoo that’s meant more for artistic expression and internal reflection rather than to convey a message to anyone else.
The shape on Lily’s middle finger, which looks like V:, is a letter “W” with two of the lines missing. The “Y” is drawn in a curvy fashion on the side of her hand. “L” is represented by a straight line on the outside of her index finger. The arc on her wrist is for the letter “D” and the three lines on her thumb give the vague impression of an “E.”
Erika Costell and her boyfriend/husband Jake Paul got matching “GOAT” tattoos in January 2018. The YouTube power couple known as “Jerika” both got the word written in capital letters that are stacked vertically. She placed her tiny inking on her left forearm while he incorporated his much larger “GOAT” tattoo into a growing collection of intersecting words on his left thigh. They joked that Erika is a goat, as in the animal, while Jake is the GOAT, an acronym for Greatest Of All Time.
Goats are Erika’s favorite animal and have been since she was a child. She previously had the word “goat” tattooed inside her lip, though lip tattoos are known to wear off so it might be very faded by now. She explained that her goat obsession all dates back to one special pet:
Why am I obsessed with goats? When I was 12 years old or so I had a pet goat. I loved this goat so much. His name was Twinklebuddy. I also had a couple other weird animals with weird names, but Twinklebuddy was my favorite and he actually died unexpectedly. I’ve been obsessed with goats my entire life. I don’t know where it came from — well I know it came from Twinklebuddy but it’s stayed with me all the way til right now. So that’s the reasoning behind everything goat. It also means Greatest Of All Time.
Debby Ryan got a hand-poked tattoo of a dagger on her left wrist during a late night tattoo session in January 2017. This designs sits on top of the old alien on her wrist, which was already very faded since stick-and-pokes don’t usually last as long as machine tattoos. Her tattooer Julia Laufer aka know_dice describes it as a “semi-cover up.”
Debby Ryan has a tiny letter “V” tattoo on the underside of her finger which stands for “Visitors.” She explained its meaning on her instagram:
V I S I T O R S — Nothing is ours and everyone is visiting. Some people stay a while. Some are just passing through your life. Some stay as long as they’ll stay anywhere. It’s important for us to be super careful of the souvenirs they leave with and that they leave in us. My buddy and I tattooed this V on my right ring finger and his left thumb-knuckle so that every handshake reminds me I’m visiting and greeting a visitor.
Debby Ryan had this little stick-and-poke alien tattoo for about two years. She first showed off the alien on the inside of her left wrist in January 2015 and then in January 2017 she covered it up with a new design. In response to a question about her tattoo on tumblr, she quoted “If I find in myself a desire which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only explanation must be that I was made for another world.” by author CS Lewis.
She was very much into “out of this world” extraterrestrial vibes at the time that she got the tattoo — but so was her ex-boyfriend. She has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun, who sometimes wears an alien mask on stage. The tattoo is not specifically about him and it seems like they were actually broken up when she got it. But the connection to Josh might explain why she wanted to get rid of the faded inking rather than redo it.