Asia Argento has a large angel tattoo on her abdomen. This decades-old tattoo was first seen on a magazine cover in 1996. Due to its age, she had the tattoo redone by her favorite artist Marco Manzo in December 2013. “Angel is coming back with vengeance and proteçao. Getting it tattooed again by @marcomanzotattoo where it belongs since 21 years, tomorrow,” she wrote.
The angel is a symbol of protection and it sits next to a scar from hernia surgery. At the bottom of the tattoo is a banner with the word “Proteçao” which means “Protection” in Portuguese.
Courtney Love’s angel tattoo on her back
R&B singer K. Michelle has a large heartbreak-themed comic book tattoo on her upper left arm. The top panel features a figure holding a torn-out heart and proclaiming “I don’t want it anymore.” The bottom panel shows a male cartoon holding up two pieces of a broken heart while a female character kneels down in tears. The speech bubble says “Umm…you can have your heart back. Sorry I broke it.” Off to the left side of the tattoo is cupid shooting an arrow while a person points a gun at him saying “Do not touch me.”
The tattoo started out as just an outline each comic–first the top, then the bottom, and lastly the left side. Later on she had the tattoo colored in and added a background of colorful clouds and red broken hearts.
Though the general theme of the tattoo is depressing, K. Michelle wrote a positive message when she shared a picture of the ink. “After every heartbreak there will be sunshine. Where there is hurt there is HEALING!” she says.
Beyoncé’s first tattoo was a mistake that she removed soon after. She still has scars on her left hip from the laser removal. The tattoo was rarely seen due to it’s location, but we know a lot about it from interviews with her tattoo artist and Queen Bey herself.
The removed tattoo was an angel in prayer on her left hip. She visited the studio of Mister Cartoon who has inked many of hip-hop’s biggest stars. She didn’t know what she wanted to get and after a long discussion they came up with the design together. The artist told the LA Times that Beyoncé was his hardest client to design for since he needed to create something fitting of a young diva who had never been inked before. Ultimately it seems like the size of the tattoo was too much for Beyoncé. She’s gotten more tattoos since, but they’ve been very small and very personal.
Beyoncé opened up about the tattoo — and it’s removal — in a 2010 interview with People magazine:
When I was 21, I actually did get a tattoo of an angel that I had painted. It was very, very beautiful. But the next day I woke up, and I was like, “Oh my God! What did I do?” So literally the next week, I started getting it removed. It’s gone now. I went through so many years of pain. I wish I’d taped it for young people to see.
She also sang about her family’s reaction to the tattoo on her song “Daddy” from her 2003 album Dangerously in Love:
I still remember I caught you crying cause of my tattoo
Could have said Beyoncé I told you so
Instead you said you’d get one too (Even my mama said y’all get one just like mine)