Clock Tattoos

Iggy Azalea

The second new piece which Iggy Azalea added to her right forearm half-sleeve in 2016 was this surrealist rose design on the back of her arm, just below the elbow.  The image combines a traditional style rose tattoo with the roman numeral digits of a clock face, which spiral into the center of the flower.

Iggy hasn’t spoken about what it means to her personally, but it appears to have something to do with the ephemeral nature of time.

The numbering on the clock has a few oddities that could be symbolic, if they aren’t unintentional mistakes.  The clock goes straight from one (I) to three (III) with no number two (II) in between.  The number four is written as IIII rather than the correct roman numeral IV.


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Melanie Martinez

In May 2016, Melanie Martinez got this tattoo of a clock from artist Pancho Placas at High Seas Tattoo Parlor. It is inspired by the works of contemporary artist Mark Ryden, but Melanie added her own little bit of flair to the design.  She took the face of a wall clock from the 2000 painting The Butcher Bunny and put it on an old fashioned alarm clock. (more…)

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Beth Lucas

This large piece on the front of her left thigh was inspired by the Major League song Need I Remind You and states the lyrics “I wish time was on our side…” The thigh piece includes an hourglass, roses and an antique pocket watch.

The ink was done by Brisbane tattooist Tilly Dee, who designed the piece and also created an original painting with the same artwork. (more…)

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