Planet Tattoos

Katy Perry

Katy Perry has gotten a tattoo for each of her albums when she’s near the end of her touring cycle. With Witness: The Tour winding down, she finally got her Witness tattoo on August 17, 2018, a few days before the end of the six-continent world tour that started back in September 2017.

Her previous three tattoos — a strawberry, a peppermint, and a prism — have all been on her ankles and have all had a very similar style, turning symbols from the album into colorful cartoon characters with cutesy eyes. But everything is different with this tattoo: different tattoo artist, different body part, and a completely different design style.

She flew Los Angeles-based artist Dr Woo out to Sydney Australia to tattoo herself and many members of her crew. He is known for his intricate fine-line designs, and he applied his signature style to this tattoo. Katy had said a while ago that her Witness tattoo would likely be “some form of an eye,” and Dr Woo’s design is that, but there’s also a lot more going on in it.

The pupil of the eye has a ring around it to look like a planet and the white parts of the eye are drawn with architectural curved lines through them. The whole design has a very outer space feel, looking almost like a spaceship or a satellite, which is reinforced by the twinkling star above it. But the eye also has a little teardrop in the corner.

Katy chose an eye for her tour tattoo since eyes have been the most prominent symbol of her Witness era. The album cover features Katy with an eye in her mouth and eye motifs have been used for her stage backdrops and costumes. The elongated eye shape of her tattoo, with the whites separated from the iris, is copied directly from the eye-shaped video screens behind the stage.

The Saturn-like planet in her tattoo is also inspired by the tour’s stage art. Katy performed the song “Thinking of You” each night while flying through the air on top of a planet.

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Alexis Ren

Alexis Ren got this planet Saturn tattoo behind her ear to cover up the ace of spade that she had for her little brother Ace, which was one of her first tattoos.  It was more a of move than a removal since she got a new spade tattoo on her knuckle, identical to the first but in a place where she can see it. Rather than have two of the same tattoo, she transformed the old one into something new.

“I love talking about technology and science. Some of my role models include Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” she said in a youtube video. Planets and space are fascinating to her, in particular she is taken with how small our lives are in the scale of the universe. “It’s unfathomable how big our galaxy is, and for us to be on this pale blue dot today, is a gift we need to celebrate more,” she wrote.

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Halsey and her friend Sean got matching Venus and Mars tattoos on their elbows in July 2015. When asked about the meaning of her planet tattoo Halsey replied:

“My friend Sean is an Aries so his ruling planet is Mars and mine is Venus and his birthday falls EXACTLY on my half birthday so we got each other’s ruling planets!”

Musician Blackbear also has a similar black and red planet tattoo as part of his left arm sleeve. Halsey shared a picture of their two tattoos together, but it seems that the matching is just a coincidence since he had his tattoo before she got hers.


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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus got this tattoo of a planet on her left forearm in April 2016. She shared a photo of the tattoo on her instagram page and implied that the planet was meant to be Jupiter, tagging her post with “#lilbbjupiter.” Her followers rushed to correct her and tell her that the planet with rings is actually Saturn, not Jupiter. However Miley is not entirely wrong — technically Jupiter does have rings, they just aren’t as prominent as Saturn’s.

She edited the instagram caption, which now reads “permaaaa skinnnnn arrrrrttttt by daaaa mosssst bad a$$ @laurenwinzer ?????? #stonerasfuck.” We don’t know whether she realized she had made a mistake or if she stands by it and just didn’t want to deal with the criticism. Tattoo artist Lauren Winzer seems to think it’s not any specific planet, writing “Lil baby planet and healed kitty from 2 years ago for lil baby @mileycyrus always getting the cutest things.”


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Maggie Lindemann

Maggie Lindemann added to her collection of celestial-themed right hand tattoos with this planet Saturn and three dots on September 25, 2016.  She told Sidewalk Talk:

I don’t even know the meanings behind my hand tattoos. They don’t all have meanings….The planets I just thought were cool. I do like the planets, I do like outer space and all that. I’m really into the moon. So I guess that’s why.


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Kreayshawn shared this photo in September 2016 of some of the stick and poke tattoos that she has done on her own leg just above the knee.  Her simple designs included a planet, tragedy theater mask, the leaf logo from the Nintendo game “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” and a trio of balloons.  “LOL Stick and pokes I been doing on myself! Someone get me a tattoo gun ?????” she wrote. (more…)

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Kesha got a tattoo of the planet Saturn on her left palm from artist Sean From Texas in November 2015. The tattoo symbolizes that Kesha is going through the “return of Saturn” period of her life.  The planet Saturn occupies the same place in the sky every 29.5 years, and horoscopic astrology believes that it significant when Saturn returns to same place in the sky that it was at the time when a person was born. It is thought that years surrounding the first return of Saturn are when a person becomes fully an adult. This period lasts roughly from age 27 to 31. Kesha, who was born on March 1, 1987, was 28 years old when she got the tattoo.

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