Bea Miller and fellow pop singer Kennedi got matching tattoos in March 2018 that say “it only couldve been what it was” with the text wrapping around their elbows. The two girls seem to have come up with this phrase on their own — perhaps it’s a lyric to a future song? It speaks to fate and destiny as well as the pointlessness of dwelling on things in the past that we can’t change.
Tattoo parlor Generation 8 Tattoo shared of a photo of Bea’s completed tattoo next to the paper that used as their template, where we can see that it printed out using a computer handwriting font similar to Daddy’s Hand with no apostrophe and no capital letters for a uniform look.
Bea Miller got this minimalist drawing tattooed on her right bicep in December 2017. With only a few lines, the design gives the impression of a couple hugging. The lover on the left has their arms around the other’s neck while the figure on the right has their arms around the waist.
Bea Miller added this handwritten tattoo between her ghost and maple leaf in December 2017. It says “we are all going” which is a line from the John Green novel Looking for Alaska. She shared a picture of the tattoo on her instagram along with a photo of her copy of the book, showing the context for the quote. The paragraph in the book says:
We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.
It is about accepting that we cannot change our own mortality and the impermanence of everything and everyone around us.
Bea Miller has a tattoo on the back of her left wrist which says “darling” in honor of singer-songwriter Keaton Henson, who she describes as her “absolute favorite artist in the entire world.” The word “darling” appears in a a few of his songs including in the chorus of “Milk Teeth.”
She got the tattoo in July 2017 not long after seeing him perform live for the first time. After the concert she tweeted “Don’t think any moment in my life will ever top seeing Keaton live, that was the happiest I’ve ever been holy shit I cried so hard.”
Bea Miller has a matching pair of tattoos on her middle finger knuckles. She got the sun on her left hand and cloud on her right hand during the same session with Generation8Tattoo artist Chawat Chutikul in March 2017.
Bea Miller got this tattoo of a ghost on her right forearm in May 2017. The ghost has a question mark over one of the eyes because it was inspired by the Paramore song “Misguided Ghosts.” Paramore are one of her all-time favorite bands and she has performed covers of a few of their songs including “Ain’t It Fun” and “The Only Exception.”
Bea Miller got this red square tattoo on her hand as a matching tattoo with three members of her crew: makeup artist and hairstylist April Bautista, social media manager Becky Sake, and digital marketer Kelley Fox. The four sides of the square represent the four of them. “my team > urs” wrote Bea on instagram.
Bea Miller and a friend from her hometown of Maplewood, NJ got matching maple leaf friendship tattoos in April 2017. Bea’s is on her right forearm, while her friend’s is on her rib cage. Both tattoos were done by artist Dave Hatton at Generation8Tattoo.
Bea Miller got this heart and brain tattoo on the back of her upper left arm from artist Guillermo J Gonzalez in February 2017. This was her first time visiting the Generation8Tattoo parlor, where she now gets all of her tattoos. She showed off a picture of the tattoo and wrote “The result of last night’s impulsivity. Made new friends at @generation8tattoo”
The tattoo has a human heart in red ink on top of a brain outlined in black ink. It represents the conflict between emotions and logic.