Bible Tattoos

Lauren Jauregui

Lauren Jauregui celebrated her 22nd birthday on June 27, 2018 by visiting artist Jon Boy at Bang Bang’s tattoo parlor in New York City. She got a tattoo that says “I am that I am” written in lowercase cursive letters along her spine.  The tattoo expresses her gratitude.  She tweeted:

That I am alive because I am alive. Breathing in the oxygen from the trees around me and perfectly made for this perfect planet in the middle of eternity. One with all that is because I am.

This phrase comes from the book of Exodus in the Bible.  When Moses first encounters God in the burning bush, God tells Moses “I am that I am.”

Lauren is religious but she believes that the overarching messages of love and compassion in the Bible are more important than specific lines of scripture.  She was raised Catholic but disagrees with the church’s views on homosexuality because she believes in the dignity of all humans.  She has been known to call out the hypocrisy of politicians who use religion texts to justify their hatred.  In a open letter to Trump voters, she wrote:

The God that I have come to know and love is intolerant of judgment and hatred. And I know this, because I was raised Roman Catholic in a Latin household and went to private Catholic school my whole life so I have studied WAY more than most of you have studied the religion or the Bible for that matter.

Her twitter is full of such statements:

You don’t get to deem who God loves.

When your “beliefs” allow for the dehumanization and invalidation of a whole COMMUNITY of people’s existence, it is WRONG. Ask Jesus.

It seems fitting that this tattoo speaks to the ill-defined nature of God, which is interpreted many ways by many people.


The phrase “I am that I am” can also been seen as a statement on self-acceptance.  Lauren has dealt with homophobia, sexism and xenophobia but has only become stronger because of it. “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it,” she wrote.  She is no longer afraid to be herself and to speak her mind even though record label executives have warned her that she might alienate fans by doing so.

Lauren was accompanied in her tattoo session by a group of her closest friends and family who all got inked along with her.  Her brother Chris Jauregui got Spanish writing on his bicep.  Their mom Clara got the initials “LCT” on her wrist for her children: Lauren, Chris and Taylor.  Longtime friend Erica Timmons got a spine tattoo which says “present in peace” with the same font and placement as Lauren’s.

Lauren’s boyfriend Ty Dolla $ign got tattooed but not with anything matching.  The rapper, with whom Lauren collaborated on the song “In Your Phone,” got a skull on his thumb.


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Woah Vicky has an uplifting Christian tattoo on the inside of her right elbow.  Four minimalist red ink symbols – a sun, waves, mountains, and a cross – represent the lyrics “There is hope, should oceans rise and mountains fall, He’ll never fail” from Hillsong United’s song “Take Heart.” Artist Noel Shiveley designed the symbols which are a popular tattoo.


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Jacquie Lee

Jacquie Lee got this tattoo which says “all is vanity” on her right bicep in memory of Christina Grimmie, who had a tattoo of these same words on her forearm.  Both singers were contestants on The Voice — Jacquie finished third in Season 5 while Christina placed third in Season 6 — and they became friends while performing together on The Voice 2014 Tour. In a video, Jacqui says:

Honestly there are too many memories to count, and I miss them all.  I love her.  She was just an incredible person.

Christina was tragically murdered while signing autographs at a concert in Orlando on June 10, 2016 and Jacquie got her tattoo shortly after. It was first seen in an instagram photo on July 7th. Jacquie isn’t the only person to commemorate Christina’s life with this tattoo. On August 13th, members of Christina’s entourage including her brother Mark Grimmie, producer Stephen Rezza, stylist Audrey Brianne, hair and makeup artist Emily Christison, and publicist Heather Bes all went together to get “all is vanity” tattooed on their forearms. The phrase comes from the bible verse Ecclesiastes 1:2.

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Hailey Baldwin

Jon Boy shared a photo on his Instagram of the newest tattoo on Hailey Baldwin’s hands on August 24, 2016. The new ink features The letter “K” on the left index, as well as a 3:30 on the right hand, which according to the caption is in reference to the Biblical passage, John 3:30.
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30”

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