Calm Tattoos

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea got a tattoo of a blindfolded horse on her right forearm in July 2016.  Artist Sean Smith used etching lines to create the illusion of shading.  A dark area of the horse’s mane covers her old number “1” tattoo, while the long and flowing mane follows the curves of her existing Venus tattoo.  The was the first of a series of tattoos which she got within the span of a few months to convert this arm into a half-sleeve.  The Venus tattoo stayed but she eventually covered up her old “Trust Your Struggle” tattoo.

Iggy Azalea developed a love for horseback riding during 2015.  One of her new years resolutions was to learn to ride a horse well and that goal turned into a full-blown passion.  She bought two horses of her own named Defender and Strictly Business (nicknamed “Bizzy”).  2015 was a hard year for her career-wise and riding helped take her mind off things.  She tweeted “Horses saved my life and now I have two and it’s all good. Now I have discovered another passion.”

The blindfold on the tattoo could have a few meanings, including keeping calm in the face of danger and blind trust.  The most common reason that owners put a blindfold on a horse is to keep it from becoming frightened.


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Shenae Grimes

Shanae Grimes has a Japanese character tattoo on the inside of her right wrist. It means “Keep Calm” and was inspired by the time that she spent in Japan.

On her blog, she explained: “‘Keep calm’ was an important lesson that I learned from the beautiful Japanese culture during my terrifying experience in Tokyo a couple of months ago. It’s one that I’ve always struggled with as a naturally anxious person leading a chaotic life growing up in the entertainment industry.”

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