Heritage Tattoos

Nicola Peltz

Nicola Peltz and her brother Will have matching Hebrew tattoos on the left side of their ribs. Her tattoo says “משפחה ערשט” which means “family first” in Yiddish while Will has only the first word “משפּחה” meaning “family.” Yiddish is the historical language of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews and it is written in the Hebrew alphabet. They chose Yiddish for their tattoos because they are Jewish and have Ashkenazi heritage on their father’s side of the family.

This was Nicola’s first tattoo, and their July 2016 session with artist Dr Woo was the first time under the needle for Will as well. His tattoo is much thicker and darker than hers and looks more like traditional Hebrew lettering. Her tattoo is styled with thin handwritten letters for a subtle look.

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Ariana Grande

Fans are split over what this tiny writing on Ariana Grande’s ring finger says. At first glance it looks like “pete,” which would be an obvious choice seeing as she and fiance Pete Davidson have gotten many tattoos dedicated to each other and it’s on the same finger as her engagement ring.

But upon closer inspection, there’s no stem on the letter “p” and an extra up-swipe before the “e.” That’s why others are convinced that it says “arte” which is the Italian word for “art.” Ariana has drawn heavily from classic Italian art for the visual accompaniments to her single “God is a woman.” The music video reinterprets the Capitoline Wolf sculpture as well as Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam while her VMA performance of the song was based on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. She is ethnically Italian and one of her earliest tattoos was of another Italian word “bellisima” on her side.

We initially thought the tattoo said “pete” but after staring at it for way too long, we’re team “arte.” Unless perhaps it’s an ambigram meant to show both words at once, implying that Pete is art?

Either way it matches the location of one of Pete’s finger tattoos — and we have no idea what his says. His ring finger ink pre-dates hers, which she got in July 2018.

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea made a major addition to her right arm half-sleeve with this pair of birds, which were first seen at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in Sydney on November 16, 2016.  These kookaburra birds and the waratah flower on her hand are both symbols that remind her of home.  Kookaburras  are native to Australia and are the official state flower of New South Wales, where she grew up.

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea added to her half-sleeve in November 2016 with this flower that goes onto the back of her right hand. The flower is a waratah which is the official state flower of New South Wales, where Iggy grew up in the town of Mullumbimby.  She told 103.5 KISS FM:

I’m from New South Wales in Australia, it’s a state, and this is our state flower that I have tattooed on me. A little piece of home.

Although Australia was her first home, Iggy never felt like she belonged there.  She became enamored with America on trip to visit her grandparents when she was 11.  She loved the glamour, the fashion, and how freely people expressed themselves.  She dropped out of high school and moved to America to pursue her music career when she was 16 years old.  She told Paper:

I knew I had to get the fuck out of where I lived. It was suffocating me. I wanted to live in a place where the sky was the limit, a place where my dreams weren’t strange or weird, where others had even crazier ideas than me. I knew all of that was in America, and that’s where I had to go and that’s where I thought people were going to accept my wild thoughts. I tried Sydney and Melbourne and they just weren’t it. Nothing else was.

Although she spends most of her time in Los Angeles, she was back in Australia when she had this tattoo done by artist SAINT at The Art Of Tattoo Studio near Sydney.

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Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus got this thunderbird tattoo on the side of her right ring finger in March 2018.  The mythological bird is a symbol of her Cherokee heritage.  Many Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, tell legends of the thunderbird — an enormous supernatural bird up in the sky that makes the sound of thunder by flapping its wings.

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Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa got her first tattoo in January 2015. The writing on the inside of her right elbow says “Sunny Hill” as a tribute to her home in Kosovo. Sunny Hill is the English translation of the Bregu i Diellit district in Kosovo’s capital city of Pristina.

“Now repping my real ends #Sunnyhill “BREGU I DIELLIT” thank you @seanfromtexas for my first tattoo! #LA”

Although Dua Lipa was born in London, both of her parents are Kosovar-Albanian. She moved to Pristina, Kosovo with her family when she was 13. A few years later she returned to London to pursue her singing career.

In the years since getting the tattoo, she has established the Sunny Hill Foundation to promote arts and culture in Kosovo and created the Sunny Hill Festival which is the biggest music festival ever in Kosovo.

“Sunny Hill is the neighbourhood my parents grew up in Kosova. Its always been home to me and that’s why its the name behind the foundation and festival”

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