Olivia O’Brien tattooed the word “EVENTUALLY” on the back of her wrist in April 2018 as a reminder that everything gets better with time. “This tattoo means so much to me, even tho I decided what I was gonna get literally 10 mins before I got it,” she wrote. “I just immediately knew it was perfect. Now every time I look at it I’m reminded that no matter what, I will be happy eventually.”
Ariana Grande has a tattoo of the word “always” on left side of her rib cage. The inking was revealed in the music video for “Bed” with Nicki Minaj in June 2018. It’s another token of her whirlwind relationship with fiance Pete Davidson and it appears to be written in his handwriting. Fans have compared it to a letter that he wrote to show that it’s a match.
Her choice of the word “always” is presumably a reference to the Harry Potter series. Both Ariana and Pete are huge fans and they’ve got other Harry Potter tattoos as well. He has the Deathly Hallows symbol on his arm, a lightning bolt on his wrist, and a long quote in the Harry Potter font. Ariana’s an even bigger fan and he’s mocked her encyclopedic knowledge of every minor detail in the books.
Debby Ryan has a tiny letter “V” tattoo on the underside of her finger which stands for “Visitors.” She explained its meaning on her instagram:
V I S I T O R S — Nothing is ours and everyone is visiting. Some people stay a while. Some are just passing through your life. Some stay as long as they’ll stay anywhere. It’s important for us to be super careful of the souvenirs they leave with and that they leave in us. My buddy and I tattooed this V on my right ring finger and his left thumb-knuckle so that every handshake reminds me I’m visiting and greeting a visitor.
Lili Reinhart has a tattoo of an arrow on her forearm which “represents fighting through depression and anxiety.” She has struggled with mental health problems since she was 12 years old and has used both therapy and medications to help mange it. She encourages others to take control of their own mental health and seek out the help they need, advising them not to give up on themselves. She told People Style:
“The arrow represents mental health awareness. I talk a lot about depression and anxiety and my own struggles with it, so I wanted to get it. I saw a quote, it’s kind of like…’an arrow can only go forward by being pulled back, so when you’re going through a hard time, being pulled back, it only means you’re about to experience something greater and bigger.’ So that’s what that represents to me. That was a mantra that I would say to myself when I was going through a hard time, that it it only means it’s going to get better.”
Lili had her own moment of being pulled back to move forward in landing the iconic role of Betty Cooper on Riverdale. “Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end it completely saved me,” she tweeted. The aspiring actress had moved to Los Angeles on her own at age 18 to pursue her career, but her anxiety kept getting worse. Eventually things got so bad that she couldn’t stay and had to move back home to focus on her mental health. At home she switched to a new medication and resumed seeing her old therapist to work on rebuilding herself. She actually recorded her first audition tape for Rivderdale while at home but got rejected. When she was healthy enough to move back to Los Angeles it was with a renewed fervor. She went to an in-person audition for Betty Cooper and landed the role.
The worst times in her life had led to her big break, but when she got the arrow tattoo she didn’t actually know yet that everything would turn out alright. It was perhaps more a symbol of faith that she desperately needed at that time. She got the tattoo from artist Dr Woo in June 2015, right before she left Los Angeles. “Thank you, @dr_woo_ssc! I waited for months and finally got my tattoo today (second one to date),” she wrote.
Actress Mädchen Amick, who plays Lili’s mother Alice Cooper on Riverdale, has a matching tattoo from the same artist, but it’s purely coincidental. Mädchen’s arrow is a symbol of her zodiac sign Sagittarius. They noticed the matching tattoos the first time they met during a rehearsal for Riverdale and instantly bonded over it.
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.
Chiara Ferragni tattooed an arrow on the back of her right ankle in June 2014 to represent how progress comes from struggles. She explained its inspirational message on her instagram:
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.