Molly Brazy has the Corpse Bride tattooed on her left arm.
Molly Brazy has the Corpse Bride tattooed on her left arm.
Ariana Grande got a “lumos” tattoo on the side of her hand in May 2018. In the Harry Potter universe “lumos” is the charm for creating light in the dark.
This tattoo has many personal meanings for Ariana relating to her music, her life, and her relationship — all of which are deeply entwined. Her new album Sweetener has lots of references to brighter times ahead including the song “the light is coming.” Her tattoo also relates to a huge Dumbledore quote that Pete has on his forearm saying “Happiness can be found / Even in the darkest of times / If one only remembers to / Turn on the light.” So the lumos spell, turning on the light, is the key to inviting happiness into her life.
Ariana Grande got a little outline of a lightning bolt inked behind her right ear in June 2018. She hasn’t talked about this tattoo, but it’s almost certainly based on her love of Harry Potter as she’s known to be a huge fan of the series.
Her fiance Pete Davidson has his own lightning bolt tattoo on his wrist, though his looks a lot different. He’s had his for a long time, but it was another one of his Harry Potter tattoos that caught Ariana’s eye the first time they met on the set of SNL. “I remember I looked off stage right…and I saw he had his sleeve [up] and I saw the Deathly Hallows [on his arm] and the tiny tip of a Dumbledore quote,” she told Zach Sang. “I thought he was cute so I was looking over anyway.” But the tattoos sealed her crush.
Ariana Grande got her biggest tattoo yet in August 2018. She shared a picture on her instagram stories of what appears to be her arm with a wrapped-up tattoo of the character Chihiro from the movie Spirited Away. She also shared an excerpt from Chihiro’s character description, which explains why she is a source of inspiration:
Chihiro’s growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of Spirited Away‘s plot. During her adventure in the Spirit World, she matures from an easily-scared girl with a child-like personality to match her age to a hard-working, responsible, and brave young girl who has learned to put her fears aside for those she cares for. To protect her friends and rescue her parents from a spell that has turned them into livestock, Chihiro sheds her former personality and adapts to her environment to become a courageous, quick-witted and reliable girl.
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.
Grimes and her friend Hana Pestle aka HANA got semi-matching Lord of the Rings tattoos in July 2018. Artist Delphine Noiztoy came over to HANA’s house to tattoo both of them with writing in J.R.R. Tolkien’s elvish language. This was HANA’s very first tattoo and she got the Gandalf quote “and all turns to silver glass” on her thigh. Grimes got elven script on three of her fingers reading “Contradiction / Be ready for war / No shields allowed” which is not a direct quote from the book series.
China McClain and all of the pirate squad actors and dancers from ‘Descendants 2’ got different-sized anchor tattoos together once filming wrapped, so she has a piece of her time as Uma (her character on the movie) with her forever, something that will last a lifetime, like her bonds with Thomas and Dylan, her right-hand men in the movie.
“We all got very close during the film. Like this little tattoo I have here, they have them too. When you get a cast that you really connect to, it’s a special thing because to be honest, not all casts are like that, and sometimes we don’t get so lucky. So being able to work with them and then hang out with them after set every day was so, so great.”, China said in an interview for J-14.
“Thomas is awesome, he’s like crazy. He runs around the set with so much energy. So that always boosted my energy. And Dylan is just the sweetest person you’ll ever meet in your entire life.”
The event was also captured on social media: “Got matching tatts with my pirates⚓️ photos of all of them are coming soon!” – China caption her Instagram photo featuring a close up of her ink.
Her love of the word “Staunch” is inspired by the movie Grey Gardens, in which Little Edie says “But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn’t know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there’s anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman… S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There’s nothing worse, I’m telling you. They don’t weaken, no matter what.”
Maggie Lindemann got her second The Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo in July 2018, this time of the Oogie Boogie Man on her upper right arm. Her friend Aubrie-Elle was with her and got her own tattoo of the movie’s main characters Jack and Sally.
Maggie Lindemann got a large tattoo the back of her left upper arm from artist Romeo Lacoste in February 2018. She was inspired by Tim Burton’s classic 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas and chose this image of the character Sally’s stitched-up hands holding a thistle flower. She told Sidewalk Talk:
It’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s Sally holding the flower when she’s picking off the petals and Jack comes in singing to her….It’s my childhood favorite movie, so I had to get it tatted on me.