Much like her “The New Classic” tattoos on her right hand fingers which spell out the name of her debut album, Iggy Azalea tattooed “Digital Distortion” on her left hand fingers in anticipation of her sophomore album, which was never released. She got the tattoo from artist Rafael Valdez in March 2016. Her then-fiance Nick Young tagged along and got an unrelated tattoo on his arm.
Iggy’s tattoo covers up two of her old “Live Love A$AP” finger tattoos which she had removed. “Digital” is on her ring finger and “Distortion” is on her middle finger. “I covered up my old finger tattoos since they were light enough from the laser removal. Still working on the pinky though,” she tweeted.
The album title “Digital Distortion” represents how facts become warped in the age of social media and clickbait journalism. Iggy has often ranted about news stories she sees about herself which are either untrue or aren’t newsworthy. Even though the album was never released, the term “Digital Distortion” still means a lot to her. In response to a fan who asked if she planned to remove the tattoo, she tweeted:
Digital distortion is an ongoing fact of life in the internet. Unless the internet starts being honest it’s relevant as fuck to me.
Digital Distortion‘s release was pushed back multiple times for different reasons. After her breakup with Nick Young, she scrapped a whole album because she felt that the songs she’d previously written no longer reflected what she wanted to say. Her label was underwhelmed by the chart performance of the singles that were released. Eventually the whole project was shelved. Iggy switched to a new record label and a new management team and announced that her next album would be called Survive the Summer instead.