6 Celebrity Tattoos With Significant Meanings

Are you wondering what the meaning behind some of your favorite celebrities tattoos are? Find out here to see the significant meaning behind celebrity tattoos including Harry Styles, Selena Gomez, and more!

Bailey Boudreaux

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: October 10th, 2021 1:25 pm pst

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If you’re anything like me, one of your many hobbies is obsessing over every celebrity’s tattoos. Some of these tattoos seem strange from the outside looking in, but many of the celebrities hold very significant meanings behind their tattoos. Here’s a few of our favorites!

Harry Styles

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Harry Styles has tons of tattoos. Some of them are silly, like the one he got on The Late Late Show with James Cordon for losing a game on the show. Others may look peculiar, but there is much more than what meets the eye. Styles has a tattoo on his forearm of a mermaid. This mermaid doesn’t quite fit the ideals of perfection as defined by society. Once a fan asked Styles why the mermaid was drawn with “saggy boobs.” Styles replied, “ Everyone should love themselves for how they are. They shouldn’t strive for perfection.” We’re not quite sure if Styles got this tattoo originally with the thought of loving your imperfections, but it seems it has developed a beautiful meaning.

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato has had quite a few struggles throughout their time of fame. One of the biggest struggles was with drug addiction. Lovato was sober for many years, but then relapsed. They owned up to this and revealed their relapsing struggle with the song “Sober”. Throughout this process, they and many people on their team got a tattoo that says “free.”

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez was an executive producer on the Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why. This show touched on a lot of serious subjects, including suicide and mental illness. Gomez, along with many cast members, got a tattoo of a semicolon on themselves. This tattoo supports the Semicolon Project, which is a movement showing support for those dealing with issues including suicide, mental illness, and more.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has quite a few tiny tattoos. One of her most meaningful of them all is probably the hardest to see. On her wrist, she has “breathe” written in white ink. Lohan had an asthma attack on New Year’s Eve in 2005 that put her in the hospital with a ruptured neck artery. Shortly after the incident, Lohan got the tattoo as a reminder to herself to physically breathe but also to slow down in life.


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Rihanna has so many tattoos that are so good other celebrities end up copying. For instance, her “Shhh…” finger tattoo is so cool that Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities also got a matching one. One of her largest pieces is on her rib cage. This tattoo is of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, representing the ideal mother. Rihanna attributed this tattoo to her late grandmother as her grandmother was the ideal woman and mother.

Machine Gun Kelly

Colson Baker, who goes by Machine Gun Kelly is definitely the most tatted out of everyone on this list. My personal favorite tattoo of his is at his waistline, stating “Almost Famous.” Baker has said that this tattoo is there to keep him humble as he rises to fame. Many of his tattoos serve as reminders of where he is from and how far he has come.

These celebrity tattoos are inspiring messages of love, hope, and remembrance. Want more on your favorite celebrities? Stay tuned to Afterbuzz TV!

  About The Author:

Bailey Boudreaux is a Marketing Student at LSU and an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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