If there’s anything we know about celebs, it’s that they love wearing their hearts on their sleeves (or any other part of their body). Follow along as we track all the new celebrity tattoos 2020 has to offer. If 2019 was any indication, there are sure to be some absolute gems *and* some dubious decisions.
Kaia Gerber and Cara Delevingne
Model pals Kaia Gerber and Cara Delevingne just made their BFFship official with matching foot tattoos. Gerber showed off the twin ink on her Instagram stories on August 12 while wishing a happy birthday to her “solemate” Delevingne.
Taking a cue from singer Shawn Mendes, actor Riley Keough debuted a tender new tattoo: her late brother’s name above her collarbone. Taking to Instagram stories on July 28, Keough shared an image of her freshly done ink—the name “Benjamin Storm” the cursive writing.
Benjamin Keough, the grandson of Elvis Presley, died by suicide on July 12.
We already know that Shawn Mendes is a huge sweetie, so it should come as no surprise that the heavily tattooed singer would dedicate some ink to the people he loves. On July 26, Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Kane Navasard shared a sneak peek at the singer’s newest tattoo: his sister’s name, Aaliyah Maria, in delicate script under his collarbone. “A sweet dedication, on the man @shawnmendes,” the artist captioned an image of Mendes’s tattoo.
We stan a sentimental heartthrob.
You can’t say Shia LaBeouf isn’t committed to his craft… In early January, director David Ayer told SlashFilm that the actor had gotten a real tattoo for his upcoming role in Ayer’s film, The Tax Collector—in which LaBeouf plays a mob collector. And now, fans can see just how extreme said dedication is: In July, the actor revealed his latest ink, an entire chest tattoo featuring the word “Creeper” (his character’s name), alongside a clown and woman gently pressing their foreheads together.
What do you think of Shia LaBeouf’s new tattoos? Yes… these are real!! pic.twitter.com/kp2L8rCaGp
— POWER 96.1 (@POWERATL) July 3, 2020
It’s…a lot. But congrats on the movie, Shia!
On July 7, Halsey shared her latest tattoo with her Instagram followers, and it’s a super sweet tribute to the singer’s friend and collaborator, the late Jarad Anthony Higgins (a.k.a. Juice WRLD). In an Instagram story, Halsey shared a photo of what looks like her left hand, with the words “life’s a mess 999” tattooed just below her knuckles.
ICYMI, “life’s a mess,” refers to the title of a song off Juice WRLD’s upcoming album, which Halsey is featured on. The rapper—who died in December 2019 after suffering a seizure—had “999” tattooed on his own body.
Kylie Jenner has often said that her daughter, Stormi Webster, is the best thing to happen to her, and now the makeup mogul is paying tribute to her mini me. On July 1, Jenner showed off her latest tattoo, the timestamp 4:43 inked on her forearm, in a series of Instagram stories from the set of a Kylie Cosmetics shoot. According to TMZ, 4:43 is the time Stormi was born.
Jenner also has STORMI inked on her tricep.
Cardi B has more fresh ink! On June 29, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper shared a photo of her latest body art, a butterfly tattoo on the back of her neck! While the butterfly is new, the tattoo was actually meant to cover up some old ink, the name “Samuel” on the back of the rapper’s neck.
I never showed ya my cover tatt …What ya think ? pic.twitter.com/AYns9PZ6Ia
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) June 30, 2020
This new addition to Cardi’s tattoo collection comes a few weeks after the rapper updated her iconic peacock hip tattoo. “So after ten years I gave my peacock tattoo a makeover. This whole week I been takin hours of pain getting tatted,” the rapper wrote in a June 15 Instagram post, alongside a photo of her updated ink.
In the post, Cardi shared side-by-side photos of her decade-old tattoo, highlighting the changes made, which included brightened colours, added details and a brand-new flower and butterfly alongside the peacock. The makeover was done by tattooist Jamie Schene. In May, the rapper also shared a video and photo of her then-latest (and probably biggest) tattoo–a floral motif that extends from the rapper’s right shoulder, across her back and butt and down her left thigh.
On June 21, the “Rockstar” rapper took to Instagram to share his latest ink with fans: a giant tattoo of a skeleton on the side of his head. “I have cut my hair even shorter, also skeletons are cool,” Malone captioned an up-close photo of himself. “Spread your heart as much as you can. A little love goes farther than you think. Stay strong, and keep kicking ass. Love, Austin.”
The rapper—who usually leaves his curly hair quite long—went with a super short buzz cut to show off his new tattoo.
Vanessa Bryant, the wife of late basketball star Kobe Bryant, is showing off her latest tattoos, a tribute to Bryant and their daughter Gianna. The former Los Angeles Lakers player and 13-year-old Gianna died tragically on January 26 in a helicopter crash. ” I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet messaged transferred on me,” Bryant captioned a June 9 Instagram video. In the video, Bryant can be seen getting a tattoo by artist Nikko Hurtado on her neck.
In another video, Bryant paid tribute to her late daughter with a tattoo on her wrist. “Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she captioned the video.
Bryant didn’t share what exactly the messages *are* but they’re no doubt incredibly sentimental.
Returning to Instagram this week after a hiatus, Nashville actor Hayden Panettiere shared some personal photos with fans on June 8, including an image of her latest ink. “Newish ink #TheEyeOfRa,” Panettiere captioned a black and white photo of the new Egyptian symbols on the back of her neck.
The tattoo appears to be pretty meaningful. According to Just Jared, the Eye of Ra is seen as a form of protection in Egyptian culture. Panettiere has been in and out of the public eye since May 2019, when her then-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence against Panettiere. In February 2020, Hickerson was arrested again after allegedly striking Panettiere when the couple were in Wyoming. It’s been a pretty tumultuous year for Panettiere, so we can’t blame her for wanting a little protection and good energy on her side.
Kaia’s model bro debuted a new face tattoo on March 17, adding the Los Angeles Dodgers’ logo to his left cheek.
Gerber also has a face tat by celeb tattoo artist Jon Boy—the word “MISUNDERSTOOD”—which he showed off in a February 7 IG post.
Vanessa Hudgens has been blessing 2020 with a weekly “Thirsty Thursday” series on her IG and this week she had a fun new addition to her grid. On March 5, the singer and actor debuted her latest tattoo, a piece just over her ribs that features a naked angel. “Divine feminine angel  not me…my tat. But you can call me that, if you want to,” she captioned an Instagram photo of her new ink. The tattoo was done by popular artist Dragon and looks similar to a December 2019 tat Demi Lovato debuted that featured an angel being carried by doves. Which celeb do you think will go for a “divine feminine” inspired tat next?
On the same day Hudgens revealed her new tat, tattoo fiend Miley Cyrus shared a photo of *her* latest ink on the ’gram, taking to Instagram stories to share the new work by celeb-fave artist Winterstone. “For my siblings @brandicyrus @braisoncyrus @tracecyrus @noahcyrus #TNStrong,” the singer wrote alongside the image. The delicate ink includes a compass-like star pattern with each of her siblings initials. Cyrus’s ink comes only days after she debuted *another* new tattoo on March 2, a Matisse-esque line drawing of a female body on her upper arm, inspired by musician Leonard Cohen and artist Henri Matisse, the latter of whom has become recognizable for his fluid drawings of body forms.
Also showing off their new ink on March 5 was Cyrus’s BF, singer Cody Simpson, who shared a photo of his very own Winterstone tattoo on his Instagram stories: a tiny line drawing of King Neptune (who, according to Roman mythology, was the god of the sea).
Slick Woods, the badass model who walked down Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty runway while pregnant AF, now has a tat that reads “prolific” above her left eyebrow. It was inspired by the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose tragic death last year sent waves of shock and grief through the music industry and beyond. Hussle was born in Los Angeles, just like Woods, and he famously had the same tat (with the same font!) on his right temple. “Nipsey made me do it,” Woods wrote in her IG caption. Hometown hero.
When it comes to parents getting tribute tats for their kids we’re all for it. And Orlando Bloom is the latest celeb to jump on the tattoo tribute train. “New tattoo can you guess who?,” the actor captioned a February 12 Instagram photo of his arm.
But what might just look like a bunch of dots and lines is actually a super sweet tribute to his son. Blooms’ newest tat is his son Flynn’s name in morse code. The only problem? It’s spelt incorrectly. As some eagle-eyed fans point out, the way the tat is now actually spells…”Frynn.” But don’t worry! According to Bloom’s tattoo artist, the pair will be fixing the tat ASAP.
Some people wear their heart on their sleeves…and others wear it on their forehead. Model Amber Rose took being a proud mom to the next level over the weekend, debuting two forehead tattoos on February 7 that are a tribute to her children.
In a YouTube video for Cool Kicks—an LA store that sells both new and used sneakers—the model is shown with the words “Slash” and “Bash” inked just below her hairline—a reference to her two sons Sebastian Taylor and Slash Electric Alexander Edwards.
All we can say is that with a commitment to your kids like *that,* Slash and Bash better take good care of their mom in her old age.
The Biebs is back at it with the tattoos (seriously, does this man ever let his skin rest?). After announcing his new album will be out February 14, he gave Instagram a sneak preview of the new laurel wreath inked on his collarbone. His IG Stories had a full-body shot, where we can fully see the goods.
So what do all those leaves mean? E! News pointed out that laurel wreaths have been “a symbol of triumph and mobility,” but the more likely bet is that it has a religious meaning, like many of his other tattoos. “Many [view] the wreath as a symbol of God’s victory and power,” they write. According to Cosmopolitan, an article from Old Dominion University suggests it’s a symbol “for those who persevere.”
Lakers star Lebron James is paying tribute to Kobe Bryant following the death of his former teammate and his daughter Gigi who perished tragically in a helicopter crash on January 26 along with seven other people. At a Lakers workout on January 30, James was seen sporting a fresh tattoo on his thigh that appears to be a black mamba, a reference to Bryant’s nickname. According to TMZ, some fans think it says “Kobe 4 Life” underneath, though it looks more like “Mamba 4 Life” to us. Fellow Lakers player Anthony Davis also got ink remembering Bryant.
It was easy to miss Ariana Grande’s new tat during her Cinderella moment at the Grammys on January 26. The singer debuted a wispy butterfly on her upper left arm, peeking out just above her full-length opera glove. Grande has already racked up quite a tattoo collection, although many are tiny and not flashy. Is this a sign of bigger, more noticeable ink to come in 2020?
ARIANA HAS A NEW BUTTERFLY TATTOO ON HER ARM 😭🦋🖤 @ArianaGrande (zoom in) pic.twitter.com/N6rPPr7n4V
— charlotte (@tbyforever) January 26, 2020
Just after the end of her nine-year relationship with Austin Butler, Vanessa Hudgens went for a dainty sunflower tattoo on her left side boob. The actor posted two pictures and a video on Instagram showing off her new ink, plus an Instagram Story with Swae Lee and Post Malone’s song “Sunflower” playing in the background.
The caption of her first post reads, “And to conclude our #thirstythursday Hahahahaha.” Dragon, a well-known tattoo artist at celeb fave NYC studio Bang Bang Tattoo, was tagged and even appeared in one of the pics.
Is it a coincidence that Hudgens chose a sunflower, which sometimes signifies adoration and loyalty, right after the end of her relationship with Butler? Maybe we’re reading too much into it, but…you never know.
Selena Gomez’s newly released album Rare marks a new chapter for the singer, so it only makes sense that she’d commemorate the experience in the most permanent way possible—with a new tattoo. On January 16, Gomez took to Instagram to show off her latest ink addition, the name of her album in dainty script on her neck.
“Did it again…rare,” the singer captioned her post. Alongside a photo of the delicate new tat, Gomez also shared a video of herself in the tattoo studio posing for photos.
The tattoo was done by celeb tattoo artist Bang Bang, who is a fave of Rihanna and Cara Delevingne. The artist has tatted Gomez several times before, most recently inking the singer with a super religious thigh tattoo before her American Music Awards performance in November 2019.
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