A Comprehensive Guide To Demi Lovato's Huge Tattoo Collection

Samantha Sasso
·7 mins read

Demi Lovato has a lot of tattoos, and almost every single one of her designs is rooted in deeper meaning. As if the singer's music and story of recovery aren't inspiring enough, the collection of tattoos covering everything from her fingers to her arms to her ribs is more motivating than a two-hour TED talk (and a lot more fun to look at).

Lovato got her first tattoo when she was just 16 and has since added over 20 other designs to her lineup. Take a closer look, and you'll notice that every single one is like a landmark in the singer's personal history, chronicling everything from her career come-up and emotional and physical struggles with bulimia and addiction to her public missteps and successful comebacks. Her tattoos are a masterclass in meaningful body art — and you can check them all out, ahead.

<h3>Dreamcatcher</h3><br><br>Lovato is no stranger to expanding and evolving her older tattoos. She got her first — "You make me beautiful" on the right side of her rib cage — in 2008, then added the two feathers just below the quote a few years later. In 2016, she visited <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/12/218276/tattoo-shops-new-york" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bang Bang studio in New York" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bang Bang studio in New York</a> to finish off the design with a massive dreamcatcher.

Dreamcatcher



Lovato is no stranger to expanding and evolving her older tattoos. She got her first — "You make me beautiful" on the right side of her rib cage — in 2008, then added the two feathers just below the quote a few years later. In 2016, she visited Bang Bang studio in New York to finish off the design with a massive dreamcatcher.
<h3>Feather</h3><br><br>Lovato added the feather tattoo behind her ear while on a tour bus for the Warped Tour festival back in 2010. She later admitted to <a href="https://hollywoodlife.com/2010/09/24/demi-lovato-tattoos-joe-jonas/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hollywood Life" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hollywood Life</a> that the design doesn't really mean anything; she just got it because it was cute.<span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.</span>

Feather



Lovato added the feather tattoo behind her ear while on a tour bus for the Warped Tour festival back in 2010. She later admitted to Hollywood Life that the design doesn't really mean anything; she just got it because it was cute.Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
<h3>"Stay Strong"</h3><br><br>After <a href="https://people.com/celebrity/demi-lovato-finishes-treatment/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:finishing treatment" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">finishing treatment</a> for "<a href="https://people.com/celebrity/demi-lovato-rehab/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:emotional and physical issues" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">emotional and physical issues</a>" in early 2011, Lovato added the words "stay" and "strong" to each of her wrists, respectively. Not long after, Lovato opened up about her struggle with eating disorders and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1689788/demi-lovato-cut-herself-self-magazine/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:self-har" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">self-har</a><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/demi-lovato-interview-teen-star-opens-bulimia-cutting/story?id=13405090" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:m" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">m</a>, explaining that the tattoos are a message to stay strong and serve to <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/demi-lovato-interview-teen-star-opens-bulimia-cutting/story?id=13405090" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cover the physical scars on her wrists" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cover the physical scars on her wrists</a>.<span class="copyright">Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.</span>

"Stay Strong"



After finishing treatment for "emotional and physical issues" in early 2011, Lovato added the words "stay" and "strong" to each of her wrists, respectively. Not long after, Lovato opened up about her struggle with eating disorders and self-harm, explaining that the tattoos are a message to stay strong and serve to cover the physical scars on her wrists.Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.
<h3>Rose Cover-Up</h3><br><br>A few months later, Lovato added a lip imprint to her left wrist, right underneath the word "stay," with a <a href="https://hollywoodlife.com/2011/07/20/demi-lovato-tattoos-meaning/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:few of her friends" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">few of her friends</a>. By 2015, Lovato had the kiss mark covered up with a rose. She added a second rose to the <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/10/214753/how-to-cover-up-tattoos" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cover-up tattoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cover-up tattoo</a> a year later.

Rose Cover-Up



A few months later, Lovato added a lip imprint to her left wrist, right underneath the word "stay," with a few of her friends. By 2015, Lovato had the kiss mark covered up with a rose. She added a second rose to the cover-up tattoo a year later.
<h3>Cross</h3><br><br>Lovato also added a black cross to the outside of her right hand as a tribute to her faith in 2011.<span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

Cross



Lovato also added a black cross to the outside of her right hand as a tribute to her faith in 2011.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<h3>"Peace" & "Rock N Roll"</h3><br><br>Lovato became a fast fan of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/finger-tattoo-ideas" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:finger tattoos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">finger tattoos</a> after adding the word "peace" to her left middle finger and "rock n roll" to her right middle finger in 2011. These are the singer's tiniest tattoos to date.<span class="copyright">Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images.</span>

"Peace" & "Rock N Roll"



Lovato became a fast fan of finger tattoos after adding the word "peace" to her left middle finger and "rock n roll" to her right middle finger in 2011. These are the singer's tiniest tattoos to date.Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images.
<h3>"Let Go & Let God"</h3><br><br>Lovato waited nearly a year to add her next <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/quote-tattoos-ideas" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:quote tattoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">quote tattoo</a>. Fans started to notice the ink in late 2012, spotting the words "let go [and]" on her right foot and "let God" on her left.<span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

"Let Go & Let God"



Lovato waited nearly a year to add her next quote tattoo. Fans started to notice the ink in late 2012, spotting the words "let go [and]" on her right foot and "let God" on her left.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<h3><strong>“Now I’m A Warrior”</strong></h3><br><br>In 2013, Lovato visited Bang Bang again to add "Now I'm a warrior" to the back of her shoulder, a snippet of lyrics from the song "Warrior" off her 2013 eponymous album <em>Demi</em>. "[The tattoo] was kind of like a tribute to releasing the album as well as overcoming some really, really difficult things in my life," she later explained on <em>Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.</em><span class="copyright">Photo: Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images.</span>

“Now I’m A Warrior”



In 2013, Lovato visited Bang Bang again to add "Now I'm a warrior" to the back of her shoulder, a snippet of lyrics from the song "Warrior" off her 2013 eponymous album Demi. "[The tattoo] was kind of like a tribute to releasing the album as well as overcoming some really, really difficult things in my life," she later explained on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Photo: Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images.
<h3>Outline Of Africa</h3><br><br>Lovato got a delicate outline of Africa on the inside of her right arm just after spending her 21st birthday in Kenya.<span class="copyright">Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.</span>

Outline Of Africa



Lovato got a delicate outline of Africa on the inside of her right arm just after spending her 21st birthday in Kenya.Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.
<h3><strong>Roman Numerals</strong></h3><br><br>She added five dates in Roman numerals to her left ribcage in 2014 courtesy of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2015/11/97804/bang-bang-tattoo-my-life-in-ink-book-interview" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Keith &quot;Bang Bang&quot; McCurdy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy</a>, signifying the birthdays of her mother Dianna, her older sister Dallas, her younger half-sister Madison, her step-father Eddie, and her biological father Patrick.<span class="copyright">Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.</span>

Roman Numerals



She added five dates in Roman numerals to her left ribcage in 2014 courtesy of Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy, signifying the birthdays of her mother Dianna, her older sister Dallas, her younger half-sister Madison, her step-father Eddie, and her biological father Patrick.Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.
<h3>"Buddy Was Here"</h3><br><br>In 2015, Lovato's dog Buddy tragically died after a coyote <a href="https://www.tmz.com/2015/07/29/demi-lovato-dog-buddy-dead-coyote/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reportedly</a> got into her backyard. Not long after sharing the news, Lovato got the words "Buddy was here" in child-like handwriting on the inside of her left foot. By 2019, she added another tribute to the late pup in the form of a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/01/223149/demi-lovato-dog-tattoo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:detailed portrait tattoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">detailed portrait tattoo</a> created by L.A. tattoo artist Dr. Woo just above the older ink.

"Buddy Was Here"



In 2015, Lovato's dog Buddy tragically died after a coyote reportedly got into her backyard. Not long after sharing the news, Lovato got the words "Buddy was here" in child-like handwriting on the inside of her left foot. By 2019, she added another tribute to the late pup in the form of a detailed portrait tattoo created by L.A. tattoo artist Dr. Woo just above the older ink.

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