The new ink was revealed in an Instagram post by Dr. Woo, a Los Angeles-based tattoo artist known for his work with Miley Cyrus, Lucy Hale, Cara Delevingne and many other celebs. The tattoo, which simply reads “survivor,” is written in lowercase cursive along her neck in Dr. Woo’s trademark thin-lined style. He captioned the post: “On a real one.”
While Dr. Woo unveiled the tattoo just yesterday, December 17, it’s unclear to know when exactly Demi got tatted. The (seemingly) brand new ink is also visible in another post by photographer Angelo Kritikos from a couple of ago. Demi is yet to snap a pic of the tattoo herself, but it’s clearly absent from her most recent pics on IG so we’re assuming it’s still pretty fresh.
As per the tattoo’s meaning, “survivor” isn’t a new sentiment for Demi. At the 2019 Teen Vogue Summit, she detailed her personal history, going in-depth into everything from body positivity to always striving to be her most authentic self — which certainly mirror the word’s message.
"What I see in the mirror [is] someone that's overcome a lot. I've been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter," Demi explained. "I don't see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way. I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That's what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman."
Demi’s other tattoos follow a similar theme, which include wrist pieces reading “stay” and “strong.” She also has work along her back that reads “now I’m a warrior” — a very meta-reference to the closing track off her 2013 album Demi.
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