25 Celebrity Tattoos With Special Meanings Behind Them

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Not every tattoo has a meaning behind it, but plenty of people get inked for special reasons.

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Here are 25 celebrity tattoos with special meanings behind them:

1.Emma Stone got a pair of bird feet tattooed on her wrist to celebrate her mom being cancer-free — and her mom has a matching one!

Emma holding up her left hand, revealing the tattoo of two bird feet on her wrist
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The tattoo represents their favorite song, "Blackbird" by the Beatles. Paul McCartney designed it for them after Emma wrote him a letter.

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2.Dax Shepard doesn't like to wear jewelry, so he got a wedding band tattooed on his finger when he married Kristen Bell.

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The design incorporates the first initials of all the members of their family — "K" for Kristen, "L" for Lincoln, and "D" for both Dax and Delta. Lincoln and Delta are the couple's daughters.

A closeup of the tattoo, part of which looks like a normal wedding band, but the whole thing looks like an upside-down bell
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3.Ariana Grande got a bee tattoo behind her ear to honor the 22 victims who died in a terrorist attack during her 2017 Manchester concert.

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The bee has been a symbol of Manchester since Victorian times.

4.When Halsey was 16, they used a fake ID to get a tattoo of a dagger with the number 13 in honor of a friend who died.

Halsey posing for a photo, and several of her tattoos are visible
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"It's a traditional flash tattoo, and it's so gross now, but I kind of love that about it. It's pink and turquoise because the friend that passed away had pink and turquoise hair for years, and it was his identifier. ... The 13 is for January 3rd [1/3], and also an unlucky number. Also, I got it on Friday the 13th," she told iHeart Radio.

A closeup of the tattoo, which is on Halsey's upper thigh
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5.Several months after talking about how "years of public mockery about [his] body by press and interviewers" prolonged his journey to self-love, Jonah Hill got a tattoo of the phrase "body love."

"I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself," he said on Instagram.

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6.Rihanna got the goddess Isis tattooed on her chest in memory of her grandmother.

Rihanna wears a top that shows off her tattoo, which features Isis sitting just below Rihanna's heart and spreading her wings across her body
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She wanted her grandmother to be "always in and on [her] heart."

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Joe Scarnici / Via Getty

7.Selena Gomez has the date she got her kidney transplant tattooed on her arm.

Selena's tattoo can be seen just above her elbow on the inner part of her arm
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She got the tattoo with her friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa.

8.Gigi Hadid has an inner arm tattoo of her daughter Khai's name written in Arabic.

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Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Gigi actually kept Khai's name a secret from the public until she was 4 months old.

The tattoo is very small and located slightly above her elbow
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9.Travis Barker has the phrase "I love you" inked on his arm in his partner Kourtney Kardashian's handwriting.

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Kourtney actually gave him the tattoo.

10.A year after they were hospitalized following a suspected overdose, Demi Lovato got the word "survivor" tattooed on their neck.

Reflecting on their past year, Demi told Teen Vogue, "I've been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter. ... 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."

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Rich Fury / Getty Images for OBB Media

11.Taye Diggs turned his then-5-year-old son Walker's handwriting into a sweet tattoo that says, "I love daddy."

It's his favorite tattoo.

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Kevork S. Djansezian / Getty Images

12.Joe Jonas has a rope tattoo to symbolize his family.

"Two ropes (two parents) makes four ends (four brothers)," he said on Instagram.

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Rob Hoffman / Getty Images

13.Kevin Jonas has a tattoo of his wife, Danielle, on his arm. It's an outline of her from the Jonas Brothers' "Sucker" music video.

"So proud of this time in our life and getting to remember this with [Danielle] forever," he wrote on Instagram.

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David Crotty / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

14.Hailey Bieber got her husband Justin's first initial tattooed on her left ring finger.

She debuted her new ink shortly after they celebrated their first anniversary.

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Sean Zanni / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

15.Costars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner have matching tattoos of the date they were cast in Game of Thrones — 07.08.09.

Sophie told E!'s Giuliana Rancic, "With Thrones, we were like, if we make it all the way through, hopefully we could all get a matching wolf but we don’t know if we’re going to make it, so Maisie and I were like, 'Let’s get this before anyone kills us.'"

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16.Costars Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Billy Boyd, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, and Sir Ian McKellen all got matching tattoos of the word "nine" in Elvish a few days before they wrapped the final Lord of the Rings movie. John Rhys-Davies didn't want to get the tattoo, so his stunt double got one in his place.

"It was one of those beautiful moments, where we all felt like we had been through this war, this battle, together in a lot of different ways," Dominic told Entertainment Weekly.

Dominic pointing out his Elvish tattoo, which is on his upper arm
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17.The tattoo that spans Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's chest, shoulder, and neck pays homage to both his Black culture and his Samoan culture. Each symbol is part of a complex story relating to his journey and heritage.

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In an interview for Once in a Lifetime: The Rock vs. John Cena, he said, "It all comes down to three things, which is my family, and protecting my family, and having a very aggressive warrior spirit that you can't hold down and that I will continue to fight and overcome — that piece is right over my heart."

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18.On her arm, Dua Lipa has the name of the neighborhood where her parents grew up in Kosovo — Sunny Hill.

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Jun Sato / WireImage / Via Getty

"[Sunny Hill] became the name of our foundation and then the name of our festival. It holds a special meaning for me," she told Refinery29.

A closeup of the tattoo, which is printed in simple font just below Dua's elbow
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19.The coordinates inked on Angelina Jolie's arm represent her children's birthplaces.

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She previously had Brad Pitt's birthplace coordinates there as well, but that tattoo was seemingly removed after their divorce.

Angelina's tattoo near her shoulder has six different coordinates listed
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20.Dove Cameron got a tattoo of a rose coming out of a pistol in memory of her Descendants costar Cameron Boyce. The design represented his project Wielding Peace, which fought against gun violence.

"He wanted to get influential people holding things that looked like they were in the shape of a gun, but then it would be something artistic or peaceful," Dove told Vogue.

A closeup of the tattoo, which is near Dove's wrist
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21.Miley Cyrus has the word "love" inked on her ear "to block out all the crap that everyone throws into your ears."

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She told Access Hollywood, "[You're] only supposed to hear the things coming from the people that genuinely love you. My dad was getting a new tattoo on his arm, and I thought it sounded cool."

A closeup of Miley's tattoo, which is small and on the inside of her ear
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22.Orlando Bloom got a tattoo of his son Flynn's name written in Morse code. However, fans quickly pointed out that it was actually misspelled as "Frynn."

He got the tattoo corrected and blamed the mistake on a Pinterest fail.

23.David Beckham let his then-4-year-old daughter Harper design a tattoo for him. She drew a stick figure wearing a dress and a heart.

He has two other tattoos dedicated to her on his neck — her name and her nickname.

David hugging his daughter at a sporting event
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24.Carrie Fisher got a moon and stars tattooed on her ankle in honor of her iconic Star Wars role.

Carry on a red carpet, where her moon and stars tattoo is visible just above her ankle
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"She loves moons and stars, and she’s the ultimate space princess," Billie Lourd, Carrie's daughter, told InStyle.

A closeup of the tattoo, which has a blue background and the stars and planets look like cartoons
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25.And finally, Billie Lourd got a version of her mom's tattoo in her memory.

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Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Jokingly, she told Instyle, "Hers was a really horrible version of mine, basically. Hers kind of looked like she got kicked in the leg...I got a version of that that’s classier, but not a bruise galaxy."