Grande's tattoos didn't infiltrate mainstream conversation until she started dating — and quickly broke up with — Saturday Night Livecomedian Pete Davidson in 2018. But to be accurate, the singer had been collecting tattoos long before she got that diamond engagement ring. In fact, her first ink came way back in 2012, long before she was the chart-topping force of nature that she is today.
Now, she's racked up over 30 tattoos — but there are plenty more that are either too small or too faded for anyone to get a glimpse of (like the scribble on her left thigh or "hi" on her toe). Even if we don't ever track down all of Grande's collection, we've rounded up her best — at least, her most notable — ahead.
In the midst of recording her first album in 2012, Grande brought a tattoo artist to the studio to ink a tiny heart on her toe. Although it's difficult to get a glimpse of the extra-small tattoo these days, the singer posted a video to YouTube way back when to record the whole process, co-signing it with the message: "This year has been 1 of the happiest and most enlightening years for me, and I felt like I wanted to do something special to remind me of this time... so, I wanted to do something permanent to remind me to always be grateful and not take anything for granted so, I got a little tattoo."
Two years later, Grande got "mille tendresse" tattooed on the back of her neck. The phrase means "a thousand tendernesses" in French and comes from Truman Capote's famed novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's, which is one of Grande's favorite films. Never forget that Pete Davidson, Grande's ex-fiancé, also got the same tattoo on his neck in 2018 — only to cover it months later with a less romantic word: "cursed."
This tattoo is a nod to Grande's Italian heritage. Her late grandfather, Frank Grande, would frequently refer to his granddaughter as "Bellissima," which means "gorgeous" in Italian. She added the word to her left side (some may call it a side-boob tattoo) back in 2014.
By 2015, Grande added her fourth tattoo: an outline of a crescent moon behind her left ear. Grande loves moons, often using lunar imagery in her music (she has a song titled "Moonlight" on her 2016 album Dangerous Woman) and her Snapchat (her handle is @moonlightbae).
Named for one of Grande's favorite songs "Honeymoon Avenue" off her 2013 album Yours Truly, Grande got this tattoo sometime during her Honeymoon tour that began in early 2015 and concluded that October. Around the same time she got "honeymoon," she got a small phrase in Hebrew tattooed on her right ring finger inspired by her Kabbalah faith.
When Grande sang "Tattooed Heart," she apparently meant it. Not long after her toe tattoo, the singer added a second heart to her right ring finger.
There's no telling exactly when Grande found time to get this one, which is on the same finger as her "honeymoon" tattoo, but fans suddenly saw a whole lot more of it by early 2016. Like "Bellissima," it's believed that "Baby Doll" was a nickname given to Grande, most likely by her grandfather.
Grande also recruited Dr. Woo to add a Venus symbol to her left middle finger.
One year after the devastating terror attack at the Manchester Arena, Grande added a worker bee, the symbol of Manchester, behind her left ear (just above her existing moon tattoo). Grande visited New York artist Mira Mariah for the tiny ink.
Grande is a loud-and-proud Harry Potter fan and even has a tattoo inspired by the magical series on the side of her right hand sometime. It reads "lumos," a rudimentary, wand-lighting charm from the Harry Potter series.
Grande loves clouds; it's been one of her most-used emojis for years. And when the singer was spotted with a matching cloud tattoo with Davidson, it was the beginning of a relationship rollercoaster that would ultimately lead Grande to accumulate nearly 10 tattoos in just six months.
The lightning bolt behind Grande's right ear is another tattoo without an exact timeline. By the time she shot her "God Is A Woman" music video in the summer of 2018, it appeared. Perhaps another Harry Potter reference?
In June 2018, Grande posted a photo of her hand to her Instagram Story, revealing two new tattoos. One was the number "561," which is the area code for Boca Raton, Florida, where she was born and raised. The other, "reborn," was a few inches below it. (Grande has since covered up "reborn" for... well, you'll see.)
In the "Breathin" music video for her Sweetener album, Grande revealed two more ear tattoos. Not only did she get "REM," the title of one of her favorite songs off the album, but she also got another tiny heart tattoo. (You can spot both at 2:22.)
Immediately after ending her engagement, Grande hid the "Pete" tattoo on her ring finger with a bandage. But it wasn't until the music video for her song "Thank U, Next" came out in November that fans got to see the final cover-up: a black heart.
Spotted in the behind-the-scenes footage for her "Thank U, Next" music video, Grande boasted about her new foot tattoos: a cluster of stars and the word "Myron." While the constellation-inspired ink was also evident in her "Breathin" music video, this was the first time Grande pointed out the ink to fans. As for the "Myron" tattoo, that's the name of Mac Miller's dog, who Grande adopted shortly after the rapper's death in September.
Moon & Stars
Yes, another moon reference, but this time it's huge and on Grande's hand. The hand tattoo was created by Mariah right after Grande accepted her award as Billboard's Woman of the Year in December. But more importantly, Marjorie, Grande's grandmother (a.k.a. Nonna) got her first tattoo that night, too. She was unimpressed with the hype.
Two weeks later, Grande added a tattoo to her left arm: the bunny-like Pokémon, Evee. "I've wanted this for so long," the singer wrote on Instagram, tagging the artist behind the work: L.A.-based artist Kane Navasard.
Just before kicking off her Sweetener/Thank U, Next world tour in March, Grande evolved her "always" tattoo, which is rumored to be written in Davidson's handwriting. She called up Mariah to stop by her tour rehearsal at 3 a.m. and cover the tattoo with a massive leaf.
Chevron Lines & Crying Eye
That same week, Grande revealed a few more finger tattoos during her tour meet-and-greets. Although fans aren't sure when Grande got the minimal designs, they do know she added two chevron lines to her left index finger as well as what appears to be an eye with three tears falling from it.
It's hard to confirm exactly when Grande added the tiny angel wing to the inside of her left ear, but it's safe to assume that she got it around the time she inked those tiny finger tattoos in July. Some fans speculate the intricate design was inspired by her newest collab with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey for the Charlie's Angels remake, "Don't Call Me Angel."
A Complete Guide To Ariana Grande's Tattoo Collection