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A Comprehensive Guide To Demi Lovato's Huge Tattoo Collection
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.
Lovato got this straightforward tattoo in late 2011 on her right arm, reportedly alongside a friend she met in treatment earlier that year.
Flock Of Birds
One of Lovato's most recognizable tattoos — a flock of 12 birds on her right arm — came less than two months later, courtesy of Kat Von D. Lovato later explained that the number of birds, which she chose at random, was a happy accident she now considers meaningful and representative of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery program she's been a part of.
Lovato also added a Roman numeral “III” to her left wrist as a tribute to her late father, Patrick Lovato. Although they weren't close for most of her life, Lovato explained to Craig Ferguson on TheLate Late Show in 2013 that she wanted to honor him in a positive way, so she got his favorite number.
Fans are convinced that Lovato's intricate lion tattoo, which she got in April 2017, is a nod to her zodiac sign, Leo. McCurdy, the artist behind the design, seemingly confirmed the suspicions in his own Instagram post revealing the ink, writing, "Sometimes the canvas makes the art."
A year later, Lovato added the word "free" to her pinky finger not long after revealing she'd broken her six-year sobriety in her song “Sober.” The singer’s hairstylist, manager, personal assistant, makeup artist, and bodyguard also tattooed the word on their fingers in solidarity.
In January 2019, Lovato visited L.A. artist Daniel Winter to get this tiny rose tattoo on the inside of her finger. "Obsessed," she wrote in an Instagram revealing the new design. Although Lovato never commented on exactly why she got this floral tattoo in particular, fans suspect it was to celebrate her six months of sobriety.
A few months later, Lovato went to Dr. Woo to get a portrait of her late great-grandmother, who she called "Mimaw," on her forearm. "This is for you Mimaw," Lovato wrote on Instagram, showing off the tattoo. "You at 26 on my arm while I’m 26, and forever. I love you more."
"Me" & Smiley Face
By June, Lovato added this tiny text — "me" — to her finger. Sure, it may be small, but sends a big message, one Lovato echoed on Instagram when she first revealed the ink. "Can't love anyone unless you love yourself first," she wrote on her Story. She later posted a photo to her feed, co-signed by the caption, "Me first. Thank you [Winter] for my new forever reminder."
Three years prior, Lovato added the now-faded smiley face to her pinky finger. "Cause life's too short not to tattoo your pinky," she said of the decision.
A Guide To Demi Lovato's Meaningful Tattoo Designs