Tattoos tend to be popular with celebrities, and Ariana Grande is no exception to this phenomenon. The Florida native got her first tattoo in 2012, inking her toe with a small heart to “commemorate the creation of her debut album Yours Truly” by Business Insider. The “7 Rings” singer has at least 20 known tattoos, according to Elite Daily, despite Business Insider suggesting that this number could be closer to 50.
Not only does Grande have many tattoos, but she has also dated many ink enthusiasts, such as Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. The comic has more than 40 tattoos, as stated by Cosmopolita, and even had a tattoo in honor of the musician. But then he covered his “Dangerous Woman” inspired rabbit ear-inspired tattoo, and Grande turned one of his Davidson tattoos into a tribute to Myron, the dog he once shared with the late Mac Miller.
Just when you thought Grande might have finished accumulating ink, on May 4, 2023, she released two new tattoos via Instagram. Although some fans thought they saw the designs in January 2023, this is the first time the singer has exhibited them in full.
As for the meaning behind Grande’s new tattoos? We explore its meaning below.
Do Ariana Grande’s new tattoos symbolize rebirth?
As fans can see below, Ariana Grande has two butterflies, one on her upper left arm, near her shoulder and the other is a little closer to her elbow, as Hello giggles pointed out.
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It is unclear why Grande chose to show off her ink this time, though she may be trying to help her promote her new single with Justin Bieber, “Stuck With U,” an effort to raise money for the First Responder Children’s Foundation, which finances “grants and scholarships for children of health workers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers, and front line firefighters”.
In terms of meaning, perhaps Grande chose butterflies to reflect a personal rebirth. This theory makes sense to us because the singer probably received the ink in 2019, the same year she released her cathartic album, Thank U, Next. Although Grande may have had her tattoos done in the days leading up to the 2023 Grammys on January 26, meaning when fans first noticed the art, it seems more plausible that she added them before the appearance.
Our suspicion seems reinforced by what Grande said about doing Thank U, Next, writing on Instagram in February 2023, “Doing this project with so many dear friends literally saved my life and gave me the courage to be vulnerable and be honest with others”. She added, “Thank you for making me feel listened to, safe, and incredibly human.