Some celebrities with memorial tattoos got them as lasting commemorations of friends or family members who have passed away. Others celebrities with tattoos chose tats that give shout-outs to people who are still alive and well. Among them you’ll find matching tats that celebs share with their closest friends and good old fashioned names inked into hearts.
So if you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the significance of the tattoos rocked by your favorite celebrities, or you're looking for ideas for your own tribute tattoo, you'll get plenty of ink inspiration here.
Glee star Lea Michele revealed on Instagram that the number five tattoo on her rib cage is a tribute to her Glee co-star and former boyfriend, Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose back in 2013. She explained that the number represents his football jersey number on the show. She also has his character's name (Finn) inked on her behind.
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In 2016 Paris Jackson honored her late dad, Michael Jackson, with this tattoo featuring the cover art from his Dangerous album.
In advance of her tribute to the late David Bowie at the 2016 Grammy Awards, Gaga got an image of the singer's face tattooed on her right rib cage. Her other tribute tattoos include one to John Lennon on her wrist and one to her dad on the back of her left shoulder.
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Among Angelina's many tattoos are a Buddhist protection inscription dedicated to her first son, Maddox, and the geographical birth locations of each of her children tattooed on her shoulder.
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