Lady Gaga is one of the top Pop Culture icons of this decade, and rightfully so with all the hard work and dedication she puts into not only her music but her image. Lady Gaga has furthered this character she’s created with funky hairstyles, makeup, costumes and even tattoos. To put her own personal spin on the tattoo thing Lady Gaga has made a deal with her father that she will only tattoo the left side of her body to keep her “half ordinary”. “It was actually per my father’s request,” she said. “He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal.” She referred to her left side of her body like her ‘Iggy Pop side’ and her right side (without tattoos) her ‘Marylin Monroe side’.
It is rumored that Lady Gaga got her first tattoo at age 17 when she got a hold of a fake ID. The Tattoo is of a treble clef and is located on the middle of her lower back. The tatt next to the treble clef is a mass of swirling roses that was inked by famous tattoo artist Kat Von D.
Here’s what Kat recalls of tattooing the now infamous pop-star. “I was tattooing this rose on her hip. I’m like, ‘Why did you move out here?’ She said, ‘I moved out here to make it big’,” Von D remembered. “I was like, ‘Yeah, you and everyone else’ or whatever, and she’s like, ‘No, no! I’m here to make it big!’ The next thing you know, a week later, her face is everywhere and I’m like, ‘Dude, she did it! That’s awesome!'”
Lady Gaga’s left shoulder currently has three separate tattoos, a cluster of three daisies, Tokyo Love with a heart, and a DAD tattoo encircled with a heart. The first of the three was the daisies, and because she has never publicly spoken out on why exactly she choose them we can only assume that she loves flowers.
Her next shoulder tatt was the Tokyo Love tattoo which can be considered much more risque!
“That was to celebrate the Haus’s collaboration with legendary Japanese photographer Araki. I was bound by Araki’s personal bondage artist, by several ropes and Japanese knots … Araki photographed me, using a series of several cameras. He did not photograph my image; he photographed my soul. We spent the night with Araki and his friends at a members’ only bar he’s owned for more than 20 years, where he displays his work. Here, he painted me and took Polaroids through the night. I was honored to be the first American woman he’s photographed, and only the second pop artist, in the company of Björk. He signed the Polaroids ‘Tokyo Love,’ and the Haus got tattoos of his marking in celebration.”
Her most recent shoulder tattoo is a tribute to her father. When he was in the hospital battling an illness she told him she was going to get a tattoo in his honor. “He got all teary-eyed and he said, ‘Well, you’re running out of real estate, so don’t get it too big.'”
(It is also interesting to note that on Lady Gaga’s latest album “Born This Way”, the photoshop editor decided to relocate the DAD tattoo below the daisies rather than beside it!) RANDOM
On the inside on Lady Gaga’s left wrist she sports an upside down peace sign, although she says when she looks at it it is the right way. The peace sign tattoo is a tribute to John Lennon of the Beatles, whom she considers a “hero”.
The tattoo on her inner arm is a tribute to her favorite writer. “That one commemorates my favorite writer, Rainer Maria Rilke, a poet and romantic philosopher,” “In German he writes, ‘Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?’ ”
Prüfen Sie, ob er in der tiefsten Stelle Ihres
Herzens seine Wurzeln ausstreckt, gestehen
Sie sich ein, ob Sie sterben müßten, wenn es Ihnen
versagt würde zu schreiben. Muss ich schreiben?
In 2010 Gaga inked “Little Monsters” next to her Rilke tattoo as a tribute to her fans.
The tattoo on Gaga’s upper left thigh, which was done by Bad News Becca on September 6, 2010, is an image of a unicorn with the words “Born This Way” wrapped around the horn. The tattoo is a commemoration of her third album, Born This Way.
Lady Gaga has said that the unicorn is her “favorite mythical creature.” “I had My Little Ponies. I was obsessed with the idea of a creature that was born with something magical that sort of made them the misfit in the world of the stallion. I’m actually quite obsessed with unicorns. They are in essence a mythical creature. The unicorn is born magical and it’s not the unicorn’s fault and it doesn’t make it any more or less special or any less unique but it can’t help that it was born with that magic.”
- A peace symbol on her left wrist
- A small treble clef on her lower middleback
- Roses on her left side by Kat Von D continuing to the back to blend into her treble clef (2008)
- Daisies on her left shoulder
- A quote from “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke along with “12/18/1974” on her left arm (Osaka, Japan – 2009)
- “Tokyo Love” handwritten by Nobuyoshi Araki near her daisies tattoo on her left shoulder (Osaka, Japan – 2009)
- ‘Dad’ written in a heart on her left shoulder (2009)
- “Little Monsters” next to the Rainer quote by a Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor in Hollywood (February 1, 2010)
- “Born This Way” by Rebecca Roach outside her left leg (North Star Tattoo, New York – (September 7, 2010)