This week, Halsey debuted two brand-new tattoos. The sparkle emoji on her freshly-shaved head — a reference to her 2020 album Manic, and an illustration by Bjenny Montero of small chick with a thought bubble reading “I wonder if they’ll remember me.”
Halsey is no stranger to ink, her body is decorated with trinkets chronicling her life, inspirations, and other secret, sacred meanings. We’re taking a look at seven of our favourite Halsey tattoos, and the meaning behind them.
If anything were to symbolise Halsey’s undying connection to her fans this is it. In May 2015, ahead of the release of her debut album Badlands, Halsey chose three fans on Twitter to get matching tattoos with her during a meet and greet.
“I got match-ing [get it] tattoos with them,” Halsey explained. “And that’s the joke.”
She continued, “I also told them that an unlit match represents not playing all your good cards like you have one. It’s unlit and I think what that represents is potential. You can strike at any moment.
“I told them that when they feel like they’ve reached a point of potential in their life, or they feel like they’ve done something that they wanted to do for a long time, I told them that they should go back, get a flame added to it, and then let me know when they do, because it’s a significant moment.
“I told them I would do the same, so I’m just holding out for that moment because I don’t know when I’m going to reach my potential. But hopefully one day something will be enough for me.”
You can watch Halsey get tattooed with her fans below.
Check out Halsey getting matching tattoos with fans:
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Sins ⚖️ Forgiveness
Back in 2018, Halsey and Lil Wayne shared the SNL stage. Before sharing the stage, the pair realised they both share an astrological sign. So, seconds before walking the stage, Halsey got Lil Wayne to sketch out a tattoo for her quoting lyrics from his Tha Carter IV track ‘She Will’ “On my Libra scale I’m weighin sins and forgiveness.”
“These violent delights have violent ends”
If you were a devotee at the chapel of Halsey during the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom era, you might recall the intersection of the album with Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. The influence of the 1996 film permeated through the DNA of Halsey’s second album.
Halsey got this tattoo back in 2014, and we like to think that the seeds of the expansive, conceptual HFK were planted way back then.
Halsey got this tribute to her younger brother Sevian Frangipane, whose birthday falls on May 11th, inked back in 2013. “Today is so special to me I’ve had it tattooed on my body for years,” Halsey tweeted in 2015. “Happy Birthday @sevianfrangipane I love u 4ever”
Le Petit Prince elements (cactus, volcano, fox, rose)
Childhood books have a habit of sticking with you. Halsey tattooed the four elements featured in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic Le Petit Prince. It’s a beautiful homage to a perfect, forever book.
I’m a sucker for a tattoo with a backstory, and Halsey has em in spades. Halsey and her mum got matching tattoos of the word “Serendipity” back in July 2014.
“I have this tattoo that says “Serendipity” and my mom and I have it matching together. My mom and I have two matching tattoos which is funny because when I was 16 I hated her. But now that I’m 21 I’m like “let’s get matching tattoos!” So things change,” Halsey explained of the tattoo.
“It’s serendipity, and it sounds really sweet. Serendipity is a happy accident. It’s something that happens that you’re not expecting that ends up being so perfect, with so much synchronicity. And I think that’s how my mother would explain my birth. So it sounds like a really sweet story until I tell you my mom calls me a happy accident.”
Finally, we have this portrait of the fantastical and bizarre Marilyn Manson. The portrait of the musical legend was done in Adelaide by Celia Dunne. It’s the perfect, surreal Manson tribute.
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