Miley Cyrus got her first tattoo – “Just Breathe” on her ribcage – around December 2009 at the age of 17. Since then, she’s added seven more! Some are big, some are small, and she claims every piece of ink on her body has deep meaning. The singer has spoken openly about a couple of her pieces of ink, and she proudly showed off her latest tat on Twitter this weekend. We have a feeling there will be more to come, too! Thanks Zimbio.
December 2009 - Miley’s first tattoo was “Just Breathe”, which was placed on her ribcage. She has since explained that the ink is a tribute to her friend, Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis in 2007, and both of her grandfathers who died of cancer. She said: “It reminds me not to take things for granted. I mean breathing – that was something none of them could do, the most basic thing. And I put it near my heart, because that is where they will always be.”
Early 2010 – The next tattoo was “Love”, which is printed in all capitals on the inside of her ear. She said: “I have ‘love’ right here to block out all the crap that everyone throws into your ears… I don’t really care about it. You’re only supposed to hear the things coming from the people that genuinely love you.”
September 2010 and December 2010 -The next tattoo was the outline of a heart on her right pinkie finger. She added a simple cross on the inside of her right finger not long after, and had some kind of line drawn on her middle finger too. She never spoke about any of these symbols in interviews.
February 2011 - The biggest tattoo to date arrived in early 2011, which was a dream catcher on her right side. A friend said in an interview that Miley got the ink with four feathers to represent her four siblings, and the dream catcher is “to protect them”.
May 2011 -Whilst on tour in Brazil, Miley visited tattoo artist Fabio Satori, who inked an anchor on the outside of her right wrist. He said: “Miley told her mother that she wanted something that refers to a safe port, something that reminded her that she always has a safe place to return to. The significance of the design is one of hope and a reminder to always have your feet on the ground.”
July 2011 - Miley showed off her latest ink on Twitter this weekend, a small equal sign on the inside of her right ring finger. She wrote “All LOVE is equal” as the caption to the picture, referring to supporting same sex marriage.
P.S. They missed some of the tattoos, but they mentioned the most important ones.