Keke Palmer’s 11 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Lauren Keyana Palmer popularly known as Keke Palmer is an American Actress, Singer, Songwriter, and a Famous Television Personality. Apart from her acting and singing skills, she is also known for her eye-catching tattoos, here is the list of her tattoos along with the hidden meaning behind those tattoos:

Keke Palmer1. “Lauren” on Wrist

Keke Palmer - Lauren Tattoo

Keke got her first name, “Lauren” along with a small crown tattooed on her right wrist. The inked crown along with her name is to keep reminding herself that she is a queen.

2. Writing under her left boob

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Keke has writing near her ribcage, under her left boob which says, “don’t cast thy pearls before swine”. The phrase is a famous quote from “Sermon on the Moun” that Jesus gave in Matthew chapters 5-7. The writing means that- you should never throw or offer precious and valuable things towards those who would not appreciate them.

3. Small writing on her right forearm

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Keke has writing tattooed on her right forearm done in very small and delicate letters. She got this tattoo inked in September 2016.

4. Two Hearts behind her ear

Keke Palmar Heart Tattoo

In the year March 2012, Keke got a pair of interlocking hearts inked permanently behind her ear.

5. “Perception” Tattoo

There is a tattoo on her right thigh which says, “Perception”, there is also a line inked through the letters.

6. “God is Love” Tattoo

Keke Palmar - God is Love Tattoo

While in New Orleans for Mardi Gras Carnival Parade in February 2014, Keke got “God is Love” inked on her left wrist.

7. Writing on her bicep

Keke Palmer bicep tattoo

She has a quote tattooed on her inner arm, which is a saying by a popular Greek Philosopher Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” When asked about this tattoo, Keke shared her reason for getting this inked saying that, when she was small she used to visit a website called at the time when she used to feel happy or stressed and get a quote related to her emotional state. One day she came across the quote, “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”, She simply liked it and decided to get it tattooed on her skin.

8. Anchor on her ankle

Keke Palmar - Anchor Tattoo

Keke and best friend, Taylor Parks got the anchor tattoo done in March 2012.

9. Writing on her lower back

Keke Palmar Lower Back Tattoo

To represent her multiple talents (acting, dancing, singing, and television hosting), Keke got a tattoo on her lower back in February 2016 which says, “Renaissance Woman”. She shared a picture of her tattoo along with the definition of the phrase a woman who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field.

10. Sunflower and a Butterfly on her body

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Keke Palmar – Butterfly on Flower Tattoo (Before)

Keke Palmar - Butterfly Flower Tattoo

Keke Palmar – Butterfly on Flower Tattoo (After)

This tattoo is a cover up to the older version of the similar tattoo which was a butterfly on a sunflower. Keke got it covered with the extended version of the older ink. It was an 8-hour endurance of pain when Keke got this tattoo done on her body. It covers most part of her body. This tattoo is the result of her trip to Budapest which left such an impression over her life that she decided to get inked in the form of an expanded sunflower and a butterfly. She had accepted the fact that this tattoo has been the most painful one ever. She had stripped down to her fans thus revealing her major tattoo which runs from her upper torso down to her hips.

11. Pyramids + “Queen of Kush”

Keke Palmar - Queen Tattoo

The Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African Nubian Kingdome situated at the junction of the rivers Blue Nile, White Nile, and River Atbara. The kingdom controlled the Egypt entirely; however, the best part was it had a history of female rulers. This is what appealed to Keke! Amanirenas was one of the famous Queens of Kush, who was able to communicate a peace treaty for Kushites, so as an inspiration from this female ruler, and a tribute to her ancestors, Keke got this tattoo inked on the back of her neck in June 2016.

Keke said this in an interview with Hot 97:

I’m just trying to learn more about myself and learn about the history outside of America, my American history. I want to learn more about my ancestors over in Africa. I don’t want to always think about slavery as the only thing that happened to black folks. We actually have another history that we don’t really hear that much about where we were kings and queens. I want to hear more about that.

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