Skylar Grey’s 17 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Holly Brook Hafermann, professionally known as Skylar Grey is known as a multi-talented firebrand in the music industry. She is an American Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer and a model from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. She is the lyricist behind the famous Eminem and Rihanna’s hit “Love the Way You Lie”. Skylar released her debut album in 2006 ‘like blood like honey’ and when it comes to tattoos she has about 16 known tattoos. Let us know about their meanings below.


1. ‘Zodiac Sign’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo of a Pisces symbol on the back of her neck in black and grey color.

Meaning: She was born on February 23, 1986. This makes her a Piscean and her motivation of getting its symbol as her very first tattoo on her body ever.

2. ‘Map of State’ Tattoo

Skylar Grey Map Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo on her right bicep of Map of her home state, Wisconsin.

Meaning: The turquoise tattoo has since been surrounded by a grayscale sleeve and is the only coloured tattoo on her body.

3. ‘Japanese Writing’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Skylar grey has a tattoo of writing on her foot in which says ‘save the whales’ in Japanese because Japanese people are the only people that killer whales,” she explains.

4. ‘Elaborated Illustration’ Tattoo

 Skylar Grey Back Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo of an expanded sketch which runs from her shoulder blade to her lower back. The large forest scene tattoo consists of a lumberjack, clouds, clown, house, lightning bolt, and tree.  The tattoo signifies a period in her life where she lived in the woods in Oregon before re-inventing herself. This time was essential to her growth both as a person and as an artist.

She said, “I moved into a cabin in the woods and I was broke and I was down on my luck and depressed. It was there that I proved to myself that I could survive anything. And when I came out of the woods I wrote ‘Love The Way You Lie’ and that changed my life forever. So that tattoo represents that whole dream to me.”

“I wanted a lumberjack. Mister Cartoon has this signature thing that he does clowns. So I thought, why not just make it a lumberjack clown? Because that’s what I do, I mix weird stuff together. My album is like that, my fashion sense is like that,” she told Amp Radio.

5. ‘Bird’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a large tattoo of an owl on her side which was done by the artist Joshua Lord. The ink comprises of varying shades of orange and brown.

6. “GREY” Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has initials of her stage name “GREY” inked on the knuckles of her right hand which was inked by the artist Mister Cartoon.

7. ‘Writing on her forearm’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo on her left forearm which reads “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

Meaning: This is the quote by Albert Einstein.

She told KDWB that the tattoo “helps me think outside the box and be creative and not do what everybody else is doing. And not worry if it sounds absurd at first because that’s usually a good thing.”

8. ‘Wolf and Writing’ Tattoo 


Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo of a wolf on the inside of her right forearm along with the words “The Journey is the Reward” beneath the wolf. The tattoo was inked by the Tattoo artist Tye Harris on September 2013.

9. ‘Writing on her chest’ Tattoo

Skylar Grey Chest Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has an ascriptive tattoo on her chest which says “Woodrat.” The tattoo is the tribute to the time spent by her in the woods.

She told Jump Philly “it was great because I found so much peace. I found myself again out there. I feel like I lost myself for a while after moving to L.A. and pursuing my dream and getting caught up in the whole weird world. I needed to reconnect with who I was. It was a soul-searching journey. It changed me.”

10. ‘Rose’ Tattoo

Skylar Grey Rose Tattoo

Tattoo: Grey has a tattoo of a rose inked without any lining, covering the back of her right hand. The tattoo was inked by the tattoo artist Tye Harris.

11. ‘Two Axes’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo of two axes on the left side of her neck in a grey ink tattooed in a spray paint style.

Meaning: The tattoo represents the time that Skylar spent living in the woods and learning to survive on her own. She has used the same crossed X design as her logo.

12. ‘Jackalope’ Tattoo 


Tattoo: Skylar Grey prolonged her right arm sleeve tattoo with this rabbit with antlers on the back of her forearm. It was inked by the tattoo artist Tye Harris on February 2015.

13. ‘Bear and Eagle’ Tattoo

Skylar-Grey-Eagle Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey carries on her right shoulder a full artwork sleeve design done by the artist Tye Harris. It includes a bald eagle and a grizzly bear in front of mountains.

14. ‘Peacock, portrait’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Gray has a large tattoo covering her right thigh which is based on art nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley’s 1893 drawing “The Peacock Skirt.” The tattoo denotes the celebrations of Skylar’s involvement in the Suicide Squad movie soundtrack.

15. ‘Snake’ Tattoo

Skylar Grey Snake Tattoo

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a closing addition to her sleeve tattoo from artist Tye Harris which includes a realistic snake on the inside of her upper right arm, just above the elbow.

16. ‘Deathly Hallows’ Tattoo

Skylar Deathly Hallows Tattoos

Tattoo: Skylar Grey has a tattoo on her left forearm of the Deathly Hallows symbol from the Harry Potter series.

17. ‘Lamb’ Tattoo

Tattoo: She has a lamb inked on her left forearm. The sky got it inked from Evans to represent her love for her sheep Valentine.

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