Lady Gaga has sixteen tattoos located on various part on the left side of her body. During the Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga, Gaga revealed that she only has tattoos on the left side of her body because her dad asked her to keep one side of her body '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'.
During the second leg of The Monster Ball Tour in Japan, she got a temporary tattoo while on her way to Japan, saying, "リトルモンスター" (Ritoru Monsutā), which means "Little Monster".
Peace symbol (☮)
A peace symbol (☮) on her left wrist. Inspired by the late English musician John Lennon.
A small G clef on her lower middle back (2007?).
Roses on her left side by Kat Von D continuing to the back to blend into her treble clef (March 2008).
Daisies on her left shoulder.
Rainer Maria Rilke's quote
Her tattoo is a curling German script on her left arm which quotes the poet Rainer Maria Rilke with the lines
"In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?"
Gaga described Rilke as her "favorite philosopher," commenting that his "philosophy of solitude" spoke to her. The quote is from the 1st letter written on February 17, 1903.
- "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?"
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Born This Way Unicorn
The tattoo on Gaga's upper left thigh, which was done by "Bad News Becca" (Rebecca Roach) on September 6, 2010 at North Star Tattoo, is an image of a unicorn with the words "Born This Way" wrapped around the horn. In May, 2010, Gaga mentioned on SHOWstudio that the unicorn was her favorite mythical creature. The tattoo is a commemoration of her third album, Born This Way. She kept it covered during her concert in Washington, but finally exposed it on September 13th, while at LAX airport.
According to a Rolling Stone interview, Gaga originally had planned to get the tattoo on New Years Eve, and upload a picture of it onto her Twitter, divulging the name of the third album.
On a recent Big Top 40 radio show in the UK, Gaga stated:
- "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."
On August 3, 2012 in Gaga updated your Littlemonsters.com account publishing a photo of a new tattoo that read "ARTPOP" on the right arm but after a few appearances in the tattoo was the show we can see the picture was reversed. In the next day, in a Littlemonsters.com chart, Lady Gaga responded to a fan confirming that ARTPOP would be the name of her new album. The tattoo is in the font "Georgia" at a size 18.