Demi Lovato for A. Rebolledo. (2012)
First tattoo: "First tattoo I ever got was song lyrics and they're on my ribs. It says, 'You make me beautiful.' And it's a Christian song, so some people are like, "Who's that for?" And I'm like, "No, it's for God." (Laughs). I was 16. And I got it in some tattoo artist's apartment. Like it was so sketch, it was in L.A. But I wanted to get tattooed so bad. I do things out of rebellion. So that was like one of the main reasons why I got it so young."
Africa tattoo on her arm: "The last tattoo that I got was two at the same time - which is kind of how I like to do it. I got Africa tattooed. I went there for my 21st birthday. I went to Kenya and it was just a very, very inspirational journey that I feel like really had a huge impact on my life. And, I would've gotten Kenya but then people would have been like, "What's that?" (Laughs) So Africa's a little more distinct."
Roman numerals on her wrist: "I have the number three in Roman numerals on my wrist and that was a number that was very significant to my birth father because he loved Dale Earnhardt. So when he passed away I got the number three tattooed on me to remind me of him, and also because I love Dale Earnhardt. (Laughs). That's like the most redneck tattoo I have, by the way!"
"Stay Strong" on her wrists: "I think the, the most meaningful one to me is 'Stay Strong.' It was one of my first few tattoos as well. When I got out of rehab that's the first thing that I did is I went and got tattooed 'Stay Strong' because a lot of fans were telling me that and it helped me get through a rough period. so anytime that I would feel triggered to either self-harm or act out in an unhealthy behavior, I could look down at that and stay strong."
Birds tattoo: "I wanted more tattoos and I'd never done anything big, and it was very impulsive of me, like the night that I got it. Literally, I had a friend who had a friend that worked with Kat Von D. And so, literally at like 4:00 p.m. my friend hits up her friend, and that guy was out of town but Kat was in town. And so I was like, 'Let's get a tattoo,' which by the way, people like book Kat way in advance! But it was so impulsive, so it was meant to be. I love the freedom that birds represent and I didn't specifically have a huge reason why I got 12 of them. But one day, one of my friends that I was at Sober Living, I was living in her Sober Living house, and they asked, 'So why'd you get ... How many did you get?' And I was like, "I don't know. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, and I was like, 'Whoa, I didn't mean to do that.' But it's like, it was kind of like a God thing, like I worked the 12 steps, so as I got that while I was in Sober Living, apparently it was really meant to be."