There are a million different reasons to get a tattoo. Some people do it on a whim, some get ink on a dare or after losing a bet, some get tatted up while intoxicated in Las Vegas. And others owe their artwork to good old tattoo addiction — which really happens to many people who get one.
But for every one person who gets a tattoo for all the wrong reasons, there are 20 who get one after putting a lot of thought into the reason behind the ink. Tattoos can be dedicated to family and loved ones, they can be nostalgic and they can also serve as a reminder of strength.
For these celebrities, the art on their bodies is more than just skin deep. From Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams’ second tattoo dedicated to the series to the special meaning behind that tattoo on Rihanna’s right clavicle, here are the stories behind those tats.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.