Sunday Brew: Indian Women and Their Ink

Jhaiho
Jhaiho
Nov 11, 2018 · 6 min read

Even though tattooing is ancient and universal, it is often linked to the West, mostly due to many modern styles such as ‘classic’ or ‘old-school American’ that come from the U.S. But inking is a way of life for many across the world — even right here in India! And it isn’t just limited to the men!

Here’s a roundup of some of our very own inked leading ladies!

  1. Priyanka Chopra

In honour of her late father, PC has a wrist tattoo of the phrase ‘Daddy’s lil girl’. Simple, beautiful, and touching!

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Daddy’s lil girl

2. Deepika Padukone

Deepika has sported two tattoos — one neck tattoo ‘RK’ in honour of a certain former beau (recently rumoured to have been lasered off), and another ankle tattoo that ends with a ‘DP’ — in honour of herself!

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A tribute to love — both self, and (former) other!

3. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt’s back tattoo — ‘pataka’, Hindi for ‘firecracker’ is certainly apt for this little firestarter!

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A pataka tattoo for a pataka personality

4. Bani J

Fitness goals and tattoo goals all in one place! Bani J’s ink can give any tattoo enthusiast some serious envy! Each of her tattoos has a special meaning, such as the words ‘truth’ and ‘karma’ on her biceps, and ‘rise’ and ‘shine’ on her wrists.

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Flexing that ink like a boss — a big boss!

5. Malaika Arora

Malaika has quite a few tattoos — three free-flying birds along the side of her ribs, finger tattoos of a rosary and the word ‘love’, a bee tattoo on the nape of her neck…this leading lady has quite the love for ink!

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Fly, love, be.

6. Sushmita Sen

Another one in love with ink, Sushmita has a whole bunch of them — ‘I AM’ from the Kabbalah on her left wrist and ‘Yahweh’ (Hebrew for God) on her right, and forearm tattoos of ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam’ which means ‘I’ll either find a way or make one’, and ‘Temptation’ with a dagger running through it for a ‘beautiful feeling’ that is ‘equally dangerous’.

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I AM, Yahweh, Temptation, I’ll Find a Way — Ink that represents Sen’s true self!

7. Raveena Tandon

Raveena has two tattoos, a scorpion (often associated with removing poisonous things from one’s life) over her heart, and the names of her children on her shoulder.

Love for the kids, and a reminder to keep your heart safe from the poison of others!

8. Kangana Ranaut

Bold and outspoken, it’s not surprising for Kangana to be on this list. Her tattoo, featuring wings, a crown, and a sword is actually a cover-up of an earlier tattoo that didn’t end up as planned! Luckily tattoo artist Sameer Patange of Kraayonz Tattoo Studios in Mumbai helped her fix that right up!

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These wings were made to fly!

9. Shruti Haasan

Yet another fan of ink, Shruti has many tattoos including a musical tattoo behind her ear, her name in Tamil on her back, ‘kiss’ on her foot, and a rose on her forearm.

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Music, a name, kiss, and a rose — passion and emotion all in one place!

10. Anushka Sharma

Like many others, Anushka had her tattoo done right before a role. The tattoo, ‘dekho magar pyaar se’ is Hindi for ‘look, but with love’, and made its debut in her film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola.

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Look, but with love

11. Shraddha Kapoor

To honour her six dearest friends, Shraddha got a simple six-point star tattoed behind her ear.

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A six-point star to represent six important bonds

12. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi gave herself a 27th birthday gift with her first tattoo — a small star on her collarbone! She later added a gorgeous ankle tattoo to her collection.

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A star for a star, and an accessory to match!

13. Esha Gupta

This sultry actress has a couple of tattoos that add to her appeal — a little devil on her shoulder, a star on her wrist, and a rib tattoo that says ‘Alis Volat Propriis’, Latin for ‘She Flies With Her Own Wings’.

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Sugar, spice, and everything nice!

14. Khushboo

Tattoos aren’t new for women in India — they’ve been around for a while, especially among south Indian leading ladies! Khushboo sports quite a few tattoos — a peacock on her shoulder and a heart with wings and an S for Sundar, her husband on her arm.

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A peacock for beauty and a winged heart for love

15. Simran

Simran has one tattoo — also over her heart! — of a blue flower with vines around it.

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A blue flower for hope and beauty!

16. Nayanthara

Nayanthara’s tattoo was also one dedicated to a former flame. She has since had it covered up and it now says ‘Positivity’.

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Turning something from your past into a positive!

17. Trisha Krishnan

Trisha has one small tattoo on her hand, but the more prominent tattoo is one of Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo on her chest — adorable!

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A simple personal tattoo, and Nemo — found!

18. Bhavana

Bhavana got an Omkar tattooed over her heart prior to a film — a popular place for Indian actresses to get inked, it would seem! She later got a crown tattooed on her forearm just before her wedding.

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Omkar over the heart, and a crown on her sleeve!

19. Amala Paul

Amala Paul got her first ink with an arrow through a circle, and later added to her collection a mandala style tattoo on her back which she was almost asked to cover up for a role — thankfully her director decided to let her wear the beautiful ink as is!

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A gorgeous mandala, and an arrow through a circle

20. Lena

Lena has multiple tattoos. From birds on her forearm to the eye on her shoulder, to a less seen one on her back, Lena sure loves her some ink! She has kept mum about what they mean though, as they are personal and she wants to keep it that way!

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Birds of a feather to the all-seeing eye — Lena’s tattoos are as different as they are mysterious!

Found some inspiration from these gorgeous women and their tattoos? Head on over to the Jhaiho WebApp and book your tattoo appointment with Bangalore’s best tattoo artists today!

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