The Heartwarming Stories Behind 18 of the Sweetest Celebrity Tattoos Ever

Take a look at some of the most moving tribute tattoos celebs have shared on social media

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Zach Braff

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The actor honored his late friend Nick Cordero by getting a sketch of the Broadway star inked on his arm, one month after he died following a months-long battle with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The artwork features a drawing of Cordero dancing in a three-piece suit, similar to one he wore when he starred in the Broadway musical Bullets over Broadway with Braff back in 2014. The actor's new body art was shared in a black-and-white Instagram post by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Dr. Woo.

"In loving memory to the greatest 🌟 @nickcordero1 on his friend @zachbraff 🙏🏼❤️," Woo wrote alongside the shot of Braff's arm, which showed the Cordero tattoo underneath an image of a hummingbird.

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Dove Cameron

The actress inked a beautiful tribute to her late friend and costar Cameron Boyce, who died suddenly in July 2019 after suffering a seizure in his sleep due to epilepsy.

The tattoo, which looks like a gun shooting a rose, symbolizes Boyce's anti-gun-violence initiative, Wielding Peace. Cameron also teamed up with the campaign, which is selling merchandise with the same design to help "end gun violence and cure epilepsy."

"Cameron was the most beautiful soul most of us will ever know," the actress wrote on Instagram.

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Vanessa Bryant

NBA legend Kobe Bryant's widow shared several videos on Instagram of herself getting tattooed in honor of Kobe and their daughter, Gianna, though she did not share the final result of the tattoos.

"I wanted my boo boo's @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me," she wrote in the caption for one series of videos, in which tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado inks a spot on her neck.

"@nikkohurtado came through for me," Vanessa added. "Thank you! #inked #messagetransfer #BooBoo #throwback."

"Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi's sweet message transferred on me. #throwbacktoFebruary," Vanessa added in another post, revealing that she received the tattoos back in February.

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Ariana Grande

The star paid permanent homage to the victims of the Manchester terror attack, in which a bomber killed 22 people and injured more than 500 during the singer's stop of her Dangerous Woman tour in 2017.

A year later, Grande debuted a bee tattoo behind her ear, captioning the photo, "forever." The worker bee is a well-known symbol for Manchester.

In an emotional interview with Time in 2018, the star reflected on the tragedy. "Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world," she said. "I think that's why it's still so heavy on my heart every single day."

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Joe Jonas

Jonas showed off his ink from Mr. K at Bang Bang Tattoos on Instagram as he and then-fiancée Sophie Turner revealed that they each got tributes in honor of their grandfathers. Jonas had the image of a stamp created with a photo of his grandfather PaPa Miller in his military uniform.

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Sophie Turner

Turner went for a more subtle approach, getting a simple "G" written in cursive on her pinky finger in honor of her granddad, whom she says is her "hero."

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Kevin Jonas

The Jonas Brothers reunited after seven years apart with the "Sucker" video — an instant classic largely thanks to their leading ladies Danielle Jonas, Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Kevin celebrated by paying permanent homage to none other than his wife.

"Brand new addition to the fam," he said of his ink, which resembles Danielle's costume in the music video. "So proud of this time in our life and getting to remember this with @daniellejonas forever!"

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Demi Lovato

Lovato honored "Mimaw," her late great-grandmother, with a portrait on her inner forearm. "This is for you, Mimaw. You at 26 on my arm while I'm 26, and forever. I love you more. ❤️ Thank you @_dr_woo_ for making her come back to life for me. It's stunning and the most meaningful tattoo I have ever gotten. 🙏🏼🙌🏼," she wrote on Instagram.

The piece was based on a photograph of Lovato's grandmother, who died in 2016.

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Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

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The spouses had each other's names and those of their kids, Luna and Miles, inked on their arms in delicate script by artist Daniel Winter. "We are a cool tattoo family now and we only want to talk to other tattoo families," Teigen joked on Instagram.

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Jonah Hill

In March 2018, Hill made impressive headway in the race to become world's best brother when he debuted an arm tat featuring the name of his little sister, Beanie Feldstein. The tattoo reads "Hello, Beanie!" in the signature font of Hello, Dolly, the musical in which Feldstein made her Broadway debut.

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Billie Lourd

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The Booksmart actress honored her late mother, Carrie Fisher, on what would have been her 61st birthday by getting a memorial tattoo.

Lourd used Fisher's celestial-themed ankle artwork as the inspiration for her own tribute, getting a matching moon, planet and stars from famed artist Dr. Woo in order to carry her mother with her forever.

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Kylie Jenner

The reality star is extremely close with her grandmother, Mary Jo — so close, in fact, that Jenner honored MJ with an arm tattoo in her favorite color, red.

Oh, and the tattoo was also written in Jenner's grandfather's handwriting, just in case you were worried it wasn't touching enough.

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Adam Levine

Of all of Adam Levine's many, many tattoos, perhaps the most touching are the ones on his knuckles, which he got in honor of wife Behati Prinsloo. After all, what says "true love" quite like, well, inking the words "true love" on your body forever?

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Lea Michele

The actress and singer honored her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith, with a series of tiny tattoo tributes, including the number 5 on her ribs (which is the number that his character, Finn Hudson, wore on his Glee football uniform), and the word "Finn" on her hip, in honor of his character.

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Drew Barrymore

Barrymore's adorable ink commemorates her two daughters, Olive and Frankie. She shared photos of her new tattoo the day before news broke of her split from ex-husband Will Kopelman.

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David Beckham

Beckham's mostly covered body has plenty of tributes to his wife and kids, but it's this one, a copy of a drawing his daughter Harper did, that feels especially tender.

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Justin Bieber

Among Bieber's dozens of tattoos is a hidden gem, the letter "G." In his words: "This is for the strongest couple I know, Chad and Julia Veach! Their daughter was born with Lissencephaly. She is incredible and has the sweetest soul. You guys make me better, and I'm blessed to have you in my life."

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Taye Diggs

Okay, that's pretty adorable, Taye. Your son Walker scribbles "I Love Daddy" and you take it to a tattoo parlor to get it inked onto your skin forever. We surrender to the cuteness.

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