Busy Philipps Defends Explicit New 'F- Em' Tattoo: 'These Are Words to Live By'
The actress says she's teaching her kids to live by the same phrase
Busy Philipps just debuted a brand new tattoo, and she’s already living by its message.
The actress, 39, shared a photo of her new ankle tattoo on Instagram on Monday. The new ink was done by tattoo artist Dre Li from Third Eye Gallery and features Philipps’ favorite illustration drawn by Geoff McFetridge for her 2018 book This Will Only Hurt a Little. The design features the words “f— em” and depicts a woman ice skating away from the lettering.
“And weirdly true to form and as things always tend to be, it really always only hurts a little, ❤️” the star captioned the pic.
While many praised her tattoo in her Instagram comments, there were some who questioned the choice. One commenter wrote: “I’m not judging… honestly curious bc I wish I was as brave as you to get a tattoo like that – but… what do you tell the kids???”
True to her message in the tattoo, Philipps responded: “I tell them that these are words to live by. Especially as a woman.” Philipps has two daughters with Marc Silverstein, Birdie, 10, and Cricket, 5.
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The actress got her first tattoo in July 2018 of the phrase, “aced out in her nudes” that was hand-written in cursive on the top of her left forearm by Jim Down, a tattoo artist at Studio City Tattoo.
“I literally woke up this morning and was like, ‘I want to get a tattoo today,'” Philipps said on her Instagram Stories. “I said out loud today, ‘I want to get a tattoo today.’ And I then was about to just go to M Cafe and get some dinner and [screenwriter] Kelly [Oxford] texted, ‘I’m getting a tattoo right now,’ and I said, ‘Where are you — I’m coming to meet you.’ This is how I do things guys. It’s so crazy how the world works, isn’t it?”
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And just like her “f— em” tattoo, her first was a pretty painless process as well. “I’m not actually nervous,” Philipps told her Instagram followers at the time of her first tatt experience. “I had two kids with no pain drugs, I’m fine.”