Like Miley Cyrus, I was smoking cigarettes and getting tattoos around her age. I only got a couple of tattoos when I was around 20 and regret just one of them. (Which is really the artist’s fault because he didn’t use the colors or the design I requested and the result is something that my brother calls an Easter egg. Note to women in the locker room and at the pool – do not ask about my tattoos.) I quit the smoking but the tattoos will stay with me forever. A lot people love their body artwork and are proud of it, but in my case I wish I made different choices when I was younger.
Anyway Miley Cyrus wore a cutaway shirt recently to reveal a huge tattoo of a dreamcatcher on the side of her ribcage. (Photos are here.) It’s her fifth tattoo at just 18, and she got her first one, the word “breathe” on her ribcage, at 16.
Miley Cyrus has added another tattoo to her collection.
The 18-year-old singer-actress now has a dream catcher inked on her torso, a friend close to Cyrus tells PEOPLE.
“It’s a picture of the dream catcher that hangs over her bed with four feathers to represent her four brothers and sisters,” says the friend. (Miley’s siblings are Brandi, 23, Trace, 21, Braison, 16, and Noah, 11.) “The dream catcher is to protect them.”
That brings Cyrus’s current tattoo tally up to five.
She also has a heart and a small cross on her fingers, the word ‘love” on her ear and the phrase “just breathe” on her rib cage in honor of a close friend who died of cystic fibrosis.
“All of Miley’s tattoos have a deep meaning to her,” says the friend. “They all represent family and friends close to her.”
It’s all pretty normal from my perspective. Miley has been awkwardly exploring her sexuality through her music videos, she’s been seen smoking a hallucinogenic drug through a bong, and now she’s getting tattoos. It could be a lot worse. Miley is a billion dollar enterprise, though, and countless girls look up to her. She realizes that she’s not a role model and she’s rebelling again her Disney image in a rather mild way.
There’s news that the video of Miley smoking salvia forced producers of her upcoming movie, LOL, to have to edit out a scene that shows her character smoking pot. Miley is said not to really care much about the minor scandal.
Ashley Greene, Miley’s co-star, recently said that Miley has “probably been through as much as a 40-year-old.” Hopefully she’ll stay relatively sober and won’t join fellow former Disney star Lindsay Lohan in looking like a 40 year-old well before her time. The tattoos are a small step in that direction, but at least she’s not drinking and clubbing. Oh wait.
Miley is shown out on 11/23 and 11/27/10. Credit: Fame Pictures
Yeah, I just went from the cracked out Lindsay story to this one, hope Miley doesn’t become the new Lindsay.
5 tattoos is a bit extreme at her young age! this will be definitely not her last tattoo..
Someone told me after my first tattoo that you can never just get one. I resisted for 15 years and then proved them right. Anyway, Miley seems to be on a slippery slope. What might be ‘just a phase’ for other 18 year olds will easily become a lifestyle.
Are we sure that tattoo isn’t of Owl from Winnie the Pooh? That’s what it looks like to me.
Also regret one of my tattoos from when I was twenty. At least it’s in a place I can easily hide not on my hand or ear.
Unlike the Lohan at least Miley has some talent and a good singing voice to fall back on.
Everybody forget that she has another brother, from her father’s side. Even Miley herself seems to have forgotten him.. poor boy.
I got a tattoo of an elephant on my ass as a young teenager. Regret that one for sure.
15 years later I got a phrase from Horrace on my ribcage and I love it.
For the most part it looks like she is staying away from hard drugs and not really slutting it up so except for her awkward styling, I’m beginning to like her.
Her parents must be SO PROUD.
I worked in a hospital for 20 years. Trust me on this…Body art does not age well. Wait until you see some saggy ass old folks with melting body art. Not so…artistic.
Especially the old women who got them on the boobage area. Love it, looks like melting silly putty you stuck on a cartoon in the newspaper.
She is so white trashy. You know she’s coking it up…just hasn’t got out a hand or caught
she doesnt concern me….yet
at least her tattoos have significant meaning
not “this is a dove because i like love birds? and like flying and shit? and also he’s really cute”
And the tattoos on her fingers are hideous.
Lol @ Tiffany. I second that for sure. I’ve seen more old ladies with saggy rose tats on their boobs than I care to think about!
I’m surprised that her parents let her get some before she turned 18. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. I had to wait because I knew my mom would freak out… And she did… 10 years later & I have 8 & she still doesn’t really care for them. But my husband has about 25 & she thinks the world of him, so shes sort of gotten over it!
I thought you wrote there was a video of Miley smoking saliva.
Smoking saliva? Gross!!!! I think you mean Salvia, that fake marijuana that’s gotten popular all of a sudden!
I’ve never understood why a singer would smoke anything-cigarettes or otherwise. I mean, if their throat is their fortune it seems like they ought to take care of it, not inundate it with harsh, nasty smoke.
this is Britney in the making.
the tattoo on her ear was VERY poorly done. it’s prison-style.
God, she gets less attractive with age.
And I have to disagree, she doesn’t have a “voice” to fall back on.
Ever noticed how much she looks like Isabella Soprano the porn star? Could be long lost twins at this point.
The good news is that after her career soon crashes, she can always find work as a sideshow freak.
@Tiffany. LOL. I know what you mean! I’ve seen plenty of tragic tatoos on my “patients.” But, let’s be honest, after a certain age you just stop caring what others think of your saggy bits (and their accompanying tatoos).
I got a tattoo about 500 years ago when I was 18, and was such a wuss about the pain that I’m still too embarrassed to go back (even though I really want another one).
Don’t care. She can go away now.
Samihami surely you jest when you refer to Miley as a “singer” she’s an autotuned pr gimmick that no one cares for – how many young people that actually have taste in music would admit/want to go to a Miley Cyrus concert. The fact that she apparently believes getting tats is outre and unconventional shows what a worthless loser she is – wouldn’t she be going against the grain by not getting tats. She can’t sing, no one wants to see chipmunk face in movies, she can’t act and is probably too self-absorbed/lazy to take actual acting lessons – hell, she’s too boring for a reality tv show – aimlessness, obscurity and maybe a 30sec. VH1 where are they now spot is her future.
I have a few tattoos. All stuff that means something to me, with one giant mistake that I got with my ex husband. I’ve always tried to stay away from areas that might sag or um, get bigger. One of those areas was the rib cage, because I knew I wouldn’t have the body of a 21 year old forever. And I was right!
Given that she’s 18 now, I think everyone can lay off the snarky comments about what she should and shouldn’t be doing at this age.
I’m more concerned about the lack of a bra paired with a white shirt on a sunny day. She has more than enough money to get those tats removed when she realizes she effed up by getting them.
@26 I have to agree, even just listening to her speaking voice gets on my damn nerves…..
Meh, tatts are back in vogue these days, so it’s not surprising that she has a few. I’m too fickle for tatts, no matter what I got I know I’d eventually get sick of it.
What kinds of names are those? Were her siblings conceived in a butcher’s shop?
I know I’ve talked about this before, apologies to those who already know my opinion on this subject. =)
I always knew I wanted a tattoo (definitely from 15 on), but not what/where. I spent years waiting & working on the idea, then months drawing out the design. I’m 24 & went in to have it done this year (I ended up with a detailed design that needed to be much larger than I expected, which now covers my upper back). It symbolizes an important time in my life, & after so much consideration, I know I’ll always be proud of it. (I also drew it myself, so I’m also proud of that.)
They *are* addicting. I know this won’t be my last. I even convinced my mom to go for it. =)
I’m a bit of a ‘snob’ when it comes to tattoos having meaning. I think they should all mean something, & not be an impulsive decision made without any thought to how permanent it is. It irritates me no end seeing girls go to the tattoo shop on the 18th bday ‘just because’, with no idea what they want, flipping through a book of flash designs. I hate when people get generic things like hearts, stars & butterflies just because they’re cute or they’re trying to be cool.
Not associating the tattoo with something personal just ups the odds that you’re going to end up regretting it one day. ‘Tattoo parties’ are especially common these days, too. A free lance artist setting up at someone’s home & doing tattoos for party-goers. I’ve heard many tell me they went to the party not expecting to get one, & came away with them anyway, sometimes more than one. So stupid for so many reasons. Not safe in the least.
The only thing I give Miley credit for is a tattoo she got in memory of a friend. I can understand, especially, because my younger brother (while extremely fortunate & healthy) also has Cystic Fibrosis. I doubt she’ll ever regret that tattoo.
But having 5 at 18 is excessive. She can’t possibly be spending any consideration time for each one at that rate. I really hate hand tattoos, they’re just permanent (tacky) rings (that usually clash with actual rings). If you end up hating them, they can’t be hidden (& I’d imagine are a bitch to have removed.)
I just hope she doesn’t end up looking like Kat Von D.
A Lindsay Lohan in the making for sure. I predict rehab in the next 3-5 years. Yeah, right now its all “normal,” but it will go down hill soon. Guess I’m a goody two shoes, but I wasnt doing drugs, getting tats, clubbing or drinking as a child. My mom would have kicked my a$$. But if this behavior is “normal” for a child in this era, then I guess I am very nieve (and perhaps very old school). And where are her parents- adult supervision, anyone? But now that she is a big and mature “18 year old” I will lay off now.
Tats are long out of style. They used to be a form of expression for people who wanted to be edgier than the norm but now everyone has them and they mean nothing. They are completely main-stream. I know a lot of guys, though, who despise tats on women, and anything over one or two is considered just disgusting. They think it is an indication of low morals and ignorance in general.
My best friend got a ring tattoo of an anarchy symbol on her ring finger at 18. Because she “didn’t believe in marriage” at the time. Needless to say, 4 years later she got married. The tattoo with the ring looked awful. Now she’s divorced, and the it’s just the tattoo there. It’s faded and gross looking, especially now that she’s 31. I think it gives people a really horrible impression of her.
@Dana M. – “. Guess I’m a goody two shoes, but I wasnt doing drugs, getting tats, clubbing or drinking as a child. My mom would have kicked my a$$.”
You’re not to only one. It’s unfortunate that such behavior is now considered ‘normal’. Reminds me vaguely of the phrase “Boys will be boys!” whenever they do something idiotic or victimize someone physically or sexually. It’s just an excuse used to make people feel better. “Oh, it’s just a phase, they’ll grow out of it!”
@Nimrod – “Tats are long out of style. They used to be a form of expression for people who wanted to be edgier than the norm but now everyone has them and they mean nothing. They are completely main-stream. I know a lot of guys, though, who despise tats on women, and anything over one or two is considered just disgusting. They think it is an indication of low morals and ignorance in general.”
They don’t mean ‘nothing’ to everyone. People who waited, & spent time & effort making an informed decision (instead of getting drunk & stumbling impulsively into a tattoo shop asking for a rainbow or butterflies) usually never regret their tattoos. To many people, especially artists, it’s an incredible way to express who you are, what you’ve been through, & who’s most important to you. (This does NOT mean I condone getting boyfriend’s or even husband’s names tattooed on you. That’s just tempting fate, & is incredibly stupid. (See Johnny Depp xD, Wino Forever).
It’s not for everyone, of course. And it’s an extremely valid point that people should take into account the location of their tattoos, & how that part of the body normally ages. I’ve seen my share of saggy chest tattoos on older women, NOT pretty. (I think the back/arms is a much more reliable place, as it doesn’t sag & wrinkle on most people, even as they age.)
As to despising tattoos on women, to each their own. (Look at what Jesse James is attracted to for God’s sake.) I don’t personally care for full sleeves on women, but that’s me. No offense, but I think making such a negative judgment about someone based solely on the fact that they have tattoos is more ignorant. Obviously one has to take into account what someone’s tattoos are of, like with Michelle Mcgee’s white supremacist symbols & words, or gang tattoos & the like.
But most people aren’t expressing an ugly allegiance with their’s.
Who cares? Big whoop she has another tattoo. It’s only skin. What’s on the inside of people is what really counts. And she is still young and finding herself. And she does have millions of dollars to get it removed if she ever feels like it.
What’s worse than her tattoos are all the hateful judgmental people commenting on her.
@Roma: I’m dying to the know the phrase. 🙂