Ruby Rose tattooed the Pantone Color Chart to her back post breakup


Orange is the New Black’s Ruby Rose had a colorful summer, one that included a trip down the #Taymerica slide and unfortunately, the end of her brief romance with business woman and model Harley Gusman. However Ruby, as always, found a very creative way to move on. She recently added to her vast tattoo collection by putting a portion of the Pantone Color Chart on her back. She joked on Instagram that she was the new marketing for Home Depot:

As far as the chart’s significance goes, Ruby hasn’t mentioned anything yet but I assume it has one. She has said in the past that every tattoo she has means something personal to her.

But no matter the count — three, four or 100, Rose said each work of art is symbolic in its own way, and she plans on continuing her ink collection until she runs out of canvas.
“It’s not like I have one specific one that I like better than any of the others, but they all serve a purpose,” she shared. “My body is a canvas and it’s like I have a journal from [when I was] 16 to now, and I can trace a timeline of my life from where I’ve been — the ups and the downs, the trials and tribulations and all that I’ve overcome to get to where I am today — by looking at this map on my body. And if I didn’t have that, I would forget a lot of things, and I’m glad I don’t and can’t forget.”

[From People]

Maybe this is just an interpretation of the popular color wheel tattoo? One of the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year is Rose Quartz, is it a signature move? I am grasping at straws here but Ruby posted it so she obviously wants us to try and guess why she got it. My OCD tendencies are very impressed with how clean each little square is – the artist was really good.

CB brought up a good point about this particular tattoo: the whole point of the Pantone Color Chart is to represent colors universally to make design easier. As tattoo colors are translucent and therefore affected by their background, the chances of any color, once applied, being 100% accurate to the chart is small. Not to mention tattoos fade over time and are affected by sun exposure, etc. Even Pantone suggests replacing their chart once a year due to discoloring. So why get a tattoo that is supposed to be a pure form of color if, by virtue of being a tattoo, it will never be a pure form?




Photo credit: Fame/Flynet Photos and Instagram

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  1. savu says:

    I find this dumb. But you know, as long as it has some meaning to you? idk.

  2. Ravensdaughter says:

    That’s going to be a nightmare to maintain. My understanding is that colored tattoos have to be re-inked periodically. Ouch!
    Still, it looks pretty cool by itself; however, her back and shoulders are pretty busy already.

    • Ari says:

      Seriously! It already looks awful, faded and blurry to me.

      Fun fact from a graphic designer: old school people call Pantone “PMS”, because it used to be called Pantone Matching System. So….. There’s that.

      I’ve seen way more beautiful color chart tattoos, rather than raggedy squares.

  3. Chelsey says:

    I feel like recent pictures I’ve seen of her, she’s lost a lot of weight.

  4. Monie says:

    I was TOTALLY lost until I realized it was not Pantene. Will Google Pantone to learn more! Lol

    • Zuzus Girl says:

      It’s a numbered color chart (sometimes swatch book) designers and illustrators use for universal color. So if say a company/ artist from wherever sends an illustration/graphic design to (random) Japan to be printed, the colors match.

  5. MissMerry says:

    I think it’s a clunky, silly tattoo, but I also read elsewhere it was not pantone colors but TATTOO INK colors that are available to choose from (so basically she got it and can say ‘i have every color you can get tattooed on you tattooed on my back now’)

    I can’t be sure but the tattoo ink colors seem more plausible than pantone colors.

  6. GingerCrunch says:

    She’s just a regular Rodney Dangerfield with that comedy there. 🙄

  7. Erinn says:

    Hahaha, well. I hope it IS significant.

    As soon as I read the title of this post I was like “well, it’s not even going to be true to color”. Anyone who’s done any design work … ever… would know that.

    The swatches don’t even look to be consistent sizes.

  8. Wren says:

    Tattoos often have meaning irrespective of the actual design. It can be difficult to describe to others, and the symbolism isn’t necessarily literal. It could be she just likes the colors and that’s about it, as far as design goes. Looking at it would bring back the memory of where she was in life when she got it, and often that’s all the symbolism there is.

    • Moneypenny says:

      Exactly. I’m not a tattoo fan, but I highly doubt she got it to be an ACTUAL pantone chart. It represents the color chart and whatever that means to her.

  9. Patricia says:

    I just… I find her gross. She grosses me out. Even on OITNB I was annoyed and grossed out by her. And then I’ve heard so many accounts of her being a rude brat, just increases the ick factor.

  10. La Ti Da says:

    Hmmm, maybe its a modern stylized take on the rainbow? “Pick your color, any color. I’m into it all” as it were. Yeah…. no. I have no idea.

  11. Zuzus Girl says:

    Pretty face, too much ink for me.

  12. laur says:

    I’m a tattoo fan and have several, but hers are some of the worst I’ve seen. And I say this as someone who thinks she’s cool otherwise! Still, if she’s happy, who am I to judge, she may feel the same if she ever saw my tats so hey ho.

  13. KiddVicious says:

    I don’t watch OITNB so I don’t see her often, only when photos posted here, but every time I see her I’m thrown by how gorgeous her face is. There’s something very striking about it to me. Nice body too.

    As for the tattoos, I can take them or leave them. I like tattoos, yet I don’t have any. I have commitment issues and the thought of the same tattoo for the rest of my life freaks me out. 😀