She is a survivor. 1
The artist behind Demi's "survivor" tattoo posted this picture on December 17, 2019, and wrote: "On a real one 💪🏼🙏🏼." It's true that the singer and actress is a survivor. In 2018, she survived an apparent overdose.
A T for her friend Tommy. 2
When Demi's friend Thomas Trussel III died suddenly at the age of 31, she got a tattoo in his honor. "A T for Tommy. RIP you special angel. Love you forever @sirtruss 🖤💔 thank you for the ink @rafael_valdez.. it’s beautiful and I’m so grateful for this 🙏🏼🙌🏼 If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please do not hesitate to ask for help. Please call 877.921.9653," she wrote when she posted this picture.
A reminder to put herself first and a smiley face. 3
She's got a few tattoos on her fingers. 5
Demi likes to get ink on the inside of her fingers where it's not always visible. She's got this one of a single rose, another one with the word "peace" on it, and one that says "rock and roll."
Her father's favorite number in Roman numerals. 6
Demi wasn't all that close to her father, but when he died she wanted to get something to commemorate his life. She decided on getting his favorite number, which was 3, in Roman numerals.
Her very noticeable lion tattoo. 7
On April 25, 2017, the tattoo artist Bang Bang wrote: "@ddlovato sometimes the canvas makes the art ;) Thank you for your trust." Demi is a Leo, hence the lion.
The words "stay" and "strong" on her wrists. 8
Demi has gone through a lot of ups and downs in her life, so those two words--"Stay Strong"--are a reminder for her to stay on track. She got those after her successful rehab completion in 2011.
A warrior with a warrior tattoo on her back. 9
Demi got the lyrics "now I'm a warrior" from her song "Warrior" tattooed on her back. This piece was done by Bang Bang in 2013.
Dreamcatcher with some of her other tattoos. 11
She got the words, "you make me beautiful" tattooed on her ribcage in 2008 and then added two feathers below the quote later. In 2016, she went to Bang Bang and got a huge dreamcatcher tattoo that ties everything together.
Two roses to cover up two lips. 12
She used to have a kiss mark on her wrist, but she got it covered up with a rose. She liked the rose so much she got another rose to go with it later.
She got this one after her dog was killed. 13
Her dog Buddy was attacked by a coyote in her backyard in 2015. She got a "Buddy was here" tattoo in his honor. Then in 2019, she added a portrait of Buddy.
She got a matching "faith" tattoo with a friend. 14
She and friend Lauren Martin, whom Demi met in treatment, got matching "faith" tattoos. She got it as a way to commemorate completing her rehab treatment.
The flock of 12 birds on her arm. 15
When Demi got the flock of 12 birds on her arm, she chose the number randomly. Now she feels it is significant of the 12-step program for addiction that has helped her survive.