Miley Cyrus's Tattoos Are a Collection of Meaningful Moments

Miley Cyrus has a massive tattoo collection that seems to grow as the days go by. The singer got her first piece of ink in 2009 at the age of 17, and she hasn't stopped since. Now, after her two Grammy wins at the 2024 award show — in which she performed her hit song "Flowers" and displayed many of her patchwork designs — fans both old and new are curious about her collection.

A quick search into her body art will reveal that, unlike many other celebrities who have their go-to tattooists, Cyrus's tattoos are the work of various artists — but several have some very special meanings behind them. Cyrus got her most recent design back in March of 2020, hinting to fans in an Instagram post that it was inspired by "Dance Me to the End of Love," a book that visualizes Leonard Cohen's song of the same name with illustrations by Matisse. The video shows the silhouette of a body that is etched onto her upper right arm, and it looks like one of Matisse's signature works inspired by his affinity for cutouts. Before that, Cyrus got a handwritten note that she received from Yoko Ono traced onto her shoulder (it read: "I'm proud of you, Yoko") and a cursive-script piece over her knuckles that read "Freedom," both in December 2019.

There's plenty more where that came from, too. Read ahead for a brief guide to some of Cyrus's most meaningful tattoos.


Miley Cyrus's Henry Matisse Tattoo

In 2020, Cyrus got a cutout tattoo inspired by "Dance Me to the End of Love," a book that visualizes Leonard Cohen's song of the same name with illustrations by artist Henry Matisse.


Miley Cyrus's Freedom Tattoo

In 2019, Cyrus got a tattoo of the word "Freedom" in cursive on her right hand. Some of Cyrus's fans have speculated that the tattoo was in response to the end of her marriage to Liam Hemsworth, however she also has the lyric "Don't f*ck with my freedom" throughout her song "Mother's Daughter."


Miley Cyrus's "I'm Proud of You" Tattoo

In December 2019, Cyrus got a tattoo on her left shoulder that reads, "I'm proud of you, Yoko." According to the caption accompanying the photo her tattoo artist, Daniel Winter, posted of it on Instagram, the tattoo is actually a copy of a handwritten note that Yoko Ono once wrote Cyrus.


Miley Cyrus's "92" Tattoo

Days after getting her rose tattoo, the singer added another piece to her collection. She got the number "'92" etched on the back of her neck as a nod to her birth year, 1992.


Miley Cyrus's Rose Tattoo

Shortly after her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus debuted a rose tattoo on the back of her left arm via Instagram. She shared a black-and-white video of the rose with the caption, "When asked if what you say and do is done with purest intentions and only LOVE inside the heart?"

Cyrus later shared a second video with the caption, "Every. Rose. Has. Its. Thorn."

Miley Cyrus's Floyd Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Floyd Tattoo

After Floyd's passing in 2014, the singer got a tattoo of him inside a bubble alongside the words, "With a little help from my fwends."


Miley Cyrus's Emu Tattoo

Right above her Pablow tattoo sits a portrait of her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Emu, whom she adopted two months after the unexpected passing of her Alaskan klee kai, Floyd.


Miley Cyrus's Pablow the Blowfish Tattoo

Cyrus has more than one tattoo dedicated to her pets. After writing a song about her blowfish, Pablow, following its death in 2015, she went to famed celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo to get a piece of ink in its memory.

Miley Cyrus's Anchor Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Anchor Tattoo

Cyrus also has an anchor tattoo on her right wrist that she got done in Brazil in May 2011 by the artist Fabio Satori.

Miley Cyrus's Teddy Roosevelt Quote Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Teddy Roosevelt Quote Tattoo

Back in 2012, Cyrus and her then-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, got coordinating tattoos on their left arms of quotes from Theodore Roosevelt.

The singer had hers done in July of that year and chose an excerpt from the former president's legendary "Citizenship in a Republic" speech: "So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

A few months later, Hemsworth picked a line from the same speech that reads, "If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly," which many assume is missing a "he." Oops.

Miley Cyrus's Dream-Catcher Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Dream-Catcher Tattoo

In February 2011 at the age of 18, the singer got the image of a dream catcher tattooed on the right side of her torso, which represents her four brothers and sisters.

Miley Cyrus's Tattoo of Her Grandmother
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Miley Cyrus's Tattoo of Her Grandmother

In addition to an animal tooth, roman numerals, an anatomically correct heart, and the words "I'm in your corner" with Johnny Cash's signature, Cyrus's right arm is home to a portrait of her grandmother.

Miley Cyrus's Heart Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Heart Tattoo

Cyrus's right hand has nine tiny tattoos total. That includes the heart on her pinky finger, which is a matching tattoo that she got with her mom, Tish Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus's "LOVE" Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's "LOVE" Tattoo

The singer has a tattoo of the word "LOVE" on the inside of her right ear, which she got in 2010.

Miley Cyrus's Smiley-Face Ankle Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's Smiley-Face Ankle Tattoo

In 2014, Cyrus and her best friend, Cheyne Thomas, gave each other matching smiley-face tattoos.

Miley Cyrus's "Just Breathe" Tattoo
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Miley Cyrus's "Just Breathe" Tattoo

Cyrus's first tattoo ever was the phrase "just breathe" on her rib cage in December 2009, which was reportedly done as a tribute to her close friend Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis, and both of her grandfathers, who died of lung cancer.

The "just breathe" tattoo is joined by a moving image dedicated to her late dog, Floyd, who passed away in April 2014, and a naked woman standing in a body of water.