At 17, GAYLE already has a growing tattoo collection, including an image of a "little orange slice" just above her right elbow that she got as a tribute to her first tour. "I was just being very, very sentimental," she says, adding that she took a similarly affectionate approach when she got her second tattoo, an "ABC" in honor of her hit song, which she cowrote with Dave Pittenger and her best friend, Sara Davis. "The A is in my handwriting, the B is in Sara Davis's handwriting, and the C is in Dave Pittenger's handwriting," she says. "So I have their handwriting permanently inked on my body forever . . . Who knows, maybe when I'm like 30 I'll hate it, but in this moment, I'm appreciative of it."
With her 18th birthday fast approaching, GAYLE already has plans to add to her collection. "When I'm 18, I want to get my mom to draw a heart," she says. "I'm going to get it tattooed, and then I'd do the same and she does the same, so we have matching heart tattoos. So whenever she's away from me, she's still with me, you know, that mother-daughter bullsh*t."