A Walkthrough of Kelsey Ballerini’s Tattoos From the Singer Herself
Kelsea Ballerini made her MTV VMA debut at the 2023 ceremony while simultaneously ringing in her 30th birthday. To mark the special occasion, the country singer-songwriter brought her fashion A-game to the red carpet in a custom hot-red Mônot gown featuring bold cutouts and a sultry open back. It put her newly minted, delicate hummingbird tattoo on full display.
While her latest piece of ink has caught many fans’ eyes, you might be surprised to learn this is far from her first tattoo. The Grammy-nominated musician has been slowly building up a meaningful tattoo collection that now boasts six designs – many of which she’s gotten in 2023 alone. Though Ballerini got her first tattoo in 2014 in a somewhat haste (more on that later), she’s made sure that all her designs serve as an authentic reflection of her personal and artistic growth. This explains the extended hiatus between her newer and older designs.
“I took a break,” Ballerini tells POPSUGAR in an interview with Covergirl. “Then [I] made some life changes in the last year and a half, and got it,” she explained, referring to the minimalist wave that she got on her hip earlier this year. When asked whether she’d ever consider potentially covering her existing tattoos or removing them, she says, “I believe in no regrets.” Even as she embarks on a new era of her body art, she says, “I stand by my life. And so I made the decision to get this when I made it,” adding, “I think if things no longer suit you, you’re allowed to change your mind.”
Ahead, we have rounded up all of Ballerini’s tattoos along with their meanings. From capturing her sentimental memories to celebrating her personal and musical milestones, read on to learn more about the country star’s growing ink collection.
– Additional reporting by Renee Rodriquez