Amy Winehouse Tattoos Meanings
Amy Winehouse tattoos are believed to have included at least fifteen images, most of them from her favorite tattoo artist in Camden Town, London.
Amy’s tattoos are very interesting both because of their visual appeal and because they tell us so much about her short but hugely meaningful life.
Amy Winehouse Tattoos – Naughty Betty Boop
The first of Amy Winehouse tattoos was the cartoon of a 1930s sex symbol, Betty Boop, on her lower back.
The original cartoon character of Betty Boop appeared as a 1920s caricature in 1932. Jazz age Flapper girls and a fan of early jazz and an unbridled lifestyle, Amy obviously identified with this cute image.
‘Naughty’ Betty always flaunted her curvy body in revealing clothes and this is the first of several sexy vintage ‘pin-up’ girls in the Amy Winehouse tattoo gallery.
Amy Winehouse Tattoos – Native American feather tattoo
Another of Amy’s earliest tattoos was that eagle feather on her left inner forearm, which is a powerful symbol of courage in Native American tradition.
Amy Winehouse Tattoos – Chest Pocket Flap
Amy referred to herself as belong to her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, with this shirt pocket flap tattoo under the word “Blake’s” across her left chest.
This is a sign that she had submerged her own personality and was totally infatuated with Blake, who was addicted to heroin and persuaded Amy to inject heroin. After she divorced Blake in 2008, Amy removed that memory of her miserable time with Blake.
Amy Winehouse Tattoos – Family Tattoos
Amy always had a very close bond with her father, a London taxi driver, and to recognize this happy relationship, Amy Winehouse tattoos included a “lucky horseshoe” in blue and red with the words: Daddy’s girl, written around it in flowing black script.
As a token of the love Amy felt for her supportive grandmother, Cynthia, she also had her name tattooed on her right arm in flowing script.
Amy Winehouse tattoos – lightning bolt on wrist
Amy has always loved the vintage US style, and this black-rimmed gray lightning bolt on her right wrist is drawn in the US comic book style. This is another Amy Winehouse tattoo that gives a glimpse into her self image and when asked what it means to her, Amy replied:
‘I like it – lightning is a natural disaster! ‘
Amy identified with a “natural disaster” because that was how she saw her love life despite her hugely successful career.
Amy Winehouse Tattoos – Ankh with Wings
On her upper back, Amy Winehouse tattoos featured this unusual combination of an Egyptian ankh, symbolizing “life,” over an American eagle with outspread wings.