Relationship tattoos. Other than “no collusion” is there any other way to summarize a series of bad life decisions with just two words?
We know the internet is currently head over heels for Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video, but we need to take a moment to acknowledge the singer’s unfortunate habit of commemorating her romances with ink.
Obviously, she’s free to get whatever she wants scrawled into her flesh, but thus far, her habit seems to confirm the common tattoo artist’s superstition about relationship tatts.
Put simply, they’re the kiss of death, and they’re pretty much always a bad idea.
Fortunately, Ari knows that like heartache, ill-advised tattoos can be covered up with new art.
Ari fans have been scrutinizing the singer’s tatts for years and they were quick to seize on the above behind-the-scenes video for “Thank U, Next.”
“Look at my Myron [tattoo],” Ariana says in the clip.
“Guys, look. How cool, right?”
Apparently, Myron is a dog that belonged to Ariana’s ex, the late rapper Mac Miller.
And it seems the new ink covers up an old tribute to Ari’s relationship with Pete Davidson.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Ariana and Pete broke up back in October following a whirlwind romance that saw the young couple getting engaged after just a few weeks of dating.
Ari extended an olive branch to Pete by apologizing for the split in one of the “Burn Book” scenes in her new video.
But the fact remains that all signs point to a particularly messy breakup.
And Ariana quickly set about the business of covering up all of her Pete-related tattoos.
(Yes, sadly, there were several.)
The singer poignantly used a black heart a tattoo on her ring finger that said simply, “Pete,” and now, she’s covered the “8418” tattoo on her ankle (the badge number of Pete’s late firefighter father) with a piece paying tribute to Myron.
No doubt Ari scholars will pore over this new development for many years to come.
At the end of the day, of course, she’s the only who knows exactly what sort of emotions inspired this gesture.
Of course, one thing we can say for sure is that dogs make better tattoo fodder than relationships any day of the week.