Celebrity Tattoo of the Day: Skylar Grey

The transformative impact of tattoos has never been exemplified better than by Skylar Grey.  Skylar’s tattoos are not the source of her transformation, they have just been inspired by it.

Currently, Skylar Grey is known as a multi-talented firebrand in the music industry where she is a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/producer who is sought after by many of the biggest acts in the business.  She wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s epic hit “Love the Way You Lie” and has collaborated with Diddy on “Coming Home” and Dr. Dre on “I Need a Doctor”.

However, what most people may not know is that Skylar had made a name for herself several years earlier under her actual name, Holly Brook, where she scored a big hit with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recording as Fort Minor with “Where’d You Go?”:

This had her achieving some success in the light pop/adult contemporary market with the likes of Duncan Sheik, Daniel Powter, and KD Lang.

However, the time came when Holly decided she needed to embark on a vastly different direction in her life.  So, she changed her name to Skylar Grey because it represented ‘the unknown’ and allowed for a reinvention.  She started making connections with noted producers like Alex Da Kid, who got her involved in “Love the Way You Lie”.

From then on, she was a new person, whose own transformation made all of Madonna’s look tame by comparison.  She also embraced a lot of body art as emblems of her change.

One of her most stunning tattoos is an intricate owl that runs from her back to along her left rib cage.  Parts of it are seen in most photos of her, but she also took a few topless (covered) shots that show the full design:

On Skylar’s inner right bicep, there is a monochrome tattoo that looks like it could be the outline of a state.  In her biography, it shows that she is from Wisconsin, and that is exactly what her tattoo resembles:

There is some script in a foreign language that I am not familiar with running diagonal across the top of her right foot:

In several of her award show appearances, a design on the back of her neck was visible:

She has since enhanced it and added a very elaborate illustration that runs down the length of her back:

On her left forearm there is a quote from Albert Einstein that reads “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”:

There is another one along the fingers on her right hand that reads “G R E Y” (I can’t say I’m a fan of this one):

Here are a few more photos that show many of her tattoos up close and as well showing them visible while she strikes a pose:

You can follow Skylar on Facebook and also at her official website and Twitter:




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