He wears his heart on his sleeve (tattoo).
Pete Davidson has had “several” tattoos inked on his body in honor of fiancée Kim Kardashian – despite having only been dating for four months – but he’s not the first lover he’s boldly carved into her skin.
With references to her exes, her late father and her favorite movie, the “SNL” star’s tattoos tell the story of her life, with a few chapters written in front of the public.
Kardashian, 41, revealed the news of multiple tattoos during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, saying that her favorite of Davidson’s inks is an inscription that reads, “My girlfriend is a lawyer.”
She also confirmed that her comedian boyfriend, 28, had the word “KIM” branded on his chest with a hot iron.
“He wanted to do something really different [for me]”, Kardashian cooed, claiming that Davidson told her,” I don’t want to be able to get rid of it or cover it up, and I just wanted it to be there like a scar on me. “
In fact, the funny man has removed some of his tattoos in recent years, including hatreds on his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande.
According to Insider, Davidson had more than 70 tattoos in total before he started laser burning them in late 2020.
Last July, the “Saturday Night Live” star talked about the removal of body art, saying she hopes to have most of her tattoos removed by age 30.
But while dozens of Davidson’s inks appear completely random, including images of a white unicorn and Winnie the Pooh, many others are extremely sentimental.
Getting inked is a completely emotional process for the candid comedian, who has struggled with mental health issues.
The Staten Island native told Inked magazine in 2019 that he gets tattooed because “it’s just a release” and a way to stop self-harm.
“When [I’m] so manic and upset, sometimes it’s the only thing that’s going to work for me, “he stated.
Here are some of Davidson’s most prominent and extravagant inks that reflect his turbulent and colorful past.
Hate Ariana Grande
Davidson’s whirlwind romance with Grande began in May 2018, with the couple getting engaged the following month.
Almost immediately, the funny man headed to the tattoo parlor to see his affection for the queen of pop emblazoned on his body.
Grande famously wore the signature bunny ears on the cover of her “Dangerous Woman” album, prompting Davidson to have the design tattooed under her left ear.
He also decided to have the French phrase “Mille tendresse” – meaning “a thousand tendernesses” – inked on the back of the neck.
Grande herself had the exact same tattoo in the exact same location, with Davidson believing her matching design was a cute way to show her love for the “God Is A Woman” crooner.
But tattoo artists warned Davidson against getting impulsive ink.
Jon Mesa, a Manhattan resident, who has tattooed the comedian multiple times, allegedly told Davidson, “Hey, man, let’s stop with the girl’s tattoos until later. [Grande’s] your wife.”
Mesa later told Page Six: “Relationships come and go, and Pete is a really young man. [But] I think it went in one ear and came out the other. “
The relationship between Davidson and Grande, in fact, ended after just three months, with the fool forced to cover up the tribute tattoos he had done.
He turned bunny ears into a heart of love, while having the word “CURSED” touchingly scribbled on the back of his neck to obscure the corresponding “A Thousand Tendresse” inking he had gotten for Grande.
A tribute to his father
As romantic relationships come and go, Davidson’s admiration for his late firefighter father has been endless, so it seems unlikely he will be able to erase a tattoo he had made in his father’s memory.
On his left bicep, Davidson has a drawing of a firefighter crouched on his knees with his head in his hand, a tribute to his father Scott, who died on 9/11.
Davidson was only seven at the time of his father’s untimely death, and the overtly emotional actor admitted that his grief escalated into a depression that affected him for nearly two decades.
“It was really that hard for him [Peter] to recover, and I’d even say it’s only recently that he’s finding his way and he’s fine, ”Davidson’s mother, Amy, said of her son in an interview in 2020.
In addition to a drawing of a fireman, Davidson also has his father’s badge number “8418” tattooed on his left forearm.
Given Davidson’s battle with anxiety and depression, it’s no surprise that he finds solace in inspirational quotes.
Like many millennials, the comedian grew up reading Harry Potter and has a quote from Albus Dumbledore inked just below the number on his father’s fire badge.
The quote, taken from “Harry Potter and the Azkaban Prison”, reads: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest moments, if you just remember to turn on the light”.
Meanwhile, on his back, Davidson has a cursive quote from one of his favorite movies: “Rocky”.
“It’s not about how hard you hit,” the tattoo states. “It’s about how hard you can be hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward.
On his left bicep, Davidson has another motivational phase that doubles as a tribute to his father.
The quote, “Let me be alert and hear the faintest cry,” comes from “The Fireman’s Prayer,” a manifesto for those who work in the profession.
But while Davidson may have literary quotes across his frame, he memorably had much more random phrases tattooed near his left nipple.
In a 2018 shirtless GQ photoshoot, the actor could be seen sporting the inking, which stated, “The jokes come and go, but the swag is forever.”
The inking didn’t last long and he soon had the image of a shark tattooed over the top.
Meanwhile, the shark isn’t the only animal seen on Davidson’s frame. The actor appears to be hosting an entire zoo on his pale skin, with a leopard, a crab, a pig called “Piggie Smalls” and a drawing of Winnie the Pooh all etched into his flesh.
Davidson stunned fans in 2017 when he debuted a tattoo on the leg of failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The image – which appeared to have been copied from a 1990s photograph of the former First Lady – even sparked a reaction from Clinton herself.
After Davidson uploaded a photo of the body art to his now defunct Instagram page, Clinton replied, “Thank you, @petedavidson. This makes it significantly less embarrassing that I have had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years. “
However, Clinton isn’t the only female icon the funny man has on his frame.
Eager to flaunt her feminist credentials, Davidson also has an inking of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her right shoulder.
The legal eagle is seen sporting a crown atop its head in the tattoo, with the image apparently inspired by the “Notorious RBG” design originally created by Shana Knizhnik.