Miley Cyrus has been in the spotlight ever since she was a teenager, meaning she has gone through many physical changes in the public eye. Fans marveled every time Cyrus changed up her fashion or hairstyle, like going from brown curls to an ombre bob or a bleach blonde pixie cut to blonde space buns, because her change was always so unexpected. Experimenting with her style is just one way Cyrus expresses herself, but
Miley Cyrus' tattoos have a special way of telling her life story.
From honoring her loved ones and paying tribute to her biggest musical milestones to commemorating her most important career moments and personal life events, Cyrus' tats are each significant in their own way. Though in the past, she's only spoken about a handful of specific pieces of art, fans have pieced together a ton of her tattoos' possible meanings based on what was going on in the singer's life at the time. Though fans may only be familiar with her larger tats, Cyrus has a ton of hard-to-spot dainty ones, too. With
over 50 tattoos and counting, Cyrus' collection will inspire many fans to get inked themselves.
Check out 20 of Cyrus' most meaningful tats below.
picture alliance/picture alliance/Getty Images Cyrus' first piece of ink was the phrase "Just Breathe" located underneath her left breast. The script was written by her mother, Tish Cyrus, and is meant to remember her friend who died of cystic fibrosis, as well as her grandfathers who died of lung cancer. "It reminds me not to take things for granted. I mean, breathing was something none of them could do, the most basic thing," Cyrus told Harper's Bazaar in 2010. "I put it near my heart because that is where they will always be." 02
A Portrait of Her Late Grandmother
To honor her late maternal grandmother, Loretta Finley, Cyrus had a portrait of her inked on her right arm. "
Because I am her favorite & she is mine," Cyrus wrote on Twitter in 2013. C Flanigan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
One of Cyrus' most noticeable tattoo sis her dream catcher. Fans can see it every time the star wears a revealing item of clothing that exposes her right torso. "It’s a picture of the dream catcher that hangs over her bed with four feathers to represent her four brothers and sisters," Cyrus' close friend reportedly told
PEOPLE in February 2011. " The dream catcher is to protect them." 05
Theodore Roosevelt Quote
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Cyrus' "Love" tattoo is one that's easy to miss since it's so small, and it's located on her ear.
I have 'Love' right here to block out all the crap that everyone throws into your ears," she told Access Hollywood in June 2010. "I don't really care about it. [You're] only supposed to hear the things coming from the people that genuinely love you." 07
A Drawing of Her Late Dog Floyd
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After Cyrus' dog Floyd passed away in 2014,
the singer honored his memory by getting matching tattoos with friends featuring a drawing of Floyd, along with a speech bubble that reads, "With a little help from my fwiends." 08
A Portrait of Her Dog Emu
Around the same time Cyrus got her Yoko Ono script done,
she had "Freedom" inked on her right hand. "FREEDOM #freedom #mothersdaugter [sic] #mileycyrus #singleneedle #delicatelysharp #tattoo," the star's tattoo artist Daniel Winter wrote on IG. Since he used the hashtag #MothersDaughter, the tat could reference Cyrus' song of the same name, which features the line, " Don't f*ck with my freedom." Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
As the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, the "Slide Away" singer was heavily influenced by country music growing up. Johnny Cash appeared to be another source of music inspiration for her, as she got his autograph stamped on her right arm. "
I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, 'I’m in your corner,'" Cyrus told Billboard in 2019. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc/Getty Images
As you've probably noticed, many of Cyrus' tattoos honor the most important people in her life. Another one is
"KATZ" that is a tribute to her friend Katy Weaver, who got "MEOWTZ" on her wrist to symbolize Cyrus in return.
One of Cyrus' latest additions is a drawing of a naked female figure that is seemingly inspired by Leonard Cohen’s "Dance Me to the End of Love."
"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin. Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in. Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove. Dance me to the end of love," Cyrus captioned a March 2 IG post referencing the song's lyrics.
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Apart from the Theodore Roosevelt quote, Cyrus and Hemsworth also have another matching tattoo:
a picture of a can of Vegemite.
The meaning behind this is simple because it's just Cyrus' birth year. "
YEAR OF THE MONKEY 🐵," she captioned an October 2019 IG debuting the tat.
Since it seems Cyrus always finds herself back at the tattoo parlor every few months, fans should keep their eye on the star's IG because she could debut another tattoo at any moment.