I got my sixth tattoo! (hand!!)

Hi loves,

Here I am again with another tattoo post (aka my favourites). Now, at my latest tattoo appointment I got 3 new tattoos but I’m going to break them down into separate posts because I have a lot to say about each of them. As you guys know I always do a post explaining the meaning behind everything I get because 1). I like having it all permanently written down somewhere and 2). It makes it easier when people ask me for the meanings. I don’t believe tattoos have to have a deep significant meaning behind them – it’s art, right? I just like to write a lot (the other tattoos I got at this appointment literally have a single meaning behind them yet I still somehow managed to write a novel explaining them…).

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling (told you didn’t I, I just like to write a lot) – here’s the meaning behind my sixth tattoo. The post about the other 2 will be up shortly!

To read about my first 3 tattoos, click here.

To read about my fourth tattoo, click here.

To read about my fifth tattoo, click here.


PlacementSide of right hand
PriceI had 3 tattoos in total at this appointment and it cost me £50 altogether

As you can see, this tattoo is the word ‘paradise’ on the side of my right hand, it’s inspired by / for Lana Del Rey. In order to give you some context as to why, I’m going to redirect you to my post about my other Lana tattoo that I got around a year ago. That tattoo is the words “just ride” in my best friend’s hand writing – Ride is our favourite Lana song and also just my favourite song in general, it has such a significant meaning to me.

Now, as I mentioned, I got that tattoo in my best friend’s handwriting (again, click here to find out the whole story) but because of this, I viewed that tattoo as more of a tribute to my best friend, rather than Lana – even though it’s a dedication to both, that tattoo is definitely more for one person than the other, which meant that I wanted to get something separate as a tribute to Lana herself.

Now, Lana Del Rey…where do I begin. To cut a very long story short, she was very prominent during a very difficult time in my life. Her music was the only thing that made me feel like home, I was literally going out of my mind, I felt so lost, helpless and crazy and listening to her music made me feel like I belonged somewhere at a time where I thought I’d never belong ever again. At this point in my life (2013), the latest album she’d brought out was Born To Die – The Paradise Edition (my favourite album of all time), during this time in my life when I felt so lost and was doing a lot of soul searching, this album got me through. It was the only thing I’d listen to, it made me feel like I was in a nostalgic dream. I played it over and over again on repeat, I would go everywhere with that album playing in my headphones, I’d go for walks under clear blue skies and I’d sit in front of my best friend’s grave with the sun shining down on me listening to this album and singing it to her. It was ours, it was mine. It was a gift that was getting me through, it belonged to me and I belonged to it. Lana was the only one who made me feel like home.

My best friend was the one who introduced me to Lana and got me into her music, so we had a shared love for her and it was something I always connected to my best friend because of course, if it wasn’t for her, I would have never listened to the music (or fallen in love with the woman behind it). Born To Die – The Paradise Edition, was the last album of Lana’s that we shared together, as that was her latest release when my best friend passed away, so it makes everything even more important.

do you know how hard it is to get a photo of the side of your OPPOSITE hand ??? the struggle is real

Paradise is a very significant word to me for two reasons – when my best friend passed away we never said rest in peace, we said rest in paradise. Almost subconsciously, as if there was never any question that that was what the P in the abbreviation stood for. I never even realised until months later when I finally managed to get out of the hazy trance I was in and connect the dots, that I’d been living through Born To Die – The Paradise Edition and that was where my best friend was too, Paradise. It was so crazy to me that the two words showed up that way without even knowing the connection to the other – The Paradise Edition was something only myself and my best friend shared, no one else knew about it and I never said the words “Rest In Paradise” with that in mind and of course, neither did anyone else. Like I said, I never realised until afterwards but I guess that’s the way the universe works – everything happens for a reason.

The second reason the word is significant to me is pretty obvious – it’s the name of the album. The Paradise Edition – my favourite album of all time and the thing that kept me sane, the thing that saved me. It made me feel like I really was in Paradise. It was a hot Summer filled with clear blue skies and I walked around in a hazy dream wondering if I was ever going to feel okay again, but at the same time I felt like I was in my own Paradise, my own little world where nothing made sense and I was trying to hold on to everything I’d lost and figure out how I was going to live life in this new world where my soul mate no longer existed, but it made me learn a lot. Like I said, I did a lot of soul searching. I was where I needed to be. It was a very strange and sad time, but I’m very nostalgic for it, I wish I could go back there. I wish I could meet that girl all over again.

Due to the second reason, I’d already made up my mind that Paradise was going to mean something, it was only when I realised the first reason that it sealed the deal and made me believe it even more. (So yes, I haven’t put the reasons in chronological order, but I thought it made more sense that way).


Lana herself has the word Paradise tattooed on the side of her hand, which I guess you could say is the third reason I wanted it – the word obviously meant a lot to her too, significant enough that she would get it permanently inked on her skin. I wanted to share that, I wanted to have people look at my hand and think “Hey, isn’t that Lana Del Rey’s tattoo?” – Yeah, yeah it is, but it’s mine now too, we understand it. She understands me and I understand her.

She did an interview where she spoke about the word and why she had it tattooed, and this is what she said…


KulturSPIEGEL: In an interview, you once talked about death as “dark paradise”. Are you serious about that?

Lana: Yes, death and paradise are intertwined to me. After death, I expect something that is very serene and calm. You could already call that paradise. It is so loaded with meaning. I just love the word “paradise”. I even tattooed it on my hand. “Heaven” is also a great word, or “exotic”.

KulturSPIEGEL: But does one have to tattoo a word onto your hand because it sounds nice?

Lana: Of course! I love meaningful words. I tattooed the names of my favourite authors, Whitman and Nabokov, on my arm. Every time I look at that I remember that life can be great.



I believe that, I believe that so hard. I believe her. Knowing my situation and what the word means to me…how strange for her to connect the word Paradise with death …it all intertwines and becomes one, like it was meant to be, right? It’s so strange. Like I said, I never planned for any of it, it just happened and I had the realisation and was like woah…this really means something.

There are many things for me that represent Lana, but I never really knew how to narrow it down to just one thing, one symbol. I’ve thought about this tattoo for a long time – years now, since I was 15 / 16, and it just made sense. When I was getting the “just ride” tattoo, it was between those lyrics or “paradise” in the handwriting instead, in the same placement. I’m glad I went for the former because that’s what felt right, and I wanted paradise on my hand like Lana – which now, I do.

There’s so many things I could say about her and that time in my life and the way it made me feel…the person it changed me into, but no words would be enough. I wrote a journal entry about it a few years ago which I posted onto this blog when I first started it, I hope that will maybe give you some more context, it’s here if you want to read it.

I hope this wasn’t too rambly (lots of thoughts and feelings – hard for me to coherently put them into words sometimes) and like I said at the beginning of this post – stay tuned for my other post on the other 2 tattoos (no. 7 & 8) I got at this appointment, it will be up shortly!

If you wanna read my 7 tips for getting your first tattoo, click here.

All my love,

Chloe .xx

55 thoughts on “I got my sixth tattoo! (hand!!)

  1. Hi! I know I’m two years late but as a huge Lana fan myself, I’m looking to get the paradise tattoo as well. I’ve spent days researching fonts and came across your tattoo. How did you get yours to match hers so well? I really want mine to be exactly like hers but have come to realize that artists won’t do an exact copy of someone else’s tattoo! So I need to find a similar font which is really difficult in my opinion.

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    1. Hi! You’re right, artists won’t copy someone else’s tattoo and as you can see mine is a lot bigger than Lana’s. All I did was send my artist a picture of Lana’s tattoo and then my artist came up with the font herself – of course you can search for a font and send it over but I’d also recommend just sending a picture of Lana’s tattoo and being like “hey, I want this!” – your artist should then just replicate it themselves as they can already see what the font looks like. Hope this helps! xx


  2. This was such a lovely post to come back to after my hiatus from this blog. As a huge Lana fan myself, it’s really cool that you got some of the inspiration from her. I absolutely adore how this came out!

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  3. I love to read the meanings of tattoos so much. I also agree that’s art and doesn’t need any meaning 😊 Your tattoo is beautiful. Lana is awesome. I also love the word paradise so much because of Coldplay. She dreamed of para para paradise everytime she cloes her eyes 🎶 It’s just a beautiful word. I also loved the font of the tattoo, really so beautiful! I can’t wait to read your other two tattoos. I already saw one of them haha I will keep it a secret. Music is amazing and I’m glad she helped you through a difficult time. I thought that on your hand it would hurt more.

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    1. Thank you angel ❤️ Hehee yes the Coldplay song is great! Such a beautiful meaning too. Yes you saw one hehee I had to post it on Insta I was just so excited, the hand does hurt a lot (I wouldn’t fancy getting a full sized one there!) but because it was only a couple of minutes it wasn’t as bad!! xx

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  4. omg i absolutely love this! The meaning is absolutely beautiful, honestly woman you’re just absolute magic. I agree with Fiona – you do have very Lana vibes, that mix of dreamy and dark. Cannot wait to see your other new additions girly! xx

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  5. GIRRLLL! It’s so beautiful!!! The meaning and explanation behind it makes it all the more precious, I love the font and the placement especially! I’ve honestly got my list of tattoos, I’m just waiting for the right time, to do them! My first three were all for my family members, and my fourth for my music, so I haven’t really got any that reflect my mind and my beliefs as such, which is definitely what I want to do sometime soon…. xx

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    1. Ahhhh thank you so much girly!! Honestly you have your whole life to get tatted (this is what I keep telling myself) so no need to rush! When you know, you know right? My tattoo list just keeps getting longer!! xx

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  6. CHLOEEEE!!!!!! I saw this and I was like NO SHE DIDN’T and YOU DID and AAHHHH IT’S BEAUTIFUL! You actually remind me of Lana a lot, the vibes of this blog are very much Lana-esque. I saw her live a little more than a week ago and and it was amazing. Life-changing. She is a goddess. xx

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  7. I love the meaning behind this tattoo, I’ve literally just got my second and I’m already planning my first, its just trying to decide where ??xx

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  8. I love your new addition; that font is so pretty 🙂 I also love the meaning and the inspiration behind it.
    I don’t have any tattoos (yet) but I like how you have the pain scale, so it’s good to know if I got one there it wouldn’t hurt so bad ❤️

    Amber A.

    p.s Lana Del Ray is awesome!

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  9. Flip sake why are your tattoos all beautiful and meaningful and I’m just covered in Disney 😂 with no explanation other than I fuckin love Disney mate. such a child.
    Also I’m so glad you went and got them done, as you were taking your sweet time and deliberating!!
    Beautiful meaning, beautiful tattoo. Can’t wait to see the others ❤️

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    1. Hahahaha GIRL watch me get Rapunzel across my entire back or something hahaha it’s only a matter of time before I slip some Disney in there!! Your tats are BEAUT. Like I said tattoos don’t need a deep significant meaning (I just like to ramble) – I’m getting all of my ‘meaningful’ ones out of the way first and then I’m just gonna cover myself in flowers I swear!! Thanks angel xxx


  10. im not a big fan of tattoos on myself because I find them too permanent for my liking, but this tattoo looks gorgeous!i totally agree-it’s an art form and tattoos should not be judged as “too edgy”, or whatever else they call them.I love this tattoo girl, im sure it looks amazing on you!xx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely!! They definitely are art, it’s a way of expressing yourself right?! I’m sure a tattoo would look beautiful on you (even though you’re right, they are very permanent!) xx

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  11. I love this!!! First of all, I love how the tattoo turned out, the writing really matches the word! 💗
    Also, the meaning behind it is so deep and personal. I like how it refers to your friend and to Lana del Rey. Thank you for sharing this💗 xx

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