Pete Davidson has a love-hate relationship with his tattoos.
The “Saturday Night Live” star certainly isn’t afraid of ink, having covered nearly his entire body in over 70 designs — including designs honoring his family, relationships, favorite movies, and more.
In 2021, he announced his plan to remove all his tattoos by age 30, but he seems to have backtracked on that promise when he started dating Kim Kardashian late that year.
Not only has Davidson now dedicated “a few tattoos” to the Skims founder, but he’s also permanently branded her name on his chest so it can never be removed.
Sadly, the couple broke up in August 2022, leaving Davidson with a variety of tattoos that will constantly remind him of the reality star.
Check out some of Davidson’s most notable tattoos below and learn their meaning.
“My girl is a lawyer“
After Kardashian revealed to Ellen DeGeneres in March 2022 that Davidson has “a few tattoos” in her honor, she posted a photo of her “favorite,” nodding to her pursuit of a career in law.
While not technically a tattoo, this mark was a clear sign of Davidson’s commitment to Kardashian.
“He wanted to do something that was really different,” the beauty mogul told DeGeneres, adding that the comedian told her about his brand, “I don’t want to be able to get rid of it or cover it up, and I just wanted it on there as a scar. have me.”
“Jasmine” and “Aladdin”
In adorable poolside selfies taken just weeks before the couple split, Davidson showed off two of his buzzing tattoo tributes to Kardashian on his collarbone, including the words “Jasmine” and “Aladdin” with an infinity sign in the middle. – alluding to the couple’s first kiss during an “Aladdin” themed “SNL” skit in October 2021.
Davidson also signed Kardashian’s first initial alongside those of the four children she shares with Kanye West: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
The draft caused a lot of drama, with many on social media condemning the comedian’s decision to involve Kardashian’s children after dating their mother for less than a year.
DL Hughley even joined the conversation, telling TMZ: “The father is alive, he is a good father, he takes care of these children. I do not understand [what] that’s what it’s about.”
The “Hughleys” star continued, “It’s none of my business, but if you got my kids’ names tattooed on your neck, I’d have something to say about it.”
“Grande” and a black keyhole
Before his relationship with Kardashian, Davidson was engaged to Ariana Grande for several months in 2018 — and has multiple tattoos (and cover-ups) to show for that. For example, after writing her last name in large script along his side, Davidson later covered the art with a black keyhole.
“Mille tendresse” and “Cursed”
What started as a copy of Grande’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” quote turned into a twisted tat, with Davidson declaring himself “cursed” after the breakup.
After adopting a pig with Grande named Piggy Smallz, Davidson had the animal’s likeness and name inscribed on its side by the singer’s popular tattoo artist, Mira Mariah.
“Dangerous Woman” ears and black heart
The couple got numerous small tattoos together, including matching cloud tattoos and the words “REBORN” and “H2GKMO” – the latter of which stands for “fair to God, knock me out” – on their fingers.
He also wrote a tribute to Grande’s career behind his ear, as well as an “A”, which he ended up covering with a large black heart.
Ironically, at the same time, Grande also covered the “Pete” tattoo on her left ring finger with a black heart.
One of many dedications to his late father Scott Davidson, who was a member of the FDNY and died on September 11, this large portrait of a kneeling firefighter sits on Davidson’s shoulder.
The fireman’s prayer
Beneath the kneeling fireman are the words, “Allow me to be alert and hear the faintest cry,” which comes from a poem called “The Fireman’s Prayer.”
Scott Davidson badge number
He has “8418” in bold permanently inked on his forearm. In solidarity, Grande had the numbers added to her ankle, but covered them after their breakup.
Davidson got his first ever tattoo when he was 17 years old: lyrics to Big Sean’s song “Mercy.” Ironically, the rapper later dated Grande in 2014.
Real-life BFFs Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly starred together in the 2019 movie “Big Time Adolescence,” which featured a scene where Kelly’s Nick Davidson’s Zeke gives a tattoo on his right leg. Obviously, the couple didn’t pretend it was for the cameras.
Ahead of their 2021 New Year’s Eve performance, Miley Cyrus and Davidson revealed they had matching tattoos featuring the phrase “we babies,” inspired by a 2017 “SNL” sketch in which they played rapping babies.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
The day after appearing in an “SNL” sketch of Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 2018, the comic got the face of the late Supreme Court Justice — complete with a crown — tattooed on his right shoulder.
After Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Davidson showed his support by inking her portrait on his leg.
“This makes it significantly less embarrassing that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years,” Clinton joked on Instagram when she saw the tribute.
Movies and TV Shows
Quote from Albus Dumbledore
Davidson is a huge fan of ‘Harry Potter’ and has more than one tattoo dedicated to the JK Rowling series. Perhaps his greatest is a quote from Albus Dumbledore on his left forearm that reads, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
A notable quote from the 1980 movie “The Shining,” Davidson had “murder” inked backwards in red on his right hand before beginning his laser removal process.
As a Staten Island resident, it seems only right that Davidson would be a fan of “The Sopranos,” and he has Tony Soprano’s strip club logo on his side to prove it.
Rocky Balboa Quote
Another source of inspiration is ‘Rocky’ by Sylvester Stallone. He has a quote from the 2006 film: “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward’ – on his back.
“The King of Comedy”
“It’s better to be king for a night than an idiot for life” is a quote from Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” in which Robert DeNiro plays a struggling stand-up comic.