Caralynn Lippo
August 08, 2016 11:36 am
Demi Lovato/Instagram

Demi Lovato is no stranger to using tattoos as a form of self-expression. In a May interview, Demi told Refinery29 that she had close to 30 tattoos altogether. Now, Demi has added one more  – and it’s totally adorable.

On Sunday, Demi, sporting her gorgeous newly-long hair, shared a quick clip on her Instagram account. In the clip, the smirking songstress holds up her hand, showing off her latest tat.

Demi’s newest ink is a really simple smiley face, done in black, on the tip of her pinky finger. The clip has the tattooed finger winking in and out of focus, emphasizing what a fun and playful tattoo this is.

So cute, right?

Lovato captioned the clip “Cause life’s too short not to tattoo your pinky” with a cry-laughing smiley emoji. While the tattoo is undeniably adorable and light-hearted, given Demi’s personal history and her other tattoos, the “Life’s too short” sentiment she expresses in her caption definitely has a deeper meaning.

Among Demi’s other tattoos include a beautiful flock of 12 blackbirds, representing “freedom” – and, incidentally, the 12 steps that Demi needed to complete when she checked into a rehab facility in order to get sober back in 2010 and 2011. Demi also has the words “Stay Strong” tattooed across both of her wrists, as “a constant reminder of the love and support she received from fans during her stay in rehab.”

The mega-talented “Cool for the Summer” singer has been famously and admirably open about her struggles with depression, addiction, bi-polar disorder, mental health, self-harm, and eating disorders since the beginning, even opening up to Cosmopolitan back in 2013 about her struggles with suicidal thoughts at age 7. She gave an incredibly powerful speech about the need for improved mental health resources and her own struggles with mental illness at the Democratic National Convention, where she also performed.

Each of the singer’s tattoos is significant for one reason or another. Most are symbols of strength and recovery, marking Demi’s history and how far she’s come. The tiny pinkie tattoo, while cute and simple, also emphasizes the importance of remaining positive and a “carpe diem” philosophy. The songstress, post-recovery, has long been a proponent of loving yourself and your body, even doing a makeup-free and Photoshop-free photoshoot last October. The pinky tattoo is a great, simple reminder of that positive, self-loving outlook.

We absolutely adore Demi’s meaningful ink! Not to mention that each tattoo is gorgeously done. She’s a living, breathing work of art, beautiful inside and out.

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