Paul McCartney Designed Emma Stone’s Touching Tattoo

Paul McCartney and Emma Stone have a touching relationship that few know about. When the Easy A actor called in a favor from the ex-Beatle to design her tattoo, Paul followed it up with a swift reply. He took the time to design Stone’s tattoo, and it has a special meaning that’s even tied to him.

Later, Stone returned the favor by collaborating on a special project. She starred in the music video for Paul’s song, “Who Cares.”

Paul McCartney wearing a blue suit in London, 2018, and Emma Stone wearing a suit at the premiere of 'Cruella' in 2021.
Paul McCartney and Emma Stone | Ricky Vigil/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Paul McCartney designed Emma Stone’s tattoo

In 2010, Stone spoke to David Letterman about getting touching tattoos with her mother to help celebrate her mom being cancer-free. Her mother’s favorite song is The Beatles’ “Blackbird.” So Stone had a genius idea. She called Paul himself and asked if he would design the tattoos. The perks of being in showbiz.

“We’ve never gotten tattoos before and probably never will again,” Stone told Letterman (per Us Weekly). “Two years ago tomorrow she got diagnosed with breast cancer, and she’s out of the woods now, which is amazing.

“My mom’s favorite song is ‘Blackbird’ by Paul McCartney, and it’s my favorite song as well. I wrote a letter to Paul McCartney asking him if he would draw two little bird feet — because he wrote the song — and yesterday he sent them to me.”

Stone explained that she’d previously met Paul with her Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson. The actors visited the ex-Beatle at his home, and he cooked for them.

“We went into Paul McCartney’s house and he made us veggie burgers,” she recalled. “It was so good. But can you imagine if I was like, ‘Well, the burgers were a little [overcooked]?'”

Still, Stone was so grateful that Paul came through for her. “Custom tattoos by Paul McCartney. Isn’t that wild?” she said. “He’s a good guy.”

Stone got her tattoo on her wrist, but she’s not exactly happy with it these days.

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Stone says her tattoo has enlarged

Ten years after she got her tattoo, Stone told Jimmy Fallon that it had somehow enlarged. She said her whole family got the tattoo. So, it’s not just a touching connection between her and her mother.

Her tattoo, which started as thin bird feet, has swelled for some reason. Stone is under the impression that it’ll bleed out into a black blob on her wrist eventually.

Still, Stone appreciates what Paul did for her so much that she returned the favor in 2018.

Paul asked Stone to appear in his music video for ‘Who Cares’

In 2018, Paul and Stone starred together in Paul’s music video for “Who Cares,” a song against bullying off his record, Egypt Station. Stone took dance lessons for the video as well.

Paul plays a hypnotist who tries to help Stone with her feelings using a spinning swirl and a metronome. Suddenly, Stone enters a Beatle-like fantasy world where she’s a clown-like magician’s assistant dressed in black and white and multi-colored make-up. As Stone keeps getting beat up in various assaults, Paul sings, “Who cares? I do.”

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“My hope is that if there are kids being bullied — and there are … maybe by listening to this song and watching this video, they might just think it’s not as bad,” Paul said in a statement (per Rolling Stone). “[They might think] that it’s the kind of thing you can just stand up to and laugh off and get through.”

Paul also spread his message by partnering with the nonprofit organization Creative Visions in a campaign that used the hashtag #WhoCaresIDo.

Taylor Swift actually inspired Paul to write the song. Paul told the BBC, “I was actually thinking about Taylor Swift and her relationship to her young fans and how it’s sort of a sisterly thing. And I was imagining talking to one of these young fans and saying, ‘Have you ever been bullied? Do you get bullied?’ Then I say, ‘Who cares about the idiots? Who cares about all this? Who cares about you? Well… I do.'”

So, it seems as if Paul and Stone will always be there for each other. Collaborative friendships in showbiz are the best.

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