‘Teen Mom 2’: What Do Kailyn Lowry’s Tattoos Mean?

Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry has quite a bit of ink. For as long as she can remember Lowry has “been attracted to tattoos and the people who have them,” according to her 2014 book, Pride Over Pity. Why? Because “tattoos represent who you are and your story.”

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What’s the meaning behind Kailyn Lowry’s tattoos?

Lowry has a lot of tattoos taking up space on her skin, but here’s what some of the bigger ones mean.

On one of her sleeves she has “an anatomical heart and time bomb representing my short fuse and impatience. There are also skulls, representing the ‘skeletons in my closet,’ alongside roses.”

The roses are for Lowry’s mother.

“She actually has a tattoo of roses with stretch marks from her pregnancy running through the flowers. I feel like this tattoo is really the only significant bond we’ve ever had. The roses represent my past with her and are a symbol of the only remaining thread connecting me to the time I was living inside her as a baby.” she wrote in her book.

Of course, Lowry has tattoos for her children.  

“After Isaac was born, I needed to have some sort of tattoo for him. His name and birth date are not enough so I have dedicated my entire back to him,” she wrote.

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In particular, she loves this quote on her back: “To the world you are one person but to one person you are the world.” 

Teen Mom 2 fans might have noticed the dream catcher on Lowry’s thigh. It represents the “Native American blood on my father’s side.” But it also holds another meaning.

“To me, it is a powerful symbol that represents both my journey of self-discovery and my determination to realize my dreams despite obstacles thrown in my path,” she wrote.

Lowry also has a mermaid on her arm that reminds her “how I should always view myself.”

Kailyn Lowry’s tattoo philosophy

Lowry says Kat Von D is an inspiration of hers. When it comes to adding ink, she doesn’t see herself “stopping anytime soon.”

Lowry knows people with tattoos are sometimes looked down on. She wants to prove the stereotypes around heavily tattooed people wrong.

“Just to be a smart*ss, I’ll have two sleeves and still have a successful career and prove all the naysayers wrong,” she wrote.

Lowry thinks “the naysayers” should mind their own business.  

“I’ve always been a big believer in ‘if it doesn’t hurt you then don’t get your underwear in a knot over it.’ Tattoos make me feel more complete and beautiful,” she wrote.

Additionally, Lowry feels her tattoos accurately depict her life’s motto: “I’m always a work in progress.”

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