You might’ve thought a tattoo about a tiny grill couldn’t really get any worse, but Ariana Grande has somehow succeeded in making it happen.
In case you missed the original story, and you’re wondering what this ‘tiny grill’ I’m talking about is, allow me to fill you in.
Earlier this week, the singer shared a picture of a tattoo she’d had done in honour of her new song 7 Rings. Presumably enjoying the intricate look of Japanese symbols, Ariana decided to have the title of her song inked in Japanese.
However, the downfall of her plan was the fact she is, I assume, unable to read Japanese. Therefore it seems like she was unable to tell when the tattoo was horrendously misspelt.
She posted the photo to her Instagram, where some of her 144 million followers were quick to point out that rather than 7 Rings, the tattoo actually translated to ‘Shichirin’, which means ‘small barbecue grill’.
Ariana Grande’s new tattoo “七輪” means Japanese style bbq grill, not 7 rings. 😭 If you want to know about 七輪, just google “SHICHIRIN” pic.twitter.com/HuQM2EwI62
— *amo* (@hey__amo) January 30, 2019
to be clear i’m a fan of Ariana Grande but her accidentally getting a tattoo in Japanese that says “small charcoal grill” instead of “7 rings” is genuinely one of the funnest things i’ve ever heard
— ellie (@holy_schnitt) January 30, 2019
The 25-year-old swiftly removed the photo from Instagram, and in a since-deleted tweet admitted there were some symbols missing, claiming it simply hurt too much for her to get the whole thing done.
Replying to the tweet which revealed the true translation of her tattoo, she wrote:
Indeed, I left out ‘つの指’ which should have gone in between. It hurt like f**k n still looks tight. I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao.
But this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if I miss it enough I’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time. [sic]
ariana grande really got a tattoo in japanese that says “portable grill” instead of “seven rings” and is playing it off by saying “it still looks tight”…. she literally just admitted to only seeing japanese as an aesthetic pic.twitter.com/rIAM1nOMeB
— zach @ i7 au 📌 (@floorb6) January 30, 2019
However, despite her claim that she ‘wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol’, Ariana actually did go back under the needle to add to her tattoo, suggesting she didn’t really know there were symbols missing the first time around.
I think she was just trying to save face.
Sharing a picture of her freshly-patterned hand to her Instagram story, the Thank U, Next singer wrote:
Slightly better. Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to @kanenavasard for being a legend. And to my doctor for the lidocaine shots (no joke). Rip tiny charcoal grill. Miss you man. I actually really liked u.
Check out the new additions:
Unfortunately, as much as Ariana tried to make it work, the new symbols only made the translation even more unfortunate.
Speaking to LADbible, a translator explained:
Ariana’s had a nightmare here. Technically, the new tattoo is still not right. If you read it in the same order as the original one, it now says ‘BBQ grill finger’.
The only way it would be correct is if she added a couple more symbols and rearranged them. But to be honest there was no way of fixing it. She would’ve been better off just getting it lasered off.
‘Barbecue grill finger’, followed by a love heart. It’s probably not what most people think of when they plan to get a meaningful tattoo, but it’s certainly unique.
Well, Ariana explained herself that ‘this spot peels a ton and won’t last’, so hopefully she won’t be declaring her love for ‘barbecue grill finger’ for long.
Hopefully she’ll learn from her mistake and have someone spell-check her tattoos in the future!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.