EXCLUSIVE Kailyn Lowry explains the symbolism in her new arm tattoo

Kailyn Lowry's tattoo under her left arm

Earlier this evening Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry tweeted a couple photos of the latest addition to her skin art collection — an intricate design incorporating roses, an anchor, a skull and a stopwatch that nearly covers all of the underside of her left arm! (I feel obligated to say… “OUCH!”)

Kail shared the image above first, along with the tweet, “Under arm. #sleeve #tattoos sickinkstudios.” She followed that with this next photo in which she revealed she’s “Halfway!” done:

Kailyn Lowry's anchor stopwatch skull and roses tattoo on her arm

For those who have been following Kail’s escapades under the needle (links below), you know that she is big on integrating objects that have symbolic meaning in her life, and this new tattoo is no exception.

“It’s an anchor (for all those who have kept me grounded through my journey with MTV),” Kail tells us. “And the pocket watch reads 10:05, the day I met Javi. The skull is for my past (skeletons in my closet).” And what did she mean by being “halfway” done? “The second session will be the other side of my arm,” she reveals.

We can’t wait to see what lurks on the other side of the arm, which some might consider to be more valuable real estate given that it’s what most people will see whenever Kail isn’t raising her hand to ask a question :) I’m assuming it will have at least one reference to Isaac, and possibly the word “starcasm” spelled out in thorny vines. (Just a suggestion!)

Kail later tweeted another photo from a little further off so you can see the scale and placement of it better. “Yeeuuuupppp. sickinkstudios,” she wrote.

Kailyn Lowry's tattoo from Sick Ink Studios

Of course the pictures have spawned the inevitable flurry of negative comments, to which Kail responds by tweeting, “I love when people think I want/need their approval to do something.”

Do you like Kail’s new tattoo? Would you like to see more tattoos like it? Then hop over to the Sick Ink Studios Facebook page and check out the amazing, eye-popping work Jesse Probus has done in the past! (And the future if you click “Like”)

And if you’d like to see more of Kailyn Lowry’s tattoos, there are no more diligent Kail inkologists on the web than the fine folks here at starcasm! Here are the ink links for ya:

Kailyn Lowry’s elaborate back tattoo (and what it all means)
Kailyn Lowry’s mermaid tattoo on her forearm
Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin’s matching infinity tattoos
And in case you wanted to know what that left arm (and pretty much all the rest of Kailyn) looked like prior to getting covered up, here’s a Kailyn Lowry bikini photo! (That’s worth clicking even if you don’t care about tattoos!)

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  • Wendy Lu

    How is she suppose to get a “professional job” with a huge tattoo like that! Hmmm….

    • http://www.facebook.com/ninja.alder Kristin Alder

      there are things called jackets and long sleeves.

      • Bri

        But what if it’s summertime? Just saying.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ninja.alder Kristin Alder

          Happens in Florida all the time, people with tattoos on their arms and having to wear long sleeves. Sucks that our society is that way.

    • kayla

      MANY people with tattoos have wonderful careers. Military, surgeons, teachers, you name it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ninja.alder Kristin Alder

        Society accepts the military to have tattoos and some times teachers, but not doctors. So they have to cover it up. At all the schools that I ever went to all of my teachers had to keep their tattoos covered as so not to “influence students” that tattoos are cool. I had a photography teacher that had a tattoo on his finger and he had to put a bandage over it every day. And I had a pottery teacher that had a tattoo of a naked man on his upper shoulder, always covered, except the one time we found out because he was wearing a thing white shirt and we could see it.

    • Jenn

      That’s what I was thinking. And yeah she can wear long sleeves but she’ll have to do that year round and she has some tats close to her wrists….her boss could make her wear bandages to cover them up. Not worth it.

  • Not a teen mom fan

    I personally don’t like it. but it’s not my arm so it doesn’t matter. has there been a story yet on Javi joining the military? That’s the reason him and kail got married already. just thought I’d let you know :)

    • tab

      i don’t think he’s joining the military. he recently graduated from the police academy and is, or soon will be, working as a police officer.
      i also think they’re already married, just haven’t had a big wedding yet.

  • bleh

    Looks like a blob. Not impressed but not my skin, thankfully.

  • jeff

    Lady, this Teen Mom crap isn’t going to last forever and then you’re going to have to go out and get a real job. You look trashy.

  • http://twitter.com/toni_ROTTEN Bebe

    Good work, I’m just not a fan of tattoos on women that are visible everyday. Its a trashy look on anyone. Keep ’em small and hidden!

    • ohhhhno

      It’s definitely NOT trashy on everyone. Stop living in the 50s.

      • manbearpig

        It’s trashy on Kail.

      • ashley

        It’s definitely trashy on everyone.

  • Purple kiwi

    The symbolism of the tattoo is that she’s a fking moron.

  • Britney

    It’s not my arm but I don’t like large tattoo’s they lose their meaning because it is hard to see what it is. But saying that Kali getting a tattoo does not make me like her less she is actually one of my favorite moms on the show. I just wish she could like her body without the tattoos because she is such a pretty girl and the tattoos distract from that.

    • Jenn

      I agree! She’s my favorite and she is better than this.

    • tab

      kail is, and always will be, a very needy person. she does this to get attention.

  • Karen

    It’s good to see that teen mom money being put to good use. It seems every month there’s a different teen mom showcasing some huge tattoo with a “deep philosophical meaning”. Yes, we know you have struggles as a teen mom, so much so you have to get a $300 tattoo to show how hard it is being you. If you have so much time and money on your hands, why don’t you find something good to do with it?Instead of seeing how much of your body you can cover with tats by the time your 30.

  • tab

    opinions on tattoos aside, that’s not a very smart location for a tattoo. the skin on your upper arms stretches very easily, so unless she’s going to commit to keeping her arms in shape for the rest of her life, that tattoo is going to be stretched out and looking like a big blob of black ink in a matter of years.

  • Aja

    Bout time she started getting halfway decent tattoo. Cause the one on her back is FUGLY!

  • ameliaBedelia76

    gross…just gross…..this is the farthest thing from feminine there is. She is gross and is desperate for attention.

  • tiff

    ah yes.. getting a tattoo symbolic of her relationship that may or may not last forever, considering her past history and the statistics against her age. how smart!

    i’ve noticed that a lot of the girls on the show get HUGE tattoos for their children, which is fine, but what happens when they have another child?

    • Lesesne

      It’s so weird, how did children know that their mothers’ loved them before getting a huge, obnoxious tattoo was a trend? :(

  • sammi

    It just doesnt fit her personality to have all these wild, huge tats. On Kat Von D they work, on Pink even they work but not Kailyn. How is this chick gonna expect to get a real job and work in the real world someday when she has this crap so visable on her. Long sleeves for every job interview now.

  • HeyNow

    Can someone tell me what that white substance line is on the pic? Seriously, no one thinks that’s odd? Help a fella out please!

    • Heynow

      Okay, so it’s baby powder. I’m a tattoo virgin and had no idea. smh, i feel stupid-delete my comment if poss.:)

    • tanya

      I think its the glare. not baby powder. lol

  • http://twitter.com/molly_nicolson molly nicolson

    I like the tattoo, but just not sure about all the Javi stuff?
    I guess I haven’t even seen the episodes of them together yet but it’s maybe a bit soon even if you are married?? Her choice though I guess!

  • Purple Kiwi

    Also Kail has always reminded me of bigfoot. This tattoo makes her remind me of bigfoot even more. It looks like bigfoot got into a fight over territory with a mountain lion or something and the lion slashed her huge meaty arm.

    • deaner23

      Ahahaha…omg she does look like Big Foot!

  • Bobanna

    Oh, what a great place for a tattoo…considering when she gains weight, loses weight… and her arm flab begins to sag. I’m sure it will still be just as deep and meaningful then.

  • Kay Kay

    Kept her grounded? Yeah right if she is so grounded she wouldn’t be spending $500-$1000 if not more on stupid tattoos. She tries to portray herself as this sweet girl next door. When in reality she is kind of manipulative and when her actions backfire on her she tries to play the victim card. All these girls are delusional when the MTV checks stop coming and they can’t get real jobs cause they are “too much of a liability” due to their fame?