Ariana Grande Shows Off Bee Tattoo in Honor of Manchester Bombing Victims
Ariana Grande's latest tattoo is more than your typical tribal symbol or butterfly — she's honoring the 22 fans killed at her May 2017 show in Manchester, England (and the dozens more who were injured) with the small, humble rendering of a bee, a symbol of the city's workers.
Grande uploaded an image of ink Thursday (May 24) with a caption that reads "forever" and a simple image of a cloud. The tattoo is located behind her left ear and just inches above an existing crescent moon tattoo.
And fans immediately gave the bee their nod of approval.
"always in our hearts," one wrote, while another noted "You're so sweet and strong bae. keep it up sis, our 22 angels are thinking bout you."
Even Pete Davidson, Grande's reported new boyfriend, chimed in among the comments section with a bee emoji, a heart emoji and a smiley emoji with hearts in its eyes.
The Sun first reported in June 2017 that Grande and her dancers got bee tattoos following the attack, which means this bee is a sequel or, rather, the first time Ari's showing off the ink she already got.
The bee is more specifically a symbol of England's Industrial Revolution, according to The Manchester Evening News. It became popular in Manchester in 1842, an era during which textile mills were described as "hives of activity" that functioned thanks to the efforts of many eager bees.