The late singer and songwriter, Gustav Elijah Ahr or famously known as Lil Peep. Was one of the infamous American rapper and gem that was the one behind the revival of Post Emo Rap. It was at the age of 21, a few weeks after his birthday that he unfortunately passed away due to an accidental drug overdose.
Although the rapper was already quite well known, his death made him a millionaire overnight after videos, his last posts going viral and fans stocking up and emptying his merch online from his store.
Lil Peep was quite famous for his unique looks and distinctively placed tattoos.Have you ever wondered about his tattoos and their meaning behind them? Well lets take a look to breakdown and decode what all of his tats really mean.
1. Rose tattoo
The rose tattoos is placed on Lil Peeps front hand. Taking up a large span on his body, this rose tattoo is a black ink tattoo. What it means and symbolizes is, new beginnings. All of Peeps hopes and desires, emotions and true love. It represents a mature kind of love and protection against an envious lover.
2. Tribal Design Tattoo
This tat is places on his right arm outside. It too takes up a large space on his upper arm, and the reason why it does so is to cover up his previous exes name! On November 5h 2017, Lil Peep got the name of his, then girlfriend and now ex, Layla. After they broke up, Peep covered this tattoo with the ‘Tribal Design’ tattoo.
It was on the same day that he got this tattoo, that he posted a picture of it on Instagram with the following caption:
“ Lil Peep brought tribal back and covered up his ex-girlfriends name cuz why the fu** did i do that lol.”
3. Tiny Cross Tattoo
Out of several of Lil Peeps face tattoos is his cross tattoo. Placed near his left eye, is this cross tattoo that generally represents the faith of Christianity; from where he belongs. That symbolizes his believes and the event of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
4. Cresent Moon Tattoo
Another one of his face tattoos include a crescent/ moon tattoo placed on the right side of his face. While this tattoo would be usually hidden under his facial hair, it shows best without it. The crescent tattoo drawing for Lil Peep is a symbol of creativity. It represents growth, attainments and new phases of his life.
5. RIP tattoo
As much as it sends chills down your spine, this tattoo, the Rest In Peace is places on the right side of Lil Peeps neck. This neck tattoo is a black and white tat that sits on top of a cloud with the word, RIP written in cursive.
However, there isnt much information available on what the tat actually means. But fans speculate that it means that death is inevitable and symbolizes mortality.
6. Rose Tattoo (2)
Roses hold a special place in Lil Peeps heart. This flower is present multiple places on his body. One of which is on his right cheek. The meaning behind it is, that earlier peep had the the ‘Playboy Logo’ tattooed on his left side of the cheek. Which he then got it covered with the rose tattoo.
Although the reason to why he got his playboy logo tattoo covered is unknown to people, it generally shows he did not want it any longer and hence covered it up. Generally, the rose tattoo is a representation of new love, promises, feeling and hope. It also symbolizes new beginnings, and protection against people who were and would be jealous of his lover and himself.
7.Cry Baby Tattoo
Another addition to his face tattoos is the ‘Cry baby’ Tattoo. The idea for this tattoo comes from his childhood. Lil Peep saying ‘Cry baby’, as he said that he used to always be in a cranky mood and used to complain a lot during his childhood.
Not only this, but the tattoo and this childhood memory is also what inspired him to name it as its third mixtape by Lil Peep, released on June 2016.
8. Crying Mickey Mouse Tattoo
This tattoo is an outline of a crying mickey mouse on his lower right arm. Underneath which the word ‘MOOD’ is written. Lil Peep describes this as his favorite tattoos of all time. The outline of this mickey mouse tattoo ink in black, by him is said to be:
“ It describes my low quality mood as the low quality tattoo, but it is my favorite”
The word, HOMESICK is written across his forefingers on both of his arms. The rapper says that as a young artist he would have to travel alot to meet fans and do shows, which would often make him homesick.
And this gave him inspiration to tattoo it on his fingers. He said:
“I am young and I miss my mommy certain times”
10. Pink Panther Tattoo
Pink panther was an animated television show of a literal pink panther. This tattoo is placed on the left side of his neck. Lil Peep got this tattoo of the animated cartoon inked, while he was on a trip to Venice with this friend group.
He would then continue to get so bored that he went to a random tattoo parlous that had pink interiors inside. And hence decided to get a pink panther tattooed on his neck!
11. Hell Boy tattoo
The word ‘Hell boy’ is tattooed underneath Peeps face, on his neck. This tattoo was inked after the release of his ‘Hell boy’ mix tape in 2016. This was his first mix tape and release which helped him jump to stardom and become popular in Emo rap music industry.
Moreover, he was also a big fan of the character, ‘Hell Boy’ in his favorite comic ‘Hell’.
12. MOM and Lisa Simpson Tattoo
The character from the infamous television series, The Simpsons, is tatted underneath Lil Peeps face and on his neck, just under his adams apple. The character Lisa Simpson, is shown to be screaming in his tattoo. And the word MOM in inked right above the character. Lil Peep mentioned that it symbolizes his relationship with his mother, he said:
“ This is screaming mom, whenever somethings going wrong in my life, i call my mum, i stress her the fu** out.”
13. Love Tattoo
The word ‘Love’ is tatted on the late rappers abdomen. This body tattoo is inked right below his birth date tattoo (11~1). Although there is no given information about the deeper meaning behind the tattoo, it does take up a large span on his body and was quite meaningful to him. There is also a sad face emojis in the letter ‘O’ of the tattoo.
14. Broken heart Tattoo
A small heart inked in black and broken in the middle is tattooed on Lil Peeps face. This tattoo is placed near his left eye and cheekbone. It hold quite the meaning behind itself, as it was Lil Peeps first ever face tattoo which he got done when finding his motivation to make more music.
The artist Lil Peep (RIP) had a full face and body of his infamous and uniquely designed tattoos. They made him who he was and were a part of him, which makes it impossible to imagine him with no face tattoos or body tattoos.
With all these tattoos and many more, you can recreate their designs on yourself to communicate your love for the rapper and even get your favorite song lyrics tatted on yourself!
Or if you’re looking for some other ways you can express your love for Lil Peeps music and his life, you and buy temporary tattoos, of his merch on our website. Where you can find, shirts, jackets, hats and so much more! So you can rock in style and celebrate the life of your favorite emo rapper and artist!