Valentine's Day is upon us and we've already seen the classic love heart scattered throughout drug stores and social media. And this year, we thought to ask, "Where does the ❤ come from?" The heart we known today is an ideograph, which are graphic symbols used to represent an idea, theme or movement. It's believe to have been modeled off heart-shaped peepal leaves, which grow on the ficus religiosa plant.
The heart shape began showing up in art during the late Middle Ages and became very popular during the Renaissance period. Today, the symbol represents romantic love in most contexts and is frequently depicted in Valentine's Day cards, chocolate boxes and even used to show a player's lives in video games.Internet culture has had a tremendous impact on the heart's iconography, appearing as <3 in the days of AIM and evolving to 💖 as technology evolve.
In honor of Valentine's Day and the multiple centuries of history this symbol has, we're recognizing 16 celebrities who have one (or more) heart tattoos.
The tattooed model has multiple heart tattoos, she must LOVE love!
Delicate and dainty, just like the collector it's on.
Simple, bold and timeless.
We're all about the resurgence of the barbed wire heart.
Self love is underrated and it's important AF!
Subtle yet satisfying tattoo.
Even though she's not 18, Bhad Bhabie finds a way to get tattooed.
Rose wears her heart on her sleeve—literally!
Of course Miley would find a way to make this tattoo rock n' roll.
We <3 this Disney star.
Of course Cancer queen Ariana Grande has heart tattoos.
Kylie's very first tattoo helped kick off the trend.
While fans remember Cara's lion tattoo, we definitely prefer this red heart.
So tiny, we almost missed this one!
Big and badass, just like this singer's personality.
After his relationship with Ariana Grande, the comedian covered up one of his tattoos for her with a black heart.