Nicki Minaj has two tattoos. Her Chinese tattoo is located on her left upper arm. She got her Barbie tattoo on her wrist in 2018 at the Black Ink Crew.
The tattoo is Minaj's first and only, it's something she paid for herself around the age of 16. The tattoo means "God is always with you" in English. She was going to get the tattoo on the back of her neck, but when the needle got too close to her neck bone she thought the process would be too painful, so decided to get it on her arm. After her parents saw it, they threatened to disown her.
When asked about the tattoo, Minaj explained she regrets ever getting it, though she would still consider getting one Chinese lettering on the back of her neck had she not gotten the arm tattoo. Her alter-egos also have the tattoo.
In Chinese, the words read
Minaj makes reference to her tattoo in "Chun-Li" through the lyric "Chinese ink on".
- "Nicki Minaj Live Q&A Pt. 5 - Favorite Songs, Lil Wayne & Tattoos." Billboard.com. Accessed August 31, 2013.