Dolly Parton is iconic for a number of reasons. To start, she’s a mega multihyphenate who can pretty much do it all. She’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian. Put Dolly to the task and you won’t be let down. She’s such a talented individual with many adoring fans of all ages. Parton offers a timeless appeal in that she’s glamorous in her expertise yet humble in her disposition.
We’re all about a down-to-earth queen and the singer is the greatest of them all. Due to all of these achievements and her irresistible personality, it’s no surprise that Ms. Dolly would inspire a great many tattoos! Dolly Parton tattoos come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Because the star has been popular for so many decades, there’s no shortage of imagery for inspiration. We decided to take a deep dive into the world of Dolly Parton ink to bring you the latest and greatest designs inspired by the country star. Here are 25 incredible Dolly Parton tattoos that we think you’re going to love.
Here’s a very creative design to kick things off! We find our superstar with a cat styled into her hair. The name, Dolly is done in a cool retro font that is so singularly 1970s, disco greatness. The butterfly is a reference to the song (and album) “Love Is Like a Butterfly” and her reputation for being the “Iron Butterfly.”
She’s So Real
“I don’t know how you’re feeling on the inside Honey, but your hair is just holding up beautiful,” Parton tells Sally Fields in Steel Magnolias. Here, we find Parton’s big hair and it’s somehow immediately recognizable.
Here, we find a minimalist Parton with her guitar. Notice how sharp and fine the lines are here. That’s because this tattoo was done in the stick and poke method without the aid of a tattoo gun. The color on the lips is a nice touch!
One of Parton’s most beloved songs, “Jolene” is found here inside a broken heart. It’s an excellent design and the perfect visual interpretation of the ballad.
The queen of country is not having any of your B.S. We love this playful design that’s framed with a lovely blue heart.
Pretty and Pink
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose,” Parton advises. We think the person with this glamorous tattoo took that to heart. We love all of the pink tones used in this design for the hair, hearts, and flowers.
If you’ve ever wanted a kewpie doll version of this diva, you could do no better than this tattoo. We love the inclusion of the Dolly signature.
B & W
This excellent black and grey portrait was an original choice. We love the pattern found on the blouse and the detailed, yet airy, locks of hair.
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” Parton famously said. This traditional-style design looks fantastic.
Here, we find another tattoo based off of the same image. However, the artist has interpreted it in an entirely different way. Simple, black lines make this design a homerun.
You remember the black and white tattoo a few images ago? Here’s another design based on the iconic picture. She looks so excellent in a cowgirl hat that it’s hard to pass on this design.
Here’s a candy-colored portrait of the songwriter that seems to glisten and shine. We love that the flowers escape the oval frame and give this design depth.
Pour Yourself a Cup
“Pour yourself a cup of ambition,” is one of the best lines from any Parton song. It was gifted to fans in the song “9 to 5” which was one of the star’s most successful singles.
Another favorite image of the country star holding a kitten is a popular source of inspiration for tattoos. We love this extremely stylized design that has some edge to it.
“When a flower grows wild It can always survive, Wildflowers don’t care where they grow.” Dolly Parton is our eternal wildflower and this tattoo is here to prove it.
Here’s a haunting interpretation of another famed photo of Parton. We love how the features of the face seem so real, while the hair and more appear more abstract. This is a very cool one.
“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try,” Parton tells us. We find her here with her guitar. This beautiful tattoo is just perfect.
If you think Dolly Parton is a saint, you’d be in good company. This incredible tattoo imagines the star as a saint or other holy figure complete with a stained glass halo. We’re into the coat of many colors as well.
This pop art-inspired tattoo comes all the way from Seoul, South Korea. This is wildly imaginative and brings to mind film posters from the 1960s.
What Would She Do?
When in doubt, as yourself: What Would Dolly Do? Let her be your guiding light, she’ll never do wrong by you!
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“It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen,” Parton famously said. This pin-up style tattoo of Parton and a banjo was certainly an original idea.
Wow, this extremely bold design is the perfect example of effective shading. We love the 2-D nature of this tattoo and all of the vibrant colors employed.
You can go full-on Barbie pop with your tattoos! There’s no need for every tattoo to look tough. We love this bubblegum design and all of its dazzling color.
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Here, we find another saintly Dolly Parton in all of her glower. Her signature butterflies, which you’ll find all over Dollywood, are arranged to form a sort of crown. We love all of the sparkly dots in the hair and beyond. What a dream!
There you go! 25 Dolly Parton tattoos that really sing. We love this country music icon and all of the good she’s done through the years. We hope this list inspires you to consider a tattoo of your favorite star.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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