Invisible Sister actress Rachel Crow took to Instagram this week to show off two new tattoos on her ribcage and shoulder to her 101,000 followers – the first, a tiny heart outline inked on her left shoulder and the second, a small script word inked in black on her right ribcage. The fresh ink marks tattoos number one and two for the actress, who just turned 18 in January, although she has obviously been planning to get inked for a while now. She tweeted “I love tattoos” in November 2015, and on September 20 of this year, she tweeted, “I. Just. Want. My. Tattoo. Already.”
Rachel revealed her new tattoos on Instagram on December 8, captioning the first photo of her ribcage ink, “I did a thing…thank you @mnsantanatattoo @west4tattoo. Tattoo 1 of 2,” and the second of the tiny heart outline, “Heart on my sleeve. Tattoo #2.” Judging by her tag, Rachel Crow’s tattoos were both done by Michelle Santana, tattoo artist and co-owner of West 4 Tattoo in New York City, the same shop where celebrity tattoo artist JonBoy works his magic on celebrity clients who range from Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin to Zayn Malik.
In the zoomed-out Instagram photo Rachel Crow posted of her ribcage tattoo, it’s impossible to tell what the tiny cursive word on her right side says, but lucky for us, Michelle Santana posted a close-up of the ink on her own Instagram page, and in it, you can see that the tat reads “ubuntu” in a delicate black script font. The tattoo artist captioned the photo, “She ask[ed] for my own handwriting.”
So, you’re probably wondering what the heck the word “ubuntu” means. Turns out, it’s a Nguni Bantu term from South Africa that roughly translates to “human kindness” or “humanity.” Ubuntu can be translated as “humanity towards others,” but it is often meant in a more philosophical sense, referring to “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” What do you think of Rachel Crow’s new tattoos??