“….I don’t want people to forget that true love and happiness really do exist….”
 – Skylar Grey, INKED

Appropriate, given today’s release of Angel With TattoosTess Adamkos has collaborated w/ Ms. Grey on a special #TattooTour interview feature for INKED!

Read a section of the interview below, and click any of the new pro-shots to check out Ms. Grey detailing each of her own tattoos exclusively to INKED!

Skylar Grey x INKED | #TattooTour ::
“….you’ve heard Skylar Grey’s vocals on countless chart-toppers, including Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go, Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor, Nicki Minaj’s “Bed of Lies, and Macklemore’s “Glorious. Or, you’ve appreciated her songwriting through countless hits, including Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie, (and soon to be released, a song for Celine Dion.)

You’ve seen Margot Robbie kick ass to Skylar Grey’s contributions to the Suicide Squad soundtrack (Kehlani’s “Gangsta, which she co-wrote, and her single “Wreak Havoc.) Or, if you didn’t watch Fifty Shades of Grey for just the sex scenes, you heard Grey’s “I Know You” once the credits rolled.

While known for writing some of new-age hip-hop’s biggest hits, Skylar Grey is returning to her Wisconsin roots with her latest project, Angel With Tattoos. Echoing Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, the EP comes with the tattooed-edge only an angel with ink can bring. Growing up with a folk-musician mother and a father in a barbershop quartet, Angel With Tattoos features a ‘70s vibe as an ode to the diverse music of her childhood, while seamlessly bridging the generational gap, with hints of Sheryl Crow and KT Tunstall shining through….

Skylar Grey tells INKED that ‘Angel With Tattoos’ is inspired by love.

“It’s to help the world believe in love and fairytale romance again,” she adds. “In this day and age, it’s almost expected to have a fucked up relationship, but I don’t want people to forget that true love and happiness really do exist.”

Her fiancé Elliott Taylor coined the nickname “angel with tattoos” for Grey, to capture her duality as a sweet girl with a rebellious edge.

“Along with loving the art and commitment that goes into tattoos, I actually got them partially because I am a sensitive person, and I felt having tattoos would make me tougher and people would not want to push me around anymore,” Grey says. “I wanted to feel a little bit intimidating on purpose.”….

This, she mentions, has come around in an unexpected way, as the single “Angel With Tattoos” tells the story of wanting to be accepted into her partner’s family, but feeling judged because of her body art. She admits the story of this single was factually based with her fiancé’s family.

“Sometimes people think you’re a bad person when they see your tattoos. That’s why Elliot came up with the phrase, because he knows the real me. He knows I’m a good person, I’m honest and loyal, and would do anything for him,” she says. “People can be very judgmental towards tattoos.

This, she highlights, is the second mission of her album.

“I also want to get that message to listeners through this album,” Grey adds. “Judging people based off stereotypes doesn’t mean you’re seeing the real person.”

Alongside this latest EP, Grey has a song coming out in November with Train called “Mai Tais”….”

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