Country Singer Dolly Parton Has A Thing For Long Sleeves Because She Needs To Cover Her Tattoos

Date October 15, 2019

Despite being in the public eye for over 50 years, country singer has virtually never been seen in public with her arms or upper body bare. And many fans suspect it is because Dolly Parton has tattoos which have become something of a myth.


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Does Dolly Parton have tattoos?

In a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, Parton explained her reason for getting the tattoos, wondering why her fans were even bothered about not seeing them to begin with:

I don’t really like to make a big to-do of [the tattoos] because people make such a big damn deal over every little thing. But most of the tattoos, when I first started, I was covering up some scars that I had, ‘cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue, and I have a tendency where if I have any kind of scars anywhere, then they kind of have a purple tinge that I can never get rid of.


According to Parton, her tattoos are a private affair, and she seems bent on not sharing them with the public anytime soon. And if her wardrobe is anything to go by, she takes hiding her tattoos quite seriously.

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Why does Dolly Parton always wear long sleeves?

Parton is almost always fully covered up with hardly any bit of her arms or torso showing. Many observers have suggested that indeed she is using clothes to cover her body art. On several occasions, however, the star denied having any tattoos.

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Yet, one slip in 1996 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno proved the rumors were true. Apparently, Leno sneaked a peek down Parton’s top and caught a glimpse of her tattoos.


Again, in 2012, at the premiere of Joyful Noise, she was spotted with a flower petal tattoo on her cleavage which she furiously denied, claiming it was photoshopped.


She earlier cleared the air on her reason for having tattoos on the Today show on May 13. Speaking with Savannah Guthrie, Parton mentioned her problem with scarring but also added one little romantic detail:

So it started with that, and I’m not really one to have tattoos, but I do have a few and they’re not where you can see them. ... They’re mostly for my husband, [Carl Thomas Dean].

And there you have it. It is unlikely anyone besides her husband will ever get to see Parton’s tattoos in detail, but they are there. And if accounts from her friend Jennifer Saunders is anything to go by, they are quite pretty.

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