In July 2020, Halsey got a tattoo that says, “Life’s a mess 999,” in honor of rapper Juice Wrld, who passed away in December 2019. The tattoo was drawn on her left knuckle by Los Angeles-based artist Noah Lee. Halsey and Juice Wrld collaborated on a song called “Life’s a Mess,” which was released posthumously on July 6, 2020, and Halsey shared a snippet of it on Instagram that day.
“Juice was one of the greatest people I have ever known, and one of the most brilliant artists we will ever live to witness,” the caption reads. “A true genius who had lyric and melody spilling out of him without any second thought or hesitation. And a beautiful soul who believed in spreading love and creating a community for people to feel less alone. It means everything to me that I could be a part of this album. I cried the first time that I heard it. With all the love in my heart, #lljw.”
“999,” meanwhile, is a reference to Juice Wrld’s favorite number, which, as he told MTV back in 2018, is just “666” flipped around, a representation of turning negative situations into positive ones. The rapper had the number tattooed on his forearm.