Dr. Laura Explains Her Rose-and-Skull Tattoo See, she's 'sweet,' but can also be 'a tough-ass bitch' By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 27, 2011 10:51 AM CST 17 comments Comments This Feb. 17, 1998 file photo shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger posing during her morning talk show in her Los Angeles studio. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner, File) (Newser) – Dr. Laura Schlessinger has two pieces of body art you might not expect: a belly-button piercing and a tattoo. Her profile in Los Angeles magazine, sadly, gives no details about the former, but it does offer a description from Schlessinger of the latter: Covering most of her left arm is a red rose that symbolizes her “sweetie-softy” side … clenched in the teeth of a skull, to symbolize the fact that “I can be a tough-ass bitch when I needs to be,” she says. She got the tattoo in October, to celebrate surviving the controversy that ensued after her N-word-filled radio rant went viral. In this, her first interview since said scandal, she also discusses Howard Stern, calling him “so vulgar” and “so mean.” And while she sees herself as the wronged one in the N-word controversy, to her, Stern is the one who goes too far: “To say he wanted to have sex with Larry King’s rotting skull and wanted his children to have AIDS? … That’s not an opinion that puts forth a dialogue. I don’t get the existence of somebody who will say things like that."