Ariel Winter shows off second tattoo, reveals why it's the 'most special'

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Ariel Winter Reveals New 'Special' Tattoo

Ariel Winter is proud of her new ink.

The 18-year-old actress Instagrammed a meaningful tattoo of hers on Wednesday, which are the initials of her four nieces and one nephew displayed on her ribcage.

"My second and most special tattoo, the initials of five of the most important beings in my life: my nieces and nephew," Winter wrote. "Their initials are on my ribcage, on the side where my heart is. They are my inspiration, and my reason for living. Love these babies more than anything and proud to have their initials forever on my body."

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The Modern Family star has an older brother and an older sister, Jimmy Workman and Shanelle Workman-Gray. In 2012, Shanelle was granted temporary custody before Winter was officially emancipated from their mother, alleging ongoing physical and emotional abuse. Winter is obviously close to her nieces and nephew -- Dakota Patrice Workman, Skylar Athena Gray, Parker Eleni Gray, Demetra Eleni Workman and Asher Ruben Gray -- as she continuously posts pictures of them on social media.

Earlier this month, Winter revealed she actually has three tattoos, when she showed off a script tattoo on her right thigh on Instagram.

"Peep tattoo 1 of 3. @_dr_woo_ is a master," she wrote, shouting out her tattoo artist.

Peep tattoo 1 of 3 😈🙈 @_dr_woo_ is a master 🙌🏽 PC: @laurent_claude_gaudette

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Last month, Winter said she was in a "better, safer household" after her emancipation at age 17.

"It has been very sad for me, but at the same time it's been much better for me emotionally and physically to be on my own and have a better, safer household and support system," she told Ellen DeGeneres.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Ariel Winter arrives at the ABC's 'Modern Family' ATAS Emmy Event at Fox Studios on May 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Ariel Winter arrives at the Vanity Fair pre-Oscar party held at Palihouse Holloway on February 26, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Ariel Winter attends the Delta Air Lines celebrates 2016 GRAMMY Weekend with 'Sites and Sounds' private performance with Leon Bridges on February 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Ariel Winter attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2015 at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Ariel Winter attends the premiere of Disney Channel's 'The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar' at Walt Disney Studios on November 14, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 31: Ariel Winter attends the Just Jared Halloween party at No Vacancy on October 31, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the International Women's Media Foundation Courage Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the International Women's Media Foundation Courage Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Ariel Winter attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 26th A Time For Heroes family festival at Smashbox Studios on October 25, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Ariel Winter attends 2015 International Women's Media Foundation Courage Awards Los Angeles at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for International Women's Media Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Laurent Gaudette and Ariel Winter attend Teen Vogue's 13th Annual Young Hollywood Issue Launch Party on October 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Ariel Winter attends HBO's official 2015 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Ariel Winter attends the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Fox after party on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ariel Winter arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at Just Jared's Way To Wonderland Presented By Ever After High at Greystone Manor Supperclub on August 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Ariel Winter arrives at the People's 'Ones To Watch' Event at Ysabel on September 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Actress Ariel Winter attends a private event at Hyde Staples Center hosted by Tommy Bahama during the Taylor Swift concert on August 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tommy Bahama)
D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Photo by Disney/Image Group LA via Getty Images) ARIEL WINTER
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 18: Ariel Winter attends the ATAS Screening of the 'Modern Family' Season Finale 'American Skyper' at the Fox Studio Lot on May 18, 2015 in Century City, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Actress Ariel Winter attends the 'Modern Family' event at the 32nd annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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"She's been the best part of my life," she also gushed about her older sister. "She really is my best friend. She's the most important thing to me. She's been there for me through absolutely everything. And I just love her so much. I count on her more than anything."

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