A Guide To 31 Harry Styles Tattoos and What They Mean
British heartthrob and global superstar, Harry Styles, is known for more than just his musical talent and fashion-forward style. The good-looking ladies’ man is also known for the collection of tattoos he has picked up along the journey. Starting out as a clean-skinned teen in One Direction, Styles is now covered in random ink all over his body. His tattoos have become an integral part of his persona, each one adding a layer of intrigue to his already enigmatic image. From delicate designs to bold statements, this article will delve into 31 Harry Styles tattoos that have captivated fans and sparked conversations worldwide.
One cannot help but be drawn to Styles’ extensive collection of tattoos, which adorn various parts of his body. They range from small and subtle pieces to larger, more eye-catching designs. Each tattoo holds a unique story and meaning, serving as a form of self-expression for the artist. Styles’ body art is a reflection of his personal journey, his experiences, and the things that hold significance in his life.
One aspect that sets the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s tattoos apart is their artistic beauty. From intricate patterns to finely detailed images, the craftsmanship behind each tattoo is evident. Styles has collaborated with some of the most talented tattoo artists in the industry, resulting in stunning pieces of art that showcase both his individuality and his appreciation for the art form.
Moreover, Styles’ tattoos often become a topic of speculation and conversation among fans. They dissect every new addition, searching for hidden meanings or connections to his music and personal life. Each tattoo seems to provide a glimpse into Styles’ mind, allowing fans to connect with him on a deeper level.
Styles is just one of many celebrities obsessed with tattoos. His ink is a visual representation of his journey, his artistry, and his personality. They invite us as fans to delve deeper into his world and explore the stories behind each design. With over 50 tattoos on his body, we’ve decided to focus on those that are often visible or have some meaning behind them.
Styles’ body art has undoubtedly become an iconic part of his image and in an attempt to shine a light on his incredible ink, this article looks at his most recognized tattoos and the meaning behind them, as well as highlighting some of his most obscure ink.
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1. Two Swallows Tattoos
Harry Styles enjoys wearing his shirt open and showing off his chest. But it’s not just his body the former One Direction is revealing, with his torso covered in tatts. The most prominent is two swallows on his upper chest. While they might seem like decoration, there is a reason Styles got the ink.
“I got two swallows on my chest,” Styles told Us Weekly. “I like that kind of style of tattoos, like the old sailor kind of tattoos. They symbolize traveling, and we travel a lot!”
2. Handshake Tattoo
On his left arm is a tattoo of two hands shaking. This is a common tattoo design that has many different meanings but usually represents friendship, equality, and positivity. Underneath this tattoo are the words “Silver Spoon,” a tattoo meant to reference the success of One Direction.
3. Letter “A” Tattoo
In the crook of his left arm, Styles has a small letter “A” inked. One of the more non-descript tattoos on his body, it’s believed to be a tribute to his mother, Anne Twist. The boy loves his mommy.
4. Skeleton in a Suit Tattoo
On his upper lift arm, Styles has the image of a skeleton wearing a suit. He got the tattoo sometime in 2013, with the skeleton dressed in a black suit and top hat with a red bowtie and ribbon in his hat. It’s actually a pretty cool tattoo that he revealed during One Direction’s tour of Australia and New Zealand.
5. “Late Late” Tattoo
While in One Direction, Styles and the other members appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden. They played a game where they picked random boxes and had to take part in an activity, with Styles picking the box that required him to get a tattoo live on television. He was forced to get the logo of the show, “Late Late,” inked on his body, choosing to get the small tattoo on the inside of his left arm.
6. Rose Tattoo
A large rose can be seen on the left forearm of Styles. Rumors persist that he got the tattoo as a tribute to former flame Taylor Swift after they broke up, but it could just be that Styles likes roses.
7. Naked Mermaid Tattoo
Another tattoo found on Styles’ left arm, the naked mermaid was inked by world famous UK tattoo artist Liam Sparkles. According to HollywoodLife, when asked about the tattoo, Styles said, “I am a mermaid.” Enough said really.
8. Green Bay Packers Logo Tattoo
Although he might be English, Harry Styles is a big fan of American football. Especially the Green Bay Packers. The story behind the small tattoo of the team’s logo Styles has on his left arm concerns the singer making a bet with his friend one night.
Styles agreed to get the tattoo if Green Bay won a game they were planning on watching together. When they met the next day, Styles’ friend ask if he was still happy with the bet. Not one to back down, Styles said he was so confident they would win that he would get the tatt before the game, which he proceeded to do. The bad news was the Packers ended up losing the game.
This tatt is just one of many small designs on Harry’s left arm, with the others including a black star, three nails, and a coat hanger.
9. Giant Heart Tattoo
No, this isn’t a cute love heart but a large anatomical heart tattoo on Styles’ left arm. It’s said Styles got the tattoo after being inspired by his girlfriend at the time, who had a similar tattoo.
10. Eagle Tattoo
Styles has a tattoo of an eagle on the inside of his right arm. This piece is actually a cover-up tattoo. The heartthrob got the design to replace the words “Thing’s I Can” that he had originally got. Styles hasn’t revealed why he covered up the original tattoo, but there is no denying the eagle tattoo looks much better.
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11. Butterfly Tattoo
Along with the two swallows on his chest, Styles also has a large butterfly on his torso. This is one of the singer’s more impressive tattoos.
12. Anchor Tattoo
This is another cover-up tattoo. Found on his left wrist, Styles got the anchor to cover the words “I Can’t Change.” There’s nothing remarkable about the tattoo, but it does look better than the previous ink. He also has a small padlock tattoo in the vicinity of the anchor.
13. Bottle of Booze Tattoo
Another left arm tattoo, this one is of a bottle of booze surrounded by the phrase “You booze, you lose.” This is another design inked by tattooist Liam Sparkles. It’s not known why Styles got the ink, as he is a known boozer.
14. Ship Tattoo
This tattoo on Styles’ left shoulder is often associated with Taylor Swift, as many people believe he got the tattoo while the two were dating. Fans drew this conclusion after an actor resembling Styles with a similar tattoo appeared in Swift’s music video for the song “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
But Style has insisted the tattoo has nothing to do with Swift and is meant as a reminder of his home when he’s traveling the world.
15. Holy Bible Tattoo
Just below his tattoo of a bottle of booze is one of the Bible. This is another tattoo without any explanation, but as Style was brought up in a Catholic household, it could be his way of showing his faith through his tattoos.
16. Iced Gem Cookie Tattoo
This small tattoo is on Styles’ left arm and is of a popular British biscuit known as, you guessed it, an Iced Gem. The reason for this abstract tattoo is Styles’ sister Gemma, who is often called by her nickname, Gem.
17. “NY, LA, and Lon” Tattoos
It’s probably obvious but this series of tattoos stand for the cities New York, Los Angeles, and London, which are said to be Styles’ three favorite places in the world. Near these tattoos, he also has his sister Gemma’s name inked in Hebrew, a black heart, and the words “Can I stay?”
18. Birdcage Tattoo
On the left side of Styles’ torso is a tattoo of a birdcage along with a tattoo of the Comedy and Tragedy Masks, a tattoo Tom Hardy also sports. The letters “SMCL” are also tattooed here, with many speculating they stand for Simon Cowell, the man responsible for the creation of One Direction.
19. Triangle Refracting Light
If this design looks familiar it’s because it’s inspired by the cover art of Pink Floyd’s A Dark Side of the Moon. It’s basically a black-and-white copy of the album cover artwork.
20. “Jackson” Tattoo
This tattoo is named after Jackson Aurand, the son of former One Direction official photographer Calvin Aurand. It turns out Styles and Aurand got along well, with Jackson Style’s godson, hence the tattoo.
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21. Letter “R” Tattoo
Opposite Styles’ mermaid tattoo is a small cursive capital “R.” Similar to his letter “A” tattoo, this is another tribute to a family member, this time his stepfather, Robin Twist.
22. Shamrock Tattoo
On his left wrist Styles has a collection of small tattoos that includes a Shamrock. It’s believed this tattoo is a tribute to LA’s Shamrock Social Club Tatto Parlor, a place where Styles has got the majority of his tattoos. Other small tattoos he has on his writs include a key, padlock, 99p design, and his zodiac birth sign; Aquarius.
23. “17Black” Tattoo
Just above the swallow on his left chest is the number-word combination “17Black.” A big James Bond fan, Styles got this tattoo to show his fandom. For those not in the know, “17 black” is the number and color Bond puts a winning bet on in the movie Diamonds Are Forever.
24. “Never Gonna Dance Again” Tattoo
This tattoo is across the upper part of Harry’s feet, with “Never Gonna” on his right foot and “Dance Again” on his left. If the words sound familiar, it’s because they are part of the chorus to the classic George Micahel song “Careless Whisper.” Styles, a big Michael fan, got the tattoo as a tribute to the recently deceased legend.
25. Parents’ Birthdates Tattoos
He might be a jet-setting pop star but Styles is very much a family guy. Along with tattoos in honor of his sister, mother, and stepfather, he also has the year his parents were born inked on either side of his collarbone. On the left-hand side is his dad’s year of birth, 1957, and on his right-hand side is his mother’s, 1967.
26. Cross With the Letter “B” Tattoo
This tattoo is another tribute to a family member. It’s a small cross with the letter “B” which apparently represents his grandfather, Brian Selley, and his paternal grandmother, Beryl German. He also has the name “Mary” inked on his right arm which is a tribute to his other grandmother, Mary Smith, along with a cross with the letter “K” and a cross with the letter “M” underneath his “17Black” tattoo, with the initials representing his grandfather Keith Fredrick Styles and grandmother, Mary Smith.
27. “Brasil!” Tattoo
While touring Rio de Janeiro with One Direction, Styles was inspired to get this tattoo. It’s one of the few tattoos fans rarely see due to the fact that it’s located on his bum. Why he got it there is not known, but it’s another interesting tattoo.
28. Tiger Tattoo
On his left thigh, Styles has a tattoo of a tiger head. As Body Art Guru explains, “Harry had revealed the real identity of this tattoo during a BBC Radio show when he was asked a question about his new ink. He said, ‘Roaaar!'”
29. “PINGU” Tattoo
Styles is a big fan of the stop-motion penguin Pingu, and to show his fandom, got the word “PINGU” inked on his left inner bicep. This tattoo is part of a collection of small designs that include his Green Bay Packers logo tattoo, black star tattoo, iced gem tattoo, and “Hi” tattoo.
30. “Yes” and “No” Tattoos
Above and below his left and right knees Styles has the word “Yes” and “No” tattooed. On his right leg, he has “Yes” written in French above the knee and in Spanish below the knee, and on his left leg, he has “No” written in French above the knee and in Spanish below the knee.
31. Fern Leaf Tattoo
Styles has two fern leaves on either side of his waist that are usually covered by his pants. This tattoo is another cover-up, with Styles not happy with the “Might as well” tattoo he previously got inked.
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