The tatted heartthrob! Harry Styles has racked up more than 50 tattoos since getting his first ink design on his 18th birthday in 2012.
“Anyone who says tattoos don’t hurt is a liar!” Harry told Us Weekly in November 2012 when breaking down a few of his tattoos at the time.
“I got two swallows on my chest,” Harry shared. “I like that kind of style of tattoos, like the old sailor kind of tattoos. They symbolize traveling, and we travel a lot!”
The One Direction singer has gone on to accumulate them all over his body — they cover his arms, his chest and his legs, and they’ve definitely become a huge part of him. In fact, the British singer even has one dedicated to the American football team, the Green Bay Packers. How did this particular ink design come about? Well, he explained the story during an NPR interview in March 2020.
“‘If they win the game, then I’ll get a Packers tattoo. And if they don’t, I won’t.’ So, I think this was maybe 2012, maybe 2013, and I only had time the day before to go and get the tattoo,” Harry recalled. “So I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just get it because they’re going to win.’ So I got the tattoo, and then they lost.’”
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer also spoke candidly about his tattoos during a December 2015 appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden. “Not so many regrets. There’s a couple I did myself that aren’t very good,” Harry explained, noting that he got his friend a tattoo gun. “I’ve got a couple stupid ones. I don’t know if I regret them so much. … I mean, I wrote ‘big’ on my big toe.”
According to former One Direction band member Louis Tomlinson, the boys all have a matching screw tattoo. “We decided — well most of us actually except for Niall [Horan] — as a band to get these little ones on our ankle,” Louis said in a January 2018 interview.
That’s not the only matching tattoo Harry has gotten over the years. He and Ed Sheeran got a “bro tat” to mark their forever friendship. Scroll through our gallery to see all of Harry’s tattoos and their meanings.
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