Throughout his time in the spotlight, One Direction singer Liam Payne has definitely changed a lot since then. Fans watched as the singer grew up right before their eyes and had a major glo’ up! Since his rise to fame, the “Strip That Down” singer has racked up over 20 ink designs all over his body. When the band first started in 2010, he didn’t have any ink designs, and now, they pretty much cover his entire arms and hands at this point, and they’ve definitely become a huge part of him.
“When you get to a certain point with tattoos, you just kind of want to fill space with of nice pictures or just whatever else,” he told GQ in September 2019. “A lot more of my tattoos now are pictures rather than things that have special meanings or whatever. I don’t know, I just like the artwork of it.”
As fans know, his first tattoo was an arrow design on the back of his arm.
“The funniest thing about this situation is that when I got the tattoo when I was maybe 19, I woke up in the morning — I was heavily drunk when I got it — and my arm was really hurting, and I looked down and was like, ‘What the hell have I done?’” he told Page Six in September 2019. “I was literally still in bed Googling ‘tattoo removal.’ I really regretted it for a while — but I don’t know, with tattoos over time, I find that they just become part of you.”
He was even getting tattoos right up until the world shut down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.
“I got my initials on my hand in case I ever can’t remember who I am,” he joked while talking with POPSUGAR in January 2021. “At least I’ve got the letters to start with.”
But what do they all mean, you ask? Do they each have a special story behind them or are some of them just silly and random? Well guys, we decided to do some investigating and you might want to grab your tissues because there’s a ton dedicated to his former bandmates. That’s right. He’s got multiple 1D inspired ink designs permanently tattooed onto his body, and it’s seriously the sweetest thing ever.
See for yourself! Scroll through our gallery for a complete guide to all of Liam’s tattoos and their meanings.
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