Throughout his time in the spotlight, One Direction singer Liam Payne has definitely changed a lot. Fans have watched as the singer grew up right before their eyes and went from a group member to solo star.

Since his rise to fame, the “Strip That Down” singer has racked up over 20 tattoos all over his body. When the band first started in 2010, he didn’t have any ink designs. 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.”

Over the years, fans have often wondered about the meaning behind some of Liam’s tattoos. We broke them all down. See for yourself! Scroll through our gallery for a complete guide to all of Liam’s tattoos — including photos — and their meanings.

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