We decided it was time to appreciate the king of tattoos — Louis Tomlinson. The One Direction member has a total of 39 ink designs, and they’re honestly pretty epic. From the giant “It is what it is” tattoo sprawled across his chest to the small, intricate designs that he’s got inked all over his arms, they’re definitely a huge part of him.
“My life went a different way, and the first tattoo that I got, and I thought it was going to be the only one,” he told GQ in December 2019, referring to the screw inked on his ankle.
Previously, Louis revealed that it was a matching tat with the One Direction boys.
“We decided — well most of us actually except for Niall [Horan] — as a band to get these little ones on our ankle,” he explained in a January 2018 interview. “And then I suppose I just started getting addicted.”
Over the years, the Walls musician has opened up about being tattooed and admitted that some of them are just random designs he liked.
“To be honest, not many of them actually have any meaning,” he told Teen Vogue in August 2013. “I just like to look at them. I started with a silly stick man. And then I like skateboarding, so that’s why I got that one. This is for the world tour. This ‘Oops’ is because I didn’t like this line here, so I was like, ‘Oops!’ I love tea, and that’s a compass pointing to home.”
We’ve gone ahead and created a complete guide to the “Back To You” crooner’s 39 tats and their meanings, and you might be a little surprised to find out what some of them stand for. Our personal favorite is probably the adorable tribute that the singer got for his One Direction bandmates. Or it might be the matching ink design that they all got together! So cute.
When it comes to the future, though, Louis did say he has plans for more tattoos — including one dedicated to his debut record.
“I did think I’m gonna get the title at some point, I’m gonna get Walls. I went through a stage with no new tattoos,” he said during a 2020 interview. “I should probably get one for the album.”
Scroll through our gallery to see all of Louis’ tattoos and to find out the meaning behind each and every one.
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