When it comes to tattoos, Zayn Malik has a bunch! The former One Direction member has more than 60 ink designs all over his body — that’s right, you heard us right, 60 — and we’re seriously loving them. From the intricate designs on his chest to the small simple ones on his arms, they’re definitely a huge part of him.
“I like tattoos, that’s all. When I was a kid, tattoos were rare: People I looked up to, and thought were cool, had tattoos,” the singer told GQ India in April 2021. “I did them because I wanted to be different. But now, everyone has them, so that’s no longer the case.”
Over the years, Zayn has inked every part of his body with some meaningful designs. We’ve gone ahead and created a complete guide to Zayn’s 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 “Pillowtalk” singer got for his former One Direction bandmates. Or it might be the matching ink he has with Louis Tomlinson!
Fans can’t forget the ones that are dedicated to his love life. It’s no secret that the British crooner has former longtime love Gigi Hadid‘s eyes permanently etched onto his skin! The couple first went public in 2015 and had a few ups and downs before getting together one final time in January 2020. Months later, the model confirmed that she and Zayn were gearing up to welcome their first baby together. Their daughter, Khai, was born in September that same year.
“Our baby girl is here, healthy & beautiful. To try put into words how i am feeling right now would be an impossible task,” Zayn wrote on social media at the time. “The love I feel for this tiny human is beyond my understanding. Grateful to know her, proud to call her mine & thankful for the life we will have together x.”
Since then, both he and Gigi have reportedly gotten matching tattoos to honor their baby girl! However, the pair split in October 2021 following an altercation involving Zayn and Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Hadid. Zayn pleaded no contest to four counts of summary harassment and was given 90 days probation for each count, totaling 360 days.
Scroll through our gallery to see all of Zayn’s tattoos and to find out the meaning behind each and every one.
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