Louis Tomlinson’s 23 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Louis William Tomlinson better known as Louis Tomlinson is an English Singer, Actor, and Songwriter. Louis was a member of the famous boy band, One Direction until the band split up. Louis featured in the most influential people’s list of 2017 and has released singles which are certified gold in the UK and the US. Tomlinson is a big fan of inks and has multiple tattoos. Let us see the ones he has and the meanings behind them.

Louis Tomlinson

1. ‘The Screws and The Rogue’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Screw Tattoo-


Tattoo: On the inside of both his ankles, Louis has two tiny screws and on the front side of his legs just above his ankle, are the words, “The Rogue” tattooed with both the words being on his right and left leg, respectively.

Meaning: All the members of the band, “One Direction” have the screws which they said helps them keep grounded no matter how big they get. Whereas Louis’ The Rogue tattoo is a tribute to his former band which used to include five male members during his school time and they used to perform in school assemblies.

2. ‘The Heart and The Stag’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Louis has a Heart inked which contains earphones inside them just above a huge Stag, inked on his right bicep.

Meaning: The heart used to be a heart wearing headphones which represented a quote, “Listen to your heart” but it was covered up after the singer departed from the boy band.

3. The Chest tattoos

Louis-Tomlinson Chest Tattoos-

Tattoo: The line, ”It Is What It Is” is tattooed across Louis’ chest and the number 78 on his left pec.

Meaning: The 78 on his chest is the house number of his Grandparents whom he adored very much.

4. ‘Far Away’ Tattoo


Tattoo: The words, “Far Away” are inked on Tomlinson’s right bicep.

Meaning: The words represent how he had to leave his family and friends behind when he joined One Direction.

Louis said, “Though I’m away from home. My family is always in my heart.”

5. ‘The Bomb, The match, and The Spider Web’ Tattoos

Louis-Tomlinson-arm Spiderweb Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Bomb and Match Tattoo

Tattoos: There are little tattoos of a bomb, a lit match and a spiderweb on the inside of his right arm.

Meaning: The spider web looks as it is being shot as a projectile and represents the singer’s love for his favorite comic character, Spider-Man.

6. ‘The Stick figure on a Skateboard’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Skateboard Tattoo

Tattoo: There’s a tattoo of a stick figure riding a skateboard on the inside of the singer’s right arm.

Meaning: Louis explained how it represents skateboarding which is his hidden talent.

7. ‘The Horseshoe’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Horse Shoe Tattoo-

Tattoo: A little horseshoe is inked right above the stick figure.

Meaning: The singer before his One Direction days used to play football and bought his home team. This ink is an honor to his team, where the Horshoe represents the Mascot.

Louis explained, “ I owned a football team in Doncaster and this is our mascot.”

8. ‘The Compass and The Paper Airplane and OOPS!’

Louis Tomlinson Compass and Paperplane Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson OOPS! Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a large Compass inked on the inside of the singer’s arm along with a paper plane among other of his inks. The word, “OOPS!” is tattooed just above the paper plane.

Meaning: Louis got the Compass inked in 2012 and said, “ It has an arrow pointing to home. I miss it.”. The, “OOPS!” represents the first words that came out of his mouth when he first met band-mate, Harry Styles. The paper airplane is also connected to Harry Styles. Louis said, ”Harry’s necklace. I love it.” Harry Styles wears a necklace of a paper plane and Louis loved it so much he decided to get the same inked on his body.

9. The Quotation marks and The Cup of Tea Tattoo

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Louis Tomlinson Cup Tattoo

Tattoo: Barely visible amongst others, there are quotation marks inked on the inside of his right forearm and a cup of tea at the top of all tattoos present there.

Meaning: The quotation marks represent how Louis loves giving and taking them quotations.

Louis stated, “I give a lot of advice and make quotes. I talk a lot as well” when asked about the tattoo.

Louis also told, ”I’m obsessed with Yorkshire tea. Satisfies me.”  Which explains the cup of tea inked on his arm.

10. ‘The 5 Tally Marks’ Tattoo

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Tattoo: There are 5 Tally marks inked just below Tomlinson’s right elbow.

Meaning: The Tally Marks represent all the members of One Direction namely Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne.

11. ‘The Bird’ Tattoo


Tattoo: A large bird is inked on the outside of  Louis’ right forearm.

Meaning: Louis told he got the Swift Bird tattoo because it’s his favorite kind of bird.

12. ‘The Infinity Rope and The Flock of Birds’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Infinity Rope and Flock of Birds Tattoo

Tattoo: The singer’s right wrist sports a rope inked such that it is tied around his wrist and makes a loop in the shape of the infinity symbol on the outer side.A little above the rope is a flock of birds. The birds are five in number and represent all the members of One Direction.

While explaining his flock of birds tattoo Tomlinson said, “Always stick together, Work as a team. Family and friends are on my side.”

13. ‘Bus 1 and Tic-Tac-Toe’ Tattoo

Louis-Tomlinson-Bus 1 and Tic Tac Toe-tattoo

Tattoo: There is a Tic Tac Toe game inked on the outside of the singer’s right forearm with black lines and red crosses. Just above this tattoo is the words, “Bus 1” inked.

Meaning: Bus 1 inked on Louis’ forearm is the tribute to the TOUR BUS, in which he used to travel along with Zayn Malik. They both got similar tattoos done together from Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor, in Los Angelis.

14. ‘The Arrow and Pac-Man’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Arrow and Pac Man Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a large arrow tattooed on the outside of Louis’ right forearm. And a small tattoo of Pac-Man on its side.

Meaning: The arrow on Louis’ arm depicts freedom and direction in life and the Pac-Man tattoo shows his love for the retro game, Pac-Man.

15. ‘The Card Suits Band’ Tattoo


Tattoo: The left wrist of the singer sports a wrist band inked with the four suits of a card deck.

16. ‘The Skull and Crossbones’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Just above his Suits band on the right wrist, Louis got a Skull and Crossbones inked with a red background.

17. ‘The Dagger and the Quote’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Quote And Dagger Tattoo-

Tattoo: On the outside of his left forearm, Louis got a new tattoo of a dagger with the quote, “Given a chance” inked below it.

18. ‘The Smiley and The Beer Mug’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Smiley Tattoo


Tattoo: Louis got a tiny beer mug inked right alongside to his arrow and globe tattoo on his right forearm. He also got a smiley face inked on his right forearm near the outside of his wrist with Xs for eyes.

Meaning: Tomlinson got the smiley inked as it is his logo.

19. ’28’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson 28 Tattoo

Tattoo: The singer has the numbers 2 and 8 inked on the outside of his left hand’s ring and middle fingers respectively.

Meaning: The numbers together make the number 28 which is the jersey number that Louis wore when he played football for his childhood team Doncaster Rovers in a charity match.

20. ‘The Penguin with Headphones’ Tattoo


Tattoo: The One Direction star got a Penguin wearing headphones inked on his butt.

Meaning: The star uploaded a photo while getting the tattoo and was followed by his brother who uploaded the picture of the penguin tattoo on his butt with the caption “accidentally got a penguin on my a**.”.

When asked, Louis said, ”It’s the most random thing of all time. It’s a penguin, but not just a penguin, a penguin with headphones, which makes it even more weird. I don’t know why, but now I forever have a penguin on my ass, yeah.”

21. ‘Spider Web’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson SpiderWeb Tattoo

Tattoo: Louis has a huge Spider web inked on his left leg.

22. ‘Camera’ Tattoo

Louis Tomlinson Camera Tattoo-

Tattoo: Louis has a small camera inked on his right forearm which is the tribute to all the memories that he has ever lived and got them captured through the camera.

23. ‘Globe’ Tattoo


Tattoo: Louis has GLOBE inked on his forearm and says “It’s for the award we – 1D – got at the BRIT Awards this year for Global Success,” Louise.

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