Mac Miller’s 42 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Malcolm James McCormick, professionally known as Mac Miller was an American Rapper, Singer, and Record Producer. Mac’s debut album “Blue Slide Park” (2011) was able to reach number-one on the US Billboard 200. He was the victim of substance abuse which was often depicted by him through his song lyrics. Mac was known to be a big fan of getting inked on his body. It is clearly evident from his beautiful range of body inks that he had received on his body. Miller was found dead at his home in Los Angelis in September 2018 and the reason was none other than a drug overdose.

Mac Miller

“I love the shit by the wrist, this crown is a big one… I have a full leg dedicated to just stupid tattoos. My cousin was getting his first tattoo and I was like, ‘Look, dude, it’s not a big deal—I’ll get a blue brontosaurus.’ So I have this big-ass blue brontosaurus. That’s my dog. And then I have a kangaroo with boxing gloves that says ‘based.’”

“Sometimes, with tattooing, people get too lost in meaning. I’m more of [a] remember-the-moment [type of] person.”


1. ‘American Spirit Cigarette’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Tribal Eagle Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘American Spirit Cigarette Logo’ Tattoo inked right on the center of Mac Miller’s chest.

Meaning: It is the name of an American brand of cigarettes and tobacco products.

2. ‘NO WOMAN NO CRY’ Tattoo

Mac Miller NO WOMAN NO CRY Tattoo

Tattoo: Above his tribal eagle there lay a tattoo wording which can be read as, “NO WOMAN NO CRY“.

Meaning: NO WOMAN NO CRY is the famous song by Bob Marley and the Wailers.


Mac Miller Hand Tattoos

3. ‘MOST DOPE’ Tattoo

Mac Miller MOST DOPE

Tattoo: Knuckles of his both hands were inked with the word, “MOST DOPE“.

“Every time I go to Cali, I just get hella tatted,” Mac admits. “I got ‘MOST DOPE’ [on my knuckles], which sucks at the airport… And I got my neck done. The neck tattoo HURT…” As far as regretful tattoos go, Mac might be one of one people who doesn’t regret any of them. “The only thing I regret is that I don’t have enough space on my body to do more… So I gotta get fatter…”

At first, we were like, Most Dope, we can profit off it. But I didn’t want to, because it represents the people who are close to me. I didn’t want to exploit it into making money off it. To my fans, it’s Mac Miller, but to me, it’s more than that. It’s not something to make. But I am, actually, about to make some money off it. Just a little bit. On the side. To pay off some debts.

4. ‘Cross’ and ‘Tiny Heart’ Tattoo

Mac-Miller-Cross and Heart Tattoo

Tattoo: There existed a small cross on the mid finger of the left hand followed by a red heart near his left hand’s thumb.

Meaning: Cross as known, depicts the person’s religion and his faith, i.e Christianity.

5. ‘Star of David’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Star of David Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a Star of David inked on Mac’s right hand mid-finger.

Meaning: Star of David is a figure consisting of two equilateral triangles turning it into a five-pointed star. Star tattoos are known to be received by persons as the source of direction in their lives. This tattoo also represents the star of the Jewish. Since his mother is Jewish and he was raised Jewish so this tattoo can also represent his religion.

6. ‘MCMXCII’ Tattoo

Mac-Miller Roman Numeral Tattoo

Tattoo: On the corner of his right hand existed a tattoo that contained the roman numerals as “MCMXCII”.

Meaning: 1992 was Mac’s birth year.

7. ‘P’ Logo Tattoo

Mac Miller P Tattoo

Tattoo: On the outer side of his right hand, Mac had got the letter ‘P’ inked.

Meaning: It is the symbol for Pittsburgh Pirates, an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s logo.

8. ‘Sunset’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Sunset Ink

Mac Miller Sunset Tattoo

Tattoo: There was a big beautiful sunset inked on the backside of the left hand.

9. ‘Peace’ Symbol

Mac-Miller Peace Symbol Tattoo

Tattoo: There was a tiny peace symbol inked on the backside of his right hand.


10. ‘RAIN OR SHINE’ on the left ribcage 

Mac Miller RAIN OR SHINE Tattoo

Tattoo: On Miller’s left side of the stomach towards his ribcage existed a tattoo which could be read as, “RAIN OR SHINE”.

Meaning: Mac was known to like the song “Rain or Shine” which was a 1986 hit single by British pop group Five Star. He was rumored to have got it done with his girlfriend, Nomi Leisure.

11. ‘WE ARE CONFUSED’ Tattoo

Mac Miller WE ARE CONFUSED Tattoo

Tattoo: Right on the center of Mac’s stomach existed a tattoo that said, “WE ARE CONFUSED“. The tattoo had been done in the freehand cursive font.


12. ‘Kangaroo with Boxing Gloves’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Kangaroo with Boxing Gloves Tattoo

Tattoo: There lay a kangaroo wearing the boxing gloves tattoo on Mac’s right leg’s front part. It also carried the word ‘BASED‘ inked on it.

Meaning: Kangaroo with the boxing gloves are received by the people just for the sake of amusement depicting the helplessness of the Kangaroo as when they are approached by their rival males.

13. ‘A big blue Brontosaurus’ Tattoo

Mac Miller A blue colored Brontosaurus

Tattoo: A blue colored Brontosaurus was tattooed on Mac’s right calf.

14. Yellow Smiley Tattoo

Mac Miller Yellow Smiley Tattoo

Tattoo: There used to be a yellow-colored smiley inked on Mac’s right calf.

15. ‘Daniel Johnston Submarine’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Submarine Tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his right leg, Mac had a tattoo of Daniel Johnston riding the submarine. Daniel was an American singer who was famous since most of the cassettes of his recordings included the ones which were recorded alone at his home.

“I have Daniel Johnston—’Hi, how are you’ —riding the yellow submarine. That’s one of my favorites.”

“Yellow Submarine” saved him from a bad acid trip. When he was freaking out from an acid trip; thinking the world is going to end and the god was going to come down, he put on Beatles’ yellow submarine and started laughing. He felt that the song was the truest description of this world.

16. Flowered Heart Capsule on the left leg

Mac Miller Burning Bottled Heart Tattoo

Tattoo: Exactly on the front side of his left leg there existed a heart capsule surrounded by flowers. Hearts have always been the best symbols of love.

17. Fairy surrounded by Roses

Mac Miller Angel with Roses Tattoo

Tattoo: Mac left leg’s major front portion was covered by the fairy with her wings opened followed by roses on all its sides.

Meaning: Angels and fairies are considered to be the symbols of good luck.

18. Wolf in Suit Tattoo 

Mac Miller Wolf in Suit Tattoo

Mac Miller Wolf in Suit inked on Right Leg


Mac Miller Arm Tattoos

19. “Street Struck” tattoo on left forearm.

Mac Miller Street Struck Tattoo

Tattoo: There existed the wording, Street Struck inked on Mac’s left forearm.

Meaning: Street Struck was the song sung by the famous Lamont Coleman who was an American Rapper and Songwriter, known professionally as Big L. Mac in one of his interviews had told about his love for the song (Street Struck), and how sadly, Big L had become the victim of the street attack and fights’ victim when he used to sing about them in his songs. In respect and admiration for the rapper on his death, Mac had got this ink done.

20. Roses on Left Arm Tattoo

Mac Miller Red Rose on Left Arm  Mac Miller Rose on Elbow Tattoo Mac Miller Roses on Left Arm Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a big rose along with few stems around it inked on his left inner arm.

21. Pin-up girl tattoo on the inner left arm (in a Marilyn Monroe pose).

Mac Miller Pin Up Girl Tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of Mac’s left bicep lay a tattoo of a Pin-Up girl wearing a red and black dress.

22. Hebrew letter tattoo on the left arm


Tattoo: On the left arm of Mac existed a tattoo which included some letters inked in the Hebrew language.

23. Smiley and Thumbs Up on the left inner arm

Mac Miller Smiley and Thumbs Up Tattoo

Tattoo: Towards the inner side of his left bicep there was a tattoo of a smiley and a thumbs-up sign.

24. Buddha on Left Arm Tattoo

Mac Miller Buddha Tattoo

Tattoo: On his left forearm mac had a tattoo of buddha inked in a sitting posture.

25. ‘Imagine’ on the Right inner arm

Mac Miller Imagine Tattoo

Tattoo: His right inner bicep was inked with the word, “Imagine”.

Meaning: Mac Miller’s “Imagine” tattoo was his dedication for John Lennon’s single ‘Imagine’.

26. Dollar Tattoo

Mac Miller Dollar Sign Tattoo

Dollar Symbol inked on Mac’s right forearm

27. John Lennon’s face tattoo on the right forearm.

Mac Miller John Lennon Face Tattoo

Tattoo: On Mac’s right forearm there used to be the portrait of John Lennon inked.

Meaning: John was English Singer, who was famous worldwide as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles, an English rock band.

“The Beatles are something… I’ve listened to them my whole life. And I identify with them because they came in the game with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”, and then started doing artistic stuff.”

28. Multicolored Flowers

Mac Miller Flowers Tattoo

There were multicolored flowers inked on the outer side of Mac’s right forearm.

29. Boombox tattoo on Right forearm 

Mac Miller Boombox Tattoo

Boombox Tattoo

Tattoo: Near his right hand’s wrist, Mac Miller also had a boombox tattoo. Boomboxes are the symbol of reminiscing about the past and more of the tribute by music lovers for music.

30. Hebrew Writing on Left Arm Tattoo

Mac Miller Left Bicep Writing Tattoo

31. Falling Boy Tattoo

Mac Miller Falling Boy Tattoo

32. Boy with a Hat Tattoo

Macc Miller Boy with A Hat Tattoo

A boy wearing a hat in form of some Cartoon Character inked on Mac’s left forearm

33. Angel Wings on Right Elbow

Mac Miller Angel Wings

Angel Wings in light blue shade inked on Mac’s right elbow


34. Rose on Neck

Mac Miller Rose on Neck Tattoo

A big rose was tattooed on Mac’s left side of the neck.

35. Hawk on Neck Tattoo

Mac Miller Hawk tattoo

Tattoo: On the right side of his neck, there was a tattoo of a flying Hawk.

Meaning: Hawk tattoos is the symbol of passion, honor, and well-versed intellect of the person getting inked.

36. “Beats, Rhythm AND LIFE” Tattoo


Mac Miller Beats Rhyme & Life

Tattoo: On his right hand’s wrist, Mac had a tattoo which could be read as, “Beats, Rhymes & Life”.

Meaning: This tattoo was the tribute to his career and life, and was the Studio album by A Tribe Called Quest.

37. ‘MOST DOPE’ on Rib Cage Tattoo

MOST DOPE on Side Tattoo

Tattoo: On the right side of his stomach, Mac had another tattoo of the wording, “MOST DOPE” such that the O is replaced by the happy band sad smiley mask faces.

38. ‘Crown’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Crown Tattoo

Tattoo: There was a beautiful crown tattooed on Mac’s right hand’s wrist.

39. ‘Tribal Ghost’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Tribal Ghost Face Tattoo

Tattoo: Mac’s right forearm was covered with a huge tribal ghost structure tattoo.

40. ‘Fierce Cat Face’ Tattoo

Mac Miller Fierce Cat Face Tattoo

Fierce Cat’s face inked in the front of his right leg.



Tattoo: The tattoo on his left upper arm said, “ONLY SO MUCH LEFT IN THIS CRAZY WORLD“. The tattoo was an inspiration for Mac as the words have been taken from the song, “Only So Much Time Left In This Crazy World’  which Mac claimed to be the inspiration for him. The song was the creation of two inspirational artists, Crumbling Herb and Outkast.

42. ‘Portrait on Right Bicep’

Mac Miller Portrait on Right Arm Tattoo


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