Rory Charles Graham, known popularly by his stage name, Rag’n’Bone Man is a British singer and songwriter. He became famous after his single, “Human” in 2016 and he released his debut album the following year.
Rag ‘n’ Bone has many interesting tattoos covering his body. Let us take a look at his inks and the meanings behind them.
1. ‘Mic’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The right side of the singer’s neck has a tattoo of a mic on it along with a rose flower.
Meaning: The tattoo of the mic and the flower on his neck represent the beauty of music and how much he loves singing.
2. Lady and Bass Clef Tattoo
Tattoo: The left side of Rag’s neck has a tattoo of a bass clef tattoo on it behind his ear and the face of a lady tattooed below the bass clef, wearing jewelry, with a flower next to her head.
3. ‘Words, Bomb, and Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The right forearm of the singer has a tattoo of the words, “ME & THE DEVIL” tattooed on it in blue. The side of his forearm also has a tattoo of a purple bomb with a weird face. There is also a tattoo of a portrait of a girl below the bomb, on the upper side of his forearm.
Meaning: The tattoo of the words on his forearm represents the name of the song, “Me and The Devil” by Soap&Skin.
4. Guitar Tattoo
Tattoo: The right forearm of the singer also has a tattoo of a guitar on it. There is another instrument tattooed on his forearm too.
5. Indian and Harmonica Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his right forearm has a tattoo of Harmonica on it, surrounded by musical notes. The side of his right forearm also has a tattoo of a Red Indian on it with feathers in his hair.
Meaning: The tattoo of the musical instruments represent Rag’s love for music.
6. Note Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his right wrist has a tattoo of a circular design on it with music notes inside it.
7. Tribal and Rumcom Tattoo
Tattoo: The left forearm of the singer has a tribal design tattooed on it. There is also another design tattooed on the lower side of his left forearm with two letters tattooed with it and an eye in the middle. Rag’s left forearm also has the words, “RUM” and “COM” tattooed on it.
Meaning: The words on his arm, “RUM COM” represent the name of the collective, Rum Committee. Rag N Bone is a part of the collective and also released many songs with them.
8. ‘HF’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left forearm of the singer also has a tattoo of the letters, “HF” tattooed near his elbow, followed by the words, “HIGH FOCUS” with a blue and black outline.
Meaning: The words, “High Focus” on his left forearm represent the name of the label he is signed with, Fliptrix’s High Focus Records.
9. Microphone Tattoo
Tattoo: There is another microphone tattooed on his body. This is one on the lower side of his left forearm.
10. Design and Cat Tattoo
Tattoo: Rag’s left forearm has a graffiti design tattooed on the inner side. There is also a cartoon tattooed above the graffiti with the words, “YOU FIRST” tattooed below it and a bald cat on the inside too.
Meaning: Rag got the tattoo of the bald cat on his forearm to show his love for his pet cat, Patricia.
11. Clef Tattoo
Tattoo: The left hand of the singer has a tattoo of a treble clef symbol on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the clef represents creativity in music and how music flows through the bearer. It is a common tattoo gotten by lovers of music.
12. Skulls and Words Tattoo
Tattoo: Rag’s hands have a candy skull tattooed on each of them. All of his fingers also have letters tattooed on them. His right hand’s fingers spell out the word, “SOUL” and his left one’s spell, “FUNK”
Meaning: The tattoos of the candy skulls represent a celebration of life and are a symbol of peace for the bearer’s loved ones in the afterlife. The story behind his knuckle tattoos was told by Rag N Bone himself in an interview where he explained, “It came from when I was a kid. I come from a place called Brighton and there’s a motorbike rally that goes from London to Brighton every year. Bikers would always hang out at the pub near me, and I just always had a fascination with bikers having tattoos on their knuckles. The guys who drove Harleys would always have “love” and “hate” on their knuckles. It was kind of a fascination as a kid, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I always thought, “When I’m older I’m going to get knuckle tattoos.” I couldn’t really get “love” and “hate” because I’m not actually a biker, and the guy who did my tattoos was like, “What do you like?” I was like, “Well, I like soul music.” He went, “What about ‘soul’ and ‘funk’?” I was like, “Yeah, that’s cool as fuck.”
13. Rhythm Blues Tattoo
Tattoo: The side of Rag’s right hand has the word, “Rhythm” tattooed on it and the side of his left one has the word, “Blues” tattooed on it.
Meaning: Both the words joined together, form the words, “Rhythm Blues”
14. Face Tattoos
Tattoo: There are three tattoos on Rag N Bone’s face. He received a lot of mixed reactions from his fans over his new tattoos. The left side of his face has a graffiti design tattooed along his jawline. The letters, “MNO” are tattooed above his left eyebrow on his forehead. The right side of his face has a line tattooed on his cheek with a halo ring over it.