Sam Smith’s 13 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Samuel Frederick Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in 2012 when he featured in Naughty Boy’s “La La La”. Sam released his debut album, “In The Lonely Hour” in 2014 many of whose songs reached the UK top ten and also won him four Grammy Awards. He also has three Brit Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He is non-binary and uses gender-neutral singular they/them as pronouns for themselves. Smith said,

I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between.”

Sam Smith

Sam has many interesting tattoos on their body. Let us take a look at them and the meanings behind them.

1. ‘Kissing Couple’ Tattoo

Sam Smith kiss tattoo

Tattoo: The left shoulder of the singer has a tattoo of two men on it that are kissing.

Meaning: The tattoo on their arm is a representation of Marlon Brando and James Dean locking lips and stands for equal rights and speaks for itself.

2. ‘Bird’ Tattoo

Sam Smith bird tattoo

Tattoo: The inside of Sam’s left forearm has a tattoo of a bird on it with a word tattooed next to it in the Urdu Language.

Meaning: The tattoo of the bird on their arm is a symbol of courage and freedom.

3. ‘Pair of Heels’ Tattoo

Sam Smith heels tattoo

Tattoo: The inside of Sam’s left wrist has a tattoo of a pair of heels on it with two tiny stars near them.

Meaning: The tattoo of the red heels on Sam’s wrist is a tattoo that represents their love for heels. Sam said, “I feel just as much woman as I am man. I got teased for it. But there were also people respecting me for walking around like that in my school. I just buy everything, heels, dresses. I love a heel. I’ve got loads of heels at home.”

4. ‘Anchor’ Tattoo

Sam Smith anchor tattoo

Tattoo: The side of the singer’s left forearm has a tiny anchor tattooed on it.

Meaning: The tattoo of the anchor was a common tattoo for sailors but also represents the calm of the sea and hope in life.

5. ‘Equality and Symbol’ Tattoo

Sam Smith equality symbol tattoo

Tattoo: The left ring finger of the singer has an equal sign tattooed on it and the side of their left index finger has the common symbol representing a woman tattooed on it.

Meaning: The equality tattoo on their finger represents equality for everyone. Sam said, “This one is pretty self-explanatory. It shows my views on gay marriage and equality for all.” The tattoo of the symbol for the woman goes with the one on his other hand where the symbol for a man is tattooed to represent his non-binary nature.

6. Finger Tattoos

Sam Smith finger tattoos

Tattoos: The right hand of the singer also has a few symbols tattooed on it. The side of their right index finger has the symbol for man tattooed on it. There is an arrowhead on their middle finger and two parallel lines on their right ring finger.

Meaning: The tattoo of the symbol for man represents Sam’s non-binary nature and the lines on their finger are inspired by an old mummy. Sam explained that the tattoo was, “inspired by one of the oldest tattoos ever found on a mummified body that was found buried alone in the ice.”

7. ‘Honesty and alone’ Tattoo

Sam Smith honesty tattoos

Sam Smith alone tattoo

Tattoo: The backside of Sam’s left arm has the word, “honesty” tattooed on it and the back of his right one has the word, “alone” tattooed on it. Both the words are tattooed near his elbows.

Meaning: The word “honesty” represents how they write their lyrics by heart, they wrote, “This is what I promise to be in my music. It’s what I live by.

In the words of @mariamena_official, ‘Honesty is my God.” The tattoo of the word, “alone” on his other arm represents his time of sadness. Smith said, “And lastly – this is just me being a melancholy t**t. Hah. I do see it as a small positive though. No longer lonely. Just alone. Which is ok. Thought I’d share these with you because I love them.”

8. ‘Dragon’ Tattoo

Sam Smith dragon tattoo

Tattoo: Sam’s right bicep has a tattoo of a cartoon dragon on it.

Meaning: The tattoo on his bicep is of Elliott, from the Disney film Pete’s Drago which is one of Sam’s favorites.

9. ‘III’ Tattoo

Sam Smith III tattoo

Tattoo: The Roman Number, III is tattooed on the side of the singer’s right forearm.

Meaning: The tattoo of the number represents 3. It is a matching tattoo that Sam and his sisters, Mabel and Lily got to represent their love and the bond that they share.

10. ‘B’ Tattoo

Sam Smith B tattoo

Tattoo: The singer has another ink on his right index finger. The letter “B” is tattooed on Sam’s finger with a tiny design behind the letter.

Meaning: The tattoo of the letter represents his love for his former partner, Brandon Flynn. Sam is currently in a relationship with Francois Rocci.

11. Neck Tattoo

Sam Smith neck tattoo

Tattoo: The back of the singer’s neck has the words, “TPH-50HR” tattooed on it.

Meaning: The word on the back of his neck is the title of a new upcoming album. The name of the album is inspired by the address of the family home he grew up in.

12. Side Tattoo

Sam Smith side tattoo

Tattoo: The left side of the singer’s body has another tattoo on it that has not been revealed in any of his photos.

13. Portrait Tattoo

Sam Smith-Portrait Tattoo

Tattoo: ‘Portrait’ tattoo on his arm.

Meaning: In April 2021, Sam got the tattoo of his own portrait to represent his nonbinary identity. The tattoo was inked by the tattoo artist, Miles Langford. On April 22, 2021, Miles uploaded the picture of this tattoo on his Instagram handle with the caption,

ICON @samsmith 💘Thanks for getting tattooed. Swipe to see Sam’s new tattoo and for a good time”

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