SZA’s 11 Tattoos & Their Meanings

SZA, a famous name on the list of popular American singers, is a professional singer and songwriter. Not many people know that his birth name is Solána Imani Rowe. SZA started making music in the early 2010s with her two initial releases of extended plays. Solana was born and brought up in an orthodox Muslim family but, her choices and work were never snubbed in any manner. SZA, her stage name, came into birth after being inspired by the rapper RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.  During her childhood, she was an active participant in cheerleading and gymnastics. Also, she is a neo-soul singer whose music is filled with elements of soul, hip hop, minimalist R&B, indie rock, cloud rap, witch house, and chillwave. SZA has got some great body inks. Let us explore them.


“It’s like the belief in one God, all the pillars of Islam et cetera, and I think those are ideas that will never leave me, those make sense in my spirit. It’s the way that I connect with God; it has always made sense to me. I think I would love to wear my hijab but I feel like I don’t wanna wear my hijab and talk crazy on stage and be in videos with Travis Scott. Like I don’t wanna be disrespectful because I have too much love and respect for the religion, for my father, and for myself.”

1. ‘Ctrl’ Tattoo

SZA studio album name tattoo

Tattoo: There is a letter tattoo on SZA’s body that reads, ‘Ctrl.’

Meaning: The word ‘Ctrl’ is not common; it is the name of her debut studio album, Ctrl. It was released in 2017 and was universally appreciated. It debuted on US Billboard 200 at number three and was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as double platinum. She claims that her debut release is too close to her heart because it had earned her four nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, including the one for ‘THE BEST ARTIST.’

“It’s about analog and being at a time where we were brought information more slowly, “Control is a concept, you think about getting away from analog, control is an illusion, you try and force it.”

2. ‘Grandmother’s Name’ Tattoo

SZA instagram tattoo post SZA neck tattoo

Tattoo: SZA has another word tattoo that reads “Norma” in a fine script on the corner of her neck. Also, on the corner, there are two crosses tattooed.

Meaning: SZA got this tattoo in honor of her late grandmother. The cross is the Holy symbol of Christians and represents the peaceful tribute to a loved one who is no more. SZA is known to have shared a very close bond with her grandmother and her mother. It was highly appreciated when had brought her mother and grandmother to Grammy Awards in 2018. Not only this, but they were also part of her debut album’s release event.

Her grandmother expired on June 19, 2019. She had shared a picture on her Instagram revealing the same.

3. Green Bug Tattoo

SZA bug tattoo

Tattoo: There is a light green colored bug inked tattooed on SZA’s left hand.

4. ‘LANA’ Tattoo

SZA LANA tattoo

Tattoo: On her lower back, SZA has another word inked that reads, ‘LANA.’

Meaning: LANA is one of the nicknames of SZA; her full name is Solána Imani Rowe. Interestingly, this was the first tattoo that she got at 13 years and acts as the symbol of her teenage rebellion. Also, she has used it as the cover art for one of her songs, named Sobriety!

“Lol got my first tatt at 13… def semi regret it But still super into it?” she tweeted.

She has also made it the part of her song lyrics which go like:

“Warm Winds ft Isaiah Rashad” where she sings “We were all thirteen once / Long live tramp stamps and Pepper Ann / You will never judge me for that / You will always love me for that”

5. Waist Tattoo

SZA tattoo on waist

6. Hand Tattoo

SZA flower tattoo

Tattoo: Alongside her green bug, another tattoo on her left hand represents a red-orange-colored flower.

Meaning: Flower is the symbol of freshness, beauty, new beginnings, and hope.

7. Maple Leaf and Log Tattoo

SZA leaf and branch tattoo

SZA branch with leaf tattoo

Tattoo: Near her left collarbone, SA has a tiny tattoo of a tree trunk with a small tree/plant inked in green. It represents the maple leaf and the log. SZA choose this design to pay her loving tribute to her birthplace. She was born in St.Louis but belongs to Maplewood, New Jersey, as she was brought up there.

I was born in St. Louis, but I’m from Maplewood, New Jersey. Maplewood is completely different than the rest of New Jersey. It’s very small. It’s quietly affluent but more lowkey. Lauryn Hill is from my town though. It was predominantly white, Jewish. I went to school with all white kids and my Girl Scout troop everyone was white. I was being the token black everyday.

8. Lightning Bulb Tattoo

SZA bulb tattoo

Tattoo: There is a tiny outlined lightning bulb tattooed on the left side of her waits line.

Meaning: The lightning bulb is considered the symbol of inspiration, enlightenment, and a token of reading you towards the positive solutions, and shows you a ray of hope in the dark phases of life. They are also the popular symbols of solid intuition and intellectual minds.

9. Snake Tattoo

SZA snake tattoo

Tattoo: On her right hand’s pinky finger, a small tattoo of snake inked in an outline body design.

Meaning: Snake tattoos symbolize transformation, change, rebirth, and phases of healing. However, as per ancient beliefs, the snake is also believed to represent strong knowledge, wisdom, and patience.

10. Butterfly Tattoo

SZA butterfly tattoo

Tattoo: SZA has got a tattoo of a flying butterfly on her left shoulder.

Meaning: Butterfly is the symbol of transformation, transition, and feminism. Most people get it inked as the token of the beginning of a change and a positive development in their lives.

Also, a butterfly can represent the death of a loved one.

11. Butt Tattoo

SZA butt tattoo

SZA has another tattoo on her left buttocks, which she has never really talked about. It was seen in one of her Instagram pictures.

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