Tyler Joseph’s 10 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Tyler Robert Joseph is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer. He is the singer of the famous music duo, Twenty One Pilots alongside bandmate, Josh Dun. He has received 6 Grammy Nominations and has won one Grammy Award. The band has released many hit songs such as Heathens, Stressed-Out, and Jumpsuit. Tyler has many interesting tattoos on his body and is open to telling their meanings to any fan who asks about them face to face. Let us take a look at his tattoos and the meanings they hold.

Tyler Joseph


Arm Tattoos

1. ‘Band’ Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a band tattoo that covers the left wrist of the singer made out of three thin lines. There are also three dots on the lower side of the wrist.

Meaning: The tattoo represents his journey out of self-harm and the struggle which he went through to make it. The three dots represent the Holy Trinity ie The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit which represents his religious views.

2. Symbols Tattoo

Tattoo: The outer side of his right forearm contains four symbols tattooed on it.

Meaning: The symbols are actually cryptic forms for the alphabets of the English Language. The symbols on his forearm actually represent J, O, S, H which together spell out the name, Josh which is the name of his partner, Josh Dun.

3. Figures Tattoo

Tattoo: The inner side of his right forearm, just below his elbow contains a tattoo of a set of different figures.

Meaning: The figures are actually drawn to represent a fully formed alphabet. The empty grooves of the figures each spell out an alphabet. The whole tattoo together spells out, “Carpe Noctem” which translates to seize the night.

4. Band Tattoo

Tattoo: There are three solid black bands, two above and one below the left elbow of the singer.

Meaning: The band represents Sadness and Suffering which the singer has gone through.

5. Letters Tattoo

Tattoo: Just above Tyler’s right elbow on the inner side, is a tattoo of two letters. The letter X and the letter C where the X has been tattooed inside the C.

Meaning: The letters represent Tyler’s love and dedication towards the fans of their hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Both Tyler and Josh have the same matching tattoo.

6. Roman Numerals Tattoo

Tattoo: The right bicep of the singer contains a set of Roman Numerals tattooed on it. The numerals are, “XLIII: XVI: XXXIII”.

Meaning: The numbers translate to, 43:16:33 which one of his fans revealed stands for the bible verse, John 16:33 which says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

7. Cross Tattoo

Tattoo: The left shoulder of the artist contains a tattoo of four blocks with space in between left which represents a cross.

Meaning: The cross tattoo represents the religious views of the singer.

Chest Tattoos

8. Hourglass Tattoos

Tattoo: The right side of his chest contains a tattoo of a box with a large cross in it. At first, it might look random but if you look closely you can see the lines depicting the sand in the hourglass.

Meaning: Tyler got the hourglass tattooed on his body to represent how life is short and one should always do his best to enjoy the moment.

9. ‘Boxes’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The left side of his chest contains a tattoo of four large, empty boxes tattooed on it. If you consider the method of his other tattoos, this one might be showing a large plus symbol or perhaps another cross in the space left inside it.

Leg Tattoo

10. Name Tattoo

Tattoo: The right thigh of the singer contains the name, “josh” tattooed on it.

Meaning: This is another one of Tyler, and his mate, Josh’s matching tattoos. Tyler got this tattoo onstage from Josh.



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