Usher’s 10 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, rapper, actor, songwriter, and dancer. Usher rose to fame after he dropped his debut album titled Usher in 1994 and My Way in 1997. He has been one of the top artists of the music industry winning many awards and has also been included in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Usher has won many awards including eight Grammy Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, and eight American Music Awards, making him the fifth most-awarded artist of the Billboard Music Awards. He has also judged the television reality show, The Voice.


Usher has a few tattoos on his body. Let us look at the ones he has and the meanings behind them.

1. ‘Mary’ Tattoo

Usher mary tattoo

Tattoo: The upper part of the singer’s left forearm contains a tattoo of Lady Justice.

Meaning: The tattoo is of  Lady Justice holding scales to represent his zodiac sig, Libra.

2. ‘Fearless’ Tattoo

Usher fearless tattoo

Tattoo: The side of his left forearm contains the word, “Fearless” tattooed on it.

Meaning: This is a word that describes his personality as the singer is bold and courageous, which is shown in his songs as well as his performances.

3. Name Tattoo

Usher name tattoo

Tattoo: The outer side of his left upper arm contains the name, “USHER” tattooed on it. There is also a tribal design tattooed just below the name that reaches downwards to his elbow.

Meaning: The name represents his own name as well as the name of his debut album that got him recognition. Usher used to have the name tattooed in graffiti style but later got the tattoo covered up with proper alphabets and included the tribal design as well.

4. ‘Scroll’ Tattoo

Usher scroll tattoo

Tattoo: The inner part of his left forearm, just below his elbow, contains a little scroll tattooed on it. The scroll also has a few words tattooed inside it.

5. Star Tattoos

Usher star tattoo

Usher star tattoo2

Tattoo: There is a tattoo of an outline of a star on the right hand of the singer, in between his thumb and index finger. The left hand also adorns the same tattoo at the same place.

6. Tribal Tattoo

Usher triabl tattoo

Tattoo: The outer side of his left lower leg contains a tribal design tattooed on it.

7. Design Tattoo

Usher design tattoo2

Tattoo: The outer side of his right lower leg contains a little design tattooed on it that has not been seen much. While talking about the tattoo, Usher revealed that it is a tattoo of an outline of a break dancer which represents his dancing skills and how much he loves dancing.

8. Geometric Tattoo

Usher geometric tattoo

Tattoo: The backside of Usher’s neck contains a large geometrical design tattooed on it. The tattoo is made up of overlapping circles on the back of his head, below his hair and then merges into a large pattern of stars before finally ending on his neck in a series of overlapping triangular designs of different sizes.

9. ‘Star’ Tattoo

Usher star tattoo

Tattoo: There is an outline of a star on the left elbow of the singer. The outline separates his elbow and keeps it clear of the tribal design and the clouds on his arm.

10. Portrait of Belafonte Tattooed on his Forearm

Portrait of Belafonte Tattooed on his Forearm

Usher paid tribute to the late Harry Belafonte, who passed away at 96 from congestive heart failure at his home in New York, by showcasing his tattoo of the civil rights and entertainment icon on Instagram. Amidst widespread mourning from figures like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Usher’s post highlighted his admiration for Belafonte, describing him as a world-renowned entertainer, a barrier-breaking actor, a tireless activist, and a one-of-a-kind friend. Usher reflected on Belafonte’s powerful presence and the lasting impact he had on the world, expressing gratitude for the influence Belafonte had on his life. Alongside images, including one of Belafonte smiling at the tattoo, Usher’s heartfelt caption conveyed his deep respect and the reason he chose to immortalize Belafonte on his skin. He also wrote a poignant quote from Belafonte about the role of artists as truth’s gatekeepers and humanity’s compass.

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