One Directions Tattoo’s Are To ‘Assert Themselves As Men’

Harry Styles walking without a top on, showing all of his tattoos off

One Direction have lots of tattoos between them, but have you ever wondered why they have so many?

Some of the tattoo’s meanings are quite obvious but others are rather obscure.

A source close to the band told Heat magazine this week that the boys want to distance themselves from the young kids we fell in love with back i9n 2010, and having tattoos is one way to do that.

The insider said: “The boys started having them done to assert themselves as men, rather than the boys who were in The X Factor.

“They’re so controlled in every aspect of their lives it’s also their way of rebelling.”

Hmmm we’re not too sure. There are other ways they could do that and maybe they just like the tattoos they have?

Since Harry turned 18 he has barely spent any time outside of the tattoo parlour, having an amazing 48 or so inkings on his body.

The insider said: “Harry says it’s about permanently signifying his journey, because he knows it won’t last forever.

“Zayn has his X Factor number, six, on his forearm, and Louis and Liam also have symbols and sayings that mean things to them.”

Despite the hundreds of tattoos between them, the only member without a tattoo is Niall, which we’re secretly quite glad about!

What is your favourite 1D tattoo?

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  • Kylee Styles

    People are just jealous that they can’t come up with more original ideas for tatoos. I personally love tats

  • xx KatieKat xx

    First comment yay!!
    I personally like one direction’s tattoos but tbh I think they have way TOO many of them
    Maybe a couple are alright but I think they look better without the tattoos on their chests! but I love them anyway with or without tattoos they’ll always be my 5 adorable little idiots! <3

    • Samantha Sancen

      Idiots:D lol!!!

      • xx KatieKat xx

        Haha :D

  • nelly horan

    i cant get a tatto im afraid of needles nuh uh no way never gonna happen maybe

    • Riel Whittle

      I’m actually not normally afraid of needles (I’m weird :3) but I still don’t know what to expect and my parents don’t want me to and it will like change u forever! In a way. Never gonna get one either :)

  • hollie

    I will love them no matter what! Tattoos and all!!!!!!!! :D

  • Nialler4ever

    It’s funny because a lot of Directionners miss the carefree goofy boys from when they were in the X Factor :P
    But I guess if they want tatoo’s, it’s their choice. I don’t mind tats, but i’m not a big fan of the amount on Hazza and Zayn’s skin. Oh well, if that’s what they want, then good for them xxx

    • Harry’s Cupcake

      Agree xxxxx

    • Tom Havrilka

      Totally agree

  • Anna Styles

    So hot!!

  • Stini2526

    i like there tats but i lke the ones that mean more to them like zayns x Factor #

  • Emmy

    It is Their choice of how many tattoos they want, and I love their tattoos. However, they shouldn’t get too carried away. :)

  • Abigail

    I like there tatts but I think they have a lot

    Just saying:)

  • 0BEY T0 1D

    To be honest, I miss the old One Direction. When they were young, tattoo free, and all over youtube. But they have to grow up some how and it shows how grown up they are. But to me, multiple tatts don’t make you grown. Just put on a bunch of muscle and change you’re hair a little. Have a little tatts here and there and call it a day.

  • Cait

    whoa! 48?! too many hazza!!!

  • Nia malik

    I love all the old boys too! Sometimes I wish they were still like that! Especially the video diaries! Imagine what they’d be like now

  • ツ Moon Malik ツ

    I love there tattoos I don’t really care how much they get

    • A’alyciaP._1D

      Me 2!! My parents tools meI get one for my 18th bday

  • Anna McCallum

    Honestly, if I had to choose which ones tattoos are better, I wouldn’t either of them. I would choose Niall, because he doesn’t have any tattoos. I don’t really like tattoos but the tattoos that mean something to them are ok, and it’s their choice to have/get them. Either way, I like all the boys, tattoos or not! <3

  • Jenna

    I don’t miss anything. I am just enjoying everything as it happens.