28 May 2021, 17:24 | Updated: May 28, 2021, 5:27 PM
At just 22 years old, the ‘In My Blood’ singer has amassed an incredible catalog of tattoos with amazing designs and hidden meanings …
Shawn mendes has a truly awesome collection of inks to his name – including the tattoo that got him in the headlines, when he inked an actual design that a fan photoshopped on a photo of him and sent everyone over in a collapse.
Her body art collection is full of meaning and symbols and we’ve unearthed the story behind each one so you can get to know the singer of “Señorita” better.
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Shawn Gets Inspirational Words Tattoo
In May 2021, Shawn received two new inks, one reading “GOOD BOY” on his left arm and the other “fe”, meaning Faith in Portuguese.
‘Fe’ sits on Shawn’s right shoulder.
‘A’ for sister Aaliyah Mendes
Shawn took his girlfriend Camila Cabello for her very first tattoo while they were in Los Angeles recently, with the ‘Havana’ singer getting a quote from Shakespeare in love that reads “it’s a mystery” on her finger.
The ‘In My Blood’ singer has a little letter ‘A’ behind his ear for his younger sister, something he’s been telling fans he’s been wanting to do for a while, and we think it sounds awesome !
Butterfly tattoo designed by a fan
Photo: Instagram / @ macdreaper
Perhaps the most inspiring story of a celebrity tattoo never is Shawn’s most recent ink that was originally photoshoped on a photo of him and is an original design by a fan, Kayla, who he messaged to and asked to send an image of .
He has thought about his ink so much that there is even a unique theme running through many pieces that “blend nature and man-made objects” and the results are a truly unique set of tattoos, each with a story behind them.
He has become a regular with one particular tattoo artist and fellow Canadian Livia Tsang to bring the designs to life, and now they’re even friends, how cute !?
The guitar made of trees
His first work of art falls within the hybrid theme between natural and man-made objects and depicts a guitar, Shawn’s signature instrument. An incredibly detailed and intricately drawn collection of trees and (sticking to its root, the Toronto skyline forms the general shape of the instrument.
The top of the guitar is a sound wave of his parents’ voice saying “I love you” and honestly we didn’t think a tattoo could make us cry, but we just proved ourselves wrong.
An elephant stencil on his finger
Shawn actually kept pretty tight-lipped about where this simple elephant stencil came from away from the intricate sketches and shading of most of his others, and only posted a cryptic boomerang on his Instagram for the big reveal. But hey, we think he’s a super cute drawing and have total faith that he’ll tell us the story behind him when he’s good and ready. The only thing we know is that he used his trusty tattoo artist Livia, who proves with this very different style design, she can do it all!
The bulb filled with flowers
This is another one of his show pieces that came out of Livia Tsang’s hands-on work and the overall piece has a number of different hidden musical meanings that he previously discussed in a Q&A with fans. He explained, “I wanted something to represent Illuminate which is obviously the bulb and the flowers are lilies and orchids which are my mom’s favorite flowers.” collective * Awww *. The actual color of the flowers is in keeping with the overall vibe of Illuminate, her second album, which we think is so special.
The sparrow on his hand
Another addition to his collection is this swallow, a bird that “is one of the few of its kind to remember their home” which is of enormous importance to Shawn who spends much of his life on the road. Shawn also told fans that “sailors had it before a trip and it was a symbol of a traveler.” His music video for ‘In My Blood’ saw him take center stage for the first time and we’re digging it seriously.
The number eight on her finger
If you look very closely at the previous image, you can see the number 8 inscribed on Shawn’s middle finger. He is probably the least enigmatic of the group because 8 is both his lucky number and represents his birthday – 08/08/1998.
He had previously told fans that he felt he needed to slow down and wait for something meaningful before getting inked more on himself, which made us wonder what could have more meaning than a real sound wave of his parents’ voice ?!
Harry Potter inspiration
After a Shawn Mendes asked fans to suggest ideas for his next tattoo, one responded, taking inspiration from Harry Potter, writing, “You should get one of these.
Teasing us all, Shawn the Quote tweeted the message and said, “You’re right, I should.” without adding any further information, will any of these images actually be Shawn’s next tattoo?