Hayley Williams Tattoos

This zig-zag line on Hayley Williams’ left wrist resembles two teeth with a gap in the middle. She got the tattoo in May 2017 to celebrate the release of Paramore’s album After Laughter.

Hayley’s gap-toothed smile became a symbol of the band during the After Laughter album cycle because their single “Fake Happy” features the lines “If I smile with my teeth / Bet you believe me /If I smile with my teeth / I think I believe me.” The song is about Hayley trying to appear happy despite her inner turmoil.

She took a particular liking to one fan’s cartoon-style drawing of the band where she appears to be faking a smile. She started spamming her instagram profile in March 2017 with various croppings of the drawing showing just her face and just her teeth. It was her way of teasing about the song, which hadn’t been released yet. Fans went went wild with the “Awkward Hayley” drawing, turning it into a meme. The band even put the two-toothed smile on their stage trunk during Tour One.


Hayley Williams got the letters “AL” tattooed on the back of her left wrist in honor of her band Paramore’s fifth studio album After Laughter. She got the tattoo a few days after the album’s May 12, 2017 release date. Fans got their first look at the new tattoo during Paramore’s first television performance of the album’s lead single “Hard Times” at Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 17, 2017.


Hayley Williams celebrated Valentine’s Day by getting a tattoo of her husband’s initials “CEG” for Chad Everett Gilbert. It is on her left hand with one letter on each finger. She stopped by Victory Tattoo in her hometown of Nashville, TN on February 14th 2015 and got inked by artist Mia Graffam. Hayley tweeted “Happy Valentine’s! A ring ain’t even permanent enough for this love 😜 Thx 2 my friend @miagraffam at #VictoryTattoo”

Chad and his band New Found Glory were on tour in Japan at the time, but a few weeks later he visited the same artist and got a tattoo on his thumb of “HW” for Hayley Williams and an X for his straight-edge (substance-free) lifestyle. “Got my thumb tattooed! Two things that changed my life for the better in one. By @miagraffam” he wrote.

The tattoos came shortly after they announced their engagement on December 25th, 2014. They have been in a relationship since early 2008 and were married on February 20, 2016.


Hayley Williams got a tattoo on her thigh while on tour in Australia in February 2013. The inking was done by artist Aureole at Lust For Life Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia.

The tattoo is a hand holding an envelope to symbolize relationships with loved ones while on the road. Hayley explains: “To do what we love we miss the ones we love. Long distance letters and phone calls and anything to make the distance disappear! That’s what this means to me.”

It’s done in a traditional style in black and red inks and surrounded by leaves and ribbons for decoration. (more…)

Hayley Williams' TCB lightning bolt Elvis tattoo

Hayley Williams has a tattoo on her elbow of a lightning bolt with the letters “TCB” for “Takin’ Care of Business.” This was the motto of Elvis Presley and his backing band was named the TCB band. Elvis wore a necklace with the TCB lightning bolt logo, and Hayley wears a replica necklace which says “TLC.” She writes “Finally got my TCB today. Been wearing the necklace for years… All the men in my family have TCB (taking care of business) and the women have TLC (tendler love and care). Now I’ve got both… And one of them is permanent! Think Elvis would be proud?”

The tattoo was done at Kat Von D’s shop High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood by artist Dan Smith in August 2012. (more…)

Hayley Williams has quote on her left forearm which says “Accentuate the positive / Eliminate the negative.” It is written in capital letters in an uneven handwriting. These are lyrics from the 1944 song “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” written by Johnny Mercer.

Hayley got this tattoo done by artist Dan Smith in March 2012. Because Paramore wasn’t touring at the time, no one saw the tattoo until Hayley shared a picture on paramore.net in May 2012. When she finally revealed the ink, she wrote “Kept this one to myself for a while. A Johnny Mercer lyric/life philosophy. Thx @dansmithism!”

In January 2012, Hayley Williams got a large tattoo on her left side of flowers done in a brightly colored traditional style. She says that the tattoo “represents me and my 2 sisters. Each unique and yet still growing together.” Hayley is the oldest child in her family and has two younger sisters Erica and McKayla. (more…)

The three members of Paramore – singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and bassist Jeremy Davis – all got matching tattoos in August 2011 to represent their unity as a band. Hayley and Jeremy both got it on their wrists while Taylor’s is a bit further up his arm, closer to his elbow.

Explaining the design, Hayley says “we just really wanted something simple that describes the three of us and the people around us.” The band drew a number of designs and decided on this one of a black rectangle with three white bars to represent the three band members. “It’s so simple, it really couldn’t get any more simple, but that’s the point,” Hayley explains. This logo was then used as the cover for Paramore’s Singles 7″ box set and digital release, the band’s first release a three-piece unit.

In a KROQ interview, Hayley joked that they can’t add any new members to the band because of the tattoos: “we just got tattoos that have only three white bars in them, so if we ever add any new members we’re screwed!” (more…)