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Although she is young, Cher Lloyd has already racked up an impressive amount of ink. “I just want to be covered,” the pop singer has stated. She already had 3 tattoos when she first auditioned for X-Factor. At the time she was only 16, below the legal age for getting a tattoo in the UK. That didn’t stop her from adding on more tattoos, many before her 18th birthday. “It just carried on from there. I got a bit addicted with it, and just kept going and going. But they all mean something to me, I don’t just get them for the sake of it.”
Cher now has 21 tattoos and keeps adding more, all of which she loves. When asked about her favorite tattoo, Cher responded “I don’t have a favorite tattoo. I like all of my tattoos.”
Despite criticism, Cher is quite set in her decision to be inked. “I don’t think I’ll regret any of them,” she says. “I know people say ‘what about when you’re old and you’re covered in tattoos?’ — so what. Anyway, in time to come everyone will have them and it will be all the trend, won’t it? ‘Cuz you don’t know how the times are gonna change.”
She appreciates the expressive nature of tattoos. “I think tattoos, it’s like artwork,” she says. “It expresses a lot, and that’s why I have them.” Cher’s tattoos tell her story and she says that when she’s older “Then it’s going to be like a piece of artwork that people can look at and see all the crazy things I did in my life.”
Cher Lloyd got a pair of tattoos in memory of her uncle Edward ‘Boo Boo’ Smith, who died of an accidental overdose when he was only 34 years old. Boo Boo passed away in September 201o while Cher was competing on The X Factor, and she got the tattoos in March 2011 which would have been his birthday. “I got a tattoo in memory of my uncle which is a bird flying out of a cage,” she says. On her right forearm is a bird carrying a ribbon with the word ‘Boo’, and in the same location on her left arm is a birdcage with an open door. She shared a picture of the ink of her twitter with the caption “Happy birthday uncle boo, missing you. New tattoo. Xxxx”
Only two months later, she got a huge butterfly tattoo on her forearm which surrounds the bird but does not cover it.
Cher Lloyd got the question mark tattoo on her wrist in January 2011 and the peace sign shortly after in March 2011. She filled in her arm with a butterfly partial-sleeve in May 2011. She also added her husband Craig’s name in May 2012, after these photos was taken.
Cher Lloyd has the lyrics “You are my sunshine, My only sunshine” tattooed on her left forearm. We believe that this tattoo is for her husband (boyfriend at the time) Craig Monk, to whom she tweeted these lyrics a few months later. Along with the lyrics, she also got a little heart right above it with a letter “C” for Craig.
Cher Lloyd’s very first tattoo was a treble clef surrounded by tiny music notes. She got the tattoo on the back of her right hand on her 16th birthday. The placement of this tattoo is similar to her X-Factor mentor Cheryl Cole‘s tribal hand tattoo.
Cher Lloyd got this rose and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) sugar skull tattoo on her left arm in July 2011. The design is very complex. The face of the skull is covered in swirls and flowers with a diamond on the forehead. The nose is shaped like an upside-down heart while the round eyes have red hearts in the center. A single gold tooth adds another pop of color. (more…)
On the inside of Cher Lloyd’s right index finger is “SHH…” This tattoo idea was made famous by Rihanna and has also been copied by Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen. The premise is that the tattoo will be revealed when you hold your finger to your lips to shush someone, though in Cher’s case it is mostly seen when she holds a microphone. (more…)
In March 2011, Cher got a second red heart tattoo – this time on her ring finger on her left hand. This is the finger on which a wedding ring is worn. Perhaps this tattoo represents her love for her future husband? We can only speculate as Cher has not spoken about this tattoo. However she has since gotten married and the tattoo is partially covered by her engament ring and wedding band. (more…)
In May 2012, Cher Lloyd added two tattoos on her left wrist. On the inside of her wrist is “Craig” — the first name of her husband Craig Monk — with a red heart. Cher and Craig became engaged in January 2012 and were married in November 2013.
Cher Lloyd and her husband Craig Monk got matching tattoos in May 2012, at the same that Cher got his name tatted on her wrist. The couple both have the suits of a deck of cards — hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs — on the backs of their right wrists. Craig also has a tattoo of Cher’s name on his forearm.
Cher told us that she didn’t want to get tattoos on the outsides of her arms because she thought that it was more feminine to do just the inside, but I guess she made an exception for the wrist!
Cher Lloyd has the Tracy Chapman song title ‘All that you have is your soul’ tattooed on her arm as a tribute to her mother. “That’s for my mom,” Cher says, “it’s her favorite song in the world.”
She announced her plans for this tattoo shortly after leaving the X-Factor: “The first thing I’m going to do is get a new tattoo. I’m going to get a lyric from my mum’s favourite song tattooed on my wrist. It’s going to say, ‘All that you have is your soul’.” She ended up getting these words tattooed along the side of her arm instead, probably due to the length of the quote. (more…)
The first tattoo that Cher Lloyd got on her right arm says ‘Bosillo lleno de sueños,’ which is Spanish for ‘pocketful of dreams.’ This phrase comes from Alicia Keys’ song “Empire State Of Mind (Part II).” Her ex-boyfriend told the press “She doesn’t speak Spanish, she just thought it looked pretty and loved that song.”
“Empire State Of Mind” was one of the songs that Cher performed while she was on X-Factor, though she had the tattoo before the show. On X-Factor she talked about why she relates to the song. “The lyrics basically explain how if someone wants something so bad, you have to get to the right places get it. And it’s basically the story of me being here [on X-Factor] today.”