Although she is young, Cher Lloyd has already racked up an impressive amount of ink. “I just want to be covered,” the 20-year-old singer has stated. Cher 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.”
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.”
In January 2011 she had a small question mark tattooed on her right wrist.
In March 2011 Cher got a pair of tattoos in memory of her uncle Edward ‘Boo Boo’ Smith, who died of an accidental overdose in September 2010 when he was only 34 years old. “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”
Cher added a peace sign next to the question mark later in March 2011.
Cher incorporated the bird, peace sign, and question mark tattoos into a partial sleeve in May 2011, when she surrounded them with butterflies.
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 fiancé Craig Monk — with a red heart. Cher and Craig became engaged in January 2012.
On the back side of her wrist is another red heart, one of four on her body, but this one is part of a set of symbols. Cher has the suits of a deck of cards: hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. 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 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.”
Cher 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’.” Cher ended up getting these words tattooed along the side of her arm instead, probably due to the length of the quote.
On her forearm is the birdcage which matches the bird on her right arm. Cher got these tattoos in memory of her deceased uncle.
On the side of Cher’s arm, she tattooed ‘You are my sunshine / My only sunshine’. I assume that this tattoo is for her fiancé (boyfriend at the time) Craig Monk, to whom she tweeted these lyrics a few months later.
At the same time, Cher got a little letter ‘C’ in a heart, which seems to be a more obvious tribute to Craig.
In July 2011 Cher added an intricate design of a sugar skull and rose on her upper arm. The skull has a diamond on its forehead, glowing red hearts in its eyes, and a single gold tooth.
The most recent piece on this arm is a crying eye on her wrist. Swirls fill the space between this and the birdcage above it.
On Cher’s left hand is a treble clef surrounded by tiny music notes. The placement of this tattoo is similar to her X-Factor mentor Cheryl Cole‘s tribal hand tattoo.
In January 2011, Cher tattooed a diamond on her right hand between her thumb and index finger. This tattoo is said to represent her success on the X-Factor.
She inked her love for her father in March 2011 with “Daddy” written on her right hand in cursive. Next to the ‘D’ is a little red heart.
Later that month, 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.
At the same time Cher tattooed a bow on her knuckle on the ring finger of her right hand.
On the inside of Cher’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.
One of Cher’s oldest tattoos is the one on her lower back. “I’ve got a big ribbon, like a bow,” she says. This tattoo is not shown very often, but it can be seen in her “Swagger Jagger” music video.
Cher debuted a tattoo of a stick figure on her ankle at the Brit Awards in February 2012.
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