Hayley Williams’ Tattoos
Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams has ten tattoos:
- a hand holding an envelope on her thigh
- Elvis’ TCB logo above her elbow
- a quote on her forearm
- flowers on her side
- Paramore’s bars logo on her wrist
- a cross on her thigh
- a heart on her wrist
- a cloud behind her ear
- a pink razor on her ankle
- a patched heart on her ankle
Hand & Envelope
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.
TCB Lightning Bolt
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.
Accentuate the Positive
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!”
Flower Side Piece
In January 2012, Hayley Williams got her largest tattoo to date. It is a sidepiece of flowers done in a brightly colored traditional style. Hayley 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.
Paramore Bars Logo
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!”
Heart Wrist Tattoo
In December 2010, Hayley Williams and her best friend Dakotah Rae got matching tattoos on their wrists of a tiny outline of a heart.
Hayley Williams has a tattoo of a solid black cross tattoo on the front of her right thigh. She got this tattoo in December 2010 while guitarist Taylor York got a tattoo on his arm. Hayley’s Christian faith is a big part of her life, and she says that got this tattoo because “My faith is the only thing that never fails me.”
Warped Tour Tattoo
Hayley Williams has a tattoo behind her left ear to commemorate her times on the Warped Tour. Paramore have played the tour in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011. Hayley got this tattoo in July 2009, shortly after Paramore played a surprise set at the Cleveland Warped Tour 2009 show. During the Cleveland show in 2007 a huge storm occurred right before Paramore’s set. The tattoo is a cloud and lightning bolt with “Warped!” written above it as a reminder of that experience.
Hayley writes that this tattoo represents “My <3 for warped tour. (minus all the horrific bands on this year). 2 years ago in Cleveland we almost died in the storm on Warped!!! and our fans stuck around and waited for us for at least an hour. We went on anyways and played one of the most fun sets of the whole tour. So memorable. Then this year, we got to surprise Warped in Cleveland. The weather was perfect. I wanted something to remind me of some of my best Warped memories. No more “tour/bro” tats for me after that one!”
‘Shave Me’ Tattoo
Hayley’s first two tattoos are both on the inside of her right ankle. Both tattoos were revealed on Paramore’s South American tour in October 2008, though it is not known exactly when she had them done.
Hayley got a tattoo of a pink razor with a banner that says “Shave Me” because she rarely shaves while on tour. She told Spin, “On the Warped Tour a few years ago, if I wore shorts or if I wore my pants rolled up, someone by the end of the day would have written ‘Shave me’ on my ankle. So I was like, ‘I’m going to have to get that tattooed so you guys won’t have to do it anymore.’”
The tattoo has a deeper meaning than being just a reminder to shave more — it’s a reminder of the touring lifestyle and being on the road. Hayley writes, “I have this ‘reminder’ tattoo on my leg. Sort of a tribute to my days of touring and living like one of the boys. It says ‘shave me’ in a neat little banner… but I don’t think it’s going to help this time!”
Patched Heart Tattoo
Hayley Williams’ other ankle tattoo is a heart with patches right below and behind the razor. Hayley hasn’t spoken much about this tattoo other than to say that she got it while on tour with New Found Glory. “This is from a tour that I did,” she says, “our band wasn’t on it, but I just hung out. With New Found Glory, I mean all kinds of bands, a lot of my friends.”
It seems that a group of people on the tour – New Found Glory’s fall 2008 “Easycore” headlining tour – all got these matching tattoos together. Above the heart are the letters “HHT.” We thought for a long time that it said “HHTM,” but artist Shauncey Fury who did these tattoos cleared this up in a comment in which he wrote: “I actually did the patched heart on Hayley. I was on that tour and we all just got a hurtin’ heart. The letters are HHT for hurtin’ hearts tour. The “M” is actually just a burst behind the right side of the heart.” Another commenter explained the origins of the phrase: “‘Hurtin’ hearts’ is a term Ian from NFG would say when people were being mean or rude to each other on the tour.”
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Photo credits: 1: Jade Field, 2 & 9: paramore.net, 3 5 & 7: pmorefrance.free.fr, 4 & 10: unknown, 6: pmoreonline.com, 8: Estefani Medeiros, 11 & 12: tumblr
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