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.
Kesha got this tattoo of a smiley face on her right middle finger from artist Derrick Snodgrass on November 1, 2016 during the same session as her narwhal tattoo. She explained on her instagram that the tattoo represents her personal happiness:
MOTHERFUCKERS CANT TOUCH MY HAPPINESSSSSS. BOOM. @oblivioussurroundings thanks buddy for the happy little finger tattoo! and the happy day! ur the best.
India Westbrooks got this tattoo on the side of her chest in January 2017. It has six vertical lines of numbers which are cryptograms representing letters in the alphabet. The numbers 25, 15, 21; 3, 1, 14, 20; 2, 18, 5, 1, 11; 13, 5; 2, 5; 8, 1, 16, 16, 25 translate to “You Can’t Break Me. Be Happy.”
Albanian pop singer Era Istrefi has a tattoo of a smiley face on her left hand between her thumb and forefinger. She shared a picture of the fresh ink, which was done by artist Klajdi Pipero in April 2015, and captioned it “You’re not fully dressed unless you wear a smile.”
Justine Skye has a tattoo on the back of her right upper arm of two face — one sad and one happy. “Laugh now Cry later,” writes artist Soto Gangster. Emotive faces are one of Soto’s signature designs and she has done similar designs for many clients. Justine got this tattoo in November 2016 in the same session as a barbed wire tattoo on her finger.
Melanie Martinez has a few tattoos of drawings by Masami Yanagida, but this one on her left calf was the first. It’s a little girl jumping in the air but her head is cut off and roses are spilling out of her neck. The girl’s blouse says “For Joy” as a reference to the expression “jump for joy.” Melanie went to artist Gary Royal in October 2015 who turned the drawing ink permanent body art. They made some changes to the colors, most noticeably making the skirt pink. (more…)