Adele has at least 8 known tattoos:
Adele got three tattoos done in one sitting by tattoo artist Bang Bang in June 2013. She got her son’s name “Angelo” on her right hand, “Paradise” on her left hand, and a number 5 on her finger. The finger tattoo has not been found by the public (and we’ve searched hard for it!), but Bang Bang revealed it’s existence in an interview with Yahoo: “She got the number five on the inside of one of her fingers, and I’m not sure if pop culture has picked up on that one yet. She got three that day.” Adele already knew what tattoos she wanted when she showed up in Bang Bang’s studio and she worked together with the artist on deciding the font, thickness, and other subtleties. She also took hold of the gun herself and tattooed a number “21” on Bang Bang’s leg.
Adele took time off between her albums 21 and 25 in order to take care of Angelo, who is her first child. But now that she back in the business she says that her son keeps her grounded. She explained to Today that she wasn’t worried about going on tour because she and her son will remain extremely close:
“My son comes everywhere with me. We’re all good. He’s the first person that I see in the morning and the last person that I see at night and vice-versa. So we’re all good. I make time for him like I always have. That’s one of the main reasons that I’ve been away for so long is because I was like ‘no, my kid is more important.’ My kid comes first and my music comes second. And I come second.”
This “Paradise” tattoo on Adele’s left hand goes with the “Angelo” tattoo on her right hand, symbolizing that her son Angelo is her paradise. She had both tattoos done in the same session in June 2016, but at the time artist Bang Bang only released a photo of the “Paradise” tattoo since Adele was still keeping her son’s name private. The matching “Angelo” tattoo remained unseen for quite a while as Adele was taking a break from music at the time.
Lana Del Rey has a “Paradise” tattoo in the same spot on her hand which she has had for years, but Adele didn’t intend to copy. She says that she didn’t know about Lana Del Rey’s tattoo when she got hers and only learned after the fact. “She probably thinks I’m, like, some mad fangirl,” Adele joked in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I mean, I am a Lana fangirl, but not a crazy one.” (more…)
Adele has added to the collection of tattoos on her wrist on three separate occasions. First were the three dots which she got as a matching tattoo with Joy Williams from the indie-folk duo The Civil Wars.
Next she visited artist Tanja Nixx who gave her a mimimalist coin design which is the largest of the tattoos on this wrist. It is a simple circle with an outline of a heart and the words “ONE PENNY” for her mother Penny Adkins.
Most recently, she added a date inside of the coin. The numbers are hard to read, but it is thought to say “1921” for her first two albums 19 and 21, which are both named after her age at the time.