After going shirtless for new music video Shape Of You. Ed gets tattoos to remember special times – like performing in new places or releasing a successful single
SOME people collect souvenirs to remember special times – Ed Sheeran gets a tattoo.
The Thinking Out Loud singer, who has just released a new album Divide, has more than 60 inkings – and he hasn’t stopped yet.
Ed Sheeran has revealed his 60 tattoos in his new music video Credit: ZOE RAIN
Each one holds a personal meaning for Ed, 26, who tells The Sun the secrets behind his brand new inkings.
The colourful tatts on his arms and chest were exposed in his video for recent chart-topping single Shape Of You, but Ed has vowed never to ink his face or neck.
He said: “You will never see them in a suit. I want to get married and look great. But if I hadn’t have got them out in this music video then no one would know I even had them.
He exposed his colourful tattoos in the video for new single Shape Of You Credit: Scope Features
Ed says he will always make sure his tatts aren’t visible in a suit as he wants to look smart on his wedding day Credit: YouTube
“I know people are getting up in arms about them but you don’t see them ever, they are always covered – apart from my arms. You will not see any tattoos in a suit.”
Here, Ed reveals the significance of his tattoos…
ED: “It’s a little broken love heart with a no entry sign for a song on the album (Hearts Don’t Break Around Here).”
TO mark his three sell-out gigs at Wembley in July 2015. Ed says: “The England crest is three lions, but I got one instead.”
ED says: “I had Rixton on tour and I said, ‘Let’s get a tattoo – we should get Ladz On Tour because we are lads on tour.’”
ANOTHER big crowd-pleaser. Ed unveiled this tatt of a koala climbing a tree on tour in Oz during a live performance in Perth.Credit: Getty Images
ED baffled fans in May 2012 when he tweeted: “Just got a tattoo of a goat.” I mean, he’s not even an Aries – he’s Aquarius.
IN honour of his dear old mum, Ed recreated the Mother And Child drawing by her favourite artist, Henri Matisse. Credit: Getty Images – WireImage
THE cute inking of a teddy bear, just below his family tree tattoo, is a nod to Ed’s childhood nickname “Teddy”.
ED got this tattoo of a family tree to show that, at heart, he is a family man. He unveiled it on Instagram in 2013.
A GREEN gecko has been gracing Ed’s forearm since 2014. Lizards are believed to represent wisdom and good fortune.
THIS Gaelic lyric is from his mate Foy Vance’s song Guiding Light: “When I need to get home you’re my guiding light.”
WHO says glasses aren’t specsy? To mark the day he got his first pair, Ed had this inking on his right forearm.
ON The Late Late Show in February 2015, John Mayer inked “Kool Guy” on Ed’s arm and was given a cat tatt on his chest.
AS a permanent reminder of his 2013 tour of New Zealand he got a tattoo of the country’s emblem – a Kiwi bird.Credit: Getty Images
THERE is nothing like a nice cup of tea. Ed shows he enjoys a brew with this cuppa, which he got in November 2012.
HE got the Prince part of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air logo inked on tour with Rizzle Kicks in Philadelphia in autumn 2012.
BLUE angel wing is to celebrate the first time Ed’s debut single The A Team was played on radio in America, in May 2012.
THE delicate green leaves inked under and surrounding his “Festina Lente” tattoo symbolise the circle of life.Credit: Getty Images – FilmMagic
IN honour of his 2012 tour with Snow Patrol he got this snowflake. Ed later introduced singer Johnny McDaid to Courteney Cox. Credit: Getty Images – FilmMagic
ONCE upon a time, this poor paw-print was all alone – it was Ed’s first-ever trip to a tattoo parlour when he turned 18.Credit: Getty Images – FilmMagic
A JIGSAW of life, each piece represents a mate who has it inked on their own arm. The empty one is for Ed’s future wife.
THIS Starry Night artwork by Van Gogh recalls the song Vincent by Don McLean, which Ed covered in May 2012.Credit: Getty Images
“YOUR Name” is a reference to his 2011 song Wake Me Up, when he sings: “I should ink my skin with your name.”Credit: Not known refer to copyright holder
THE symbols for play-pause-fast-forward-rewind he got in Utah. It has since inspired memorabilia, such as jewellery. Credit: Getty Images
STREETS lyric: “I came to this world with nothing. And I’ll leave with nothing but love. Everything else is just borrowed.”Credit: Getty Images
A SAUCY inking for his Ohio tour in 2012. Ed tweeted: “No one is too good for ketchup. Ketchup is too good for you.”
ED got this maple leaf in June 2012, ahead of his performance at a music awards do, in homage to his Canadian fans.Credit: Getty Images – WireImage
ED shows off his yellow Lego man on a visit to Legoland in California in February 2013. It refers to his hit Lego House.Credit: Getty Images – WireImage
WHEN Ed was a lad of 11 he got the autograph of his hero singer Damien Rice – a signature he later had inked on his arm.Credit: Not known refer to copyright holder
ED told GQ: “This was the first time I played in Japan. I think I know what it means but it might mean Yo Sushi or something.”Credit: Getty Images
HE had a bloomin’ good time playing at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2013 and marked it with a rose tattoo.
BLOOD red ink spells out the title of Ed’s Brit-winning single Bloodstream – taken from his album X – on his arm.
WE’VE got Ed’s number. This is thought to mark his EP No 5 Collaborations Project, back in January 2011.Credit: Getty Images
THERE is no danger of Ed forgetting the title of his 2011 debut album – all he has to do is look at this Plus sign on his wrist. Credit: Not known refer to copyright holder
THE iconic Rolling Stones lips is one of Ed’s most recent tattoos, in memory of when he opened for the band in 2015.
And these are the tatts you can’t see…
A Grammy Award
Ducky – from the film Land Before Time
Blinky – the three-eyed fish from The Simpsons
Cherry tree – for his song Perfect, an ode to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn
6 St – Denver street sign where he wrote his song Photograph
C.F. Martin & Co – a US guitar firm
Red – a tribute to Taylor Swift, who he supported on her Red tour which helped him crack the US
Shark – legendary British artist Damien Hirst designed a shark tattoo especially for his mate Ed
School logo – Ed has the emblem of Thomas Mills High School, where he was a pupil, above his belly-button. He said: “I’d like to send my kids to the same school”
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