Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson have developed a close relationship while being judges on The X Factor. So close, that they decided to give each other matching 'X' tattoos, backstage at The X Factor and supervised by a professional tattoo artist. In the picture you see the result, Robbie's tattoo on the left and Louis tattoo on the right. Robbie was afraid that he fucked up the tattoo, since he dug too deep and Louis moved, but in the end they were both happy with their new tattoos.
Motorhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser (Lemmy) Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. One of their most famous songs is Ace of Spades. Robbie has a tattoo of the symbol on his right hand, between his thumb and index finger.
Tommy Cooper (1921-1984) was a British comedian and magician. He was famed for his red fez, which Robbie has tattooed on his left wrist.
Just below the Take That logo you can see the letters D and E, the initials of David Enthoven. He was Robbie's long-term manager who died at the age of 72 in 2016.
Sir Roger Moore was an English actor, best known for his role as James Bond. After his death on May 23, 2017 Robbie got a tattoo of the logo of the television series 'The Saint', another significant role of Moore's.
The Two Ronnies was a comedy sketch show of the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, the two Ronnies of the title. Robbie says growing up watching them on television has influenced his life a lot. Robbie's tattoo consists of two pairs of glasses, recognising the iconic eyewear of the legendary double act.
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were an iconic British comic act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television. Robbie says they were a big influence in his youth.
Robbie has a teddy bear with a letter T on its belly, for his daughter Theodora (Teddy) Rose. He says she saved his life in multiple ways.
Robbie and his ancestors are from Staffordshire. Robbie also chose the Staffordshire knot as the logo for his clothes brand 'Farrell'.
Sigils are believed to summon angels or demons, in this case to summon the Archangel Michael. This sigil is believed to be used to protect oneself against evil forces.
Robbie supports the theory that UFOs have visited the earth with pyramids as their landing platform.
The A on his right ring finger represents the name of his wife, Ayda, and is in place of wearing a wedding ring.
In 2009 Robbie met up with the other ex-members of Take That to bury the hatchet. That went so well that he decided to have a tattoo of the Take That logo: he said it was a part of his life and always will be.
After meeting his wife Ayda, he got a tattoo with the letters L-O-V-E, each letter on a finger on his left hand. At first he had a rectangle around the letter L, to indicate he was a learner in love. A few years later he had the rectangle removed.
Robbie has a tattoo of the coat of arms of Burslem, one of the six towns of the city Stoke-on-Trent. Robbie grew up in this area.
On his neck Robbie has an Eye of Horus tattoo, to protect him from evil spirits. Horus is an Egyptian deity, most often depicted as a falcon and known for his omniscient eye.
Robbie has tattoos in Old English saying 'Mother' on the back of his lower right arm and 'I Love You' on the back of his left lower arm.
The number 1023 represents the initials of Robbie's best friend Jonathan Wilkes; J being the 10th letter of the alphabet and W the 23rd letter. Jonathan has the number 1823 tattooed on his thigh, representing RW.
On his chest Robbie has the French words 'Chacun a son gout' tattooed. He thought it was very painful, every 15 minutes he needed a break because of the pain. Years later his (French speaking) wife Ayda told him the saying is actually 'A chacun son gout' meaning 'To each his own (taste)'.
The two swallows represent freedom and loyalty. Robbie says the birds also represent his female fans.
Below both 'Jack' and 'Farrell' Robbie has a tattoo of a heart (one on each wrist).
Behind his right ear he has the letter 'B' tattooed, a homage to his late grandmother Betty.
The notes and words of the first line of the chorus of the Beatles song 'All You Need is Love' are tattooed on his lower back.
Robbie has 'Jack' tattooed on one wrist and 'Farrell' on the other, a reference to his late grandfather.
This tattoo shows Jesus on a cross with the Virgin Mary below it and some angels around them. It features the name 'Jack', a homage to his late grandfather Jack Farrell.
In rehab Robbie learned the prayer 'Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference'. Since Robbie is a big fan of Elvis Presley, he devotes the prayer to him. Robbie also says the prayer together with his band before going on stage, ending with 'Thank you very much' in Elvis style.
Born to be Mild is a variation of the English song title 'Born to Be Wild' by The Troggs.
The lion's head is a clear representation of a lion's characteristics: strength, manliness and virility.
The Maori tribal was tattooed by New Zealand artist Te Rangitu Netana. The tattoo is based on a shark and the sea. The shark protects Robbie against himself, and the sea represents his swiftness of mind.
On Robbie's right thigh is a Pagan Celtic cross meant for protection; Robbie clarifies in an interview that he has the devil inside him. He got this, his first tattoo, while he was a member of Take That.