It’s inconceivable that I have almost reached 80 posts in my tattoo blog without featuring my favorite punk princess, Hayley Williams.
The fiery-haired lead singer of Paramore with the fiery personality was always destined to get inked, and she sure has a lot of them. As of this posting, she has 9 tattoos and, unlike my previous features with Jordan Hinson and Janel Parrish, I have been able to find pictures of all them.
As a teenager, she started Paramore with brothers Zac and Josh Farro, as well as Jeremy Davis. After some early recordings, and making certain that the record label didn’t try to turn her into a solo pop princess, Hayley struck it big with her bandmates in 2007 with the release of “Riot!”. That album saw the release of several Top 40 singles, such as “Misery Business”, “crushcrushcrush”, and “That’s What You Get”, causing the band to viewed as one of the true finds of 2007 and making Williams the new ‘It Girl’ of the music industry.
In 2008, they got more exposure with their song “Decode” being used as the theme song for the first of the “Twilight” films (I won’t hold that against them). As the band’s profile continued to rise, so did Hayley’s. It 2010, she became a solo standout with her collaboration on the song “Airplanes” with B.O.B. (which failed to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 only because of a little Eminem/Rihanna song called “Love the Way You Lie”… you may have heard of it).
Late in 2010, the Farro brothers left Paramore under some controversy. Each side had a different opinion on what took place. But, in truth, it was really the result of young people having the kinds of falling out that young people have. The band is preparing for its next album sometime in 2012.
Now, on to the REAL reason to feature Hayley…. Her tattoos :-D. As mentioned earlier, she has 9 tattoos (although, I wouldn’t put it past her to have added some since I began drafting this post). Now, when someone gets this many tattoos, some of them just aren’t going to be as appealing as others. In Hayley’s case, some of her ink has just left me scratching my head while the others are very visually pleasing.
One of the first tattoos noticed on Hayley was this colorful flower and razor design on her ankle with the banner saying “shave” on it. Hayley said she did this to remind herself to shave her legs. It’s a foolish, youthful tattoo…. but, it’s also colorful and humorous. So, I’m cool with it.
A little later, she added a patched heart design on the same ankle, beneath the razor:
Another one of Hayley’s earlier tattoos was a commemoration of her and her band’s time on the Van’s Warped Tour. Behind her left ear, she has a thundercloud with a lightning strike and “WARPED” written above it. It’s a cute little design:
Hayley did get a tribute to her strong Christian faith by putting a solid black cross on her right thigh. I’m not a fan of this one simply because of the design and placement. I think a cross works better elsewhere (like a side of the leg or on an arm). I also think choosing a design other than solid black would have been better. She could have simplified it with a just a cross outline, or embellished with more intricate work (Once again, just my opinion on its aesthetics, that’s all):
Hayley then got a little heart on her right wrist, followed closely be a three-barred design to represent the unity of the three current members of Paramore:
On the same arm, she then got the only one of her nine tattoos that I truly don’t like. It’s the phrase “accentuate the positive. eliminate the negative” (Ironic saying, given my opinion on it). I have no objection to the saying. It’s just that the tattoo, itself, looks like a messy, childlike scribling. I have no doubt that was what Hayley was going for, but it I just don’t think it looks good:
Now we will follow my least favorite Hayley tattoo with the one I absolutely love. Along her left side, she got this beautiful floral tattoo done. The lines are nice, the design is stunning, and the color really stands out. In addition to being a beautiful design, it also has a nice meaning. According to Hayley, the three different flowers represent her and her younger sisters, “each unique, yet still growing together”:
Then, there is one of her most recent ones, a lightning bolt near her left elbow with the letters TCB surrounding it. The letters stand for Elvis Presley’s motto “Takin’ Care of Business”. I also included a picture of her having it done (which, as you all know, is a preference of mine):
You can follow Hayley and her band from their official website:
and, you can follow Hayley in the Twitterverse: