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Adam Lambert’s Tattoo Stories

Chasing The Original High | “This is probably the most relevant one. This is the last one, when we did this, it’s ‘chasing the original high.”

Mosaic artwork & upside-down triangle | “It’s just like a really cool pattern. I’d seen a lot of pattern work he had done and so we just looked at some different options and I found one that I liked and we did it.”“An upside-down triangle represents gay.“

Greek God tattoo & Baroque-inspired design | "I got this in Hong Kong. It’s kind of like Dionysus, sort of. It’s like a Greek myth. And that was the God of – there’s a lot of different interpretations of it. It’s like kind of a she, kind of a he. It’s kind of like whatever, because Dionysus was like the God of parties and good times, and art and creativity, and wine. Then he’s blowing this air, or water, rather. Then this girl named Kim in LA created all of this other art to kind of connect everything.” He adds, “I was really inspired by like baroque imagery, like old, kind of like … a lot of stuff you see in Paris when you walk around. A lot of the architecture and the carvings and things like that.”

Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram | “I feel like music has this thing in life, where it can like alter anything. It can alter your mood, like no matter what it is. If you’re having a bad day, you can put on certain music that makes you feel better. If you’re stressed, and you just need to relax, you can put on relaxing music. You can put on sexy time music. You can put on workout music that motivates you. It changes you. And this says it soothes the savage beast, so it can kind of calm the fire inside, or whatever.”

Egyptian Eye, Infinity, Key | “My first tattoo was this Eye of Horus Egyptian thing, and I got it actually right before I started ’[American] Idol.’ I always have … like I make up a reason for things, and I was like, 'yeah, I need like an eye of protection, because I’m going to be seen on camera, and this will protect me.’ And I also like really love Egypt. I’ve always loved Egypt.” - “That to me kind of symbolized the exchange you have with an audience in performing. It’s like an energy thing. You throw them something, they throw something back to you. It’s this like … I don’t know, it feels kind of like an infinity loop.” - “This one, the key, it was from a piece of art that I bought from a friend, this guy named Hans. And this was one of the elements in the piece, that I thought was just really cool, and I was like, 'I’m gonna tattoo that. I like that key.’ So I did!”

Moons, Mosaic, etc | “I was in London last year rehearsing with them [Queen] and I got this one. This guy named Maxime, and he works at a shop called Sang Blue in London and his stuff is so cool. I started following him on Instagram and I was like, 'what is this guy’s deal?’ I love his stuff. And so I sat with him and he … Like he generates all of this on Adobe Illustrator on his computer. I did it with him. We came up with a design we liked and then he prints it out on the contact paper and puts it on and then tattoos it. And when he designs it, it’s all just line work and then when he puts it on the skin he kind of like, does a lot of the shading and a lot of the nuances by hand.”

Crescent Moon | “It’s a little crescent. Just, like, for the moon. I like the nighttime. It’s the right time.”

Q tattoo | Adam had to commemorate going on tour with the guys by getting some ink. So he got a “Q” for Queen on his right arm, according to Adam, is possibly one of his most meaningful tattoos.