The 1975 Tattoo Meaning, Design & Ideas

1975 is an indie-rock band born out of Manchester, England. This band had a big following which, in turn, led to some pretty cool tattoos in honor of the band. The 1975 tattoo is an obvious favorite among the fans of this creative band. Their music spans from fun and upbeat to something that you just want to put the headphones on and listen to in bed on a rainy day.

The band’s popularity has led to The 1975 Tattoo being a very popular band tattoo in shops in England and the United States. Behind hit songs like ‘Girls’ and ‘Chocolate’, 1975 has blown up in recent years. This tattoo has a lot of meaning to the fans that are donning it so, we’ll go over some of the history of the band and some different ways people have gotten tribute tattoos to The 1975.

Let’s talk a little bit of history behind The 1975. Matthew “Matty” Healy met his bandmates Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann, and George Daniel in high school in 2002. The guys started out playing local shows organized by local council workers, to arenas this day. They have been playing music together since they were about 15 years old which shows how tight the group is over 15 years later.

Before becoming The 1975, the band had other names including; Talkhouse, the Slowdown, Bigsleep, Me and You Versus Them, Drive Like I Do and Forever Drawing Six.

The first EP release by The 1975 was called Facedown. “The City” was the band’s lead track that hit the UK airwaves in 2012. The next single to make UK airplay was their single, “Sex”, which was released during the same year.

In 2016, they released their second album. The album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, premiered, “Love Me” as the first single of the album. The album had many hits like; “The Sound”, “Somebody Else” and “UGH”. The album was commercially successful by making it to the top of the UK Albums charts and cracking the US Billboard 200.

At this point, there is an EP that’s supposed to be released in 2018. To feed the fans that have been waiting, The 1975 released a live album called, DH00278. The new album is speculated to be named “Music For Cars”.

If you haven’t heard The 1975 and are an indie-rock music fan, we suggest checking them out. Their music can be described as pop-rock. Matty Healy cites some of his musical influences as being Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and My Bloody Valentine. In addition to those bands, Healy claims their music is heavily rooted in Black American music. He also happens to be a big John Hughes fan, although we’re not sure how that fits into their musical style. The band has been compared to the Big Pink but we’ll let you decide for yourself.

When getting a tattoo for The 1975, we’ve seen a lot of different variations. From album covers to song titles, The 1975 Tattoo has the potential to be cool-looking because of its album cover art. Below, we’ll go over a few different styles of The 1975 tattoo that we have seen.

I Love You, Don’t You Mind

A song lyric from the haunting hit song, “Me”, has touched a chord with many fans of the English rock band. This song comes from the self-titled album, 1975. People have speculated about the meaning of this song, but many think it’s a conversation lead singer, Matty Healy, is having with himself talking about some sort of addiction. The song is a sad song in which he talks bout killing himself and then asks his inner self, “Don’t you mind?”.

Album Cover

The 1975 has a couple of album covers that seem to be hits amongst fans. The first is the self-titled album. This one is an easy one for people to recognize as they are getting a 1975 tattooed on their body. The other album cover is somewhat abstract with a box containing the band name. The band is running with a new identity with mostly pink colors and flowers. We tend to see this version in more women than men. Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful piece of artwork and ends up being a nice 1975 tattoo.

Where’s the Fun in Doing What You’re Told

Another quote by 1975 from the hit song, “Girls”. In the song, a boy is trying to “hook up” with a girl he’s with. She’s not sure and he says, “Where’s the fun in doing what you’re told”. Some think this is referring to a relationship between Matty and a girl when they were teens. Others think this is more of a macro thought about the overall behavior of girls to fold under pressure to satiate immediate feelings. As with most songs, take it for what it means to you and if you are interested, get a tattoo of the quote.

Weak Messages Create Bad Situations

This is a tattoo that is worn by the lead singer of The 1975, Matty Healy. In an interview from 2016 with RockurLife, Healy says he got the tattoo because he wants to provoke feelings in his fans. He says, “There’s no room for weak messages. I want strong messages and I want people to believe in them.” This quote tattooed on the body of the lead singer of The 1975 is a tattoo favorite for people who follow the band.

The 1975 tattoo is one way people can express their fandom in times like these. T-shirts are one way but an everlasting devotion to a band might require a more daring approach. We hope by reading the above, you have more of an understanding of the band and some of their works.

With all tattoos, you should do your research and make sure you are finding an artist that is going to be the best fit for you and the tattoo you want. Contact us if you need help finding an artist or shop to help you with your future tattoos. We’d love to help you out.

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