Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor who is well-known throughout the globe. In the 2000s, he began his career as an actor in television shows. After quitting the television series in 2006, he sought a career in music. Drake is now one of the most well-known superstars, not only for his music but also for his picture tattoos. Drake, unlike other celebs, has just a few tattoos on his body. Most of his tattoos, which have various meanings, are inscribed on his large muscular arms. Continue reading to learn more about Drake’s tattoo obsession and its significance.
1. ‘Flower and a Bee’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the upper portion of his arm, he has a flower and a bee tattoo.
Meaning: Drake had a ‘pink-colored flower with a bee pollinating the bloom’ tattooed on the top of his arm. This tattoo was used as part of the advertising artwork for his More Life playlist. Niki Norberg of Gothenburg, Sweden, inked Drake’s tattoo.
2. ‘Drakkar Noir Cologne’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the backside of his upper left arm, he has a tattoo of ‘Drakkar Noir Cologne.’
Meaning: Drake had a classic black Drakkar Noir bottle tattooed on the underside of his upper left arm, near his blazing skull. Niki Norberg, a Swedish tattoo artist, inked the tattoo on his torso, which previously had a flower and a bee tattoo. There has been speculation that this cologne tattoo was tattooed on Drake’s body because he is a big admirer of French perfume or because the name is so close to his own. He is yet to make an official announcement.
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3. ‘East Side Compass’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left arm, he has a tattoo with the phrase “East Side Compass.”
Meaning: East Side Compass Tattoo is located on his left arm, near his Eye of Horus tattoo. The east side of the compass symbolizes his home city of Toronto in eastern Canada, where he was born and raised.
4. ‘Oktober Lejonhjarta’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm, he has a tattoo of Oktober Lejonhjarta.
Meaning: The Swedish words ‘Oktober Lejonhjarta’ (October Lionhearted) is tattooed on his left forearm. As previously said, Drake has always had a particular place in his heart for the month of October. The name Lejonhjarta was inspired by twin Swedish models, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjarta, with who Drake was spotted.
5. ‘Camouflage Shark’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Tattoo of a camouflage shark on his right forearm.
Meaning: Drake has a camouflage shark tattoo on his right forearm. The camo shark is a sweet nod to one of Rihanna’s dates with the Degrassi star, who brought her to an aquarium in Toronto and purchased her a stuffed animal shark.
6. ‘Father’s Mugshot’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Father’s Mugshot’ is tattooed on the backside of his upper right arm.
Meaning: Drake’s relationship with his father, Dennis Graham, has always been difficult. Drake’s parents separated while he was a child, and his mother, Sandi Graham, raised him while his father was in jail. Since then, the two have made peace with one other and have formed a close relationship. He has a mugshot tattoo of his father on the underside of the top part of his right arm, reminding him of the darkest periods in his father’s life.
7. ‘Sade Adu Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Sade Adu Portrait’ Tattoo on the left side of the chest with a text, with love Sade.
Meaning: On the left side of his chest, a picture of Helen Folasade Adu, professionally known as Sade Adu, is inked. Drake met Sade on his European tour and was totally enthralled by the Nigerian singer’s vibe.
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8. ‘BBK’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the left side of his shoulder, he has a tattoo of the letters BBK.
Meaning: To pay homage to north London grime group and record label Boy Better Know, as well as the crew’s leader, grime superstar Skepta, Drake had the word BBK tattooed on his shoulder. The tattoo is done in a Gothic typeface in black and grey. Drake has a close relationship with Skepta and his Boy Better Know brand, therefore he had the initials BBK tattooed on the left front side of his shoulder.
9. ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm, he has a tattoo of a Jack-O-Lantern.
Meaning: Because Drake was born on October 24, and he founded the record label October’s Very Own, October has always been a significant month for him. Because his birthday is so near to Halloween, he had a Jack-O-Lantern tattooed on his left forearm.